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(generated from captions) This program is not captioned. This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. This program is live captioned Ericsson Access The AOC in crisis. An independent IRA view will examine bullying allegations at the very top of the organisation.Australia first - the Government to restrict gas exports to guarantee domestic supply.The entire US Senate bussed to the White House for a briefing on North Korea as Kim Jong Un again stages weapons tests.And crabs invading the Bay of Pigs. The annual migration that is causing very big problems for Cubans. Reynolds to leave the Bulldogs and more big news to come in the NRL's player contract soap. Ra.Good morning. It is Thursday, 27 April. I'm Michael Rowland.And I'm Virginia Trioli and you're watching News Breakfast.

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The Australian Olympic Committee has commissioned an independent review into its own work practices amid allegations of bullying at the very top of the organisation. Now, it's just a week out from a crucial vote on John Coates's 27-year reign as the head of the AOC. The announcement of the review came after an emergency board meeting last night but was immediately criticised by the former CEO.Fiona de Jong has questioned the impartiality of the review that will be overseen by incoming chief executive Matt Carroll. Last week, Ms De Jong made public allegations of bullying against media director Mike tank red, who has now been stood aside. She has called for the work practices review to be fully independent.Why can't it just be a fully independent commission as has been the case established to hear my complaint? Having sat in that role, I question the ability of any CEO to be truly independent and impartial since my complaint did go public, the number of former employees who have contacted me about their experiences inappropriate behaviour or allegations of bullying from their time at the AOC it's been really sad, to be honest.Fiona de Jong's complaints will be overseen by a separate panel that will consist of three senior counsel or retired judges. Virginia, good morning.Good morning, Michael.This is shaping up as one of the most epic boardroom battles in Australian corporate history with sport involved as well, bitter personal politics and awful allegations of bullying being thrown around left, right and centre now.Some awful ones have come tory in the -- come to air in the last 24 hours, published in the papers today, allegations of critical and unkind comments head by John Coates about a young staff member, who was undergoing cancer treatment and had missed very view days due to chemotherapy and he was criticising and attacking her and encouraging her to left the organisation. That's been represented as bullying and unfair work practices. It gets messier and messier. You've got a lot of money involved, a lot of power involved and a lot of egos and personalities. That's a tinderbox. More on that shortly. In other news, the Federal Government is set to impose export restrictions on gas in a bid to ensure no domestic shortages. The Government says the announcement is also aimed at protecting manufacturing jobs threatened by unreliable supply and high prices. Major gas companies say exporting is not the issue. They blame restrictions on exploration in Australia for a supply shortage.The entire US Senate has now arrived for a rare briefing on North Korea at the White House. Four top officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the secretary of defence, James Mattis, will be involved in that. Meanwhile, the top US military commander in the Asia-Pacific says an antimissile defence system being built in South Korea will be operational in the coming days. Admiral Harry Harris has told Congress this aims to bring Kim Jong Un to his senses, not his knees. It comes a day after North Korea carried out a live weapons dril drill. The ABC has learned Turkey is watching around 420 Australians who have been listed on a terrorism watch list. The country has been the main gateway for foreign fighters wanting to join terror group with more than 100 Australians currently fighting in places like Syria. The revelation comes as Turkish authorities press ahead with the prosecution of Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash. The Justice Minister, Michael Keenan, says the two countries will cooperate to stop Australians joining the conflict in Syria.We make a reasonable, sizeable chunk of the Western foreign fighters that have gone into this conflict and we've really worked very hard, though, to stop Australian involvement and we've been successful at doing so. The Justice Minister there. Now, a desperate search is under way for a father and his teenage son who have spent a third night lost in Tasmania's wilderness. The inexperienced bush walkers set off on a 70km trek from Scots peak near Lake Pedder. Poor weather conditions and rough terrain are making it hard for the SES and police to reach the area. It's feared the pair were ill equipped for these conditions.The Trump Administration has just announced one of the biggest tax cuts in US history. Treasury Secretary mush mush Malcolm Turnbull confirmed tax paid by -- Treasury Secretary mush mush mush con -- Steven Mnuchin confirmed tax paid by the corporations will be slashed from 35% to 15%. Businesses which repatriate earnings made overseas are expected to receive an even higher discount. It's not known how the Administration will pay for cuts.French intelligence authorities say they have evidence the Syrian government used sarin gas in a deadly chemical attack. The Assad regime has denied responsibility for the attack that killed more than 80 people. The French Foreign Minister has revealed samples taken from the scene prove the Syrian government manufactured the nerve agent.Director Jonathan Demme best known for Silence Of The Lambs has died. Demme also acclaimed Philadelphia. The 73-year-old died of complications from oesophagus cancer.Moments before the close..

Let's check your Thursday weather with Nate.

Thank you very much, Nate. Let's go straight to Washington now where senators are discussing the situation with North Korea at the White House. Our North America correspondent Conor Duffy joins us. The President invited all 100 members of the Senate to the White House. Do we know why?Well, it's a little bit unusual, Michael. We've been seeing pictures of giant white buses that look like they're on a strange kind of packaged holiday tour heading from Capitol Hill along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. Not everyone on the bus seems happy to be along for the ride either. One Democratic senator tweeted he was going to the North Korea briefing/Trump 100 days photo opportunity. We know some heavy-hitters are leading this briefing. There's the Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis, as well as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. It's closed to the media but we understand that it's going to set out the Administration's strategy for dealing with North Korea. Strangely, after this briefing has taken place, those key officials will head back to Capitol Hill to deliver the same briefing to cone gres.Yes. Strange moves indeed -- to Congress. Yes, strange moves indeed and this comes as the Carl Vinson strike group is still steaming towards North Korea.Yes, it's a tense time. North Korea has done more weapons tests celebrating a key anniversary and members of Congress and the Senate are keen to find out what the Administration's strategy for dealing with North Korea is. We've had some mixed messaging with the Administration at times saying all options are on the table, then at other times saying all peaceful options are on the table. So hopefully word will trickle out after these meetings today.OK. Let's go to domestic politics now, Conor. One of the big promises made by Donald Trump during the election campaign was to bring in a swinging cut to corporate tax rates and that has just been announced. What are the details?Well, the White House is selling this as the biggest tax cut in history. The details are that there'll be tax cuts for everyone, but businesses will do particularly well. In terms of income tax, seven brackets will reduce down to three and the top rate will fall from about 40% to 35%. As you mentioned, the business cut is much more significant. The business tax rate, um, will fall from 34% to 15% and here's a little of what the Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, had to say. Under the Trump plan, we will have a massive tax cut for businesses and massive tax reform and simplification. As the President said during the campaign, we will lower the business rate to 15%. The President is determined to unleash economic growth for businesses.US Treasury Secretary there. Conor Duffy, thank you very much. And later in Australia today, the Treasurer, Scott Morrison, I think in Sydney, is delivering a key pre-Budget speech. Do you reckon the announcement of the 15% US company tax rate may get a line or 10 in his speech?Yeah, just a little bit. Expect to hear the words "international competitiveness" and that's the challenge of course for everyone now. Let's look closer to home on the Prime Minister's plan to restrict gas exports. Stephen Dziedzic joins us from Parliament House. Now, this is interesting. The Government's been meeting with the major gas manufacturers and exporters and they've been trying to reach some sort of agreement with them. Did they manage to?Virginia, the Prime Minister's managed to extract a few concessions from the gas companies but in brief not nearly enough and he's not convinced that they've gone far enough to solve this crisis and that seems to be why he's made this fairly dramatic intervention in the gas market.Yeah.Now, just a little bit of background - Australia is looking at a bit of a shortfall of gas in terms of local spry and that's been pushing up -- supply. And that's been pushing up prices domestically. There's no shortage of gas in Australia. We're on track to become the largest exporters of gas by 2020. The problem has been that these big exporters have been lock into contracts often with foreign partners with a set price and that has essentially contributed to the shortfall. So the Prime Minister, Virginia, has now signalled that is he is willing to impose export controls if necessary to restrict exports if the disjust between the domestic and international price continues. The Energy Minister, Josh Frydenberg, was overseas in Washington overnight and was questioned about the Prime Minister's announcement, which we're expecting later today. Let's have a listen to what he had to say.We have a tight gas market. We have seen prices rise to the level that they're putting real press ure jobs and on balance sheets in that energy-dependent sectors of our economy. The announcement today by the Prime Minister will help ensure that we keep prices low and we ensure sufficient supply so that Australian jobs can continue to grow, investment can continue to be welcomed in the sector's that are dependent on gas use for their prosperity.Josh Frydenberg speaking from Washington. Guaranteeing supply is one thing, Stephen Dziedzic. Can the Government guarantee the high price will drop?No. They can't guarantee it but they hope this will concentrate the minds of the gas companies and force them to take action which might increase supply and therefore bring down prices or at least moderate the growth we've seen in prices. One thing companies might be forced to do is essentially bring in or import extra gas from overseas to replace the gas that they're exporting out at the moment because they're locked into these contracts. If that's the solution, the Government says it's got no problem with that. It doesn't mind how the companies fix the problem. It just wants to see it fixed.What might focus the mind of the Federal Government is this little interesting yarn which broke yesterday - I think we can bring it up now - an analysis done by academic accountants at the University of Technology and also GetUp! Looking at billions of dollars that giants like Chevron and ExxonMobil are not paying in Australia. They're using legitimate tax loopholes to avoid paying that tax. Now, if that money was here in Australia, my goodness, Stephen, it might solve a whole host of problems.It's a fascinating story and interesting piece of analysis. What it's essentially talking about is the same matter that cropped up in the Chevron case, which Mike people might remember was handed down not long ago. That case saw the US company being forced to hand back around $340 million in tax revenue to the ATO. Look, this practice of debt-loading is not uncommon. It essentially involves companies borrowing money at one rate from its associated entities or different arms overseas, and then essentially loading that debt and paying interest and essentially reducing their tax burden off it. As you say, it's not illegal. It's commonly used. But the argument from the people behind this study is it's essentially short-changing taxpayers because it's a loophole which shouldn't be exploited and the result is the companies simply maximise profits, as you'd expect them to do, but leave the taxpayers in a tricky position. Stephen, good to talk to you this morning. Thanks so much. Overseas at ABC has learned that Turkey has the names of more than 400 Australians who are on a terrorism watch list. The revelation comes as Turkish authorities press ahead with the prosecution of Australian Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash. He was captured after crossing the border from Syria late last year. Middle East correspondent Matt Brown reports from the Turkish capital, Ankara. The list of suspected Australiany hattists banned from entering Turkey comes from Australia, Turkish intelligence and other countries. 420 names is more than double the number of suspected IS supporters in Australia, even accounting for all of those suspected of fighting and dying in Iraq and Syria, there's 60 more names on that list. The Australian jihadist Neil Prakash, who has been detained here in Turkey since October last year, is awaiting trial on suspicion of being a member of the Islamic State group. An official here in Turkey has said that even though he's on trial, that doesn't mean he can't be extradited to Australia. In fact, Turkey would prefer that he be sent home. The ABC has also confirmed that two other suspected Australian jihadists who were detained last year are still here in Turkey and one of them has refused contact with Australian officials. They're just part of a much larger problem Turkey has with alleged foreign terrorist fighters. Since 2015, it's arrested more than 2,300 people suspected of being involved with groups like IS and al-Qaeda. More than 1,000 of them were foreigners. Alright. Let's look at the front pages of the major newspapers around the country today. And we'll start with the Herald Sun. It labels the Australian Olympic Committee a five-ring circus, as president John Coates fights to keep his job amid bullying accusations. The Age says Mr Coates is under fire on a new front. He wrote in an email that the AOC is not a sheltered workshop while criticising a staff member with cancer who he claimed was underperforming.The Australian has spoken to Australian Paralympic committee head Lynne Anderson. She says she's saddened that someone in Mr Coates's position would use language would use language which stigmatises people with disabilities.The Financial Review reports the Turnbull Government will hit Australia's gas producers with limits on their exports to ensure domestic supply. The Courier-Mail has accused the Palaszczuk Government of hiding from the public its knowledge of young offenders being hog tied while held in custody.The Canberra Times says less than 3% of the ACT's rental homes are affordable, according to a report from Anglicare.The Sydney Morning Herald says an explosion in student numbers means New South Wales needs to embark on a $5 billion program.The Guardian Australia says: The West Australian says an investigation is now under way after an innocent man was constricked victed of a serious crime because of a bungled DNA test. A Tasmanian court has heard a young woman might not survive her injuries after her fiance allegedly doused her in accelerant and set her alight. That story is on the front page of the Mercury.The NT News pictures Mark Munnich, Charlie King, and Darlene Chin who are getting behind a campaign to make the Territory greater.How could the Territory be any greater than it is? It's fabulous.Charlie King is fabulous. If anybody can help make it happen, Charlie can.We've got an interesting conversation coming your way today and it coincides with really one of the most... Can we call unattractive pushes against a sitting woman in Parliament we've seen in recent times. Let's bring up in image. I have to say when I saw this image flash up on Friday, I thought really? This is what you've got to do to keep your job. Kelly O'Dwyer has just her her second child and it emerged that group of disgruntled members in her seat of Higgins are making a move against her while she's on maternity leave. She clearly felled compuld to rush into the office with a 6-week-old, bick pic up a paper and get this photograph out there to make her look like she's doing her job. How extraordinary that a woman feels she has to do that when she's targeted when she's on maternity leave. Name me a bloke on paternity leave who has to go through that to try and keep a job.Unwith of the many challenges facing women as they try to forge a career in politics. We are speaking shortly to one of this country's most prominent businesswomen and she's a Reserve Bank Board member. She's involved heavily in a University of Melbourne program to provide pathways for promising smart young women across the political spectrum to enter politics. 25 women from all walks of life are taking part in this course again this year. It's been operating for at least a year with some success in terms of making it easier for those women to gain pre-selection, to gain even council seats as the first stepping stone towards a longer-term career in politics, but when you've got cases like Kelly O'Dwyer and a number of other young mums who have found it too hard to combine motherhood and politics, when it shouldn't be so hard, you have big challenges to overcome. It's one of the many issues we'll discuss in 15 minutes' time.We've seen women have to step down because of that pressure. We'd love to know your views on that. You've probably been in a similar position and seen a woman targeted in this way or where the pressure has got too much. You can join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter as well.It's a cute baby by the way. Just a comment.
Sweetheart. Dairy farmers are still feeling the pain a year after the country's biggest milk processor slashed prices to below the cost of production. The industry went into crisis when two processors announced the price cut and told farmers they'd have to pay back money they'd received.A dairy farmer from northern Victoria says it's cost her family's business $150,000, plus a large mental and emotional toll. We'd just completed probably three months prior, just bought the neighbour's farm, bought more cows to milk, had really looked at rmp ramping up production, put staff on, done everything the industry was asking us to do with the hope of a high milk price and it was, like, yeah, everything was just taken away from us. I really had to make really good decisions for our business and my husband was quite distressed so I had to take on more decision-making, especially around money that wasn't there that we'd already spent. That was really hard. At the time they dropped the milk price, I did a cashflow budget last week and we're down $149,000. It's a lot of money. For the year?So far. At the time, it was interesting because the general public really wanted to help us and they wanted to know how they could help us and had people asking, you know, what can they do to help and we would say buy branded and boycott the plain-label. Um... And it still does happen. I still get asked and I love it. I really love it if I'm in the supermarket and someone pulled me up one day in the local supermarket and said, "You're a dairy farmer, aren't you?" And I said yes and they asked what they should buy. It's what we do and we're proud of what we do.A lot of dairy farmers still bouncing back after that body blow last year. Sport now and PK joins us with news from the world of tennis. Yes. Good morning, everyone. It's just happened in fact. News has just come in the last hour or so that Maria Sharapova has made a winning return to tennis after completing her 15-month doping ban. The 30-year-old Russian beat Italy's Roberta Vinci in straight sets. She was controversially handed a wildcard for this event because she had no ranking points after serving a suspension for using a banned substance. Let's go to rugby league. Wests Tigers are looking forward to Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds joining them next year. The 28-year-old former New South Wales playmaker who has played 129 games for the Bulldogs has signed a 4-year deal with the Tigers. Reynolds' move to the Tigers opens up room in the Bulldogs cap for Aaron Woods and Kieran Foran, both players expected to move to the Bulldogs next year. Round 9 of the NRL gets under way tonight with the Broncos hosting Penrith in Brisbane. In soccer, another grim night for Australian clubs in the Asian Champions League. Brisbane Roar has no chance of reaching the next stage after a 3-0 away loss to Muangthong United. Let's look at the goals.

