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(generated from captions) This program is not captioned. This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Malcolm Turnbull and Donald Trump to meet face to face for the first time next week in New York. The President looks forward to meeting the Prime Minister and to showcasing the enduring bonds, deep friendship and close alliance the United States has with Australia. Cory Bernardi's Conservative Party joins forces with Family First. Ivanka Trump met with boos and hiss as she defends her father at a women's summit. In sport, the AOC crisis meeting over the power struggle and allegations of wrongdoing is scheduled for later today. A very good morning to you. It is Monday, 26 April - Wednesday, rather... I'm Michael Rowland.And I'm Virginia Trioli. You're watching News Breakfast.

Well, it's been confirmed the Prime Minister will head to the US next week for his first face-to-face meeting with US President Donald Trump. The visit was announced by White House spokesman Sean Spicer earlier this morning. Mr Turnbull and Mr Trump will attend a ceremony in New York to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. It's the battle that really saved Australia in World War II. The meeting will take place on May 4, just five days before the Federal Budget is handed down in Canberra. Let's go straight to Washington and our North America correspondent Stephanie March joins us now. Stephanie, the big question has been when will the date be set for this meeting? And so it has.That's right, Virginia. We've been hearing a lot from both sides that this meeting was on the cards, but the biggest concern was obviously whether Malcolm Turnbull could get away, as you say, so close to Budget Day. But it is something that has been on the cards and we understand officials from both sides have been having a lot of conversations to try and make this happen to get the pair together face to face, sooner rather than later, considering their relationship got off to something of a tumultuous start. So we understand the meeting is going to be on May 4, which is next Friday your time, and it's going to be on the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier stationed on the Hudson River in New York City, from World War II. It's now a museum. The pair will engage in commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, a big battle where the US and Australia joined forces in the Pacific during World War II. They're expected to hold bilateral meetings on the sidelines as well. Now, this long-awaited, much-mooted meeting was announced by Press Secretary Sean Spicer in the White House briefing room a short time ago. Let's have a listen to what he had to say.That same day at the museum, the President will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia. The President looks forward to meeting the Prime Minister and to showcasing the enduring bonds, deep friendship and close alliance the United States has with Australia.Sean Spicer a short time ago. Now, interestingly, the location you described there, the USS Intrepid - the optics of that, as you say, are interesting, given the nature of the alliance, but also where focus is, over towards the Pacific and the Korean Peninsula at the moment.Very much so, Virginia. Probably the issue with North Korea is one of the biggest challenges facing the Trump Administration right now. We've seen over the course of, now, several weeks, Donald Trump and his relevant Cabinet ministers trying to drum up support from the international community to try and deal with North Korea. He addressed a group of United Nations Security Council ambassadors yesterday, talking to that point. And of course Australia does have a unique position there in the Pacific as an ally, one of the closest allies that America has militarily, when it comes to dealing with North Korea. We also saw Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Afghanistan just yesterday, talking to the US Defense Secretary James Mathis about the future -- James Mattis, about the future of Coalition operations there. No doubt security will feature highly on the agenda when they meet face to face. As has been anticipated. Stephanie, good to talk to you this morning. Thanks so much. So there you go. We finally have the date. Good morning, Michael.Good morning, Virginia. We've been talking about this for some time, particularly in the aftermath of the visit with Mike Pence. And we assume Mike Pence went back and said, "Yeah, you can meet him."And the optics, as they say, the USS Intrepid, it also boasts the space shuttle the Enterprise and a British Airways Concorde jet so perhaps there will be some Concord between the Prime Minister and the President. It will mark the 75th anniversary of the battle that really, with US help, saved Australia from potential invasion by the Japanese. Lots at stakes on -- stake on the Hudson River.An important meeting place and it naicks takes place on May 4. And he will have to hot-foot it back to Australia for the Budget.More detail on that shortly from Canberra. Nervous voices are talking about how close that timing is. We'll cross to Parliament House shortly. Speaking of Australian politics, the Australian Conservative Party is merging with Family First. Two Family First representatives in the South Australian Parliament will switch to join Senator Bernardi's Conservatives, but the ABC understands the newly elected senator Lucy Gichuhi will not be part of the merged party. Senator Bernardi left the Liberals earlier this year to start his own party.A US submarine has docked in South Korea in a show of force amid growing concern over the North's growing missile program. It comes as a strike group steams towards the Korean Peninsula. North Korea has marked the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its military with a large-scale firing drill. There have been fears that North Korea would conducted another test or long-range missile launch in defiance of UN sanctions in order to mark that occasion.Investigators are trying to determine what led to the deaths of a man and a woman after gunfire was heard in a northern Victorian street. Police say a firearm was fired yesterday afternoon at a home in Wangaratta. A large area was cordoned off with police believing a man and woman were still inside. When they entered the house, they found the pair dead. Homicide detectives have joined local police to investigate.Russian hackers are thought to be targeting French Macron.
presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron. Security experts from a Tokyo-based company say that phishing emails, malware and fake net domains are being used. The attackers are thought to be from the same group that targeted the US election. The Kremlin denies that it's behind the attack, aimed at Mr Greens senator Nick McKim says he hopes to meet with police in Papua New Guinea to find out what caused a recent attack on the Manus Island detention centre. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says it was sparked by safety concerns for a young boy's welfare but local police firmly reject that account. Senator McKim is visiting the island to assess the welfare of asylum seekers in detention. Donors have pledged more than $1 million in aid to tackle Yemen's humanitarian crisis. The funds raised at a pledging conference will help feed millions of malnourished children, support hospitals and repair schools and water supplies which are on the brink of collapse. The United Nations says it needs $2.1 billion this this year to stab famine in Yemen where a child dies every 10 minutes from hunger and disease.Ivanka Trump has been booed by audience members at a G20 women's summit in Berlin after describing her father as a tremendous champion of families. The daughter of the US President Donald Trump took part in a panel sitting alongside the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and IMF boss Christine Lagarde. The moderator stepped in as the audience groaned while Ms Trump said she was proud of Mr Trump's achievement. It's a big welcome back to our roving and roaming Del Irani. Where have you been?Just been to South Africa, you know, as you do! I'll share my photos and videos later on. Great to see you both. Good morning, everyone. Let's take a quick look they global markets.

Thank you, Del. Let's check the weather now. Good morning to you, weather now. Good morning to you,
Nate.

Thank you, Nate. Let's head to Canberra now for more on that just-announced meeting in New York next week between the Prime Minister and the US President. Stephen Dziedzic joins us from Parliament House. Stephen, good morning. Malcolm Turnbull or has just put out a statement. What's he had to say? That's right, Michael. Malcolm Turnbull put out a statement only about two minutes ago. He says that the meeting will be an opportunity to reaffirm the alliance between Australia and the United States. He says he's looking forward to meeting President Trump. And he says that they - he anticipates they'll discuss several security issues, in particular the wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq and Syria as well as the troubling developments on the North Korean peninsula. So Malcolm Turnbull has obviously got a clear idea of what he wants to get out of this meeting. But, as you mentioned, Michael, this is a pretty unusual and risky move by the Prime Minister. He's going to the United States only four, five days before the Budget. This is at a period where the crucial details of the Government's flagship economic document are still being bedded down. And inevitably, Malcolm Turnbull will lose some control and oversight of that process if he's in New York. Now, I'm told there was a little bit of skittishness and nervousness in the PMO over this. Malcolm Turnbull had to be convinced to go, but foreign affairs and others, other advisers, were saying it was absolutely crucial for him to get a face-to-face meeting with the President as soon as possible, particularly after the successful visit by the Vice-President and even more so in the wake of the now-notorious phone call between the two men that got the relationsome -- relationship off on such a sour note in the first place. So Mr Turnbull is going to Mr Trump's home ground, New York, and will try to use that as a beach head to try to establish that relationship.Let's hope things improve. Tell us about this merger, Stephen, between Cory Bernardi's Conservatives and Family First. Yeah, a fascinating and quite extraordinary development here on the conservative side of politics, Michael. Last night, it was revealed that Family First would essentially no longer exist as a party. It would get swallowed up by Cory Bernardi's Australian Conservatives Party in South Australia. That gives Cory Bernardi a little bit more institutional left, if you like. He's got two lower-house MPs now in South Australia but at a Federal level he will still be a one-man band and that's because the newly elected Family First senator Lucy Gichuhi, who was just elected - essentially put into place after the High Court got rid of Bob Day - does not want to join the party. She is going to now stand, we understand, as an Independent senator. So really quite tectonic shifts, admittedly somewhat at the margins of Australian politics. Lucy Gichuhi, Michael, had interestingly said just last week she wanted to take a conciliatory approach to politics. That might explain why she mightn't have been the most natural fit with Cory Bernardi.Yes, indeed. We'll see how that plays out. Stephen Dziedzic, thank you so much for that. And we'd like to get your views, if you were drawing up the list of agenda items to be discussed on the deck of the USS Intrepid next week between the Prime Minister and the US President, what would you like them to talk about? We know tempers have been frayed care of the phone call that Stephen Dziedzic mentioned. Tensions about the refugee swap deal between the two countries, which have been smoothed out care of the US Vice-President's trip last week. This is a deep and abiding relationship, a point repeatedly made by representatives of both the US and Australian governments, but still, like any good relationship, Virginia, it has to be tendered and -- tended, and it can only happen when the two leaders meet face to face. And personality differences very much come to the fore here when the two leaders sit down or on this -- in this case, responsible stand up on the deck along with the fighter jets.Whether or not they get on really does matter. A lot of this is done by diplomats and behind the scenes anyway, those personalities do count. You saw, of course, the Prime Minister in Afghanistan yesterday and saying that troops are going to be Iraq and Afghanistan for the long term, for the long haul. Now, it's a very deliberate statement by the US Administration that this meeting is going to take place on the deck of a troop carrier, on the USS Intrepid. So the statement there about the nature of the military alliance between Australia and America is big. We'd love to hear from you. That topic, all the others, the ones that concern asylum seekers as well, economic ones given the TPP has gone the way of that wave, you can contact us:

Speaking of President Trump, in Berlin, the first daughter, Ivanka Trump, has appeared on a panel of heavy-hitters at the G20 women's summit.Now, she faced some awkward moments drawing boos and groans from the audience, as she praised her father's record on supporting families, after she was asked about her father's view on women. The BBC's Jenny Hill reports from Berlin. Taking her place among the world's most powerful women, the first daughter, rubbing shoulders with a Chancellor, a Queen and a banker. Though almost immediately, Ivanka Trump found herself defending a President.He's been a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive. And the new reality... You...Donald Trump's special adviser persisted.As a daughter, I can speak on a very personal level, knowing that he encouraged me and enabled me to thrive. I grew up in a house where there was no barriers to what I could accomplish.And the first daughter has gone on to make powerful friends. She's accompanied her father to talks with the leaders of Canada, Japan, and Germany. Her first solo overseas trip was at the direct invitation of the German Chancellor. Berlin wants, needs, stronger ties to the Trump Administration. TRANSLATION: It's the strategy of dialogue. That's the most important thing. You can reach Trump through his daughter. Every woman should do things by her own and by her own status and by her own positions and not because of her father's position.Expect to see more of the first daughter on the international stage. In the age of Trump, it seems, family comes first. The BBC with that report there.Now, the Syrian Government has criticised sanctions imposed by the US in response to that deadly chemical weapons attack which killed more than 80 people.Washington has Black listed more than 200 employees of a Syrian government agency it claims is responsible for developing chemical weapons. Here is Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister speaking on the ABC's Lateline program.Syria doesn't have chemical weapons. Syria will never, ever use chemical weapons against its own people. The whole scene was... I mean... Manufactured and manipulated by the United States. We have asked the international community, the Security Council, the organisation on the prevention of chemical weapons, to come to Syria and visit the two places and the air base from which the Americans claim the plane departed and bombarded the town, to make sure that we have neither chemical weapons - neither we, um, commit such crimes. Those who are - I mean, responsible for such a crime, have been planning for it for a long time, the terrorist armed groups, which are supported by Turkey, by Saudi Arabia yeah, but some Western powers. Let's look now at the front pages of the major newspapers around the country this Wednesday morning. The Guardian Australia today reports that US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka has been met by jeers Berlin when semi- spoke about her father as a champion of supporting families.The Courier-Mail pictures bonger Manny Pacquiao, as he meets a furry local ahead of his Brisbane fight later this year.The Canberra Times carries a warning from the CPSU that up to 4,500 public service jobs are under threat if an efficiency drive continues.The Herald Sun reports a siege at a home in Wangaratta in northern Victoria has ended in tragedy after a 2-hour stand-off. Police entered the house to find the bodies of a man and a woman.The Financial Review reports the May Budget will include incentives for retirees to sell the family home to free up housing stock.Age previews a spoch from Chris -- speech from Chris Bowen in which he's expected to attack the Government over a failure to cool overheated housing markets in Melbourne and Sydney.The Mercury reports real estate sales in Tasmania have jumped 30% in the past year.In the Sydney Morning Herald, the Prime Minister has warned he expects Australia to have a military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan for the foreseeable future.The Australian says New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller will announce the formation of a new unit to investigate people vulnerable to Islamic State-style propaganda.The Daily Telegraph has criticised ABC presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who in a Facebook post yesterday, Anzac Day, asked people to consider detainees in detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru. She's amended the post - in fact deleted it - and apologised unreservedly. And the Advertiser pictures Aboriginal activist Katrina Power who has apologised for using the words "slavery" and "invasion" in her Dawn Service speech.The West Australian says children's lives are being put at risk because of parents' fears over the safety of the flu vaccine. Flu vaccination rates plummeted to just 7% for the period between 2010 and 2014. And the NT News takes aim at Kim Jong Un after North Korean media named Darwin as a US nuclear launch site. Nestled in the southern forests and northern pastures of Western Australia is the biggest collection of car neverous plants in the world. -- carnivorous plants in the world. Researchers are trying to document them all so they can be protected from the black market trade and other threats.They may look delicate but these flowers survive by drinking the juices of unsuspecting insects. Carnivorous plants like Venus fly traps are well known but few realise that Western Australia is home to the most diverse array of insect-eating plants in the world. Of the 600 or so species recorded, about a third are found in WA. Tramping around the bush in a bid to understand them better is this researcher.I'm really interested in, kind of, answering the question of how hungry are these carnivorous plants. I want to know how much they rely on the nutrients they get from prey they've captured, compared to how much they rely on nutrients from the soil! It's a mission that in recent weeks has taken her to one of the most northern cattle stations in the state, uncovering striking-looking plants that snare their prey in sticky fluid. Unfortunately, a lot of carnivorous plants can come under threat from changes to habitat and even illegal collection, where people might want to take them home and have them for themselves. It can be quite a problem. So we want to better understand what these plants need in their own environments and. That way we can help to conserve them. Protection worthy of plants that Charles Darwin described as some of the most wonderful in the world. Just don't get too close to them. That's amazing! I think you're too business. They want the little tiny...My finger is fairly small. Sucking the blood of passing little creatures.Whatever works, hey?Good one! And they look like cute little wild flowers. And they're just like the plant in Little Shop Of Horrors. "Feed me, Seymour!"Now, sucking the blood out of the legacy of the popular 1980s... I'm being harsh. No, you're not.Banana Rama are coming back together, hitting the stages together for the first time as a group - they didn't get to tour. Two did but not the full trio. After a string of hits in the 1980s, they are hitting a stage tour in the UK. We'll tack with Zan about this later. They were huge in the '80s. They really were huge, this hit in particular. Sorry, guys, you'll never get it out of your head all morning. Sarah, Siobhan and Kerrin, are getting the band back together. They had an acrimonious split. They never performed live. I remember them for being the original yummy mummies. They were the first women who, um, actually made pregnancy a big kind of sexy thing.Oh, right. They put their stomachs out when they were pregnant and carrying their children, which was a big deal for women.That's good.The original yummy mums.And vowing people to take them on in the process. They said they were prompted to get together by the death of George Michael, also an icon of the 1980s. I can't see the link there.There's the very important link between Wham! And Bananarama.I get it but they're not George Michael.Kerrin was married to Andrew ridgely for 25 years. They were tight back in the '80s.But they're not George Michael. You may adore them.Contact us.Their website crashed upon announcement of the tour. So many people wanted to see them, so go with strength.OK. If they come out here, you'll rush to see them. No? You've been singing Venus all morning.I know. It's just... Get out of my ear! These crazy for Bananarama. Things are going bananas at the AOC.They are. They're going to have a crisis meeting tonight. That'll be interesting. I note they're having it over the phone. So...Oh, right.But they've got to sort this thing out because the board of the Australian Olympic Committee needs to meet tonight to discuss an extraordinary session and address bullying allegations.The AOC President John Coates has denied a culture of bullying and says he's a victim of a campaign by those who want to see him replaced by challenger Danni Roche. Former CEO Fiona De Jong has alleged a bullying complaint made against the AOC media director Mike Tancred has not been investigated properly. Mr Coates says the AOC's lawyers recommended the allegations be heard by an independent party. John Coates released a statement yesterday saying, "I reject the suggestion of a culture of bullying or lack of action," and, "clearly this is a coordinated and sadly vindictive campaign." It's all brewing before the AGM on Saturday week but they need to deal with these matters tonight because of the reputational damage that is going on at the moment. Now, Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith reckons his side's performance in last night's win over the Warriors was his team's best this season. The Storm came back from 14-12 down to claim a 20-14 victory and return to the top of the ladder. Here are the