Brisbane losing there but can still look forward to playing that semifinal in the A-League on the weekend. The Western Sydney Wanderers' disappointing campaign is hopeless after a crushing 6-1 defeat to the Urawa Red Diamonds in Japan. The visitors were down 3-0 by half-time and never recovered. The lost leaves the Wanderers firmly on the bottom of group F with one match to play. In other news in the game of world football, the governing body says video replays will be available to officials at next year's World Cup in Russia. FIFA says it has received positive feedback on different trials in the past few months and will keep using the technology during internationals. So Maria Sharapova back to a winning start. She's been training hard and getting ready for that event which was much talked about. Some of the top players, in fact the govern ago body of tennis said all the top players were delighted that Maria Sharapova would be back as a wildcard and then some of the leading players said, "Don't speak for us. We're not happy that she's getting gifted any entry to any tournaments after serving a doping ban."What's been really interesting to me in the last 48 hours has been this overwhelming cry of, "Oh! Thank God the star is back! Someone to look at! Someone who brings the advertisers back." And it's like really? You can forget a doping violation that quickly. Wow. People are cheap.It happens, yeah. That happens at the top anyway. Maria Sharapova has been a long time in the headlines and then all of a sudden, she's out for a year so some people wanted her back but other players not so sure.Not so happy. Good stuff. And critics of John Coates are happy at least that Mike Tancred, the very outspoken media director has been stood down.He's been a long time in a prominent progs. Glad they're following due process and getting on with the business of governing the AOC. Lots of twists and turns in that saga. Oh, goodie.A week can be a long time in AOC politics.I think so. It's a Shakespearean play for an entire week until we get to the vote.Will there be another crisis meeting?Who knows. It's a long time until next Saturday. We are marking the passing this morning of director John then Demme best known for the multiple-Oscar-winning film Silence Of The Lambs and one of the most scary and creepy characters in movie history in the form of Hannibal Lecter played beautifully by Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Fosters was a winning actress in that. His films stresmd from thrillers to romantic comedies.He was an outsider to Hollywood. This is where it's begun with Stop Making Sense, one of the best documentaries ever made by about Talking Heads. He used outsiders in his films. You know, big Hollywood films like Philadelphia for example. Roger Cormann was one of his favourites and he brought the outsider sense. Only he could make a film about something as difficult at HIV/AIDS and make it an Oscar winner.More on Jonathan Demme later. Good morning, Nate. Snow search Australia sent me this image of a a white Thredbo in New South Wales yesterday. They say snow angels are the order of the day and that snow is the result of a strong cold front that came through yesterday and left us feeling the chill right across the south-east and even up into southern Queensland. If you're waking up to a frosty or snowy April morning, I'd love to see your photos.

On the satellite picture we've got cloud in the north of the country associated with a tropical low bringing storms and windy conditions to the Top End. It's not likely to turn into a tropical cyclone at this stage. On the synoptics, you can see the front that's brought cold air from the South and we've got frost in the south-east and even snow on the peaks. A ridge over the south-west is keeping the skies fairly clear.

Fabulous, Nate. Thank you so much. Stay with us. Plenty ahead, including a look at what's in the papers this Thursday morning and we'll also continue our discussion on women in politics in Australia and this is a sad figure. Less than one-fifth of all ministers are female. A new course at the University of Melbourne is teaching women how to become a politician and it's already had some success. We'll find out more shortly but first here is Virginia with all of your latest news. news.
Thanks, Michael. The Australian Olympic Committee has commissioned an independent review into its own work practices amid allegations of bullying at the top of the organisation. The announcement came after an emergency board meeting last night but was immediately criticised by the AOC's former CEO. Fiona de Jong has questioned the impartiality of this review which will be overseen by the incoming chief executive. Last week, Ms De Jong made public allegations of bullying against media director Mike Tancred who has stepped down. The Federal Government is set to impose export restrictions on gas in a bid to ensure no domestic shortages. The Government says the announcement is aimed at protecting manufacturing jobs that are threatened by unreliable supply and high prices. The major companies say exporting gas is not the issue. They blame restrictions on exploration in Australia for a supply shortage. And in a rare move, the entire US Senate is meeting at the White House for a briefing on North Korea. Four top officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and secretary of defence James Mattis are involved in this briefing. US military officials say an antimissile defence system being built in South Korea will be operational within coming days. This comes after a day after North Korea carried out a live weapons drill. A desperate search is under way for a father and his teenage son who have spent a third night lost in Tasmania's wilderness. The inexperienced bush walkers set off on a 70km trek from Scotts Peak near Lake Pedder. It's feared the pair were ill equipped for these conditions. Let's check the morning's finance news with Del. Good morning, everyone. An annual snapshot of rental affordability has revealed a staggering majority of properties are too expensive for low income-earners, young people and those on government places. Anglicare says an affordable place is one that takes up less than 30% of the household's income. This year's snapshot surveyed more than 67,000 rental properties and deemed 94% of them were too expensive for people on government benefits. For people on the minimum wage, 70% of those surveyed did not neo-meet the criteria. A new study has found that foreign-owned gas companies have legally avoided paying significant tax on billions in earnings from their Australian operations because of loopholes. The study by the University of Technology's school of accounting and campaign group GetUp! Looked at the avillable balance sheet data of ExxonMobil and Chevron. It found the two companies have achieved colossal revenue flows from Australian operations but paid little, if anything, in petroleum resource rent tax in recent years. Let's look at the global

You Staying with the market, shares on Twitter have risen 11% overnight after better than expected earnings results. Twitter said the number of people using the service actively every month is up 6% but revenue from advertising fell almost 8% from a year earlier. The data did, however, boat analysts' expectations. Twitter has been struggling in recent times trying to convince advertisers it can strengthen its user base, launching features like live video broadcasting to do so. $1.1 billion worth of up claimed money in forgotten bank accounts, lapsed life insurance policies, shares and other investments is up for grabs. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission says that amounts vary from a few dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars. In 2016 over $87 million of unclaimed money was paid out to more than 16,000 people. ASIC says the funds can be reclaimed from its Money Smart website. And finally, Uber has unveiled plans to partner with plane manufacturers to develop and test a network of flying cars by 2020. The ride-sharing service says it will run trials in the US city of Dallas and Dubai in the UAE. The flying electric taxis are being developed with aviation companies including Embraer and Bell Helicopters. While the technology is largely unproven, Uber believes the service will will eventually cost the same as its car rides. I can hear a vocal sceptic.Would you use one?My taxi driver said he wishes he could fly the it.We've all been in that situation! We've talked about driverless cars and this does seem far-fetched, especially the target of 2020 but to explain the technology, it will be more like a helicopter,So you need a pilot's licence as well as a driver's licence. But you don't trust the driverless cars.I'm not there yet.We'll get you there one day.Thank you. The Justice Minister, Michael Keenan, says Australia and Turkey must cooperate closely to stop Australians joining the conflict in Syria. Turkey has been the main gateway for foreign fighters and the ABC has now learned that Turkish authorities have the names of more than 400 Australians on a terrorism watch list. Our Middle East correspondent Matt Brown sat down with Mr Keenan in Beirut and started by asking him about counter-terrorism cooperation with Turkey. Well, we know that we've got up to 110 Australians currently fighting in the conflict and probably about 70 have already been killed so we've had a couple of hundred Australians involved in that and clearly a lot of those people have transited through Turkey, so I can't comment on this specific intelligence they have or the way that they work their intelligence, but if we helicopter information in Australia about somebody we thought threatened Turkish national security, then obviously we would talk to the Turks about that. Because they're a friend of ours and that's what Australia does.It's our understanding that 21 Australians have been deported from Turkey.Look, I don't want to comment on a specific number but certainly if we had information about an Australian who we haven't been able to stop leaving Australia or they've left Australia and subsequently we've got further information about their intentions, then we will talk to the Turks about that and if they can stop any Australian going to the conflict zone, that is obviously a good thing. Now, if they were to return to Australia, then we would seek to gather evidence on their intentions and there's a range of offences that we could prosecute them for.We're told that, of the 21 Australians who have been deported from Turkey, more than half, but not much more than half, were sent back to Australia, which means others were sent elsewhere in the world. That does reflect, doesn't it, that there's a more... A broader geographic spread, if you like, of concern about suspected Australian jihadists. Well, absolutely. I mean we've had a very sizeable number of Australians involved in the conflict and we've stopped a lot of other Australians being involved who might want to have been involved, so that we do make up a reasonable, sizeable chunk of the Western foreign fighters that have gone into this conflict and we've really worked very hard, though, to stop Australian involvement and we have been very successful in doing so. The sorts of measures that I was talking about - stopping people from tlafling, making sure they don't have a passport where they can go out into the world and involve themselves in terrorist activities. So we are very aware of our responsibilities to stop Australians from being involved. Justice Minister Michael keen speaking to Matt Brown there in Beirut. Back home now and here's a figure for you - currently fewer than one-third of all parliamentarians in always are women. A new program being run by the University of Melbourne is aiming to address that by training a group of women who aspire to one day be elected.Its founder is joining us now. Carol squaurts, you had a pilot of this program last year -- Schwarz, you had a pilot of this program last year.Yes.What kind of response did you have?A fantastic response, much greater than we thought possible. We had 25 places available and we had 90am kapts for an unproven program. This year we've had over 140 applicants for the same 25 places. We're thrilled.In that pilot program, where were the women coming from, what age, what career stage, generally?Oh, Michael, it was fantastic, really diverse. That's what we were going for. We want women from all backgrounds, ages, political idealologies, to be part of this cohort, because we feel that the greater the diversity, the more impact we're going to have. We don't care what political ideology people come from. It's just important that they have political leadership as one of their career ambitions.What do you teach them?It's a course that's been based on a Harvard course called From Harvard Square to the Oval Office. And the sort of things we expose the women to - it's not really teaching. It's very interactive. But how to network, how to create policy, how to communicate policy. How to solve ethical dilemmas in politics. That was actually one session that Harvard didn't have that we spoke about and we put into our course and Harvard has loved it and they're adapting it for their course. How to raise funds. I mean politicians all have to raise funds. It's part of the way they, you know, they support themselves. How to present yourself to the media. How to, um, how to communicate. It's all very important. And how to negotiate the party political machinery.Good luck!Yes. Exactly.What's been the success rate from last year? Where have those women ended up? And more importantly, what pathway are they on to where they want to be at some stage?Yeah. Well, we've had several of the women who have been elected to local councils, which has been fantastic. Because what we to is -- what we do is we cater for all tiers of government - federal, state, muns pal. We've had a couple -- municipal. We've had a couple elected to office at local council level and somebody has been pre-selected for a federal seat. Someone who has done exceptionally well in a broad range of business, such as yourself - we mentioned earlier what happened to Kelly O'Dwyer, the tilt against her as a sitting minister on maternity leave, how do women overcome the, or unconscious bias against them and the structural bias when women are the ones who go off and reproduce. How do you push back against that? It's a matter of change management. We're all subject to unconscious bias, women and men are subject to it because we all grow up in the same society. So, um, I think that we need to talk about those biases. They need to be exposed. They need to be, um... They need to be acknowledged and I think that that's the way to overcome them. One of the things we discuss in this program is whether, if we had a critical mass of women in politics, would politics look different? Now, I believe it would be. If we had 50% of women sharing decision-making and political power. So let's hope we get there soon.It's a fascinating course and an interesting conversation. Thanks for joining us. Thank you.Thank you. Now, Cuba's Bay of Pigs has been invaded - oh, no! - by crabs. The crustaceans are arriving by millions and much to the frustration of the locals.But some are finding enterprising ways to make the most out of a very crabby situation. Cuba's Bay of Pigs has been innovated -- invaded. Millions of these crabs are on the march and they have an important mission. TRANSLATION: Crab migration responds to reproduction. In other words, they emerge from the ground to reproduce. The crabs emerge every year after the first spring rains. They march out from the island's forests, scuttling their way to the sea to lay eggs and then march back. It's highly dangerous, but they are winning the war.The species has an abundance that is incredible. I'm convinced that millions of crabs crushed on the roads die every year, but next year the same millions are there again that. Is to say the species has a high reproductive potential which has not been affected. The road has not affected them.The march affects Cuba's other locals. The stench of crushed crustaceans can be sickening and few are friendly. TRANSLATION: They come in without you even realising it and they bother you. They are annoying because we have merchandise that cannot be lifted from the floor and you can't touch it because they had snap at you.But this yearly event has also become a tourism draw card. Seeing all these crabs at the moment is like nothing we've seen before, so it's amazing just to see all the, you know, the road covered. And even the damage the crabs cause has become a money maker. The tyres of tourists often get punctures. Repairs cost US$10, even though parts are easily found. That's good money for mechanics considering the average salary here is $25 a month. You see? Emp cloud has a silver lining.Indeed. Crushed crabs in the morning.It's the scuttling. You'd be lying in there and there goes the scuttle.As long as you're in bed and an elevated position.They can climb! No!Hello, Michael! Let's look at the papers with Gael Jennings from the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. You don't like crabs either?No. Cockroaches with legs.Spiders of the sea. What's happening out there?Lots of different things but the two major stories are sort of political I suppose. Start with the first, which is looking like the Prime Minister is going to do something about the gas supply, domestic gas supply. This has been a huge story as you know for weeks and weeks. And he is expected to announce in Brisbane today that he is going to be slapping restrictions on the East Coast gas suppliers who are busy exporting all our liquefied natural gas and therefore putting drastic -- domestic prices up. He is goes to put roles on them starting in July, so that if there's not enough domestic gas supply for businesses and Australian consumers, then he's going to put restrictions on what they can export, which people have been waiting to hear.Yes. Well, it's hard to see this policy being opposed.By anyone.I think it was a piece in the Australian today on the free-market gas system and the journalist argues that the free market is good but it doesn't keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.And it doesn't get you elect back in if you say we're pleased to export but we're cold.The Government is about to do what it's about to do and I think it's on to a winner.That's right. It's supposed to have downward pressure to lower prices here as well as ensuring supply. It's been a long time coming, I think, but the Prime Minister was having, um, conversations with the four major suppliers over April and March and got - you know, he was underwhelmed by the response so he's taking it into his own hands, apparently. We'll have that confirmed today but that's good news.Question is whether - and it seems an unanswered question - about whether price also go down. Supply is one thing but voters will want to see a reduction on the gas bill and he can't actually make that happen.No. It's a step in the right direction. There's no - at least in the front pages which I was bruising - a lot of detail on how he can put he restrictions into effect, how it will, would, what the cut-off will be and if it gets to a magic number and they can't export any more, how that will work with their business. It's a good political move at this point. A sad story next but I wanted to put it in because there's all sorts of things on the front pages about the Australian Olympic Committee which I'll get to in a moment. What struck me when I was looking through the newspapers across the nation was there are three front-page stories or huge stories about violence against women. Women being murdered by intimate partners and I thought it's something we mustn't let go away. It seems to dip in the public consciousness but remains the major preventible cause of death and disability to women, particularly of child-bearing age, in Australia and it's an absolute Dal and disgrace for all of us. There are three different stories today. The first is on the front page of the Age, a woman called - and I wanted to write their names down, particularly because I want to mention the names of these women, a worm called Aura Holt, who was chased by her de facto with a gun and her four little children seeking refuge. He got her. The neighbour was able to get the children out but he killed her and then himself. It's reported as the fact that he killed her. It doesn't say alleged. In Tasmania, there's a tragic story of a 20-year-old woman, Nicole Evans, whose fiance poured accelerant on her and set her alight and she's battling for her life at the Alfred Hospital here in Melbourne and he has pleaded not guilty to that. And then another story in the Advertiser in Adelaide where, as you might remember, in 2014, a woman called Greziella Dala was murdered by her de facto and that case has been held up because of underfunding to the Coroner's Court so her daughter and grandson are on the front page of the paper of the Advertiser saying there's no money for even an inquest to be done. I think it's very important that we're mindful that one in three Australian women suffers from physical violence and one in four Australian women has assault by their intimate partner. The least safe place for a woman is in her own home.Gael, thanks for raising that this morning. Let's look at the Australian Olympic Committee story you want.I feel this is a bit the same because the attitudes towards women or bullying attitudes have been shown around the world. I've done a lot of research with this into Melbourne University, to be the cause of violence against women and at the Australian Olympic Committee we're seeing an enormous amount of nasty attitudes to men and women, but bullying, so we saw the head of media, tank red, Mike tank red, stand down -- Mike Tancred stand down as a result of the bullying claims. He's a close supporter of John Coates and in the latest round on the papers today, the former chief executive, Fiona de Jong, has released a whole dossier of emails to show further claims of bullying in the AOC and there was an emergency meeting by the board last night to, um, see what they can do and there's going to be an independent review of workplace practices at the AOC because there's elections next week.Yeah.But the point of all this was that there was this blistering set of emails from John Coates about an employee, a young woman, who was battling cancer on chemotherapy, and he was saying that she needs to get out into the real world. It's not a sheltered workplace because she dared to criticise a typo. It's just a really nasty set of... A nasty set of practices from the outside view. That, you know, he sent off these horrible emails about her to senior executives and it went from there. At the end of the week, this organisation is not going to be the same, is it?I don't think it will be. He must just lose his $750,000-a-year job.Always good to see you. Thanks for joining us today.It's a story that's gripping the nation. We'll have more on that with a noted sports journalist later in the program. Speaking of noted sports journalists, here's PK. Thank you very much, Michael and Del: Maria Sharapova has made a winning return to tennis after completing her 15-month doping ban. She beat Roberta Vinci in straight sets this morning. Sharapova was controversially handed a wildcard for the e vent after a ban for using a banned substance. 28-year-old Josh Reynolds, who has played 129 games for the Bulldogs, has signed a 4-year deal with the Tigers. This opens up room for Aaron Woods and Kieran Foran, two blokes expected to land at the Bulldogs for next season. It was another grim night for Australian clubs in the Asian Champions League. Brisbane Roar have no chance of reaching the next stage after lose #3g-0 to Thai club Muangthong united.

The Western Sydney Wanderers' disappointing campaign is also without hope after a crushing 6-1 defeat to the Urawa Red Diamonds in Japan. Vigsors were down 3-0 by half-time and never really recovered. The loss leaves the Wanderers on the bottom of Group F with one match to play. At least the Brisbane Roar has a semifinal in the A-League this weekend. The Wanderers - no such luck. That's it from me. Thank you, PK. Lots of commence coming in after our chat with Carol Schwarz and in particular the situation Kelly O'Dwyer has found herself in after giving birth to her child and facing a campaign of destabilisation over her future tenure. Leslie says she's no fan of Kelly O'Dwyer politically but respects and admires her commitment to her professional role. Dean argues it should be the best person for the job regardless of their gender.Well, some argue that quotas is the only way to bring about a fairer Parliament but your views are sought this morning so do join the conversation. It's good morning to Nate. M bom a tropical low in the north is bringing storms and windy bringing storms and windy conditions
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Thank you, Nate. Let's hop to our next story now and we can tell you that Australia's frogs are under threat with many species pushed to the brink of extinction.Monitoring the amphibians is becoming increasingly important and a team of researchers has found a way of doing it from the comfort of your researchers has found a way of doing
it from the comfort of your home. it from the comfort of your .Every year, hundreds of people, often volunteers, wander into the wilderness, clipboard in hand and, for hours on end, listen for frogs. Any frogs around?No.Wouldn't it be so much easier to just ring them up. How would it be to be able to dial up a frog pond someone out there in woop woop and say what the frogs are doing.And that's exactly what some tech wizardry at the University of Canberra has made possible - part mobile phone, part baby monitor.By hearding a cree-cree or da-da-da, you know what frog it is. I have to impersonate a frog to do this. You know, croak-croak.Dodgy impersonations aside, it solves serious problems.Every person that goes into a remote area brings something undesirable, like a sickness. A fungus that's spread through people.It helps someone to stay indoors and monitor and record frog calls for three to four hours, as long as it takes for them to do that, rather than going into ponds late at night! While the focus today is on frogs, the same technology has the ability to change the way we keep an ear on shy animals the world over.Hey! Hey frog!What if the frogs don't speak English? What if they speak French? They'd be in trouble then.That always works for the frog. Shout at it.Oi! You! Come here!What's frog in French?Le frog.No, no,

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The AOC in crisis - an independent review will examine bullying allegations at the very top of the organisation.Australia to restrict gas exports to guarantee domestic supply.We are unapologetic in Australia that we will put our jobs domestically first.The entire US Senate bussed to the White House for a briefing on North Korea as Kim Jong Un again stages weapons tests. So we're saving the galaxy again? Yep.Awesome!Later in the hour, we will take a look at the new Guardians of the Galaxy film.In sport, Maria Sharapova makes a winning wildcard return to tennis after a 15-month doping ban.Welcome back on this Thursday morning. You're watching News Breakfast.

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This Thursday morning, the Australian Olympic Committee has commissioned an independent are he voo you into its own work practices amid allegations of bulling at the very top of the organisation. John Coates' 27-year rein at the head of the ACC. This review came after an emergency meeting of the board last night.Fiona de Jong has questioned the impartiality of the review that will be overseen by incoming chief executive Matt Carroll. Mike Tancred has now been stood aside. She also called for the work practices review to be fully independent.Well, why can't it be a fully independent commission as has been the case. Having sat in that role, I question the ability of any CEO to be truly independent and impartial since my complaint did go public, the number of former employees who have contacted me about their experiences of inappropriate behaviour or allegations of bullying from their time at the AOC, it has been really sad, to be honest.Fiona de Jong's konts will be overseen by retired judges. Good morning, Virginia.Good morning.This morning we are pay be tribute to John than democracy my, made many fantastic films, including this one, Silence of the Lambs back in 1991, and in his memory, I'm cooking myself a bowl of fava beans this morning. Countless Oscars for this film, Anthony Hopkins, Jody Foster, but films like Philadelphia, Stop Making SenseThat landmark music documentary about three nights with Talking Heads. It was an outsider in Hollywood and he brought that outsider perspective in his choices of scripts, in his choices of cast members as well. Great members like Anna Marie Smith getting Thai time on stage. Philadelphia was a brave movie, and incredibly effecting for all of the subjects it did dare speak about in a really open-hearted, open-minded way, and it is a great loss, and we will be remembering him this morning.I could have liver with it. The Federal Government is set to impose export restrictions on gas in a bid to ensure there are no domestic shortages. -The-Government says today's announcement is also aimed at manufacturing jobs threatened by unreliable supply and high prices. The major gas companies say exporting gas isn't the issue. They instead blame explorations in Australia for a supply shortage.In the announcement today by the Prime Minister will help ensure we keep prices low and we ensure sufficient supply so that Australian jobs can continue to grow and investment can continue to be welcomed.Josh Frydenberg there. Fire has quickly spread through a Melbourne apartment block overnight, destroying four units. Residents managed to get themselves out before firefighters battled the blaze. It is thought the damage bill will be close to $1 millionA rare briefing on North Korea involving the entire US Senate has been held at the White House. Four top officials, including the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Secretary of Defense James mat tis will also be moved pch. US officials say an event missile system will be operational in coming days. It comes just a day after North Korea carried out a live weapons drill.The ABC has learned that Turkey is watching around 420 Australians who have been listed on a terrorism watch list. The country has been the main gateway for foreign fighters wanting to join terrorist glups with more than 100 Australians currently fighting. This revelation comes with the prosecution of Neil Prakash. Justice Minister Michael Keenan says the two countries will cooperate to stop Australians joining the conflict in sir ya.We do make up a reasonable, sizeable chunk of the Western foreign fighters who have gone into this conflict and we've really worked very hard, though, to stop Australian involvement and we have been very successful at doing so.A desperate search is under way this morning for a father and his teenaged son who have spent a third night lost in Tasmania's wilderness. The inexperienced bushwalkers set offer on a 70 company trek near relevant ped der. It is feareded pair were ill equipped for the conditions.Jonathan Demme has died. He directed Philadelphia and most recently the comedy Rice and The Flash starring Meryl Streep, he died of complications from es solve jeel cancer.And now for finance, good Mon, morning, Del manyGood morning, everyone. Taking a look at the markets:

Del, thank you. We will get a weather joup date now from Nate. Good morning. I ain't of winter for the southern capitals today: A hint of winter for the southern capitals today.