Numbers again down the short side!

Good win there from Melbourne, of course, and very high-quality match too. There was another big match yesterday and it involved St George and, of course, the Roosters. St George Illawarra could be without Gareth Widdop for a few weeks after the playmaker hurt his knee in the golden-point loss to the Roosters. The club said it was a medial strain so scans today will reveal just how bad it was. Dragons forced the game into extra time with a try and a conversion, as you can see there, but Mitchell Pearce was the match-winner with this perfectly taken field goal. And the Roosters will be feeling good today. In the AFL, Essendon will have that winning feeling. Essendon has gone into the top eight after a big kick at the MCG. This was the best kick. Joe Daniher won the Anzac medal. The loss puts more pressure oncology wood and coach Nathan Buckley. The Magpies have a 5-day break before the next match against the dominant Geelong. With just one win, that's worrying times for the Magpies. Adelaide United have kept their Asian Champions League hopes alive with a 3-3 draw against Gamba Osaka in Japan. The Reds fought back from a 2-0 deficit after 12 minutes to salvage a point. Forward Baba Diawara secured the draw in injury time, scoring in the 92nd minute. So fantastic effort there. I'll just leave you on this one. It's a bit of a strange one. But Rod Stewart, the rock star, has taken some pride in the performance of his son, Liam, who is placing ice hockey for Great Britain at the moment. So in a 5-1 win, over those Giants of -- giants of ice hockey, Estonia. It's my boy!There he is. It's the first goal that he's scored for Great Britain. Although Liam has been asked when his dad is going to come and watch him and he reckons if it's a choice between ice hockey or Celtic, then he'll go to the football.He looks good.He does, yeah.Fantastic.Such good fettle. Nicely done.He's hanging out in his loungeroom. Very proud dad too. Great work yesterday by the way.Thank you. Yeah. It was great. A real honour. Good.Thank you very much. Let's check the weather now with Nate. Nate.
Boom. We've got a severe weather warning current for parts of South Australia and Victoria. Now, that area, you can see there in yellow, we're looking at potentially gusts up to 90km/h to 100km/h so make sure you're keeping things tied down outside your house today. Looking at the country today though, starting with the satellite, we've got a strong cold front moving over the south-east and that's responsible for that warning. It was a chilly night and we're looking at a wet day ahead. Looking at the synoptics, a broad ridge in the west is bringing clear skies to WA and to South Australia. Now, looking around the States:

Thank you, Nate. Still ahead on Breakfast this morning: Guide dogs, yes, I've got your attention. These puplies will grow up to be companions and navigators for their owners, but it turns out they can provide an even greater benefit. We'll tell you more with Karen Hayes from Guide Dogs Victoria and her gorgeous labrador Willow, who will be on the couch shortly on Breakfast. First, here's Virginia with all the latest news.Thanks so much. It's been confirmed the Prime Minister will meet with Donald Trump in the US next week for his first face-to-face meet being the US President. White House spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed the visit this morning. The pair will attend a ceremony in New York to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. The meeting will take place on May 4, just five days before the Federal Budget is handed down. The Australian Conservatives Party, headed by Senator Cory Bernardi, is merging with Family First. Two Family First representatives in the South Australian Parliament will switch to join Senator Bernardi's Conservatives. But the ABC understands newly elected senator Lucy Gichuhi will not be part of the newly merged party. Snared Bernardi left the Liberals earlier this year to start his own party. Ivanka Trump has been booed by audience members at a G20 women's summit in Berlin after describing her father as a tremendous champion of families. Ivanka Trump took part in a panel with Angela Merkel and IMF chief Christine Lagarde. The moderator stepped in as the audience groaned while Ms Trump said she was very proud of Mr Trump's advocacy. That wasn't Ivanka Trump. Let's check the finance with the globe-trotting Del Irani. It's lovely to be back. Good morning, everyone. Leading finance news, analysts say official inflation figures due out today are expected to show an increase, meaning that an interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank would be firm little off the table next week. Now, the figures are widely expected to show that the annual headline consumer price index rose to 2.2% over the year to March. The Reserve Bank's target zone for inflation is between 2% and 3%. Experts say that stronger inflation means the RBA's next rate move will likely be an increase. Unions have pointed to problems with the census and Centrelink's automated dealt recovery scheme to argue against cuts to the public service in next month's Budget. Now, in a pre-Budget submission, the community and Public Sector Union says the so-called efficiency dividend could result in the loss of up to 4,500 jobs over three years. The union has pointed to problems with the census and Centrelink's automated debt recovery scheme as evidence of the impact of cutting public service staff. Let's check global markets for you now.

Staying with the markets for just a moment, investors have got a taste for McDonald's shares after the fast-food chain reported better-than-expected profits in the first quarter. McDonald's says the profits grew by 8% to $1.2 billion. Shares in McDonald's have now risen about 15% this year, girl the firm a market value of $115 billion. Coca-Cola has said it will cut about 1,200 jobs locally due to falling demand for its fizzy drinks. The firm's global carbonated drink sales fell 1% in the last quarter. Coca-Cola and rival Pepsico's sales have taken a hit as consumers in North America and Europe have increasingly turned away from sugary drinks. Coca-Cola's job cuts will begin in the second half of this year and continue into next year. Wikipedia's co-founder Jimmy Wales is planning a new service that combines the work of professional journalists and volunteers. Now, his goal is for Wiki-tribune to offer factual and neutral articles that help combat the problem of fake news. The service is intended to be both ad-free and free to read, so will rely on supporters making regular donations. One expert said it had the potential to become a trusted site but suggested its influence might be limited. Now Wikitribune shares many of the features already found in Wikipedia, including the need for writers to detail the source of each fact and a reliance on the public to edit articles to keep them accurate. But, Michael and Virginia, the key point of differentiation here is that there will -- they will actually pay experts and journalists to verify information. So anyone is free to edit but it will be cross-checked. It's interesting to see these developments. That's hopefully an important safety valve too. To get journalists. Involved.Absolutely. We've seen similar measures with Facebook so it's interesting to see Wikipedia also moving into the space. It's lovely to see both of you.Nice to see you too.I almost forgot what you look like.You look worryingly refreshed.It was amazing.Oh, shush. I don't want to hear more. Sharing pics in the next hour?Absolutely. Looking forward to it. Now, the latest on the growing tensions between North Korea and the United States. A US submarine has docked in South Korea amid growing concern over the North's nuclear and missile programs. The BBC's Wyre Davies reports. An American nuclear-powered submarine glides quiet into the South Korean port of Busan. It's been called a routine visit but as tensions rise in the Korean Peninsula, the sub is being joined by a much larger group of warships, led by the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. This is Donald Trump's toughest foreign policy challenge by far. His predecessor's strategic patience with Pyongyang is clearly over. Mr Trump is demanding tougher UN action, or else.The council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs. This is a real threat to the world, whether we want to talk about it or not. In a rare move, he's also summoned all 100 members of the Senate for a special White House briefing on Korea. The question is what comes next. As it marks the 85th anniversary of the founding of its army, the North Korean regime has reacted with furious words. The Foreign Ministry's response was almost bloodcurdling. TRANSLATION: Now that the US has pulled out its sword to kill us, we will also pull our our grand sword of justice and fight to the end. And we will kill the US imperialists with our strong and revolutionary power. Our nuclear forces stand at the core. China, the North's only major ally, has urged the US not to act without UN approval and called on both sides to show restraint. Trying to second-guess two very different, but two unpredictable leaders in Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump is not proving easy. Now to a much more cheerful story. There's an idea. Dogs have long been considered one of our best friends but their role in the lives of the blind and partially sighted is even much more vital.Today is International Guide Dog Day and new research from Guide Dogs Victoria and spin born University casts new light on their critical -- spin Bourne University casts a new light on their critical role. We're joined by Karen Hayes as we are every year and Willow.I'm worried about Willow. Getting used to star treatment. Becoming a bit arrogant. She's a bit special.Airs and graces. I know...She's very much the princess.Have a word to her. She just gets better with age.She's a retired guide dog. You've had her for how many years?I've had her for five years. She's an ambassador with Guide Dogs. She goes everywhere with me. She's the best PR tool. Some people get a company car. I got a company dog and definitely the better end of the bargain.It's fabulous work you do training up and providing service dogs for people with sight issues. What's the new research that you've shown, apart from simply providing the ability for people to get out into the world. What other benefits do they have?This is the first research to look at benefits of guide dogs outside of guiding. 65% of the people surveyed have some other health issue, could be depression, could be chronic pain, whatever. And what the research found is that the guide dogs, in fact, really support people through those other health issues as well. It's early morning for her.We've got a list of benefits we can bring up. Kicking off with participation. It enables people with sight impairment to get involved more.Exactly. It's that real social facilitation. You look at the dialogue between us now with her, with Willow and that whole social facilitation. And wherever I go go with her, people walk up and say, "I love what guide dogs do and isn't she beautiful?" And what we found with this research is the social facilitation provides people with a level of confidence to go out and mix in the community and in some instances do some things that they wouldn't normally do. We've got a client, for example, who, um, sits his -- since he's had his guide dog - he'd never, ever done trekking or anything like that but now he does the Oxfam walk every year.Oh, wow. That's amazing.And he wouldn't do it without his guide dog.Now, we know there are long waiting lists for people to get rejected guide dogs. They are considered the most coveted dog you can get. Is it a long wait for people who need assistance dogs to get one?Look, it strars, Virginia, because a guide - the -- it varies, Virginia. Because the matching of a guide dog is a complex process. You've got to look at their lifestyle, their physical build, and the style of the dog and dogs all have their own personalities as well. It's generally around six to nine months but what we're doing at Guide Dogs Victoria is we've upgraded our facilities and this year we'll breed around 200 puppies. So that means - last year we bred about 120. So it's a significant increase in the breeding program and the training program to be able to support the growth in the need for the services. And a significant investment. What does it could toss get a guide dog up and red so to speak?From the whole breeding program right through to training and matching with somebody who is vision-impaired, it's about $50,000 so it's a significant cost and, you know, this he are working dogs. They're not pets when they're out there working. But it's nice to see that this research is actually really highlighting the fact that these are much more than just guide dogs.Now, are you still finding difficulties out in the community of people accepting that service dogs do have the right to go into all places? Are sight-challenged people still having problems there?Look, we do occasionally and really what that does is highlight the need to continue always to be educating the community on the fact that guide dogs do have access all areas. And so they can go into restaurants, they can go into taxis, so every now and then, you know, a guide dog-user will be rejected and then we work with that organisation to assist them in educating their staff and that sort of thing.How has the rollout of the NDIS changed the way you do better? And better cater for the needs of blind people?Look, I think this is a fantastic reality reform for this country but it's not the panacea of all things disability and it won't fund all disability services. So I think that's a really important message to get out there into the community. We will still be extremely dependent on the fill tlopic community to fund our work -- philanthropic community to help fund us. All of our services are free so we need to, you know, really raise with the community the fact that we're still dependent on them to fund the services.Karen, I feel we've been a bit dull for Willow this morning.I thought we were good conversationalists.She usually enjoys our company. I don't know what we've done. Are we just too boring? I've never put someone to sleep - I wish I cut my -- I could put my kid to sleep this easily, I tell you. Can you leave her here with us?Oh, no. Somebody has home would be -- I have somebody at home I would be accountable to if I did that.Good to talk to you again, as we do each year, and we encourage support for service dog services around the country, not just Victoria.Absolutely. It's very important and it's a very important role they have. Thanks very much. Roll over. Come on! Up you get!Last year we had bacon in our pockets to keep the interest. "Oh, you're the most beautiful person I've ever met. She's""still gorgeous.She is. Now an Israeli medicinal cannabis start-up has become one of the latest firms to list on the Australian Securities Exchange hoping to makes the most of Australia's antuate for technology stocks. Katherine Diss has more. This laboratory is producing cannabis without growing a single plant.We can reverse engineer any source plant we've profiled from other base plants.Put simply, the technology creates a chemical blueprint of a plant. Once it's done that, the company then recreates its chosen cannabis strain using more common plant varieties like citrus or pine trees. What comes out - an oil which smells, tastes and has many of the medicinal benefits of cannabis but doesn't contain a trace of an actual cannabis plant.It can cost anywhere from $200,000 US to produce a litre of cannabis plant derived things. And we can do that, as you touched on, from other source plants with little environmental footprint, you know, very little cost.Despite its Israeli roots, the company chose the ASX as its launchpad into global markets because a smaller start-up -- because smaller start-ups often flounder on larger indices. This is part of a broader ASX push to diversify its stock offering. 40% of its companies are resource based. It's targeting New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Ireland and Singapore for start-ups.You can get broader investor attention so if you basically list on the NASDAQ with a company below $1 billion, you're what they consider a very, very small company.The ASX regularly travels to target countries to encourage companies to list.