As we've been reporting this morning, the AOC has announced an independent review into the organisation's own work practices. Kathryn Ordway is a senior sports consultant and joins us from Canberra. Welcome to News Breakfast. Good morning, Virginia.As someone who is a law specialist and has dealt with cases such as this, complaints of bullying and a bad culture and the like, how does this organisation look to you from the outside?Well, it certainly looks like an organisation that needs to have a review. I think it's a good thing that the executive met last night and made some decisions about referring the matter off for independent review. I think that's very positive, and I also think it's very positive that they are being transparent about the way they are proceeding, and that they are going to be getting a very eminent panel together to review this, and I think that's all good as well.There are two as pets to it: The eminent panel of jurists who will look at the bullying claims and then those who will look at the incoming chief executive. Can a review be conducted by an incoming chief executive officer?I'm wondering about the wording of that, and my hope is that the CEO would be responsible for overseeing the review, but it would actually be conducted by independent people, because I have not seen an independent review that could have been done internally in any organisation. That seems to be a bit of a contradiction. So I'm hoping that they just mean that the CEO is looking into it and doing the oversight and making sure that it runs on time and within the scope. What do we learn of a culture when such bullying allegations, and they seem to be coming out day by day now, start to be revealed about the language that is used by alleged staff members and the alleged treatment of staff members?Well, the allegations are very serious, and so they do need to be reviewed properly and in that way I'm pleased that they have taken the time to collect the information that they need in order to take it to a review board and it's important then, also that they treat all the parties with respect, because these are, of course, just allegations and everybody needs the feel the right to be heard and that they have been heard fairly and properly in accordance with the policy.But take us through the governance issues here. The buck, I guess, might stop in some people's eyes with the President, with John Coates and he is fighting for his job, and we will talk about that in a moment, but what responsibility do the board members carry?That's right, the ekts ek tiff is ultimately responsible under the policy for making a decision on any bullying cases, an ethical behaviour policy, which is structured for games time -- for Games time behaviour, but it does apply all year round, so the AOC review is required to make a decision about the information presented and then, if they've seen the information, that the AOC lawyers have put together and they've said, "OK, this now needs to be referred to an independent group of people because we feel like we're too close and the parties are staff members and it is important that everybody has their rights respected.And as an experienced sports law consultant and lawyer, in your view, can a sports organisation like this that is going through this, can it survive in anything like its current form?Oh, absolutely. I think it's - provided that the policies are followed and that everybody feels that they've had the opportunity to be heard, they've been treated fairly and all the rules have been in place, that doesn't mean to say that they won't review them and say, "Well, is there a better way of doing this? Is there more that can be done? Are we respecting all of our staff members equally?" The pressures on an organisation like the Australian Olympic Committee are enormous and the staff members are under all kinds of pressures that the rest of us in the workplace wouldn't experience. The Games time experience is really 24/7 and you've got enormous public pressure and media pressure on you to perform, just not only the athletes but the staff as well, so he that can lead to all kind of behaviours under stress that you wouldn't otherwise see, and I think that probably needs to be taken into context as well. Good to talk to you, thank you many Thank you.Let's take you to Washington where all 100 US senators have been discussing the rising tensions with North Korea at the White House with the President. Our North America correspondent Conor Duffy joins us now. Conor, quite extraordinary scenes of the entire Senate being bussed down Pennsylvania Avenue for these White House talks. Do we know if anything has emerged from those talks?We do, Michael. The talks wrapped up a short time ago and senators have been giving nature views on the talks. One senator said there was nothing new, but other senators were saying they were taking it much more sear yosly. Jim Mattis and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in their statement, they said that North Korea was an urgent national security threat and that basically the past measures to doole with the regime's nuclear programs hadn't worked and something new needed to happen, they did stress during the statement, though, that the focus very much remains on diplomatic solutions and on trying to pressure North Korea through sanctions. We also heard from first-hand accounts of the meeting that there were no specific options for a military strike put to the senators. Here is a little of what one of the participants in the meeting, Senator Chris Coombes had to say shortly afterwards.I think it was a sobering briefing and an important opportunity for the entire Senate to hear the emerging plans that the Trump Administration what is a very real threat to our security. I think this is the sort of moment that needs to be above partisanship and we learned some things in the briefing, but this is a very difficult situation that I think is going to require persistent and engaged application of both diplomatic and military resources. So those tensions continue about just what North Korea might be up to. Let's go to domestic US politics now, Conor. A very big announcement on tax cuts was made inside the White House walls overnight?That's right, Michael, and the new US administration is never shy about its plans, and it is calling this is the biggest tax cut in history. There is sweeping cuts proposed to company tax rates, as well as individual tax rates. The top individual rate will be reduced from about 40% down to 35, but most importantly the corporate rate will be cut massively from about 34% down to 15%. Of course, all of this Coles with the rider that this information was released without very much supporting documentation around how the cuts would be paid for, exactly how it would work, and they of course face the massive obstacle of getting them through the Congress and the Senate, so by the time all of that happens, this plan may look very different.Indeed, Conor Duffy. Thank you very much. An administration trying to get corporate tax cuts through the Senate. Sound familiar?How do they go with their budgets? Who would be a Treasurer? We are tri--ing of you, Scott Morrison, as we head towards Budget Day To I major newspapers around the country and the Herald Sun labels the Australian Olympic Committee a five-ring circus as President John Coates fights to keep his job amid bullying accusations. The Age says Mr Coates is under fire on a new front. He wrote in an email that the AOC is not a sheltered workshop, his words, while criticising a staff member with cancer who he also claimed was underperforming.The Australian has spoken with Lynn Anderson. She says that someone in Mr Coates' position would use language that stigmatises people withdisabilities. The if ntion review reports the Turnbull Government will ensure domestic supply of gas.The Courier-Mail has accused the Palaszczuk Government of hiding from the public knowledge of young offenders being hog-tied while in custody.The Canberra Times says less than 3% of a Ford, of housing in Canberra is affordable housing. Sydney Morning Herald reports on overcrowding in the state schools. The The Guardian Australia has an exclusive claims ISIS is fighting an exodus of foreign fighters as its caliphate crumbles.Don't stop the boats - top cruise companies won't be stopping in Sydney Harbour due to a lack of dock space.Three major coroner's inquests have stalled in South Australia because of chronic underfunding. That story on the front of-the-Advertiser.The West Australian says an investigation is now under way after an innocent man was convicted of an serious crime because of a bungled DNA test.The Mercury reports on a young woman who was doused in accelerant and set her alight.And the NT News pictures prominent ter torans, Mark Munnich, Charlie king and Darlene Chin, getting behind an initiative to make the Territory even greater.To the conversation of more women in politics, a lot of the conversation sparked by Kelly O'Dwyer's, Cabinet minister, speculation she may be challenged for her seat in Melbourne's leafy south-east. Just on that, Christine says creating false redundancies while women are on maternity leave is riff in companies. It happened to my daughter-in-law. It doesn't happen in the public sector which have strong unions, we look after our women and benefit from their talent as a result.""Some organisations neither have a policy or allocate funding to temporarily replace the new mum." Organisations need to get senatorer about the way they deal with maternity leave. They should automatically allocate a pool of funding, perhaps some sort of tax incentive would encourage this behaviour or Maps some mandated maternity leave that p supports mum in time with bub."Seriously if she never had kids, she would be scrutinised as well. Let her job speak, rather than her role as a mum." Keep those emails coming in:

Now, a growing number of Australians are struggling, as you know well, to find somewhere decent to rent, that's according to new research out today. Anglicare Australia has found that those on low incomes simply can't afford to live in the nation's major cities and regional areas are now failing to offer relief as well. Anglicare Australia's chief executive case Cass case joins us from Canberra. Good morning to you theGood morning, Michael.Where is this problem most acute?Actually right across the country. We surveyed over 67,500 properties and we found very little that was affordable anywhere. For example, if you are a single parent living on Newstart, you wouldn't have been able to find anything that was affordable in Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin and even regionally it's not much better. Again, if you were a single person on a minimum wage, anywhere in the country, after 67,500 properties that we looked at, only 2.8% would have been available to somebody on the minimum wage, so it's actually right across the country, metro and regional.So what are the alternative for these people if they can't gain access to this restrited pool of rental properties?One of the things we see, I will trot out a few more figures, if you are on disability support pension, 2.9% were available, and if you were a single person on Newstart or even worse, youth allowance, so out of those 67,500, 8, 8 single properties would have been affordable if you were on youth allowance and 21 on Newstart the Certainlily in the immediacy, we see people making very bad financial decisions that they're forced to make, going without food sometimes, avoiding doctor's appointments, not insuring the family car which of course is a disaster if you live in a regional area if you are trying to keep or find work, and this is one of the real catch-22s, of course, we are asking people to find work, people want to find work. Everybody we know just about who is on any kind of government benefit is looking for work and where rents are affordable, there isn't a lot of work and of course vice versa, where there are jobs available, the rents are more expensive. So we seed people having financial and immediate issues and longer term we see much more insidious issues happening as well. Budgets coming up very shortly, the key decisions made already, but ideally what would you like to see from Scott Morrison on Budget night as a way of addressing this rent the shortage?Well, as we are saying today, everybody needs a home and more and more people are falling further away from this, large growing numbers of homelessness, and 25% of Australians now live in rental housing and that is an increase, and people are living in private rental housing for longer, so we do need to address this. We can't push this under the carpet any longer, and we are very happy that it does seem to be universally acknowledged now and we were rally heartened to hear the Treasurer in a recent speech mention renters. What we need in the Budget, and look, we're saying this hasn't happened overnight, we are not going to solve it overnight and it won't be only one government to solve this, we need all levels of government, private industry, we need everybody, but what we want from the Federal Government on Budget night is leadership, we need to look at the fact that everybody needs a home and for that we need Federal Government intervention, so he we are hoping for a long-term plan, a vision, not something that is tinkering around the edges, but we certainly need to start with recommitting to the national affordable housing agreement. We need to be looking at more places and more funding to tagle homelessness, and we all know there is a lot of paper being spent in this country, looking at the amount of money that is going from the Government to negative gearing and capital gains tax.We will see what Budget night holds. Kasy Chambers from Anglicare, thank you for your time.Thanks, Michael.To sport and PK is back on the desk - actually sitting behind it, but you know what I mean.Good morning, sometimes on the desk, sometimes on the chair. Former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova made a winning return to tennis after completing her 15-month doping ban. The 30-year-old Russian played very well indeed. It was like she hadn't been gone. She beat Italy's Roberta Vinci, you can see the relief after celebrating that win. Not often you see Sharapova throughout her career celebrating with gusto. She was controversially handed a wildcard for the event, of course, because she had no ranking points after serving a suspension for doping. Josh Reynolds, 28-year-old play-maker who plaid 129 games with the Bulldogs has signed a 4-year deal with the tietion gers. Reynolds' move to the Tigers opens up room in the Bulldogs cap for Wests captain Aaron Woods, and Keiran Foran, two blokes expected to make their way to the Bulldogs. A continuing soap opera, player contracts and changes and movements at this time of year. Round 9 gets under way tonight with Broncos #40e69s Penrith in Brisbane. And Mal Meninga and Australian Rugby League Commission has criticised can brie's -- has criticised Canterbury's decision for not making players available for the City-Country match. It appears it won't be going on for too much longer but the Bulldogs have made their decision this year. Meninga has picked a strong team to play against New Zealand in the ANZAC test next week. Johnathan Thurston has been selected even though he has been missing with a strained calf. The coach reckons he will want to play and is giving him every opportunity. The injury to Greg Inglis has last a hole to be filled by Will Chambers. To the Asian Champions League, Brisbane Roar has no chance of reaching the next stage after a 3-0 away loss to the Thai club, and here are the goals.

In sports's language, a freak is a compliment. And the Wanderers, a crushing 6-1 defeat in Japan. The have is tors were down 3-0 by half-time, never recovered. The loss leaves the Wanderers on the bottom of Group F with one match to play. In World football, the governing body says videos will be available to officials at next year's World Cup in Russia. FIFA say it is has received a lot of positive feedback on trials over the last few months and it will keep the technology in place over the internationals. And in cycling, Michael Albanis i has added another victory to his name in the Tour de-Romney. Imagine being in the middle of that peloton sprinting to the line. The orca Team, Australian-owned, was celebrating after a well-crafted victory. Simon Yates and others guided the team to the foot of the hills. Right at the end, Albanis i snatched the win. They are getting into it, getting more serious, the cycling in Europe, as they head towards the big tours. That FIFA video review extension, does that mean we get to see replays of the Oscar-winning dives that we see in other soccer matches?Only if it involves penalties and perhaps the opportunity..No, it will involve awards, they will hand out Academy Awards.Or raspberry awards for the worst dives.And sanctions if dives are revealed on replay which previously have gone buy. Referees can be hoodwinked by that. Not anymore.A good thing.If it involves scoring opportunity, crucial decision, they are allowed to use the replay. Good for the drama, as if soccer needs more.Good stuff. Nate with the weather.Cloud in the north of the country is associated with storm and windy conditions to the Top End and on the sin nop tigs, a front in the Tasman is bringing frost and snow to the peaks, while a ridge over the south-west is keeping the skies fairly clear. Looking around the states, starting in Queensland:

Looking ahead to tomorrow, things will start warming up for the east coast, otherwise not much is changing:Still ahead on News Breakfast...Mr Hughes wants to see you.Well, hello!That's marlin. What is she doing here?You said you wanted the girl with the two Ms. Yes, Marilyn Munro.We commemorate the fact that the wonderful independent and outsider and insider film-maker Jonathan Demme has died. First Michael with the latest news headlines.The Australian Olympic Committee has commissioned an independent review into its work practices amid allegations of brullying at the top of the organisation. John Coates' 27-year rein as the AOC board. An emergency board meeting last night, but it was immediately criticised by the AOC's former chief executive. Fiona de Jong has questioned the impartiality of the review. Last week, Ms De Jong made allegations of bullying against Mike Tancred who has since been stood down. She has called for the work practices review to be fully independent. The Government says today's announcement is aimed at protecting manufacturing jobs threatened by unreliable supply and increasingly high prices. The major gas companies say exporting gas isn't the issue, they instead blame exploration for a gas supply shortage. A rare briefing on North Korea involving the entire US Senate has been held at the White House the Four top officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Defence Secretary Jim Mattis will also be involved. US military officials say an antimissile defence system being built in South Korea will be operational in coming days. It comes just a day after North Korea carried out a live weapons drill. And fire has quickly spread through a Melbourne apartment block overnight destroying four units. Residents managed to get themselves out before firefighters controlled the blaze. It is thought the damage bill will be close to $1 million. And now with the financial news here is Del.A staggering majority of properties have been revealed as too expensive for low-income people, young people. Anglicare describes an affordable place as one that takes up less than 30% of someone's income.Anglicare deemed that 94% were too expensive. People on minimum wage, about 70% of the property surveyed did not meet the affordability criteria. A new study has found that foreign-owned gas companies have legally avoided paying significant tax on billions in earnings from their Australian operations because of loopholes. The study by the University of Technology School of Accounting and campaign group, GetUp! , looked at the available balance sheet data of moe bill and Chevron. It found that the two companies have achieved colossal revenue flows from their Australian operations but have paid little, if anything, on tax in recent years. To the markets:

Twitter said the number of people using the service actively every month has risen by 6%. However, revenue from advertising fell by almost 8% from the year earlier. Twitter has been struggling in recent tiles trying to convince advertisers it can strengthen its user base and has launched new features including lividio broadcasting to do so. Death and Disability Scheme world's parent company Ardent Leisure has revealed that Deborah Thomas will step down to be replaced by Simon Kelly. Ms Thomas was at the helm of the company during the 2016 Dreamworld tragedy in which 4 people lost their lives in a ride accident. The company said the move was part of its plan to transform the company into a global entertainment company with the focus on the US market. $1.1 billion worth of unclaimed money that is currently sitting dormant in foreign bank accounts, lapsed life insurance policies, shares in other investments is up for grabs. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission says that amounts vary from a few dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars. In 2016, over $87 million of unclaimed money was paid out to more than 16,000 people. ASIC says the funds can be reclaimed from its Money Smart web side. Finally, Uber has unveiled plans to partner with plane manufacturers to develop and test a network of flying cars by 2020. The ride-sharing service says it will run trials in the US city of Dallas and Dubai in the UAE. The flying taxis are being developed with aviation companies including, I just want to look at both of your faces right now.Well, I was uncertain about it when we talked about this last hour. I'm increasingly uncertain to the point of being terrified about the sheer prospect of hopping into a flying car an hour on.I want to check this story if it has a date line of 1st April on it. Oh, come on.I had to check it myself. Zero emissions but I was thinking about it, what about the regulations around this stuff. How do you regulate flying vehicles? I know you guys - the look on Virginia's face.Del, seriously, don't waste my time.Look, it is an interesting story.What's interesting as well, that Dreamworld case, how unusual is it, and I can't think of another case for a chief executive to demote herself, obviously with the help of the board, to be chief customer officer to the incoming chief executive from chapb Nel 9Yes, very unusual. It's usually, "Give me a parachute and a whole lot of money so we all save face." Wow! It will be interesting to see how it develops.Yes, and the Australasian company.You wouldn't want to be in there, a huge unfit. Donald Trump has summoned all 100 members of the US Senate to a classified briefing.It comes as America and South Korea have been conducting a live fire military exercise very close to the border with the North. This report from the BBC. This isn't for real, but it looks terrifyingly like it. A live fire exercise conducted by 2,000 US and South Korean troops just miles from the North Korean border at a time of extraordinary tension. It is a show of force, a show of unity, a military exercise with a message to the South's unpredictable Northern neighbour: We want peace but we're ready for all eventualities. In Washington this morning, the head of US Pacific Command put it like this. As President Trump and secretary Mattis have made clear, all otions are on the table. We want to bring Kim Jong Un to his senses, not to his knees.And he said the US had no option but to take the North Koreans at their word.I believe that we have to look at North Korea as if Kim Jong Un will do what he says, and when he threatens the United States, then that's one level, but when he threatens the United States with the capability of realising that threat, that's a different place.Overnight, the US moved in a missile defence system called THAD which will be operational in the next few days, something that has not only caused unease in the north, but in China, too. For the military exercise, a grandstand was built so that South Koreans could watch. The North Korean leader has also ordered military exercises. Nervousness seems to be one thing that is shared on both sides of the border and in the region as a whole.Let's come back home now and the Federal Government is set to impose tough export restrictions on gas in a bid to ensure there are no domestic shortages.Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg says today's announcement is also aimed at protecting Australian jobs.We have a tight gas market. We have seen prices rise to the level that they are putting real pressure on jobs. The announcement today by the Prime Minister will help ensure that we keep prices low and we ensure sufficient supply so that Australian jobs can continue to grow, investment can continue to be welcomed in the sectors that are dependent on gas use for their prosperity.Josh Frydenberg speaking overnight in Washington. Now, Justice Minister Michael Keenan says Australia and Turkey must cooperate very closely to stop Australians joining the conflict in Syria. Turkey has been the main gateway for foreign fighters and the ABC has learned that Turkish authorities now have the names of more than 400 Australians on a terrorism watch Lys.Matt Brown sat down with Mr Keenan in Beirut overnight and started by asking him about terrorism cooperation with Turkey.We know we have up to 110 Australians currently fighting in the conflict and probably about 70 have been killed and so a couple of hundred Australians involved in that and clearly a lot of those people would have transited through Turkey. I can't comment on the specific intel Jehovah's Witness they have or the way they work their intel jeps, but if we had information in Australia about somebody we thought threatened Turkish national security, then obviously we would talk to the Turks about that because they are a friend of ours and that's what Australia does.It is our understanding that 21 Australians have been deported from Turkey? Look, I don't want to comment on a specific number, but certainly if we had information about an Australian who we haven't been able to stop leaving Australia or Thevenet left Australia and subsequently we've got information about their intentions, then we will talk to the Turks about that and if we can stop Australians going to the conflict zone, then that would be a good thing many There is a range of offences we could prosecute them for.We're told of the 21 Australians who have been deported from Turkey, more than half, but not much more than half have been sent back to Australia, which means others were sent elsewhere in the world, which does reflect, doesn't it, that there is a broader geographic spread, if you like, of concern about suspected Australian jihadists?Well, absolutely. We've had a very sizable number, as Australians involved in the conflict and we've stopped a lot of other Australians to become involved who might have wanted to be involved so we do make up a sizable chunk of the Western foreign fighters who have gone into this conflict and we've really worked very hard to stop Australian involvement and we have been successful at dooing so, the sorts of measures I was talking about, stopping people from travelling, makeing sure they don't have a passport and where they can go out in the world and involve themselves in terrorist activities, so we are very aware of our responsibilities to stop Australians becoming involved. A report has slammed Queensland's police crime statistics calling them questionable at best and unreliable at worse.The Auditor-General has found that police are soliciting victims of crime to withdraw complaints in order to keep a lid on rising crime rates. ? January, the ABC revealed that police crime managers had blown the whistle on the alleged manipulation of crime reports. The Auditor-General revealed that more than a fifth of all crime reports on the police computer system were incomplete, inaccurate or both.It really goes to the core of our policing service here.The auditor's report focused on the Gold Coast. It found legitimate complaints to police were being reclassified as unfounded or withdrawn. Officers blamed the practice on pressure from above to meet weekly crime clearance targets.From their perspective and from the internal investigation that we did, based on a report by two of our own officers who raised these allegations was that there are no - there is no systemic corrupt behaviour in this regard.But the Auditor-General says Gold Coast police employ particular tactics to get the crime rate down, including soliciting victims to withdraw complaints and classifying complaints as withdrawn if victims did not respond to letters within 7 days.I would say to anyone who feels like they have been inappropriately contacted by police to let us know. There is a complaints process.We've already put in place, as soon as we became aware of this anomaly, we put in place measures to stop that occurring, and there is a greater governance process now.In the interests of transparency, in the interests of good governance, et cetera, the Police Minister should step up here and insist that this matter go to the CCC for a full and frank investigation.? It's up to them. The that's for others to decide. Time for Now Showing and our look at this week's movie releases. First up, the latest superhero inspired, intergalactic sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy, volume 2.I hope you're ready. He will be here any minute. Is that a rifle.You don't know what a rifle looks like?Just swords were your thing and guns were mine, but I guess we're both doing guns now, I didn't know that.

I see it within you - fear, jealousy, betrayal. It is our duty to cleanse the universe of this weakness. With a script written entirely by hipsters, it would seem. Zak Hepburn joins us now. What have you go the? The film features fleed wood Mack's The Chain not once, but twice, so if that doesn't sell you, I don't know what will. It came out of nowhere, a Marvel property that had no superheroes in it, no Captain Americas, no ironmans, box office worldwide it was gigantic.Because they made it funny.That's right, and writer Dunn has a self-aware, smart alecy sense of humour and that follows through. It is missing a little bit of the magic of the first film. The best way to describe it, when you go on an amusement park ride and you request, gtion that was fantastic. I want to go on it again." And the second time you go on it, you go," That was great," but missing the excitement of the first. The talking racoon and Kurt Russell appearing in this film as Ego, the living planet, so if this not one of the best roles that Kurt Russell has played recently where he is a whole planet, I don't know what is it is. (Yellow) It is a space opera, the design is immaculate, the production design fantastic and just the characters are a lot of fun, have got a lot of heart to them.Speaking of heart, amidst all the sound effects and blasts and doom about fatherhood and family?Well, the first one looked at motherhood and dealing with the loss of a parent, and this film looks at finding a parent and what that means after you've been away from a parent for so many years, so deep below, there is a great message of family. There is also a fantastic return of Baby Groote which is voiced by Vin Diesel, and anyone who knows, Baby Groote will not only win your heart, but will win your money as well at the merchandise stand.Because the publicity department have made sure of that.Speaking of which.Baby Groote who not only dances to The Jackson 5 shallNo, no, no, keep going.Please turn him off. How long will he go for?About 20 seconds, but to the envy of everyone's co-workers...He is loud, isn't he? He is, but it is Vin Diesel.That wasn't Vin Diesel.But that really encapsulates the pop culture awareness that the film has They've brought back pop dancing technology You can't beat that.A lot of fun. Warren Beatty stars and directs a meeting about reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes. There has been a few bites at this cherry over the years. Let's look at Rules Don't Apply. $400 a week on 207 of thisFrom what I've read about Howard Hughes.Ng that you for my acting classes, thank you for my ballet classes and thank you for making me become a star.What the hell is she doing here?You said you wanted the girl where the two Ms.That was Marilyn Monroe.This might lead to dancing. Maybe I'm not the right girl for this.I'm a square.Movie actresses should have big boss somes.You are an exception, the rules don't apply to you.What's it like?We can guarantee no envelopes were hurt in the making of this film. 15 years since Warren Beatty's previous directial effort. He has been working on this for many, many years, a real vanity and passion project for him. Uvrl it nails all the period details, it looks like Hollywood matinee idols, but a little frag mefnted about how it tells the story, it does assume that you know some facts about Harry Hughes. It is a bit of a shame in that regard. The love story of the two central leads as well, it kind of feels a little bit forced in many regards.We see Ferris baller - I mean Matthew Broderick playing the key offsider. What's his role like? He appears in a handful of scenes, and alec Baldwin appearing as well, so Warren has called in the favours to star all his friends, but classic Hollywood and corruption wide at its core, but it feels that just a bit of ego has got in as well, but at 2.5 hours...Really gone for the yucks as well.A character dram Marx a light-hearted comedy or a classic romance, It does feature the future Han Solo.Who is thatYou will see him next year in one of the Star Wars sequels.Jonathan Demme has died, battling oesophageal cancer for some time.When you look at his peer group and look at the work that Demme was doing, it has such flair and in general ute, he also continued concert work with Neil Young and Justin Timberlake as well, but any film-maker who can have a string of films like Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, that's an amazing amount of work, refreshing to see him in the Hollywood system but doing his own thing, so very impressive film-maker.They didn't change himThe indeed.Always good to see you.Can I keep your dancing plant, whatever it is?Absolutely. Who would not want a dancing plant? Dairy farmers are still feeling the pain after milk prices were slashed to below the cost of production. Dare.Diane bowels is a dairy farmer from Mead in northern Victoria. She says it has cost her family's business $150,000, plus a large mental and emotional toll.We had just completed probably 3 months prior, just bought the neighbour's farm, bought more cows to milk, had looked at ramping up production, put staff on, done everything that the industry was asking us to do with the hope of a high milk price and it was like, yeah, everything was just taken away from us: I really had to make really good decisions for our business and my husband was quite stressed and depressed as well, so I was having to take on the roles of helping run the farm a bit more than what I had, plus making decisions around money that wasn't there, that we had already spent, which was really hard. At the time they dropped the mitt being price, I did a cash flow budget last week and we are down $146,000, $149,000 for the. , a lot of money.For the year?So far. At the time it was interesting because the general public really wanted to help us and they really wanted to know how to help us and had people asking, "What can we do to help?" We would just say, "Buy branded. Boycott the plain label." "And it still does happen, I still get asked and I love it. I really love it if I'm in the supermarket - someone actually pulled me up one day in the supermarket and said, "You are a dairy farmer, aren't you?" And I said, "Yep." And they said, "What should we buy?" And we are proud of what we do.To tennis and Michael is back.Good morning. Maria Sharapova has made a winning return to tennis after come pleaing a 15-month doping banal She played this morning a couple of hours ago, the 30-year-old Russian. She looked like she hadn't missed a beat, a little bit rusty in the first set, but won it 7-5, and 6-3 against Roberta Vinci, one of the playerses who said she was disappointed that Maria Sharapova would get a wildcard so quickly after her return to the game. Sharapova, some great relief and some elation there at realising that she has still got it to beat some of the better players in the world. Wests Tigers is looking forward to Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds joining its ranks next year. He has played 129 games and will be missed a the that club. His move has opened up some room in both clubs, Aaron Woods and Keiran Foran expected to play next year. Round 9 gets under way tonight, the Broncos hosting Penrith, and Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga and the Rugby League Commission has criticised the decision of Canterbury to not make its players available for the City-Country. Meninga has picked a strong team to play against New Zealand in next week's ANZAC test. Johnathan Thurston has been selected even though he has been missing from NRL matches with a strained calf. A whole to be filled by Will Chambers who has been in good nick. A grim night for the clubs competing in the Asian Champions League. Brisbane Roar had no chance of reaching the next stage after a 3-0 away loss to the Thai club Muangthong United. Here are the goals.