So we're just trying to wipe dog hair off us. Your dark suit will never be the same.Willow. Last time she's on.Let's look at the newspapers with Melbourne-based PR management consultant and big dog fan Kate Roffey.Good morning. I'm suffering from the Willow here in the black dress. I've known Willow for many years and I had to give her a pat before I gave Karen a kiss. Hello. Lovely to see her. Look, I woke up this morning, had a quick look at ABC online and found out we've got a new political party in the country.We do. For those who got up late, what's that?The Australian Conservatives. So Cory Bernardi's did - not really a party, by himself for the time being.You can be a party of one.That's right. He's created a party of one and now several others with Family First joining the party and Family First has pretty much crumbled post Bob Day and all the shenanigans there. So we now have a new party and, look, for many years, I think there's been a gap opening up for a new party to come in to Australian politics. I'm not sure, um, this is quite going to make, you know, the size and scope that it will need to really challenge the two traditional parties. It will probably stay fairly South Australian based and focused, I would think, for a period of time. And we've also got Nick Xenophon down there being very strong in South Australia. So it's a got a bit of a history of this small parties emerging out of South Australia, particularly in the Senate. Although we've got some movement in the House of Reps now from South Australia with the minor parties. So it will be interesting in the political landscape to see if this does actually grow into something more. I think the One Nation Party will stay a nearby party. I don't think that's going to grow significantly across Australia. But this one, the Australian Conservatives, may have a bit more of a chance at coming in and actually challenging a la the old day days of the Democrats and the Greens possibly. It's a shift in the political landscape at this point in time and I think it's well overdue that we have a bit of a chic up for the two major parties. We'll see how Mr Bernardi goes with his party of one, now three or four, given some of the Family First senators have said they won't join...There's already division. That's not a great sign. Let's go to the AOC battle. Look, yes.As someone heavily involved in the Australian sports scene, Kate...Let's get onto this. I want to get your personal views as to where this is going to end.Can we jump over that and go what goss do you have not reported. Gymy. What do you got?This is -- Gimme. What do you got? This is more political. This is the first time anyone has stood up and challenged John Coates in the 26 years he's been there. It's been a closed shop traditionally. I saw Nic Livingstone a couple of nights ago. Nic has never been one to not speak her mind and you see the front page saying, "Keep your mouth shut." There are people supposedly on the outer, not on the John Coates ticket for the election!Are you happy to see him finally challenged?I'm very happy to see a challenge here and Danni Roche is probably the only person in Australia who will step up to the plate. She will not take a step backwards. She's a former Olympian, and gold medallist, a former Hockeyroo. She's taken the challenge up there and it's not even realistically about a win or lose at this point in time. It's about breaking down this very closed shop and saying we have to take a closer look at what is actually going on in here. You've seen anyone who is following this in the papers - and amazingly this is actually on the front page of a number of papers this morning. So it is a big issue. There are some allegations coming out, Fiona de Jong, the former chief executive there, some allegations of bullying against Mike Tancred who has been the long-time media Guru at the AOC. It's starting to open up some questions that centre been there for a long time about how it's been run and this very closed shop that the AOC has been. It has to go to a secret ballot. Absolutely. Usually there isn't a challenge at the annual general meeting anyway, but normally a show of hands. So this has to go to a secret ballot absolutely and I think there would be strong feelings of repercussions and persecutions if you had to vote with a show of hands.OK.May 6 is the date I'm very excited to see what happens. We're hoping tickets are sold.Look, you could buy tickets. It's well overdue for someone to come in and make a challenge.Let's look at the AFR story, it's a property one.It is an interesting property story. It's talking about Adele and how an Adele concert in Brisbane has significantly lifted hotel occupies rates. And the reason I -- occupiancy rates and the reason I picked it up is it goes to the importance of the significant events that people chase, things like the Australian Open tennis and the Grand Prix here in Melbourne. They fill up hotels.Yes.Which at other times would be completely empty without those eveins. They give students work when they're studying at university. So please, please people, I know everyone says these major events are a waste of money but they aren't. They're major economic drivers for cities and towns around Australia.I'll broaden that briefly to arts events, an absolute sleeper issue. People don't realise it. They travel around the country with their families to another city for the weekend to see, for example, what's coming up, the Van Gogh exhibition, or the big exhibitions in Canberra and they go to the War Memorial and the museums as well, they spend money, they go to restaurants, they go on public transport, taxis, flights, if that's not moving money through the economy, I don't know what is.And something like the Ring Cycle and I'm now a Ring nut, the opera extravaganza, it brings people from not just Australia but around the world and these people have got money and they're spending it in our shops. It's keeping the economy going. It's a really important thing. More major events, particularly here in Melbourne, would be great.More often.Let's have the Olympics back in Melbourne soon.Why not?We'll start that campaign. Aim high. Let's finish with the Silicon Valley flying car.I couldn't resist it, Michael, knowing I'd see you this morning. Little flying cars. I wondered how long it would take to skip the autonomous streak and get get up in the air. What could possibly go wrong.Yeah. What could possibly go wrong? First air flight. We've got a little bit of footage here. Up he goes above the lake. Could be dangerous. But I think this is the first step towards, um, personal travel via the air. It looks like my drone, actually. But a little bit bigger. That's fantastic.They say they'll be available within about a year. They've been on Star Wars for years. It's time we had them.I always wanted one of the little Star Wars jet things that you...Yeah.Of course, control of the airspace is a bit of a problem but they're working on it already with drones. They're not as far behind potentially with that as we think.Kate, it's a lovely image to leave us with. Thanks for joining us today. Always good to see you.I like the insight about the AOC stoush. I reckon the night before, we should give Kate a call. I think she's know which way the vote goes.The inside Goss. You heard it here first on News Breakfast. Let's go to P K-FOR the sport. We're leading with that story in sport. The AOC board will hold a crisis meeting tonight to discuss allegations of bullying and the struggle for its presidency. Long-standing president John Coates has denied the AOC has a toxic culture and insists he's a victim of a campaign to have him replaced by challenger Danni Roche. Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith reckons his side's performance last night in the win over the Warriors was a season best. The Storm came back from 14-12 to claim a 20-14 victory in a high-class performance from both teams to return to the top of the ladder. There's Cronk going over for just one of the tries to the Melbourne Storm. St George Illawarra could be without Gareth Widdop for a few weeks after the playmaker hurt his knee in the golden-point loss to the Roosters yesterday. The club said it was a medial strain. Scans today will revote just how bad it is. His side was able to square the scores just before full-time but lost in extra time. And Adelaide United has kept its Asian Champions League hopes alive with a 3-3 draw against Gamba Osaka in Japan. The Reds fought back from 2-0 down after 12 Palestinians to salvage a point eventually. Baba Diawara from Adelaide scored for the draw in injury time. It was in the 92nd minute there. Well done to the Adelaide Reds and, yeah, we wait to see whether or not Australia can win back the Olympics after they sort out that AOC stoush. Stoush indeed. Thank you, PK. Our main story this morning is the news announced a couple of hours ago that the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will fly to New York next week for his first meeting with US President Donald Trump as part of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea fight in World War II. Lots of your views coming in as to what they should discuss. Some serious, some not so serious. Let's start with those. Titus O'Reilly, a popular AFL blogger and Twitter person on AFL says they should discuss the third man up rule, a cause of great contention within AFL ranks. Matt says their respective golf handicaps and who has the nicer watch. There are some serious ones too. They're less interesting, frankly. End the tax on software and other goods from the USA. We'd like to set the agenda for Trump and Turnbull to keep your comments coming in. Weather now with Nate. Any second now... Good morning! Any second now...
Good morning! We've got a cold front moving over the south-east bringing a cold and front day. A high is bringing clear skies to WA and South Australia.

Fabulous, Nate. Thank you very much. We have some developing news care of the Water Police in Queensland. They tell us they're en route to a stretch of water between Stradbroke and Morton islands after a report that a boat with passengers on board has overturned. That's all the detail we have at the moment. That's from Queensland Police media. We're staying across that story off Stradbroke Island.It's near the South Passage Sand Bar so hopefully it's in reasonably shall owe water and we should it's in reasonably shall owe water
and we should get reports back shortly. Do stay with us on News Breakfast and we'll take Bananarama and perhaps more importantly Sir Elton John is in better health after suffering a potentially life-threatening infection. We've got an update for you from Zan Rowe who presents The Beat every week. He's recovering. He's better. That's good news at a time when we've been losing far too many music greats. We can't lose another one.Way too many. We'll leave you with Elton and we'll be back in a

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Malcolm Turnbull and Donald Trump to meet face to face for the first time next week in New York.The President looks forward to meeting the Prime Minister and to showcasing the enduring bonds, deep friendship and close alliance the United States has with Australia.Cory Bernardi's Conservative Party party joins forces with Family First.Ivanka Trump met with boos as she defends her father at a women's summit. # Only you can set me free # Because I'm guilty # Guilty as a girl can be.... # Also ahead, an '80s flashback as Danzerama returns to the stage. More on The Beat later in the hour.In sport, the AOC's crisis meeting over wrongdoing has been scheduled for later today.Welcome back to this Wednesday morning. You are watching News Breakfast.

Well, it has been confirmed this morning that the Prime Minister will head to the US next week for his first face-to-face meeting with US President Donald Trump. The visit was announced by White House spokesman Sean Spicer this morning. Mr Turnbull and Mr Trump will attend a ceremony in New York to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. The meeting will take place on May 4th, just 5 days before the Federal Budget is handed down.Let's take you straight to Washington now. Our North America correspondent Stephanie March join us. The long-awaited meeting now has a date? That's right, this meeting has been in the pipeline for some time, but the challenge was always to get Malcolm Turnbull to America, only 5 days out, as you mentioned, Michael, from handing down the Budget. Obviously that has come together and the Pa irwill meet next week, May 4th, Friday your time, in New York on the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier stationed on the Hudson River that has been turned into a museum. It was used during World War II. The Battle of the Coral Sea is where Australian and American forces joined together in the Pacific to defer Japanese troops in World War II. Thele bration, the commemoration and the meeting comes as part of an event that Australia is calling the first 100 years of mateship which is leading up to the anniversary of Australia's 100 years since the Battle of hammer which will be next year and the fact that Australia and the US has fought side by side in every major conflict since World War I. The announcement was made by Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary earlier today.A bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Prime Minister of Australia. The President looks forward to meeting the Prime Minister, and showcasing the deep friendship and enduring alliance that the US has with Australia. Clearly it will have to include some military matters given the timing and what's going on in the Korean Peninsula and also the setting that have meeting?That's right, Virginia. It is highly likely that security will be pretty high on the agenda when the pair meet for the first time. A .In statement, Prime Minister Turnbull has announced he will re-affirming Australia's relationship with the United States in the Asia-Pacific region. The Korean Peninsula situation has been front of mind. A strong ally of America in helping to deal with that issue. Obviously a number of other things on the cards. We saw Malcolm Turnbull meet with US Defence Secretary James Mattis in Kabul, just yesterday, talking about the alliance and the coalition's future there, so no doubt there will be a lot of security issues and it is probably highly likely the pair will want to move on from that reportedly very testy phone call they had not long after President Trump's inauguration over the refugee deal struck by Barack Obama.Good to talk to you, Stephanie. Thanks very much. That meeting, Michael - good morning.Good morning.Just a few days before the Budget. I think the Prime Minister will have a lot to do around then.Yes, as we hear from our correspondent in Canberra, Stephen Dziedzic, there is a bit of nervousness within the Prime Minister's office about the sharp timing of this business, but it will be quite a spectacular backdrop on the deck of the USS Intrepid. I wonder if we will see bomber jackets.With victory signs. We don't go there anymore.Staying with politics for the moment and the Australian Conservative Party headed by Cory Bernardi is merging with family First. Two Family First representative nrs the South Australian Parliament will switch to join Cory Bernardi's Australian Conservatives, but the ABC understand the newly elected senator Lucy Gichuhi will not be part of the merged party. Senator Bernardi left the Liberals earlier this year to start his own conservative party.I US submarine has docked in South Korea as a show of force. This comes as a USS aircraft carrier steams towards the Korean peninsula: A large-scale firing drill in the North. There are fears that North Korea might conduct another nuclear test or long-range missile launch in defiance of UN sanctions to mark that occasion.Investigators are this morning trying to determine just what led to the deaths of a man and a woman who were found inside a northern Victorian home after a stand ho of with police. Police were called to the home in Wangaratta after shots were fired yesterday afternoon. Six children and two adults fled the home unharmed. After cordoning off the street, police found the pair dead inside the house.Russian hackers are thought to be targeting French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron. Security experts from a Tokyo-based company say phishing emails, malware and fake net domains are being used. The attackers are thought to be from the same group that targeted the US election. Of the Kremlin denies it is behind that attack.Greens senator Nick McKin says he hopes to meet with police in Papua New Guinea to find out what caused a recent attack at the Manus Island Detention Centre. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says it was sparked by safety concerns for a young boy's welfare, but local police reject that account. Senator McKim is visiting the island to assess the welfare of those in the detention system.The funds raised at a pledging conference will help feed millions of malnourished children and water supplies that aren o the brink of collapse. The United Nations says it needs $2.1 million this year to stop dies every 10 minutes from hunger and disease.Ivanka Trump has been booed by audience members in Berlin after describing her father as a tremendous champion of families. The daughter of the US President took part in the panel, sitting alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel and IMF chief Kristine Lagarde. The moderator had to step in as the audience growned as Ms Trump said she was very proud of her father's achievements.Now good morning to Del Irani.Taking a quick look at the global markets and here is how they finished up overnight:

Ooh, don't leave so fast.What's wrong with us.Is our company that bad?Seriously.Del, I'm insulted. Get out of it.Let's go to the weather now. Hello, Nate.No, no. Wet for Brisbane

Shall we?(Laughs? . Do (you wanna? Everybody else is! .Yes, but we're more serious about what we do here. Of course. Everyone just stay where you are, OK.OK. Hopefully sitting down in his chair at Parliament House in Canberra is Stephen Dziedzic. Oh, there he is. You get a big gold star, Stephen. The Prime Minister has just responded to this looming meeting with the US President, what has he had to say? That's right, Michael. The Prime Minister, just about an hour ago, put out a statement saying he was looking forward to the meeting with Donald Trump in New York, saying he would re-affirm the US-Australia alliance and discuss security matters, including, of course, the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, Australia's contribution to those war efforts and the looming and troubling situation in the Korean Peninsula, but, Michael, as you mentioned earlier, this is an unusual move by the Prime Minister to travel to New York so close to the Budget, really only 4, 5 days ahead of it, means that he will be out of town and out of Canberra as some of those key final details are bedded down, and that means inevitably, he will have a little bit less oversight over that process and those crucial final days. The reason he has done it is because he was convinced, after some trying, I'm told, that it was fact crucial for him to have this face-to-face meeting with Donald Trump as soon as possible, and that's important not only in the wake of the successful visit by the US Vice President plooik Pence, but also of course in view of the ro beingy start that the personal relationship got off to during that now infamous phone call over the refugee deal swap that was signed by Barack Obama, so Malcolm Turnbull is heading to New York, a place where Donald Trump is very much at home, where he will try to press him on issues that matter to Australia, and establish that relationship.Yes, interestingly, it will be Donald Trump's first visit back to New York since taking on the presidency as well, so a very important meeting for a number of respects. Let's go to this merger between Family First and the Australian Conservatives. What's this about, Stephen?Michael, this is a fascinating development, somewhat at the margins of Australian politics, but it is a tectonic shift nonetheless on the conservative side of things. The Family First party has essentially wound up, it's gone, and instead it is going to be swallowed up by Cory Bernardi's new party, the Australian kovrts. People might remember he created that only a few months ago. Now, the conditions quenss of this are interesting. Cory Bernardi now looks like less of a one-man band. He will have two upper house South Australian MPs in South Australia who were with Family First who are now Australian Conservative representatives. It gives him a little bit more institutional heft and a little bit more manpower and it also cements the party's power base in the State of South Australia. Ministers are already comparing now the sawn Conservatives to One Nation in Queensland, a party with some strength, but largely limited to one State the Worth also noting, Michael, a couple of things: One, at this stage he is still a one-man band at a federal level. Lucy Gichuhi, the new senator for Family First will not go over to join the Australian Conservatives. She will stand as an Independent in the Senate, and the other thing to note is that whilst Family First has had success in South Australia, its primary vote in the Senate, at a federal level, is still pretty low, just under 3%, so Cory Bernardi has taken a step again towards greater power, but he has got a way to go before he becomes a true sort of force to be reckoned with on a federal scale.Good stuff. Stay right there. Thank you, Stephen Dziedzic.Not going anywhere. History is made by those who show up.Yes, it is indeed.A bit of wisdom early in the morning. Thank you, Stephen. You are all acting as informal advisers ahead of the Prime Minister's meeting with Donald Trump this week. We are asking you what you would like to see at the top of agenda, some serious, some not-so-serious. One person says May 4th, so they are to talk about star workforce.Is May 4 a big star workforce Day.May 4th be with you. Oh, boo, that's terrible.It will set the star workforce fans off. Hey, I live with one, clearly the locks will be changed at my house and I won't be able to get back in. You guys, you are no longer in charge of setting the agenda because you are not taking it seriously enough, some are. Both have enormous egos, so no wonder they clash. Kaye is looking forward to the clash of titans there.Gary says, "We don't want any more service personnel will be volunteered by our Prime Minister to serve in areas of conflict." Prime Minister suggesting there might be more Australian soldiers sent over to Iraq and Afghanistan. And for the longer term, saying for long term, so he can't see the exit at this point,Indeed.I don't think, Gary, you are going to get your wish there. What are the less serious suggestions.This one from colleagues at ABC Victoria. Can the Tigers beat the Crows this weekend Very good question.Donald Trump would have considered views on that topic.And I would want to hear them. Stop it. We won't read out, but they are very funny, so can you keep sending them in? Just for our amuse ment. If you would like to get involved on what we're discussing on News Breakfast this morning, also on Cory Bernardi expanding his movement into the conservative space in Australian politics - I reckon that's fascinating - send us your views:

In Berlin, the First Daughter eye vapk ta Trump has appeared o rn a panel of heavy hitters during a G20 summit.She faced some awkward moments and awkward questions and she drew boos and groans from the audience when she praised her father on supporting families. Jenny Hill reports from Berlin.Taking her place amongst the world's most powerful woman, the First Daughter rubbing shoulders with a Chancellor, a queen and a banker, although almost immediately Ivanka Trump found herself defending a president. He has been a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive.Donald Trump's special adviser persisted.As a daughter, I can speak on a very personal level, knowing that he encouraged me and enabled me to thrive. I grew up in a house where there was no barriers to what I could accomplish.And the First Daughter has gone on to make powerful friends. She has accompanied her father to talks with the leaders of Canada, Japan and Germany. Her first solo overseas trip was at the direct invitation of the German Chancellor. Berlin wants, needs, stronger ties to the Trump Administration. TRANSLATION: It is the strategy of dialogue, that's the most important thing. You can reach Trump through his daughter.Every woman should do things by her own, and by her own status and her own positions and not because of her father's position. Expect to see more of the First Daughter on the international stage. In the age of Trump, it seems, family comes first.The BBC with that report there. The Syrian Government has criticised sanctions imposed by the US in response to the deadly chemical weapons attack which killed more than 80 people. Washington has black-listed more than 200 employees of a Syrian Government agency it claims is directly responsible for developing chemical weapons. Here is Syria's Deputy fompb Minister speaking on the ABC's Lateline last night.Syria doesn't have chemical weapons. Syria will never ever use chemical weapons against its own people. The whole thing was, I mean, manufactured, and manipulated by the United States. We have asked the international community, the Security Council, the organisation on the prevention of centimetre Cal weapons to come to Syria and visit the two places in Khan shake counsel and the air base from, the Sheikhoun, to visit the air base, to make sure that we have neither chemical weapons and neither we commit such a crime. Those who are responsible for such a crime have been planning for it for a long time, the terrorist armed groups, which are supported by Turkey, by Saudi Arabia, by come Western powers.The Syrian Deputy fompb Minister speaking on Lateline last night. To the major newspapers around the country and The Guardian Australia is reporting on US President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, being met with the jeers and boos in Berlin when she spoke about her father as a champion of supporting values.The Courier-Mail pictures boxer Manny Pacquaio as he meets one of the furry locals ahead of his fight later this year.The Canberra Times contains a warning from the CPSU that up to 4,500 public service jobs are under threat if the Government's efficiency drive continues.The Herald Sun reports that a siege at a home in northern Victoria has ended in tragedy. Of After a 2-hour stand-off, police entered a house to find the bodies of a man and a woman.The Financial Review reports on new incentives for retirees to sell the family home in order to free up the nation's housing stock.The Age reports on the overheated housing markets in Melbourne and Sydney.The Mercury reports real estate sales in Tasmania have jumped 30% in the past year.In the Sydney Morning Herald, the Prime Minister has warned he expects Australia to have a military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan for the foreseeable future.The Australian says NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller will today announce the formation of a new unit to investigate people who are vulnerable to Islamic State-style propaganda.The Daily Telegraph has criticised Yasmin who in a Facebook post on Anzac Day asked people to consider people in detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru and she has since deleted that post and has apologised.And Advertiser, theWest Australian says children's lives are being put at risk because of parents' fears over the safety of the flu vaccine. Fluvax nation rates apparently plummeted to just 7% for the 2010-2014 period.And the NT News has this bow Tso on its front page. It takes aim at supreme leader Kim Jong Un after the North Korean leader named Darwin as a US nuclear launch site. If it wasn't so serious, it would be very funny. Now, nestled in the southern forests and northern pastures of Western Australia is the biggest collection of carnivorous plants in the world. I bet you didn't no he that.New York it is a new fact. Researchers are trying to document them so they can be protected from black market trade and a range of other threats. Erin Park reports. They may look delicate, but these flowers survive by drinking the juices of unsuspecting inSeths. Carnivorous plantings like Venus fly traps are well-known, but few realise that Western Australia is home to the most diverse array of insect-eating plants in the world. Of the 600 or so specieses recorded about a third are found in WA. Tramping around the bush in a bid to understand them better is researcher Laura Skates.I want to know how much they rely on the nutrients from prey that they've captured compared to how much they rely on nutrients from the soil.It is a mission that has taken her to one of the most northern cattle stations in the State. Uncovering striking-looking plants that snare their prey in sticky fluid. Unfortunately a lot can come under threat from changes to habitat and even illegal collection, where people might want to take them home and have them for themselves. It can be quite a problem. So we want to better understand what these plants need in their own environments, and that way we can help to conserve them.Protection-worthy of plants that Charles Darwin described as some of the most wonderful in the world. I low of that story. I low of that story.Just don't get too close.And they're so benign-looking. Lovely little Daisies and wild flowers,... ,Yes, that's it.Funny.All of a sudden a wild pig gets eaten. Of Where was that wild pig.Still dining out on the Charles Darwin review, too, aren't we?Well, come on, wouldn't you? Charles Darwin comes here and Joseph Banks, documents everything and draws it all, oh, come on, that's a big claim to fame.I should be convinced by now. To sport and taking a look at the AOC situation, the board will hold a crisis meeting to discuss allegations of bullying and struggle for its presidency. Long-standing John Coates has denied the AOC has a toxic culture and insists he is the victim of a campaign to have him replaced by challenger Danni Roche and her supporters. John Coates says:

That will be at 6 o'clock tonight, so all of the board members will get together and talk about that and discuss the reputational damage that might be going on ahead of that AGM on Saturday week. Now, let's go to rugby league. Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith reckons his side use are's performance in last night's win over the Warriors was the best of the season. The Storm came back from 14-12 down to claim a 14-15 victory and return to the top of the ladder. This was a high-class game of rugby league and here are the trying. -- and here are the tries.

COMMENTATOR: He was able to reach out. Scores a big, big try for Melbourne.20-14 the final score. And St George-Illawarra could be without Gareth wid Davis Cup for a few weeks after he hurt his knee limping, there he is livering off. The club said a medial strain which could mean anything from 2 to 5 weeks. Scans today will reveal just how bad it is. The conversion just before full-time. Mitchell Pearce was the match-winner with a perfectly taken field goal which went straight over the black dot. The Roosters are smiling this morning. The Reds fought back from 2-0 down after just 12 minutes to salvage a point which is an impressive did is play to say the least. Adelaide forward Baba Diawara scored the draw - got the draw for his ta emin injury time, scoring in the 92nd minute. So, great achievement there. And the women's National Basketball League will next season be back on television for the first time in 3 years. Basketball signed a partnership with FOX Sports to run a game a week: The last few seasons it has been without a major broadcaster. Next season's league will run earlier and finish by February, so the top players can chase other opportunities overseas. And weave while, we've talked about that quite a bit on this program, the WNBL not getting enough air time, and it is not - well, it is a pay TV deal, so not on free-to-air, and one game a week and all the finals, so it's not perfect, but at least it's something and the league will be very pleased with that. They are getting key players back as well. Rachel jar ri I know has signed in the last couple of days. It is one of the top leagues in the world and deserves to be on television. Just a quick word from the AFL from yesterday, I think Collingwood is in a bit of strife, pretty plain to see, losing to the Bombers. The Bombers were just a bit more committed yesterday and Joe Daniher played a really good game. He kicked those goals and if he kicked straight he would have kicked a swag. Not too many high lights. Great tackling, though.And a great player to watch. The Bombers have something to like about it. The Collingwood team have only won one game. The coach Nathan Buckley, a favourite of almost everyone.He is. But is running out of chances to prove his worth this year. They say if he doesn't make the times, he is likely looking for a job in maybe the media.Will he last the year, though?If they don't win enough games, he might look at it halfway through the season and saying, "It might be time to stp away." Which is a shame because I really was hoping that he would pull it out at some stage, turn the team around and get them up near the top again.And those mid-season decaptations never really result in anything fabulous happening about of the end of the year anyway, so, yuck.Good stuff, PK Checking the weather. Good morning Nate.I know many of our viewers were up yesterday for the Dawn Service because so many people sent me in pictures of the sun rising. To have so many people supporting, it means a lot to those who have served and families. This sun rise over Bate Bay, Cronulla, a beautiful start to Anzac Day after the completion of Dawn Service," and I couldn't agree more. If you have photos you would like to send to me, I'm on Twitter. For today, things have changed across the south-east a little bit. Severe weather warning for damaging winds current and we can bring up a graphic to show you what the area is shortly in South Australia and Victoria. We are looking at 90-100km/h gusts on the forecast, and if you are in the warning area that is just on the south-east coast of South Australia and also across most of Victoria, you should make sure you secure your backyard before heading you should make sure you secure your
backyard before heading out for the day. Taking a look at what the day has in store for the rest of the country. A cold front moving over the south-east of the country, bringing a colder, wet and windy day, while a high on the west side is bringing clear skies to wus and South Australia. Around the -- to Western Australia and South Australia. Around the states:

Still ahead this morning, we catch up with the latest in music news Still ahead this morning, we catch
up with the latest in music news with The Beat..And thankfully this week, yes, he is still standing, because superstar Elton John has had a major health scare after a tour of South America. He is recovering in hospital, but he has had to cancel some concert dates. Zan will update you shortly, but first here is Michael with all the news.It has been confirmed the Prime Minister will meet with Donald Trump in the US next week for his first face-to-face meeting with the US President. White House spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed the visit this morning. The pair will attend a ceremony in New York to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. Malcolm Turnbull tweeted a short time ago that he is delighted to meet the US President The Australian Conservatives, the political party headed by Senator Cory Bernardi is merging with Family First. Two Family First representatives in the South Australian Parliament will switch to join Cory Bernardi's Conservatives, but the ABC understand newly elected senator Lucy Gichuhi will not be part of the merged party. Senator Bernardi left the Liberals earlier this year to start his own conservative party. I au. S submarine has docked in South Korea in a show of force amid growing concern over the North's nuclear and missile programs. It comes as a US aircraft carrier strike group steams towards the Korean Peninsula. Meanwhile, North Korea has marked the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its military with a large-scale firing drill. And eye vapk ka Trump has been booed by audience members at a G20 summit in Berlin after describing her father as a tremendous champion of families. The daughter took part in the panel, sitting alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel and IMF boss Christine Lagarde. The moderator stepped in while the audience groaned after the daughter said she was very proud of Mr Trump's advocacy.Now finance with Del.Inflation figures that are due out today are expected to show an increase, meaning an interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank will be firmly off the table next week fnl The figures are widely expected to show that the annual headline Consumer Price Index rose to 2.2% over the year to March. The Reserve Bank's target zone for inflation is between 2 and 3%, and experts say that the stronger inflation means the RBA's next rate move will likely be an increase. Unions have pointed to problems with the Census and Centrelink's automated debt recovery scheme to argue against cuts to the public service in next month's Budget. A .In pre-Budget submission, the Community and Public Sector Union says the so-called efficiency dividend could result in the logs of up to 4500 jobs over 3 years. The union has pointed to problems with the Census and Centrelink's automated debt recovery scheme as evidence of the impact of cutting public service staff. To the markets now:

Staying with the markets for the moment, investors have a taste for McDonald's shares after the fast food chain reported better-than-expected profits for the quarter. The profits grew by 8% to $1.2 billion. Shares have risen 15% this year giving the firm a market value of $115 billion. Meanwhile Coca-Cola has said it will cut about 1,200 jobs globally due to falling demand for its fizzy drinks. The carbonated drink sales fell 1% in the last quarter. Coca-Cola and rival Pepsico sales have been taking a hit as consumers in North America and Europe have increasingly been turning away from sugary drinks. The job cuts will start in the second half of this year and continue into next year. Finally WikiLeaks cofounder Jimmy Wales is combining a new service. His goal for Wikitribune to offer factual and neutral articles to help combat the problem of fake news. The service is intended to be ad-free and free to read, so he it will rely on supporters making regular donations. One said it had the potential to become a trusted site but suggested its influence might be limited: The writers need to detail the source of each fact and rely on public articles to keep them accurate, but they will be paying journalists and experts to verify the changes.OK, enough of this. Holiday snaps. Del has come home from South Africa, Cape Town where it seemed you had an amazing time. Can we have a look at some of the pics?That's at Cape pointe, the south-west most point of the cape and very, very windy up there. Really?My friend is wearing a dress in that photo, bad, bad choice.Bad choice indeed.I put a caption competition out on social media and the best one was," Marlin made this look very easy.""What's this one here.This is high beyond's Head, the mountain in the background is Table Mountain, so this had an elevation of 661 metres and the other one had an elevation of 1064. You hiked up, of courseYes.Your holiday didn't look like lying around the pool to me.It's Cape Town, everyone is super fit, super outdoorsy.Or running Town, everyone is super fit, super
outdoorsy.Or running away from these things.White rhinos.Very, very rare and gorgeous elephants as well That was probably my favourite part, getting up close and personal with the wildlife. We got a video of just how close we got to the elephants, and also got incredibly close to lions.We've shown on this program how those videos end, normally end bounding.That was my nightmare. I thought it is just a matter of time. I will be watching out for the name of that wildlife park on the news for a million news to come.And your video turning up. Looks like it was great fun.Lovely to be back with both of you and our viewers.Did you get a good exchange rate with the rand?Brilliant, took me everything not to report on the rand.When finance journalists go on holidays, they time it for the exchange rateIndeed we do.I'm watching for where you go next. Thank you.Four passengers have been injured after that boat that we mentioned last hour overturned between Stradbroke and Moreton Island off the Queensland coast this morning. We are hearing that all on board are accounted for. But there have been injuries, but police media say they have been accounted for. One has a back injury, another has ingested water, some with hypothermia. We will bringing more details as they come to hand from Queensland Police.Now for more on the growing tensions in the Korean Peninsula. The BBC's weir ra Davis reports.An American nuclear-powered submarine glides quietly into the South Korean port of bus san. It has been called a routine visit, but as tensions rise in the Korean Pence la, the sub has been joined by a much larger group of warships, led by aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. This is Donald Trump's toughest foreign policy challenge by far. His predecessor's strategic patience with Pyongyang clearly over. Mr Trump is demanding tougher UN action or else.The council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs. This is a real threat to the world, whether we want to talk about it or not.In a rare move, he has also summoned all 100 members of the Senate for a special White House briefing on Korea. The question is what briefing on Korea. The question is
what comes next? As it marks the 85th anniversary of the fournding of its army, the North Korean regime has reacted with furious words. The Foreign Minister industry's response was almost blood-curdling. TRANSLATION: Now that the U. Has pull its sword to killers, we will also pull out our grand sword to fight toed end. We will kill the US with our strong and revolutionary power. Our nuclear forces stand the call.China has urged the US not to act without UN approval and called on both sides to show restraint. Trying to second-guess two very different but two unpredictable leaders in Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump is not proving easy.That report from the BBC Now, an army of 60 robbers has carried out a braez enassault on the headquarters of a private security company in eastern Paraguay.One policeman has been killed by the raiders. Andrew Thompson reports. Dramatic video shows the headquarters under siege from armed attackers. (GUNFIRE) Cars set alight and neighbouring homes damaged. It is believed the gang members are from Brazil with witnesses saying they heard the attackers speaking in Portuguese. TRANSLATION: In a moment, we heard nonstop banging for an hour. During that time there were five grenades. The five were here in the house and we hid up top in my daughter's room. They are not here. I called the police and they told me not to come out.After the initial attack, police approached the scene, clashing with gang members, leaving one police officer fatally wounded. Local media initially believed the robbers made off with around $40 million from the cash storage facility, but authorities say the amount stolen is lower than that. Regardless, residents say a heist of this scale has not been seen before in the South American nation. TRANSLATION: This is as large as you get. Given the device, or the amount of vehicles used, the amount of people, weapons, it is the biggest one.The knoll government has ordered military personnel to support police in implementing order in the city. (National government) With two weeks to go until the Federal Budget, the Government is looking at how it can slow spiralling house prices.The Coalition has argued that increased supply puts downward pressure on house prices, but does it? 7.30 spoke to a range of people in the industryI don't know that it will put down ward pressure on prices but it might take a lot of the heat and stress out of the market for the current buyers.It is not simply a problem of housing supply. A lot of other things have to be done at the same time and we've had a natural experiment in New South Wales, in Sydney, over the last 4 or 5 years we've actually seen record amounts of new construction and where have house prices been going? Exactly in the same direction. It is a positive correlation.Governments at all levels should actually be looking at their land holdings and seeing iffing they have surplus land that could be put to better use for the community and for the economy, and a big part that have would be looking at land that might be suitable for housing developments or other forms of development that would unlock not just supply of housing but other amenity and opportunities in the community.It cob a useful polity initiative to do that, but a lot of the land which is held by Defence and other federal agencies isn't very well located, I think, for housing development.Let's be frank here, the Australian housing market is in the pit of irrational exuberance. It has been the easiest way to make money. Even the block of land that we're standing on, there is a probably a very good chance that the person who purchased this block of land has made twice as much money in capital gains in the last 12 months than they have learnt in income.Today is International Guide Dog Day, a day that celebrates the critical role they play in helping the blind and partialally sighted. New research conducted by Guide Dogs Victoria and Swinburne University is suggesting that the benefits of the canine are actually far, more far-reaching than first nought. Willow and other guide-dogs are helping to help with physical and other ail mentds.This research is the first research ever done to look at the benefits outside of guiding. 60% of those surveyed have some other health issues, so he it could be chronic depression, chronic pain, and the guide-dogs in fact really support people through those other health issues as well - it is early morning.In fact, we've got a list of benefits we can bring up. Kicking off with participation.Exactly.It enables people with sight impairment to get involved more.Exactly. The it is that real social facilitation. You look at the dialogue between us now with her, with Willow, and that whole social facilitation. Wherever I go with her, people will always walk up and say, "I love what guide-dogs do, and isn't she beautiful?" This research has found that social facilitation provides people with a level of confidence to go out there and mix in the community and in some instances do some things that they wouldn't normally do. We have a client who, for example, since he has got his guide-dog - had never done any trekking or anything like that, but now he does the, familiar Walk every year.Oh, wow! .Extraordinary, and he wouldn't do that if he didn't have his guide-dog.We know there are a list of people waiting for the guide-dogs, the most coveted wait. Is there a long need.The matches of a guide-dog is a very complex process. You have to look at somebody's lifestyle, their physical build, the style of the dog, and dogs have their own personalities as well, so he it is a long waiting list. It is generally around 6-9 months but what we are doing at Guide Dogs Victoria is we've upgraded our facilities and this year we will breed around 200 puppies this year, whereas last year we bred about 120, so it is a significant increase in the breeding program and the training program to be able to support the growth in the need for the services.And a significant investment. Roughly what does it cost to get a guide-dog battle-ready, so to speak?From the whole breeding program right through to training and matching with someone who is vision-impaired, it about $50,000.How has the rollout of the NDIS change the way you do business and better cater for the needs of blind people?Look, I think this is a fantastic health reform for this country, but it is not the panacea of all things disability and it is not going to fund all disability services so he I think that's a really important message to get out there into the community. We will still be extremely dependent on the fill philanthropic community to fund our services so we feel around 40% of our clients will be eligible for any sort of NDIS funding, so that still leaves a great deal of clients who have no funding and therefore all of our services are free, so he we need to really raise with the community the fact that we are still dependent on them to fund the services.Charmed by our company, clearly.Yes, we clearly bored Willow to snores. Please don't tell us you were doing the same thing on your couch this morning. Surely not.She said, "Who needs this." Blah", blah, blah, blah, bone? That's where the ears go up. To music news, they were the biggest girl band of the 1980s and now for the very first time the original Bananarama line-up will go on tour with classics like this. # She's got it # Yeah, baby, she's got it # I'm your Venus, I'm your fire # Your de sire # Well, I'm your Venus, I'm your fire # Your de # Her weapons were her crystal eyes.... # '80s music video, really nothing like them. For more, we are joined by Zan Rowe. Good morning. Bananarama back, you're kidding me, right?The soundtrack to my childhood. I still love that song and it had so many hits at well. Cruel Summer, 1984, one of my favourites, just so many big hits of the '80s, and yes, I was absolutely shocked to learn when I heard about this ee affirmation that the original line-up had never actually toured together.Don't you think it's testimony to the fact that the '80s and '90s were so much about the music video and buying records and buying CDs, that you could have a successful career without taking it on the road?It's true. I think they said the only time they performed together technically was to a cassette on Top of the Pops so they never actually hit the road, but also due to one of the founding members, Siobhan moving to the LA with her husband, Dave Stewart and forming the u rhythmics, and Shakespeare Sister, you may remember. They never played on a stage together, but now, 24 years later, they will be performing live for the first time in the UK in 2017, November 2017. There are no plans for any more tours anywhere else, but I wouldn't be surprised if they included Australia, because we've been given a wealth of '80s reformation bands, often these bands touring together. Interesting to see Bananarama going out to do it on their own, but they got a lot of press when they announced it in the UK, so I'm sure there will be lots of fans to see that original trio for the first time all those years later.As you say, Zan, we have a very big take-up of the '80s music here, a big vain of nostalgia that runs through the Australian psyche. On that front, although he is still standing as he sings, Elton John has reported by contracted a potentially deadly infection during a South American tour. What happened there? It happened off the back of, yes, his South American tour, in Chile, actually happened in April, but the news has come out from a spokesman who said that he contracted a rare and potentially deadly infection off the back of these shows. He was in intensive care when he reached his home in the UK and went straight to hospital for two days and has spent quite a bit of time recovering in hospital after that. They've just released this statement, so he is obviously doing OK, I'm sure it was quite scary for a couple of weeks ago, but he has cancelled his tours for the rest of April and through May, including big shows in Las Vegas. He is due to play in Australia later this year, including regional dates and his Australian promoter has said that all is good to go to the end of the year and no changes to those dates Wishing Sir Elton all the best He was pretty violently ill on the way home and it must have been toughtimes. And scary when you hit a certain age, those infections can be really quite dag rouse. Bill Murray, one of the most beloved actors by anyone here who works on News Breakfast is working on a new project and is working on a new project and this comes from a chance meeting on a flight.Yes, he sat next to the cellis t from the Phil Harmonic Orchestra, decided to make a project about the clashes of American culture and tap into a lot of German composers as well as more contemporary artists like Van Morrison, Bill Murray is singing the songs from West Side Story and also doing readings from people like Walt Whitman and earnest Hemingway. It will be a record and also a performance happening in the coming months much The album and the recording of that coming out in August but just proves to me that you never know what he will do next. He is such a renaissance man. I love Bill Murray so much, he can do no wrong, and into his 60s, trying new things and keeping us guessing. Amazingly versatile. Let's have a listen to what's in store.(Ing s) # Ain't necessarily so # The things that you're I liable to read in the Bible # It ain't necessarily so.... # I would pay money for that. How do we get to see it, Van.I think he is doing shows in Napa Valley.OK. Do you want to go there with me?I think we should plan a trip.Zan on Bill Murray's Excellent Adventure. NoOK.No problem.His voice isn't too bad.He has the Frank Sinatra approach, you walk your way through a songYes, that's right, dawdle. An Israeli medicinal cannabis start-up has become one of the most recent companies on the Stock Exchange. Kathryn Discovery has more.This laboratory in Israel is producing medicinal cannabis without growing a single plant.We can basically recreate or reverse engineer, reconstruct a source plant, any source plant we've profiled from other base plants.Put simply, the technology creates the chemical blueprint of a plant. Once it has done that, the company then recreates its chosen cannabis strain using more common plant varieties like citrus or pine trees. What comes out, an oil which smells, tastes and has many of the medicinal benefits of cannabis, but doesn't contain a trace of an actual cannabis plant.It can cost anywhere from $200,000 US to produce a litre of cannabis plant-derived tur peens, whilst we can do that from other source plants with little environmental footprint, very little cost.Despite its Israeli roots, the company shows the ASX as its launch pad into global markets because smaller start-ups often flounder on larger indissis. A trablingting p cans like Essence is part of a broader push to diversify its stock offering. 40% of its listed companies are resource-based. It is targeting New Zealand, Ireland and Israel for its innovative start-ups. You can list here and be a little bit small and get a smaller broader, so below a billion dollars, you are what they consider a very, very small country.The ASX regularly travels to target countrys to attract companies to list.To Sport with PK.The AOC will hold a crisis meeting tonight to discuss bullying allegations. John Coates has denied the AOC has a toxic culture and insists he is the victim of a campaign to have him replaced by those supporting Danni Roche. Cameron Smith reckons Hisahito team's last night's performance was one of the best. The Storm claimed a 20-14 victory and will return to the top of the ladder. In other rugby league news, St George-Illawarra could be without Garrett wid Davis Cup for a few weeks after the,, Widdop could be without Gareth for a few weeks after injuring his knee. Adelaide United has kept its Asian Champions League hopes alive with a 3-all draw with Osaka in Japan. A quick word on the AOC, once they sort out who will become the next President, if Coates hangs on or if Danni Roche becomes President, what they need to do is explain to the Australian people what they do for a job, how they support participation across the nation, how they work between the Olympics to provide some sort of public service other than doing exactly what they should be doing, is propping up sports, which are the members of their association, so that is pretty plain, but what else do you do? And why are you arguing so often? And why this struggle for power? I really don't understand it. The Olympic spirit that they hope to spread - where is that?When we talk about elites, it is groups like that, that we are speaking about. That's my he had -- editorial.To Nate with the the weather.Damaging winds in parts of South Australia and Victoria looking at gusts of over 180km/h. Best to keep your backyard secure as you head out for the day. Let's take a look at what the rest of the day has in store for the rest of the country. A cold front moving over the south-east, bringing wet, windy and cold conditions to the south-east corner, while a high in the west is bringing clear skies to WA and South Australia. Around the states:

After the break, we'll tell you more about a fantastic new exhibition of Van Gogh paintings at the National Gallery of Victoria. This one is truly, truly impressive.Yes, a big selection from the Van Gough Museum in Amsterdam. This program is not captioned. Malcolm Turnbull and Donald Trump to meet face to face for the first time next week in New York. The President looks forward to meeting the Prime Minister and to showcasing the enduring bonds, deep friendship and close alliance the United States has with Australia. Cory Bernardi's Conservatives join forces with Family First. Ivanka Trump met with boos as she defends her father at a women's summit.Also ahead: 50 art works from the brilliant Vincent Van Gogh arrive on our shores. We'll look at Australia's largest ever Van Gogh exhibition. It's a pearler and it opens tomorrow.In sport, the AOC crisis meeting over its power struggle and allegations of wrongdoing has been scheduled for later today. Welcome back on this Wednesday morning. You're watching News Breakfast.

Our top story: The Prime Minister heads to the US next week for his first face-to-face meeting with US President Donald Trump. The meeting was announced by White House spokesman Sean Spicer earlier this morning.Mr Turnbull and Mr Trump will attend a ceremony in New York to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea and Thiess they'll hold -- and they'll hold talks afterwards. It will take place on May 4, just five days before the Federal Budget is handed down. It will be a bit of a rush. Let's go straight to Washington. Stephanie March joins us now. Stephanie, good morning. So what's been the response to this news?Well, Virginia, we just heard this news earlier today. It was confirmed by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. We've heard quite a lot in recent weeks that this meeting was potentially on the cards. We understand advisers and officials from both Australia and the US were keen to get President Trump and Prime Minister Turnbull together as soon as possible, but obviously the timing is very difficult, as you mentioned, because it's less than a week before the Australian Budget is handed down. Nevertheless, the pair will meet for the first time next week in New York City on the USS Intrepid, which is an aircraft carrier that is stationed in the Hudson River. It's been turned into a museum. And Australia is describing this as part of celebrations for not only the Battle of the Coral Sea, which is its 75th anniversary this year, but also to celebrate what they're calling 100 years of mateship, Australia and the US have fought side by side together in every major conflict since World War I and that's something that the two will be reflecting on and commemorating alongside, we understand, World War II veterans from Australia, who will be flown over for the event. But as I did say, it was announced by Sean Spicer a short time ago. Let's have a listen to what he had to say.That same day, at the museum, the President will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia. The President looks forward to meeting with the Prime Minister and to showcasing the enduring bonds, deep friendship and close alliance the United States has with Australia. Sean Spicer there. A lot will be on the menu, I'm sure. Have we had a response yet from the were am?So the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has issued a statement and he's sent out a tweet saying that he's delighted to be travelling to the United States in May meet with President Trump. Now, this will be the first time the pair have met face to face, and the first time they've met since that testy phone call, reportedly, earlier this year over the refugee deal signed by Barack Obama that Donald Trump described as "dumb". Now, the pair have since made statements essentially smoothing things over but this is definitely going to a trip where, optically at least, visually, they're going to be trying to put things back on track, just even if you think about the words that Sean Spicer used there, you know, "proudly announcing" and "deep friendship", "close alliance" and all these types of things pointing to a positive tone for the meeting. Some of the things that are probably going to be high on the agenda are some of the security issues facing not only Australia but the United States, particularly what to do about North Korea's nuclear weapons program, and we also saw Prime Minister Turnbull speaking with the US Defense Secretary in Kabul about the coalition's future efforts in Afghanistan and the Middle East region. So there's probably going to be some big discussions about the security alliance among many other topics when the pair meet. Stephanie, good to talk to you. Thank you so much. We'll cross to Canberra in a moment to see what the visit means for the preparation ofle all-important budget which happens just a few days after that meeting in New York. To other news now. Four passengers have been injured after a boat overturned between Stradbroke and Morton islands off the Queensland coast this morning. It's thought 11 people were thrown into the water just before seven o'clock. Queensland Police say all passengers have been rescued with some suffering from hypothermia. With unis being treated for a back injury. Another has ingested water. The Australian Conservatives, the political party headed by Senator Cory Bernardi, is merging with Family First. Two Family First representatives in the South Australian Parliament will switch to join Senator Bernardi's Conservatives. But the ABC understands newly elected senator Lucy Gichuhi will not be part of the merged party. Senator Bernardi left the Liberals earlier this year to starlet his own conservative movement. A US submarine has docked in South Korea in a show of force amid growing concern over the North's nuclear and missile programs. It comes as the US aircraft carrier strike group steams towards the Korean Peninsula. Meanwhile, North Korea has marked the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its military with a large-scale firing drill. There have been fears North Korea would conduct another nuclear test or along-range missile launch in defiance of UN sanctions to mark this occasion. Investigators are trying to determine just what led to the deaths of a man and a woman, who were found inside a northern Victoria home after a stand-off with police. Police were called to the home in Wangaratta after shots were fired yesterday afternoon. Six children and two adults fled the home unharmed. After cordoning off the street, police found the pair dead inside that house. Russian hackers are thought to be targeting French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron. Security experts from a Tokyo-based company say phishing emails, malware and fake net dome yaps are being used. The attack -- domains are being used. The attackers are thought to be from the same group that targeted the US election. The Kremlin denies it is behind the attack.Ivanka Trump has been booed by audience members at a G20 women's summit in Berlin, after describing her father as a tremendous champion of families. The daughter of US President Donald Trump took part in the panel alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel and IMF chief Christine Lagarde. The moderator stepped in as the audience groaned while Ms Trump said she was very proud of Mr Trump's advocacy.