Brisbane Roar going down there, but they've still got a chance in the A-League this weekend, a big semifinal.Thank you, Paulal (yellow) Checking the weather with Nate.A tropical low in the north of the country bringing storms and windy conditions to the Top End. Meanwhile, on the synoptics, a front in the Tasman has brought cold air to the south with a chilly start for the east. Looking around the states:

Looking ahead to tomorrow, things will start to warm up in the east, not much, but just a little:

Thank you very much, Nate. Some of your comments on the conversation we are having on women in politics and getting more women into politics, of course, the University of Melbourne is trying to achieve that. Reuben says, "With 50% of women being politicians, I dare say a few more things would get done rather than simply being talked about being done."Sean says, "Great idea, but don't let them get into the idea of properties they own on a taxpayer-funded trip." The richest prize, the Vogel prize, the longest established prize for an unpublished manuscript, it is a fascinating story coming up in a This program is not captioned.

Australia first - the Government to restrict gas exports to guarantee domestic supply.We're unapologetic in Australia that we will put our jobs domestically first. AOC in crisis. An independent review will examine bullying allegations right at the top of the organisation. The US tightens sanctions on North Korea as Kim Jong Un stages new weapons tests.Maria Sharapova makes a winning wildcard return to it tennis after a 15-month doping ban. Welcome back on this Thursday morning. You're watching -- you're watching News Breakfast.

The Federal Government is set to impose export restrictions on gas in a bed to ensure there are -- bid to ensure there are no domestic shortages. Matt Canavan says it's not the Government's preferred option but recent crisis talks fault to -- failed to enshire adequate domestic supply.The Government says its announcement is also aimed at protecting manufacturing jobs threatened by unreliable supply and high prices. The major gas companies blame exploration in Australia - -- restrictions on exploration in Australia for a supply shortage. Stephen Dziedzic joins us. This is a skeepg step and an unusual one, by the Government SNPIt is. It's a dramatic intervention in the gas market but the Government obviously felt it had no other choice after meeting with gas suppliers and failing to hammer out a solution that was good enough. In brief, the problem is simply that we have plenty of gas. In fact Australia is one of the largest exporters of gas in the world. And it is likely to become the top exporter in two or three years. But we still, despite this, have a domestic lack of supply and that's largely because much of that gas is essentially locked up in contracts that have been hammered out by exporters at a set rate. That often also means that despite the fact we have all this gas and are exporting it for a relatively cheap amount, we often have sky-high gas prices in Australia. Now, the Government has come forward today and said it will intervene. The Prime Minister says gas companies operate on what he calls a social licence and they have an obligation to provide both cheap - or at least affordable and reliable energy to Australians. The Energy Minister, Josh Frydenberg, was in America overnight and spoke about this intervention. Let's have a listen to what he had to say.We have a tight gas market. We have seen prices rise to the level that they're putting real pressure on jobs. The announcement today by the Prime Minister will help ensure that we keep prices low and we ensure sufficient supply, so that Australian jobs can continue to grow, investment can continue to be welcomed in the sectors that are dependent on gas use for their prosperity.Minister Frydenberg Frydenberg in Washington overnight. It's clearly a supply issue they're trying to deal with. But let's be frank. It's also a political issue. Can the Government guarantee prices are going to come down?No, Virginia. It certainly can't guarantee prices will come down. I don't think anyone would be brave enough to predict that. But it's trying to exert what pressure it can on the market forces at play and in this case it's betting that if it threatens gas companies with export restrictions, they will ensure that they turn more supply on for the Australian market. One way they might do that, for example, if they're locked in to big export contracts is to actually import some gas and sell it here in Australia at a reduced rate so as to no endanger their previously-struck commercial deals. So there's no guarantee prices will go down but the -- but the Government says this is the best lever they've got at their disposal to pull to try and force them down. Stephen Dziedzic thanks for making time to talk to us about this this morning.Lots of other stories this morning, including the Australian Olympic Committee commissioning an independent review into allegations of bullying at the top of the organisation. It's just a week out from a crucial vote on John Coates's 27-year reign as head of the AOC. The announcement of the review came after an emergency board meeting last night, which was immediately criticised by the AOC's former chief executive. Fiona de Jong has questioned the impartiality of the review that will be overkeen by incoming chief executive Matt Carroll. Last week, Ms De Jong made public allegations of bullying against media director Mike Tancred, who has now been stood aside. The US will tighten sanctions on North Korea to pressure the country to stop its nuclear and missile program. The policy was outlined a short time ago in a rare briefing at the White House, that involved the entire US Senate. It comes after a US military official said an antimissile defence system being built in South Korea will be operational in coming days. Just one day ago, North Korea carried out a live weapons drill.Fire has quickly spread through a Melbourne apartment block overnight destroying four units. It's thought the damage bill from the blaze will be close to colour 1 million. Residents managed to -- to $1 million. Residents managed to get out before firefighters battled the flames.In a few minutes it was through the ceiling and the floor was on fire already. And five or ten minutes after that, I got to our house. Amazing. A desperate search is under way for a father and his teenage son who have now spend a third -- spent a third night lost in Tasmania's wilderness. The inexperienced bush walkers set off on a 70km trek from Scots peek near Lake Pedder. -- Scotts Peak near Lake Pedder. Poor weather conditions and rough terrain is making it hard for police and the SES to reach the area. It's feared the pair were ill equipped for these conditions.The ABC has learned Turkey is watching around 420 Australians who have been listed on a terrorism watch list. The country has been the main gateway for foreign fighters wanting to join terror groups, with more than 100 Australians currently fighting. The revelation comes as Turkish authorities press ahead with the prosecution of Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash. The Justice Minister, Michael Keenan, says the two countries will cooperate to stop Australians joining the conflict in Syria. The Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme, best known for Silence Of The Lambs has died. He directed Philadelphia and most recently Ricki and the Flash, starling Meryl Streep. Let's check out your weather.

As we've been reporting this morning, the AOC has announced it will establish an independent review into work practices amid bullying allegations. Storts writer and ABC Offsiders panelists Richard Hinds has been following this story closely and joins us now. Good morning. Let's step back. How did it all get to this?There's a certain inevitability about this whole thing. The organisation has been run by one person for nearly three decades. They haven't upgraded their governance procedures within the organisation. They haven't changed the staff much. It's what happens when a firm, in any organisation, doesn't adhere to the future. So we have an accumulation of misdemeanors that have taken place over along time and now we come into a bitter fight for the leadership against well connected people. They've flushed all this out and 30 years' worth of things are coming out at once and John Coates is having to wear them and when you throw a certain amount of mud, it sticks and that's what's happening right now to John Coates.We learned yesterday that Mike Tancred, the robust - I think that's the best way of describing him - media director for the AOC, has been stood aside. Let's of -- lots of speculation and commentary that it might be enough to save John Coates.It's a big move. You have to understand the very, very close relationship between John Coates and Mike Tancred over a long time. Coates has been the titular head of the organisation and Mike Tancred has been his bulldog, if you like. If you step out of the line, he gives you the phone call. You might get a coffee, then a call from Mike Tancred and then a legal letter from John Coates. That's the legal procedure and then one to your employer. I know it well. Mike is closely associated with John and for him to throw him out in this way is a really big symbol of how he is fighting for his career, how he thinks the vote has tightened up. I've been told it could be as close as 50/50 at the moment which from a position going back two months ago where he was a $1.1 favourite.The speculation has been that he's so powerful and connected and holds sports in his hands. This morning you're using terms like mud sticking and the like. You seem to be speaking as if he doesn't have a hold on his job any more.It's hard to say. The secret ballot could go one of two ways. One way could be for people to vote for Coates without having to align themselves with the mud and being seen as retrograde. Or it could be a way for former allies to vote against him without knowing. The secret ballot is an unknown factor. There's more than 40 organisations, many of them run by very small entities who owe big favours to Coates. He's been the heavy-hitter who's gone out and got them funds, got them onto the world stage. He's done that job very well. It's whether he's done it in the right way to keep his position or for the good of Australian sport - there's an argument that the latter is the case.If hypothetically John Coates is rolled at the AGM or falls on his sword before it, will that be enough to change what appears from all sides to be a toxic culture at the AOC no matter who comes in?I think that will be a matter of how well the Coalition between... It would become a coalition between the Australian sports commission and the AOC with John wily clearly a key player in this. The problem with John Coates going back maybe 10 years when the Crawford Report came out, a top-to-bottom review of Australian sport. Rather than embrace change, he acted as a roadblock. He used all his favours at the time and it helped him that there was a Labor government at the time. So I think, to my mind, forgetting about the governance issues within the organisation itself, the problem with John Coates is he's been a roadblock to change. Will these people filter change, embrace change and treat the Olympic movement as more than just a play thing for politicians once every four years.Just quickly before we let you go, Richard. In the middle of all this - and we can see the collateral damage to reputations, to people inside the organisation and the like - what gets lost, what gets missed in terms of the job that the AOC should be doing while all this goes on?That's the whole thing. I think that's the key to John Coates's longevity is that people care about the Olympics for two weeks every four years and there's a lack of observance. If this was the AFL, the NRL and even rugby union, for goodness' sakes, people would come and look at this on a weekly basis. It happens every two years when they look at the medal table and say, "Why didn't we win more gold medals?" The lack of accountability is down to a lack of scrutiny by the public and the media and we probably have ourselves to blame a little for this.Good to talk to you. Thanks so much.No problem! Now to Washington where all 100 senators have been briefed at the White House on the rising tensions with North Korea. Our North America correspondent Conor Duffy joins us with the latest. Lots happening there, Conor. Tell us about this meeting between the 100 senators and the US President? As you mentioned, it was very unusual. We saw the odd sight of 100 senators cramming on to a bus and being shipped down Pennsylvania Avenue from Capitol Hill to the White House to hear the President's strategy to stop Kim Jong Un from getting the bomb first hand. The meeting was led by Jim Mattis and Rex Tillerson. We heard various different reports from senators as they exited. Some said they heard nothing new. Others said they found it to be very valuable and that it was a very sobering experience. Here's a little of what one of them, Democratic senator Chris Coons, had to say. I think it was a... A sobering briefing. And an important opportunity for the entire Senate to hear the emerging plans of the Trump aid mirgs to confront what is a very -- Administration to confront what is a very real threat to our security. This is a moment that needs to be about partisanship. We learned some things in the briefing but this is a very difficult situation that I think is going to require, um, persistent and engaged application of both diplomatic and military resources and effort. OK. That was one of the 100 senators meeting with the President at the White House. The White House has put out a statement on all of this. What's that had to say?Well, we've got a 5-paragraph statement attributed to Rex Tillerson and to Jim Mattis and essentially it sets out what the Administration's aspirations are with North Korea. It says they aim to pressure North Korea to abandon their nuclear ambitions by tightening economic sanctions and by working with their allies. It also says that the threat is urgent and real and while most of this statement focuses on the fact that the US is still, um, looking at peaceful and diplomatic solutions, the last sentence says that we are prepared to defend ourselves and our allies, perhaps giving a taste of what's to come if a diplomatic solution can't be reached.Indeed. Conor Duffy, in Washington, thank you so much for that.Now, a real change of pace for you. Australia's frogs are under threat with many species pushed to the brink of extinction apparently.Yeah. Monitoring the amphibians is becoming increasingly important and now a team of researchers in Canberra has invented a way of doing it from the comfort of their home. Ewan Gilbert explains. Every year, hundreds of people, often volunteers, wandered into the wilderness, clipboard in hand, and for hours on end, listen for frogs. Any frogs around?No.So wouldn't it be so much easier to just ring them up?How would it be to be able to just call, dial up a frog pond, somewhere out there in woop-woop and see what the frogs are doing?And that's exactly what some tech wizardry at the University of Canberra has made possible. Part mobile phone, part baby monitor.By hearing a cree-cree, or a tat-tat-tat, you know what species is around.I had to simulate a frog, doing this, yes. Croak-croak.Dodgy frog impressionings aside, it does solve some serious problems.Every person that goes into a remote area brings something that is undesirable, like a sickness. We have to prevent fungus spreading. This helps someone to stay indoors and mop tour and record frog calls for three to four hours, as long as it takes, rather than going into a pond late at night! While the focus today is on frogs, the same technology has the ability to change the way we keep an ear on shy animals the world over.Hey! Hey frog!Ewan Gilbert, ABC News, Kanimbla. We speculated earlier that maybe speaking French could be a better way of getting to frogs and thank you to all of our viewers who have given us the French word for frog. Grenouille. Vien ici, grenouille - "come here, frog". But who are the bozos shouting at the frogs?They're well-trained scientific researchers. They'll jump up and say, "Here!" That guy wants to pull my legs off. I'm going to hop that way.Yes! Exactly.Australia's most coveted literary award for young unpublished writers was announced last night. This is a big one. Marija Pericic won the $20,000 Vogel Literary Award for her manuscript The Lost Pages. Marija joins us from Sydney. Congratulations on being the Vogel winner.Thank you so much. I want to know the feeling, the churn through your heart and stomach when you learned the news?Well, it was the most exciting moment of my life. I actually couldn't quite believe it was true at first because it was really a dream come true for me and I found out and then I woke up the next day and thought, "Was that in fact a dream?" It was amazing.When the cheque arrives in the mail you'll know it's true. How long have you been working on this manuscript? And I want to know the origin of the idea as well because it takes us overseas and to one of the most famous literary figures ever.Yeah. Um, it took me about five years to complete the manuscript.My goodness.And, yeah, and it... The idea of it originated from an article that I read which, um, talked about a court case surrounding these mysterious papers which were Kafka manuscripts and these manuscripts were involved in this legal dispute between all these different parties that wanted the ownership of these papers and no-one knew what was contained in the papers, it could be a Kafka novel that was undiscovered, or maybe some diaries and the whole court case was so crazy and absurd, it seemed like it was out of a Franz Kafka novel. It was these two septuagenarian cat lady sisters, the Israeli national library and a German literary archive all fighting for these papers, but nobody knew what was in the papers and when I heard the story, I started to wonder what might be in the papers and my novel is an imagined memoir from what they might contain.It's a wonderful idea, bringing in Max Brod, a real figure, a rising star of the literary world and Franz Kafka who needs no explanation. What I find most interesting at the moment is that we're speaking to you and just a week or so ago we spoke to the winner of the Stella Award and her work took us overseas and Brad in the figure of Maria Abramovich, the performance artist. Australian writing for so long has been quite inward, and understandably so, about the Australian experience, we're now looking outward and particularly through the eyes of women writers. Yes. And it's great that Australian writers... Can be Australians writing about anything from anywhere and we're still Australian writers. And it's still Australian writing and that's fantastic to have a broader scope.That's right. And to see you sort of step off that continental shelf in way. So what does the cheque mean for you now? We know how hard a writer's life is and you're paid nothing. Does it give you a little bit of space to focus on your work?Absolutely. I actually work... I'm a bit of a secret writer actually and I work full-time as an English language teacher in Melbourne and nobody really knew that I was writing this book. So it's a bit of a surprise. And now it means that I can take some time to work full-time on my next book, which is such a huge gift. It's fantastic for me.Indeed. And guaranteed publication for this manuscript as well. Marija, congratulations and go well.Thank you so much. Marija Pericic, who is the winner of this year's Vogel. Let's look at this morning's finance news and that is taken away by Del Irani. Thank you, Virginia. Good morning, everyone. An annual snapshot of Australia's rental affordability has revealed a staggering majority of properties are too expensive for low income-earners, young people and those on government papers. Anglicare defines an affordable place as one that takes up less than 30% of the household's income. This year's snapshot surveyed more than 67,000 rental properties and deemed that 94% of them were too expensive for people on government benefits. For people on the minimum wage, about 70% of the properties surveyed did not meet the affordability criteria. A new study has found that foreign-owned gas companies have legally avoided paying significant tax on billions in earnings from their Australian operations because of loopholes. The study by the University of Technology's School of Accounting and campaign group GetUp! Looked at the balance sheets of Chevron and ExxonMobil. If found the companies have achieved colossal revenue flows from Australian operations but paid little, if anything, in petroleum resource rent tax in recent years. Let's look at the markets.

I'm joined by David Bryant, CEO at insurance company Australian Unity. As we just heard, Anglicare's report on housing affordability shows that rental affordability is a serious issue in this country.That's right. There was a couple of interesting pieces of information yesterday. The report noted there's only a small percentage of houses available for rent for low income-earners and those on a pension. That coincided with a report from UBS that flagged the number of building approvals has probably peaked and we're at a level of about 230,000. Typically we need about 150,000 approvals a year but 230,000 is twice what we were doing back in 2012. So there's going to be less supply coming onto the market and that's going to cause more pressure on housing. So rental increases for people who are least able to afford it. We're 1.5 weeks out from the budget and housing demand is twice what it was in 2012 which, in a way has been a deliberate effect by the RBA because of low interest rates. : As that began to taper the look was where else in the economy we can pick up the slack. One of the places we have a shortage was in housing construction so one of the elements of the low interest that's been a deliberate decision from the RBA... In order to boost the economy...Has been to boost that and boost the economy. And to put it in broad terms, the increase in housing construction has added about 0.5% to GDP. Remember in Australia, total GDP growth is only about 2.5%. We'll lose potentially 1% of that just by going back to a more normal housing approval and cop struction level. So we did transition from mining to housing but now we're paying the price for that in a whole range of areas.As you mentioned, the UBS report called the top of the housing market segment, saying we've reached that. That's great for home-buyers but it will impact on the construction industry and potential job losses there.That's right. And as we come into the budget period, you know, the thing that's not working here is we're stuck with unreasonably high unemployment. We're still just under 6%. Wage growth in Australia is barely getting to 1% a year. Even on yesterday's pretty soft CPI data, we've got increases of 2% but only 1% wages growth.That's the consumer price index, or inflation data. And it's now within the target range of the RBA so it's unlikely that rates will change on Tuesday. The RBA has got nowhere to go. They certainly can't cut rates because all of the discussion we've just had on housing affordability, rental affordability, lower interest rates will only make that worse than it already is. And there's certainly no basis to increase rates because the data, even though it's getting into the RBA range, just of an economy that's beginning to work, it's still pretty soft and so there's really nowhere to go.David Bryant, great talking to you. Thank you.Pleasure. Michael, Virginia, back to you. Thanks, Del. Lots of comments on how to get women into senior positions in politics, sparked by the situation faced by Kelly O'Dwyer in Melbourne, the destabilisation campaign from within her own Liberal Party. Wendy says, "We haven't come very far, have we? It's terrible that Kelly O'Dwyer felled compelled to pose for a photograph with her baby to shore up her position in Cabinet. The course in Melbourne University is a positive direction in the rights direction as a way of getting women into political ranks." PK joins us now with sport. Thank you. Maria Sharapova has made a winning start to that sport - tennis - after completing a 15-month doping ban. The 30-year-old Russian lost her first service game but then regained her composure and won 7-5 in the first set, 6-3 in the second set. You can see how much it means to her, to be back and to realise she can still win tennis matches. 15 months on the sidelines and she got a wildcard to play against Roberta Vinci, one of the players who criticised the move to allow her to play. She has no ranking points because of the 15-month ban for taking a banned substance but that's a significant moment for Sharapova. Josh Reynolds will join the Wests Tigers next year. The play makers has played 129 games for the Bulldogs. He signed a 4-year deal with the Tigers and continues the moving feast that is the NRL at the moment. The Tigers opened up... The Bulldogs opened up room in the cap as well - it's all down to the salary cap - and Aaron Woods and Kieran Foran look likely to go to the Bulldogs at the end of the year now that Reynolds has moved on. Round 9 gets under way tonight with the Broncos hosting Penrith. Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga and the Australian rugby league Commission have both criticised can bring's decision to make players unavailable for next month's City-Country game in Mudgee. The Bulldogs were concerned about having only four days between City-Country and their next fixture. Johnathan Thurston has been selected for the Anzac test next week even though he's been missing NRL duty. Greg Inglis has left a hole in the side to be filled by Storm centre Will Chambers who is in terrific form. Another grim night for Australian clubs tweeting in the Asian Champions League. Brisbane Roar has no chance of reaching the next stage after losing to Muangthong United. Let's look at the goals.

No good for Brisbane Roar. They'll play in the A-League semifinal this week. The Western Sydney Wanderers' disappointing campaign is now hopeless after the cshing defeat to Urawa Red Diamonds in Japan last night. Tough place to go and play. The visitors were down 3-0 at half-time and the Wanderers are now firmly on the bottom of Group F with one match to play. Very briefly in cycling, we'll look at Albanesy's finish to the Tour de-Romandi. He's part of the Australian-owned Orica-Scott team getting into the action in the European season and ready to move into bigger tours. This is a big win by Albanesy there and well crafted by the team overall and well finished off by the man himself. That's it. You're up to date with the sport. We love being up to date with the sport. Thank you very much.Thank you. Before we go to Nate, let's remind you we're about to go live to ABC radio in Brisbane where the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is about to speak but Nate will update you on a pretty wet Thursday for some parts of the

We'll see if we can get through it before the Prime Minister starts speaking. A tropical low in the north is bringing storms and windy conditions to the Top End including a gale warning for the north Tiwi coast. A front in the Tasman is bringing cold air from the South around the eastern