Let's take you to Canberra now for more on Malcolm Turnbull's looming trip to the US. Stephen Dziedzic joins us from the ABC bureau there. Stephen, good morning. Is there a bit of nervousness around that this is going to happen so close to Scott Morrison's Budget?There is, Michael. And the Prime Minister, I think, had to think very hard about whether he would take up this opportunity because it is, as you say, so close to the Budget. The Prime Minister will be in New York talking to Donald Trump barely four or five days before the Government's flagship economic statement is handed down. And that is an unusual situation. But Mr Turnbull, we're told, was persuaded by officials and others that it was crucial to get in now and meet Mr Trump that is face-to-face meeting was important to stabilise the bilateral relationship. Of course, the relationship goes well beyond the two men but it is nonetheless vital that the two can get on and have a coherent and sensible discussion about issues because, as ever, many decisions, particularly in the US system, are still made at the top. So Malcolm Turnbull will go to New York, he will meet with Donald Trump. Expect them to canvas a full range -- ca in, vass a full range of issues but particular focus on the Middle East and Afghanistan, where Australia is playing a role and where, as the Prime Minister has foreshadowed, it may continue to play a role for years to come.We'll wait to see if there will be hugs on the Hudson next week. Let's look now at that merger between Cory Bernardi's Conservatives Party and Family First. This is quite a big move, isn't it?It is a big move, Michael, albeit it at the edges of Australian politics. It's still a fairly tectonic shift in terms of conservative parties in Australia. The Australian Conservatives have essentially swallowed up the Family First party. Family First has disbanded and its two upper-house MPs in the South Australian State Parliament will now become Australian Conservatives members. Now, this gives Cory Bernardi, who formed this party only a couple of months ago, more left, more wealth. He gets a little more left and more weight. He gets a little bit more members in South Australia -- more heft. Lucy Gichuhi, the Family First senator, replacing Bob Day, will not join the Australian Conservatives. She is likely to stand in the Senate as an Independent. And the second thing that is interesting to note, as some ministers have already observed, is that the Australian Conservatives is now very much based in South Australia. That remains its greatest source of institutional know-how and support and some ministers are predicting it may even morph into something of a regional party. But for Senator Bernardi, who is making great strides, it has to be said, he's only formed this party a few months ago, like I said, and already he's made some gains. I'm sure, though, he's got an appetite for more.Yes. We'll wait to see how that pans out. Stephen, thank you so much. Lots of your views coming in on the news of the merger. Wayne asks the question, "Why are politicians who are elected for one party permitted to change parties midstream? Does that not negate the will of all of those who voted for that party?" Cory Bernardi, of course, copped a lot of flak on that front when he quit the Liberals in sensational circumstances, Virginia, at the start of the year.I know it irritates many of you when this happens. There is certainly no law, not even a convention, preventing it. Parties are something just created by people going into parliaments and it's not a thing of Parliament itself. Rhys says, "Is this an Australian first? Now it seems we have a party purely devoted to stripping people's rights rather than defending them," and Sean wonders whether they'll team up with One Nation. Probably not at this point but it is an interesting movement and potentially it has the ability to strip from the Liberal Party a much more conservative end, the more conservative rump and take that out and be a spoiler when it comes to the Liberals' own stand-alone primary vote. Let's take to you Berlin now and the first daughter, Ivanka Trump, has appeared on a pabl of heavy-hitters at the G -- panel of heavy-hitters at the G20 women's summit.She faced awkward moments and drew boos and groans when she praised her father's record on reporting -- supporting families. Jenny Hill from the BBC reports. Taking her place among the world's most powerful women, the first daughter rubbing shoulders with a Chancellor, a Queen and a banker. Almost immediately, Ivanka Trump found herself defending a President. He's been a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive. And the new reality of... Donald Trump's special adviser persisted. As a daughter, I can speak on a very perng level, knowing that he encouraged in he and enabled me to thrive. I grew up in a house where there were no barriers to what I could accomplish.The first daughter has made powerful friends. She's accompanied her father to talks with the leaders of Canada, Japan and Germany. Her first solo overseas trip was at the direct invitation of the German Chancellor. Berlin wants - needs - stronger ties to the Trump Administration. TRANSLATION: It's the strategy of dialogue. That's the most important thing. You can reach Trump through his daughter. Every woman should do things by her own and by her own status and by her own positions and not because of her father's position. Expect to see more of the first daughter on the international stage. In the age of Trump, it seems, family comes first. It's interesting. It's not really a way, as that woman said, of getting through to the US President via her daughter if you boo her.No, no. That won't work.No! Strange tactics.That's right. And as the phrase has been used by one member of the Trump Administration, we're taking names and we're looking at faces and we're writing them down. They'll be taking names there. Back home now and the largest ever exhibition in Australia of art works by the Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh opens to the public tomorrow.Van Gogh and the Seasons at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, features 50 works from the world-famous painter who died at the age of just 37. It's been given the seal of approval by his direct descendant, one of whom - great-grand niece - Josien Van Gogh, is with us in the studio along with exhibition curator Sjraar van Heugten. Good morning and welcome to I both. It's an honour to meet you, Josien, what an extraordinary heritage to be the descendant of someone as marvellous and revered as Van Gogh. What does it mean to you?To me, it's just part of my life because I was born a descendant from Theo Van Gogh.Vincent's brother.Yes, he was Vincent's brother. So, to me, it's not something special. But Theo had one son and that was my grandfather, so that's the blood line. Do you recall growing up in a house, at the age of 10 or early teens, walking around with Vincent's paintings on the wall, I suppose at the time not appreciating how fantastic they were?Um... No. Not really. Not like it is today. But on the other hand, we knew that we had to be careful with the paintings. For instance, we were not allowed to play football in the living room. Oh, you weren't allowed to play football in front of the Van Goghs. I'm told the same when I go to the National Gallery. No footy if in front of the Van Goghs, yeah! No, but that was about it. And my grandfather, his whole house was full with paintings and we had, like, three paintings in our house. Amazing.Yeah.Sjraar, it must be an extraordinary life working with the legacy of Vincent Van Gogh, handling these works and then getting to arrange them from an antipodean audience. What's been the challenge here? You have a great deal to choose from? Well, it's not like everybody is throwing the paintings at me. So you have to choose very carefully, have a good idea, a good concept, because nowadays you have to push your weight really, with lenders, and that is a good idea to lend to this particular exhibition. So the theme of Van Gogh and the Seasons, which has a clear place in his life, if you read his letters, was a challenging one. And so thought the people in Australia. The exhibition in the National Gallery of Victoria, that was the easy part, to push away them but then you have to get the paintings together and, of course, the Van Gogh Museum was behind it and the Vincent Van Gogh Foundation and there's a museum in the Netherlands which has the second-largest collection in the world. If you have a strong call from those two museums, then that's a good start. We're showing our viewers some examples of Vincent's artwork. Can you detect there was a fart season for him? One that was particularly evocative in his paintings?He says at a single moment that he likes autumn first but then again there is winter and so on...A oh, these artists!I think it's fair to say that it was autumn. He had a slightly melancholic disposition and he found that, obviously, back in autumn, and he prepared very well for spring. But it is remarkable that when autumn comes, he is in a kind of a fever and tells they'llo from Arles, "Please send as many canvases as you can and a lot of paint because autumn is coming and it's going to be marvellous," and the spectacular colour effects of autumn are challenging for an artist.An incredible selection there. What, in the end, allows a museum like the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam to decide to send these works all the way around the world? What sort of reassurances do they need to let these precious works go? Well, all kinds of things. The concept has to be interesting. That's a firm thing nowadays. But the museum has to be really a very professional place, fully equipped in terms of security, climate, transport has to be secure. All kinds of things have to be in place before they really agree to lend. He was great painter, Josien, but also, of course, a real challenged life, as Sjraar said. How important is it for you as a descendant to carry forward his legacy both in terms of the stuff we see on canvas but also telling the story of his personal life?Well, to us, it's very important. Um... Because, um, well, the most important thing, I think, is that the collection stays together for the largest part. And that, um, because of history, we have this museum and it allows people from all over the world to come and enjoy the paintings and if my grandfather had decided otherwise, the paintings would perhaps have been scattered all over the world and that didn't happen and - but it was his idea and, um, well, of course, his children had to agree with that idea as well, because they had to give up that part of their inheritance, but they did so very willingly and that's why we have this wonderful museum.It was an extraordinary gesture by Theo. I think we can bring up a photograph by Vincent's brother Theo. That relationship was crucial. I'd like to ask you both about that. Sjraar in a sense of what he wrote in his letters and said, it was almost like Theo was really the only person in his life.He was extremely important and Vincent was extremely important in Theo's life however difficult Vincent could sometimes be. They lived together for two years in Paris and that drove Theo rather up the walls, but they loved each other and Theo realised that Vincent was a very special person, even before he became a painter, he was a man who was so much interested in literature, knowledgeable, had deep thoughts about life and so Theo looked up to him and Vincent simply cherished Theo.And Josien, Theo championed his brother. He really was the one who made sure that he had canvases to paint on, that he was taken care of and that he had a career.Yes, he enabled it, because he sent money to Vincent and that way, Vincent could keep on working and, of course, he supported him also, um, morally, or...And emotionally.And emotionally and that was very important. And of course I think that both brothers were active in art. Theo was an art dealer and Vincent created art so they were on one level with each other and more perhaps than the other members of the family. I don't know if I'm correct in that.That would be correct. And an important point also is that it was Theo's idea for Vincent to be trying to become an artist. So there was also a kind of a moral obligation for him to make that happen and, at first, of course, the science were not good because Van Gogh was not a talented artist to start with, but then Theo also saw that he was developing into something with real promise.And so we see on the walls of the NGV today. It looks like a remarkable exhibition. It's been a pleasure to meet you both. Thanks so much for stopping by.Thank you.Thank you. And we promise that Victorians will take care of that work.We're sure you will.No football!With heart in mouth... Let's look at the finance news now and Del has the latest on that Thank you,
front. Good morning. Thank you, Michael. Good morning, everyone. Analysts say that official inflation figures due out today are expected to show an increase, meaning that an interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank would be firmly off the table next week. The figures are widely expected to show the annual headline consumer price index road to 2.2% over the year to March. The Reserve Bank's target zone for inflation is between 2% and 3%. Experts say stronger inflation means the RBA's next rate move will likely be an increase. Unions have pointed to problems with the census and Centrelink's automated dealt recovery scheme to argue against -- automated debt recovery scheme to argue against cuts to next month's Budget. In a pre-Budget submission, the union says the so-called efficiency dividend could result in the loss of up to 4,500 jobs over three years. The union has pointed to problems with the census and Centrelink's automated debt recovery scheme as evidence of the impact of cutting public service staff. Let's check the markets now.

For more on finance, I'm joined in the studio by Fiona Clark, an analyst at stock market newsletter Marcus Today. Good morning, Fiona. Good morning, Del.As I mentioned, those inflation numbers are expected to come out today and they're going to be a key focal point for the RBA, won't they?At the are. We're expecting a 0.6% increase for the quarter, or 2.2%, which is within the RBA's target band, the first time it's been in that band since the September quarter of 2014. But the underlying rate of inflation, or core inflation, is expected to be a little bit more subdued, so 0.5% for the quarter or 1.8% for the year. It's likely that in terms of what the RBA will do next, no pressure on cutting rates because it might stimulate housing demand, but not a huge pressure to increase rates just yet while the core inflation number is subdued.So it's likely that rates will be on hold for a while? Yeah.Given that, we've seen recently that banks have managed to raise their mortgage rates despite RBA rates holding at record lows. That's right. And that's one of the reasons why the RBA is not under pressure to increase rates because the banks are doing that for themselves. It's mainly targeted at fixed-rate loans and investor-based loans, which is what the RBA wants. It wants to improve bank lending practices and APRA has wanted to reduce the bank's focus on lending investment and bring that back to 30%. Both of those are taking away a little bit of stimulus from the market in terms of interest rates. You mentioned the RBA is looking at the housing market which will be a key focus as we head into the Budget as well. Given the fact that just this week UBS analysts called the top of the housing market, how much risk is there with this movement? Well, the RBA's main focus is that there is not much buffer and a third of home-owners have less than one month's buffer in terms of mortgage repayment ability. The RBA believes if there is any pressure or risk for the housing market, this lack of buffer, if you want to call it that, will actually exacerbate or exaggerate any price fall. This has meant that there's obviously a lot of talk. UBS, as you mentioned, saying it's the top of the market and it's ringing the bell on the sector. UBS, like us, don't necessarily think this means a collapse in the sector, perhaps more a correction. There's a lot of pent-up demand, but we are seeing some slowing momentum in the housing sector at the moment. Now, talking about momentum, or lack thereof, the BHP production report is out today. What are we expecting? We're not expecting much. We've had reports from Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals. We have an idea that things won't be particular. A 45-day strike at the biggest copper mine in the world, Rio's production from there was down 37% to the lowest quarterly production of copper for 37 years. So it's not looking good. We're hoping BHP will have more insight in terms of when it will come back to full line. We're also expecting coal output to be reduced because of the impact centre Cyclone Debbie and in terms of iron ore production, there were weather-related interruptions too. The risks are to the downside which is disappointing because some analysts were expecting capital management initiatives, particularly in light of proposals last week from outlook
Elliot Associates.What's the outlook for the ASX today?It's looking good. Futures over the last few days suggest a 50-point rise after the relief rally from the French election. That's all positive short term. Longer term going forward we have a few risks ahead of us, one of which is the reduction of central bank stimulus in terms of reduced quantitative easing. Is, for example, the ECB, which has its QE program down to 60 trillion euro a month. With the improved outlook in Europe, there's concern that they will taper that program a little bit more quickly than expected. And markets aren't compact organise what that reduced liquidity will do to the market.So still some risks out there?Exactly.Fiona Clark, thank you for talking to us.Thanks, Del. Thank you, Del. Lots of interest in the finance news with the always charming Fiona. How's that for a wrap? Sport with PK. Thanks very much. Not much for me there, though, Michael. The AOC is having a crisis meeting tonight. It will be at six o'clock and they'll talk about different things including allegations of bullying and the struggle for the presidency. Long-standing president John Coates has denied the AOC has a toxic culture and insists he's a victim of a campaign to have him replaced. His challenger is Danni Roche and John Coates released a statement yesterday saying in part:

They're going to have a vote for the presidency on Saturday week but they can't wait to sort out the problems so that crisis meeting will happen tonight and the ABC will stay across that and report on it in the morning. Cameron Smith reckons the Storm's performance over the Warriors was his team's best this season. They claimed a 20-14 victory after being 12-14 down. Here are the tries:

That's a big, big try for Melbourne. Also yesterday, there was a tight match between the Roosters and the Dragons. St George Illawarra could be without Gareth Widdop for a few weeks after the playmaker hurt his knee in the golden-point loss. The club says it's a medial strain. Scans will reveal today just how bad it is. The Dragons forced the game into extra time with a try just before full-time and that wonderful conversion there. But Mitchell Pearce was the match-winner with a perfectly taken field goal. Here it is. Just knocked it over. And that would have felt good off the boot. The Roosters are smiling this morning. So, too, Essendon in the AFL, moving into the top eight after a win over the Magpies at the MCG. Joe Daniher kicked three goals and won the Anzac medal in the 18 moinch victory and that was the critical goal of the game there. -- 18-point victory. Loss puts more pressure on Nathan Buckley. There were few highlights. The tackling and commitment from the Bombers was superior to Collingwood yesterday. The Magpies have just five days to prepare for their next match against the local Geelong. Just joking. Geelong is probably the best team at the moment. Adelaide United kept its Asian Champions League hopes alive with a 3-3 draw against Gamba Osaka in Japan no less. A hell of a good performance by the Reds. They fought back from 2-0 after 12 minutes to salvage a point and the third goal came in the 92nd minute and that was from Baba Diawara. So a good frt there by the Adelaide Reds. Still going in competition even though they didn't make much of their A-League season. The women's national basketball league will next season be back on television for the first time in three years. Basketball Australia has signed a partnership with Fox Sports to run a game a week and all finals. The WNBL was on the ABC for three decades but the last few seasons has been without a broadcaster. Next season's league will run earlier and finish by February so top players can chase other opportunities overseas and I feel like they've slot understood a window where they think people will slot into a window where they think people will watch. I've seen a tweet this morning from a player who has signed a deal to play for the Canberra Capitals, another world-class player coming back into the system and she's delighted that it's back on TV. Somewhere for the players to show their skills and then things build from there. Thanks, PK.Thank you.Wednesday weather now weather now with Nate. I want to show you this sunrise picture from more yag Jones. She says it's a photo taken on the highway north of Dimboola by Andre Jones who is running solo from Melbourne to Darwin for Beyond Blue. That's almost 4,000 kilometres of running for a great cause and more yag just tweeted to let me know that he's a former Navy member. Good on you, Andre! If you see him on his run, let me know. Morag just tweeted to let me know that he's a former Navy member. Good on you, Andre! If you see him on his run, let We have severe weather warning for damaging winds current for parts of South Australia and Victoria and that includes 90km/h to 100km/h gusts on the forecast. If you're in that warning area, clear your backyard before heading out for the day. Let's look at what the day has in store for the rest-of-the country. We can see a strong cold front moving over the south-east, and that's responsible for a chilly night last night and a cold, wet and windy day ahead. Meanwhile, a broad high ridging into the west of the country is bringing clear skies to Western Australia and the west of South Australia as well. Looking around the states:

Thank you very much, Nate. Good morning to all the viewers in Cocklebidi in WA, what a fantastic name. Now to something serious. The Syrian Government has criticised sanctions imposed by the US in response to the deadly chemical weapons attack which killed more than 80 people. Washington has black-listed more than 200 employees of a Syrian government agency that it claims is responsible for developing chemical weapons. Here's Sire's deputy Foreign Minister speaking on the ABC's laceline program.Syria doesn't have chemical weapons. Syria will never, ever use chemical weapons against its open people. The whole scene was manufactured and manipulated by the United States. We have asked the international community, the Security Council, the organisation on the prevention of chemical weapons, to come to Syria and visit the two places and the air base from which the Americans claim the plane departed and bombarded the town in Idlib province, to make sure that we have neither chemical weapons, neither we commit such crimes. Those who are... I mean responsible for such a crime have been planning for it for a long time, are the terrorist armed groups which are supported by Turkey, by Saudi Arabia, but some Western powers. Now, an army of 60 beers -- robbers has carried out a brazen assault on the headquarters of a private security company in eastern Paraguay.One policeman has been killed. Andrew Thompson has more. This video shows the national headquarters of a security form under siege from -- security firm under siege from armed attackers. Cars set alight and neighbouring homes damaged. It's believed the gang members are from Brazil, with witnesses saying they heard the attackers speaking in Portuguese. TRANSLATION: In a moment, we heard non-stop banging for an hour. During that time, there were five grenades. The five were here in the house and we hid up top in my daughter's room. They are not here. I called the police and they told me not to come out. After the initial attack, police approached the scene, clashing with gang members, leaving one police officer fatally wounded. Local media initially believed the robbers made off with around $40 million from the cash storage facility, but authorities say the amount stolen is lower than that. Regardless, residents say a heist of this scale has not been seen before in the South American nation. TRANSLATION: This is the largest yet and given the device or the amount of vehicles used, the amount of people, weapons, it is the biggest one. The national government has ordered military personnel to support police in implementing order in the city. Now, at the age of 10, our next guest and her family waved goodbye to Africa on a journey that eventually bring them to a new life in Tasmania.But memories of an idyllic childhood by the banks of the Congo River in Tanzania, never left Katherine Scholes and inspired her passion for writing.My father was a missionary doctor and my mother an artist. I had three brothers and sisters. The four of us would go with the rest of the family on these long safaris out to the bush. Dad would set up tents and run a clinic out of the back of his Land Rover. Us kids were really allowed to just wander around, do whatever we liked. We just had to avoid hopefully getting eaten by crocodiles, treading on snakes or many of the other dangerous things of the African bush.It looks amazing. Katherine's latest novel is called Congo Dawn and draws deeply on those vivid memorieses. Good morning. Welcome to News Breakfast. Thank you.This story, this novel, goes back to your childhood, to your heart, because it's a part of your life that's been so important to you.Yes, it has. I think for two reasons - one because Africa is an amazing place. It has an extraordinary power of landscape and people that seems to affect everyone. But then also if you're born somewhere that's deeply in you, isn't it? But then particularly being taken away at the age of 10. I think if you, um, take a child's home away, they treasure it and about it becomes a kind of a longing that's part of the passion that you need to write a story.We're showing some pictures of young Katherine there in Tanzania. Do you have any abiding recollections of your time there growing up? Your dad was a safari doctor I believe.Yeah. So he would drive way out into the bush and we'd go with him often and just open the back of his Land Rover and start operating a clinic.That's an amazing image in my mind, your father doing that. And you just sort of what, skip and play around the can car while he did it?Well, my mother would be under another tree painting pictures because she was an artist - so landscapes and portraits of local people who were patient about being sat down to be paint, more than we were. There were four of us kids and we could do whatever we wanted to do as long as we avoided, preferably, getting bitten by snakes or eaten by crocodiles or those kinds of things.That's a fairly easy task to achieve. Just run fast.True.The place and that important part of your story has featured before in your writing, but I know that in relation to this book, Congo Dawn, you had a bit of a sort of a reset of your thinking. I think you said somewhere that you needed at some point to come - to take account for the colonial history that also goes with that extraordinary place that you described that is so captivating. That's right. Because we, um, we all have a very romantic picture about Africa and many of my readers do, and as a writer, I have as well and I always knew, of course, that there was another side to this that was experienced by African people in a different way to how we did. And it was time, it was time to look at that and do all that research and really understand. It's easy to have a surface understanding of those issues, but to look at it more deeply is harder.Without dropping the ending of course, what's the brief precis of the plot? It involves an Australian woman who goes back to Tanzania.It's actually in the Congo because the other thing that happened to me was on a research trip to Tanzania, we had gone inside to a lake on the border, and while we were looking at chimpanzees in the forest and it was all sort of wonderful, across the lake was the Congo in the distance and I started to think that that was the... Looking at me and saying, "Tell this story," because the Congo the most horrendous colonial regime probably anywhere in the world.It did.So my story is set at the time of independence, just after they'd got their hopes up of being free before the CIA and the Belgians and other people saw to it that there would be an assassination of their leader and everything started to unravel.What's so interesting to me about your writing and your writing style is that it's so unadorned and economical and so straightforward. There's a great deal of writing and sometimes I think even Australian writing in particular that's very purple. An Australian writer really -- rarely meets an adjective that they don't like. How do you make sure that your writing is so crisp and so clear? How do stop that instinct to cram more stuff in?I think it's because I started my adult life as a film-maker. Film-makers don't use extra words. You probably don't use extra words. And it's all on the cutting room floor. So I write, um, as leanly, as you say, which is kind of funny because it's a big fat book.So that means you get to more stuff. Because your writing is so lean, there's no padding in there. It's all yarn. There's a lot in there, because there was so much to go into because of the mercenary soldiers who are in this book. That was a huge area of research for me. Dan Miller is my first male character. I think I can't believe this. First male character and he's a mercenary soldier. The research, of course, is where all this comes from.You're a popular author here, much, much more popular, though, overseas, particularly in Europe. Do you know, or would you like to posit a theory, as to why you're a bigger best-selling author over in Europe and the States than you are in Australia?It's always a mystery why something is a best-seller and I remember having lunch with my German publisher once and I thought I would ask her why and she said, "And why do you think you are so successful in Germany!" The truth is they are part of that colonial story of Africa in a way that Australians and Americans aren't.It's a strongly European story.It is, it is. And my French publisher is really interested in Congo Dawn because she has Belgian ancestors and while it's a harsh history for them, as in Australia we have a history that we can quite uncomfortable about, but we're interested in it and we want to see it explored properly.Now, I know your books take a long time to research and to write, so do you give yourself a nice big break before starting the next one? Or is it straight on to the next story? It's straight on to my favourite part which is the research and the thinking where you really can go and sit in coffee shops and ponder magazines and watch movies and wait for something to come that you think is going to be big enough to sustain the weight of a really big story, which a novel must be. We wish the best with the next project. I'm sure it will be massive as well.Thank you.Thanks so much for joining us. Go well. Thank you.We'll take you to Federal politics now and with two weeks to go until the Budget, the Government is looking at how it can slow spiralling house prices.The Coalition has long argued that increased supply puts downward pressure on prices. But does it? Julia Holman spoke to a range of people in the housing industry.I don't know if it will put downward pressure on prices but it might take a lot of that heat and stress out of the, you know, the market, for the current buyers.It is not simply a problem of housing supply. A lot of other things have to be done at the same time. And we've had a sort of natural experiment in New South Wales, in Sydney, over the last four or five years of actually seeing record amounts of new construction and are have house prices been going? Exactly in the same direction. It's a positive correlation.Governments at all levels should look at land holdings and seeing if they've got surplus land that could be put to better use for the community and for the economy and a big part of that would be looking at land that might be suitable for housing developments or other forms of development that would unlock not just supply of housing, but other amenities and opportunities in the community.It could be a useful policy initiative to do that but a lot of the land which is held by defence and other federal agencies is not well located, I think, for housing developments.Let's be frank here. The Australian housing market is in the pit of irrational exuberance. It has been the easiest way to make money. Even the block of land we're standing on, you would... There's probably a very good chance that person who purchased this block of land mass made twice as much money in capital gains in the last 12 months than they earned in income. That report put together by 7.30's Julia Holman. Now to a big no. In Australian politics, in the word of our Canberra correspondent, a tectonic shift in conservative politics, the news that Cory Bernardi's party, Australian Conservatives, is merging with the Family First part and this man here will garner more conservative votes off the Coalition. Matt comes at it from another way. He has an idea for a new name, "Conservative Family First", combining the two.It might work. Are Brock says, "I'm looking forward to the power battles inside this band-aided structure." And Libby says, "I suspect it won't do either of them any favours." It's a time of small parties and Independents and stand-aloans so who knows what this means. It could, indeed, in some crucial seats, if they play it strategically, really draw votes away from the Liberal Party and muck up their chances of governing in their own right and that's the real risk.Yeah and topped off with the threat posed by One Nation, particularly battles as soon as the Queensland election, which could play out early next year, it is a real threat to Coalition parties around Australia. Thank you for your views on that. Now, today is International Guide Dog Day, a day that celebrates the critical role they play in helping the blind and partially sighted.And we use it as an excuse to get a beautiful dog on the couch. New research by Guide Dogs Victoria and Swinburne University suggests the benefits of the canine helpers are more broad than simply allowing a sighted person to move through the world. Guide Dogs Victoria's Karen Hayes joined us with ambassador dog Willow.This is the first research to look at the benefits of guide dogs outside of guiding. 5% of the people survived -- 65% of the people surveyed had some other issues, such as colonic pain or repression or whatever, and the research found that guide dogs support people through those other health issues as well. It's early morning for her. We've got a list of benefits we can bring up. Kicking off with participation.Exactly.It enables people with sight impairment to gets involved more.Exactly. It's that real social facilitation. You look at the dialogue between us now with her, with Willow and that whole social facilitation and wherever I go with her, people will always walk up and say, "I love what guide dogs do and isn't she beautiful?" So what we've found with this research is that this social facilitation provides people with a level of confidence to go out and mix in the community and in some instances do some things that they wouldn't normally do. So we've got a client, for example, who, since he's had his guide dog - had never, ever done trekking or anything like that but now he's done the -- he does the Oxfam walk every year.Oh, wow. That's amazing.He wouldn't do that had he not had his guide dog.We know there's a lodge list to get rejected guide dogs, they're considered the most coveted dog you can get. Is it a long wait to get an assistance dog?It varies. The matching of a guide dog is a complex process. You've got to look at somebody's lifestyle, their physical build, the style of the dog and dogs all have their only permits as well. Away.It is a long waiting list. It's generally around, you know, six to nine months.Right.But what we're doing at Guide Dogs Victoria is we've upgraded our facilities and this year we'll breed around 200 puppies this year so that means that that - whereas last year we bred about 120. So it's a significant increase in the breeding program and the training program to be able to support the growth in the need for the services.And a significant investment. Roughly what does it cost to get a guide dog battle ready so to speak.Yeah, from the whole breeding program right through to training and matching with somebody who is vision-impaired, it's about $50,000.How has the rollout of the NDIS changed way you do business? And better cater for the needs of blind people?Look, I think this is a fantastic health reform for this country. -- for it country -- for this country, but it's not the panacea of all things disability and it won't fund all disability services. That's an important message. We will still be extremely dependent on the philanthropic community for our services. We feel 40% of our clients will be eligible for some NDIS funding so that leaves a great deal of clients who have no funding. All of our services are free. So we need to really raise with the community the fact that we are still dependent on them to fund the services.Basically, the image of anyone who watches News Breakfast.Beautiful dog.Galvanised by our conversation. We're going to have to do something more interesting when she comes on.It just affects dogs. As long as humans keep watching us - thank you very much...You know what the problem wasWhat?No bacon in the pocket. We've been warned about the dangers of using Dr Google to solve our problems. Now app developers hope to go further.They say the app will be better than a human doctor, what? Is it too good to be true. The BBC's Cellan Jones finds out. Dr Hannah Allen is seeing a patient inside a technology company with an ambitious mission. It's building a computer program which should one day be able to diagnose your problem at least as well as your GP.Could you specify the regions where you have pain?The computer has been given the same information as the doctor and reaches the same conclusion. There's a long way to go but eventually this should be a smartphone app that you can talk to. What you're going to have a doctor, your own personal doctor, who will sit in your pocket, monitors you all the time, who you can talk to. It will diagnose you.This project combines medicine and the latest trends in computer science.Machine learning is about giving lots and lots of dater to the computer, which learns from that data to do specific tasks. It could be in the medical field. It could be in education.It gives you personalised recommendations on shopping sites. It helped a computer beat a champion player of a complex Chinese game and machine learning is powering the software behind driverless cars. But there are concerns about these machines removing the human touch from many areas of our lives and costing jobs. I don't feel like it's going to be put me out of a job. I think it's going to work nicely alongside of GPs. I love seeing patients and being able to listen to patients' complaints and be able to come up with, you know, sluckss to their problems.Are you sweating more than usual?Computers can learn much faster and much more than we can. But let's face it - they're never going to have much of a bedside manner.Can I confirm your gender please?Her face is alright!The doctor sitting opposite doesn't have to say, "Can I confirm your gender, please?"It depends on how rough I'm looking in the morning.That's very true. A lot of people see their doctor, particularly later in life, for the company and for the conversation and for the humanity. I'm sure it will be useful in specific circumstances, long distance and the like, but it's not going to replace the doc. The last male northern white rhino is going to extraordinary lengths to find a mate with conservationists turning to the dating app Tinder. I'm going to pause there for a second... The rhino, called Sudan, has had a profile set up to help raise money for a $9 million fertility treatment after all natural attempts failed. There is a line here that I'm tempted to use, but I won't. His profile says, "I don't mean to be forward, but the fate of my species literally depends on me." How's that for a pick-up line? A swipe right sends users to a page to make hopefully gigantic donations.Oh, that's very funny. If you're interested in conservation, that might interest you.Sport now. PK joins us. Good morning. To other more serious matters... The Australian Olympic Committee board will hold a crisis meeting tonight to discuss itself and allegations of bullying and a struggle for the presidency. Long-standing president John Coates denied the AOC has a toxic culture and insists he's the victim of a campaign to have him replaced by those who are getting behind the challenge of Danni Roche. Cameron Smith reckons his side's performance in the win over the Warriors was the season's best. It was significantly high class, this game and the Storm were eventually able to run away with a 20-14 win. Go back to the top of the table for mine they're the best team in it. Cooper Cronk will want to win the competition before heading off at the end of the season. Scott Morrison could be without Gareth Widdop. He's hurt his knee, looking like a medial strain to a couple of weeks on the sideline. Medial is not the first injury you can get. Adelaide United has done well in the Asian Champions League overnight keeping hopes of staying in the competition alive with a 3-3 draw with Gamba Osaka in Japan. Not many Australians teams do that.
We stand by to see what the AOC determines about itself.Ha!We'll find out tomorrow morning, yes? Because it's a tele-conference early evening tonight?It'll probably go for about six hours. Rod Stewart has been in the news celebrating a sporting triumph, probably not one close to his heart other than his son, Liam, who is playing for Great Britain in the hockey and actually scored a goal for Great Britain against Estonia.That's my boy!His boy! Liam is on record as saying his old man hasn't come to watch him but if it was a toss-up between Celtic, his favourite team, and the ice hockey, he'd definitely go to watch the football and a viewer has written in to say finally Celtic has got a mention on the program. Undefeated in the Scottish Premier League.Rod sturlt Stuart, who is about 135 yurld old, looks amazing. -- 135 years old, looks amazing. It's good to see he's a goofy dad. And adoring dad.Yeah. We have a taste of winter for the south-east of the country thanks to a big cold front coming up and over.

Wet and rainy in the south-east.

Lovely. Thanks so much, Nate.Are you happy that Banana are, ama is back together?Absolutely stoked! He's not been sleeping!I saw you clicking your fingers.All the music in this studio. I had no idea how often I'd be grooving down to be honest.Don't tell them about the off-air singing.Yes, mam!You have a fine voice by the way, as does PK. Hello! And? And?And Virginia.Oh! There we go.Gorgeous.That's assault! Charges will be laid. We're back...See you This program is not captioned.