Very shortly we'll cross to the ABC radio studios in Brisbane where the Prime Minister will speak to our colleague Steve Austin there. Front and centre is the announcement he will make later today in Brisbane about requiring gas exporters to limit exports to ensure there are no domestic supply shortages. It's a big and arguably politically popular move.And one designed to shore up the fate and fortunes of the Government and to stave off criticism. It's an interesting intervention in a market that is supposed to be a free market situation and where the exporters and suppliers of gas have been able to sell it offshore for high amounts of money for quite some time. We learned yesterday some amazing facts and figures about how much tax has been foregone by this country by those suppliers using legal tax loopholes to avoid paying tax here in the country, billions of dollars that would have been useful, not only for this Treasurer, but for previous treasurers as well. So that context and the fact of whether the Government can actually bring about lower prices for you, that's an interesting one for this announcement. It may be a free market but has been pointed out this morning, that will count for nothing, certainly in political terms, if the gas runs out in winter or summer when people need warming and cooling. Also lots of conversations this morning about how it's great to limit exports and ensure domestic supply but let's look at supply as well. I think the Prime Minister is now speaking to Steve Austin. Let's take you there. Australia should be an energy superpower. However, currently, it's really expensive to use our own gas. And the Prime Minister has a an announcement to make. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, good morning to you.Good morning. Great to be with you.You're going to quarantine our glorious gas for Australian use? Well, the market has not been working as it should. I mean the reality is that, as you said, we are a massive gas-producer. We are about to become the biggest exporter of LNG - liquefied natural gas - and yet we're in a position where the east-coast market has been short of gas and there have been bigger shortages forecast. So that's just not acceptable. Australian families, businesses, employers, industries, they have to come first. We must protect those Australian jobs. There's about 65,000 jobs at risk right at the moment unless action is taken. So we're taking this decisive action today and what this will mean is that if there is a shortage of gas for the domestic market forecast, then export controls will be imposed, so that Australian families and Australian businesses and Australian jobs come first.What will be the trigger for that? It's a big move if you do it?That will be visit given from the Energy Market Operator and from the ACCC, which is monitoring the gas market in a real-time basis now, thanks to the inquiry we set up last week. We'll have - the minister for natural resources will have up-to-date information from those sources and others and if there is a forecast gas shortage in the domestic market, then controls will be imposed on exports to ensure that no more gas... That gas is not exported that would otherwise be able to fill the domestic demand.Now, what will happen to those LNG exporters - the three big ones based at Gladstone - who have international contracts in place. They have a lawful... I mean this has been signed under Australian law. They have to meet their contractual obligations. And you're going to come in over the top of them and threatening them.Well, we will... It's not a threat. This will be export controls. They will not be able to export gas if that has the consequence of reducing the availability of gas for the Australian market. I mean the fact is under all of our free trade agreements, we have the right to protect our local industry from gas shortages. So this is a national-interest matter and we... It is a short-term solution to a longer-term problem and I just want to stress that. The longer-term challenge that we face is that we are not producing enough gas on the east coast and that is because of bans on gas exploration and development in Victoria above all and to a lesser extent in New South Wales. But in Victoria, where there is a huge amount of gas, you have a Labor government which will not allow even conventional gas exploration and development, let alone unconventional gas alone unconventional gas like coal seam gas development. So that is the longer-term challenge. The longer-term answer is more gas but, in the short term, I have to protect Australian jobs and that's what I'm doing.The Energy Market Operator warned in November/December last year that unless something was done, we would face real energy shortages here.That's right.And they said that, um, that... Basically, um, our base-load power is under real threat. And if you don't do this, you'd be threatening that. So this is your solution to solving that problem? Well, it is... It deals with the immediate challenge of shortages in the domestic market. So what we've got is, in terms of power, gas is vitally important, particularly for peaking power in summer, the height of summer, 40-degree days. That's when the gas peakers get turned on. And we've had issues, as you know, in Australia with a gas-peaking plant not being able to get started. It was said because they didn't have the gas available. So I've secured from the gas industry a peaking power guarantee. So we've already secured that. So there will always be gas available when it is needed for electricity generation at those peak times. But there is a broader issue. You've got a big issue with about 65,000 jobs at least, which are in businesses where gas is an enormous part of the input, in excess of 10%, some of them much higher than that in the petrochemical area, for example, and those industries, they have to have a reliable and affordable gas and... So will it actually bring down the price of energy for Australian manufacturing?It will ensure that the price of gas in Australia is at levels comparable to that in the international market, because it is a global commodity. But what we've seen is, because of these anticipated shortfalls, gas suppliers are... Have been, um, proposing contract prices which are really way too high. They're off... You know, they are... They are as much as four or five times the price per gig jewel, which is the, you know, the metric, which are being offered in the United States.So it will be comparable but not necessarily cheaper?Oh, no, it will be cheaper than the prices that are being offered now. People are being offered prices of $20 a gigajoule. It should be around half that or less. So that is... And, you know see, the point is, Steve, the... There is a global market for gas. We all get that. As there is for oil. But what we've had is, because of too much gas being exported - and thiss look, this was a... This is a series of mistakes made by companies and by governments. They made assumptions about more gas being brought on into production when it wasn't.Yes.But the fact is whatever the history is, whoever is to blame, my job as Prime Minister is to protect Australian jobs now. OK.And so this is the action I'm taking and it will ensure that there is adequate gas in the Australian market for all of those Australian businesses and families.One more question on this and then I'll move on. Resources Minister Matt Canavan will have the power to block exports. Let me ask about the Galilee and Bowen basin areas in Queensland. It's got massive gas reserves. All it needs is a pipeline to get into the system on the east coast and, um, that would actually get a massive amount of gas into the system to bring the price significantly down...That would be a great development to do that! Now, the Northern Australia Infrastructures Fund, which is overseen by Matt Canavan, has not done anything significant yet. Could the Federal Government, rather than giving a big loan to Adani for their rail project, why don't they give a loan to or build a gas pipeline from the Bowen basin, the Galilee basin, to the east coast, to get that gas to the east coast into the system. Well, there's no reason you can't do all of the above...So you could do both?Of course you can.With the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund.Steve, yes...Would you consider it...The answer is yes. But let me just explain. The Northern Australia Fund has a board. It assesses investment opportunities independently. Adani does have a proposal or is going to present a proposal, we believe, in respect to their railway. The loan is a... Can be concessional but it's not free money. The board has got to satisfy itself that it will be repaid and that the interest cost will be covered. So it's a commercial loan in that respect. But it can be in the public interest more generous, if you like, to the borrower than a loan from a bank would be. Now, as far as pipelines are concerned, absolutely agree. We need more pipeline infrastructure and we are looking at a number of proposals, including one to bring gas from the Northern Territory into the east coast system, but more gas pipeline infrastructure in Queensland would be very welcome. And we would certainly be delighted for the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund to look at new pipeline proposals and...So will you direct Matt Canavan to take a look at that? Well, Matt...Put the pipeline in... I don't need to direct Matt Canavan. I don't know anyone who is more enthusiastic about developing resources in Queensland than him. But I'll certainly pass on your good wishes to him as well. Can I tell you, Steve, this type of pipeline important.
infrastructure is critically important. We certainly agree with that. And the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund is designed to provide financial support to projects like that. So if, um, if the Queensland Government or anyone else has got a proposal for pipeline infrastructure in Northern Australia, then they should be getting their, you know, their plans into the infrastructure fund as soon as they can.My guest is Australia's Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. This is ABC radio Brisbane. I'll move on. Scott Morrison is: Just given an address to the - or giving an address today to the Australian business economists lunch in Sydney. Yeah.We understand he's going to be talking about good debt versus bad debt.Yeah.In the Federal Budget. What is Australia's national debt at the moment, Prime Minister?Well, it depends what you're talking about. Economy-wide, right across the whole economy, gross debt is around $245 -- around 245% of GDP. Our foreign debt liability, net foreign debt liability overall is about $1 trillion. What we mostly talk about in Canberra, however, is the Federal Government's debt and that's, in gross terms it, the end of this financial year, is expected to reach $498 billion. But net debt, which is the, you know, net of your financial assets, is about $317 billion, which is about 18% of GDP. Now, that will continue to rise until 2021, when we... Our plan is to bring the Budget pack into balance and then, of course, you don't have deficits continuing to add to the debt...So that $317 - which is the good and which is the bad debt in that figure?OK, $498 billion is the total Federal Government borrowings. The different between that and $3178 billion is financial assets and that can be cash of one form or another or it can be investments in, you know, in government-owned businesses that are, um, you know, businesses whether it's Australia Post or the NBN Co for example, that are sitting on the balance sheet as assets. But the point Scott is making about good and bad debt is a very important point and it is...So you're saying productive debt or unproductive debt...Let me put it in a household. This is the difference. There's a difference between the debt we incur to buy and our house, or maybe to improve a house, or to buy an investment, so it's matched by an asset, and the debt you run up to pay for a holiday or because you, you know, you're living beyond your means.OK.And so what Scott is making the point - when governments borrow to build assets, that is what he calls, you know, generically, good debt. But if you're borrowing money to fund an excess of spending over revenue, then that is debt that ultimately is living beyond your means. Now, that's what we can't afford to continue to do.Right. That's why we've got to bring the Budget back into balance, because the alternative is you throw that mountain of debt onto the shoulders of your children and grandchildren. Let me ask you about the debt for the taxpayer for the national broadband net woshling.Yeah.Is it good or bad debt? Remember you promised a minimum of 25 mega bits per second to every Australian household by the end of 2016. You said at the time that that was fully costed and ready to roll. And you also noted that there wouldn't be a cent more than $29.5 billion. Here we are a third of the way through 2017 -Yeah! And not even half of Australian house hltds are connected -- Yeah.And not even half of Australian households are connected and we're looking at an estimated $56 billion for this project. Is that good or bad?Well, Steve, the answer is that the Labor government, um, set up the NBN...And you said you fixed it...Let me finish. They set it up and they basically destroyed billions of dollars of value with their incompetence. What I inherited as Communications Minister was a train wreck, an absolute train wreck. We have rescued it but there is a lot of value that has been lost. Now, the reality is that if we continued with Labor's approach, it would have taken eight years longer to complete it and $30 billion more.But I've asked you about your commitments... I'm telling you about my commitment. When we got into government in 2013, we did a study of project. We worked out... . We did a strategic review. It was the first time we could get in there and open the books, obviously, and we've set out a plan that will have the project completed by around 2019/'20. It will be half completed by the middle of this year and in fact, there are nearly 1 million premises in Queensland alone which have access to the NBN and you can look at - and I'd encourage your listeners - if you Google NBN Co weekly report, you can see every week there's completely transparent about how it's progressing. I'm... I set that up when I was minister. I believe in complete transparency about the NBN. It's getting built. There are well over 2 million people now that are customers. In fact, I can give you the...I'm told that you have to go and we're getting the wind-up from your people...I'll tell you...Is the taxpayer the -- is the debt the taxpayer is carrying for the NBN good or bad debt?It's good debt in the sense that it is secured to a financial asset. As to what the NBN will be worth if it were to be sold, you know, in X years' time, time will tell. But at the moment, it is... Has a positive internal rate of return. Its not what, you know, your employers would want or what a commercial employer would want or a bank would want, but it is a return that is giving the taxpayer a positive return. But it is a very, very complex, huge project and it is... We inherited a wreck and we are recovering it and getting it built and...At a cost of $56 billion for the Australian taxpayers.Well, I've, I've, well, it will cost something in that order, you're right, but it's going to be an asset that will be generating billions of dollars of revenue.I'm told that you absolutely have to go.OK! Your security staff will come in and beat me up. They'd be very gentle, aassure you. Thanks very much. Will you stop asking questions! As the questions were getting tougher there. The Prime Minister there pressured on a number of fronts, including as we head into Budget season just what will be categorised as good and bad debt on the Budget books in order to make those books look a hell of a lot better than the Government said it looked under Labor and previous governments. So the real pressure is on for them to deliver in terms of their great rhetoric around the time of taking government.With housing affordability set to be a centrepiece of the Budget, we're learning this morning that a growing number of Australians are struggling to find somewhere decent to rent according to research from Anglicare.Their executive director says those in low incomes can't afford to live in major cities and regional areas are failing as well. We found very little that was affordable anywhere. If you were a single parent on knew tart, you wouldn't have been able to -- Newstart, you couldn't find anything affordable in Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney, Darwin, and in regions it's not much better. Anywhere in the country, out of 67,500 properties that we looked at, only 2.8% is available to somebody on the minimum wage. It's right across the country, metro and regional.So what are the alternatives for these people if they can't gain access to this restricted pool of rental properties?Well, one of the things that we see - I mean I just trot out a few more figures. If you're on the disability support pension, 0.9% were available and the really, really frightening figures were if you were a single person on New Start or, even worse, youth allowance. So out of those 67,500 properties, eight, eight single properties, would have been affordable if you were on youth allowance and 21 if you were on New Start. So we see people making dreadful choices about trying to find somewhere they can call home and certainly in the immediacy, we see people making very bad financial decisions that they're forced to make, going without food sometimes, avoiding doctors' appointments... That was the other Kase Chambers, the head of Anglicare. Jonathan Demme, best known for the film Silence Of The Lambs, has died. He was 73.He directed Philadelphia as well and recently Ricki and the Flash, starring Meryl Streep. Zak Hepburn described him as a fantastic film-maker.When you look at his peer group - Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola - and you look at Demme's works, there was such a flare. Stop Making Sense, as everyone knows, is one of the greatest concert films of all time. He did concert work with Neil Young and Justin Timberlake as well. Silence Of The Lambs, Philadelphia, it's an amazing statement of work. And it was refreshing to see him in the Hollywood system, but doing his own thing. So very, very impressive gentleman and a fantastic film-maker.It was interesting - he really was, um, a classic independent film-maker and he kept going back to independent projects and he brought that aesthetic right to the heart of big Hollywood and did not compromise it one bit and that's really, really unusual to see that and to see the independent actors that he brought in with him. Hiss last film was Ricki and the Flash, Meryl Streep andRic Springfield.He's a good actor.I sat down with Rick Springfield and Meryl Streep's daughter and they both spoke lovingly of Jonathan Demme. They said he was an actor's director, I recall them saying. We'll take you to Tasmania shortly and please stick to ABC News platforms across the morning for this. This is the latest on the search for a missing pair of bush walkers, a father and his teenage son. They've spent now their third night lost in Tasmania's wilderness. They set off on a 70km trek from Scots peek near Lake Pedder three days -- Scotts Peak near Lake Pedder three days ago and they're still missing.They're known to be inexperienced. They're believed to be not prepared at all for any kind of long stay, particularly an overnight one, ands you say it's been three. We'll update you on that through the morning. Cuba's Bay of Pigs, I'm afraid to he you, has been invaded.'61? '62? They tried to.Another invasion. Successful this time?Yes.Oh, right.By crabs. The crustaceans are arriving by their millions, much to the frustration of the locals - sorry, it's the only gag I had.It's a good one. But some are finding enterprising ways to make the most out of very bad situations.Chilli crab!

Cuba's Bay of Pigs has been invaded. Millions of these red, yellow and black land crabs are on the march and they have an important mission. TRANSLATION: Crab migration responds to reproduction. In other words, they emerge from the ground to reproduce. The crabs emerge every year after the first spring rains. They march out from the island's forests, scuttling to the sea to lay eggs, and then march back. It's highly dangerous, but they are winning the war. TRANSLATION: The species has an abundance that is incredible. I'm convinced that millions of crabs crushed by cars on the road die every year, but next year, the same millions are there again. That is to say the species has a high reproductive potential, which has not been affected. The road has not affected them.The march affects Cuba's other locals. The stench of crushed crustaceans can be sickening and few are friendly. TRANSLATION: They come in without you even realising it and they bother you. They are annoying, because we have merchandise that cannot be lifted from the floor and you can't touch it because they will snap at you.But this yearly event has also become a tourism draw card. Seeing all these crabs at the moment is like nothing we've seen before, so it's amazing just to see all the, you know, the road covered.And even the damage the crabs cause has become a money-maker. The tyres of tourists often get punctures and repairs cost US$10, even though parts are easily found. That's good money for mechanics considering the average salary here is $25 a month. There you go. And that invasion, like the one in the early '60s, also organised by the CIA.Oh, absolutely!The crab intelligence agency.Oh, very nice. There you go. There's good. I'll pay that.That's why the tyres crush them because they are bugs in their claws.Oh, yeah, yeah, that sound.High intelligence.Let's go to sport. Everything's politics with you, isn't it?Indeed. It all comes back to politics. And crabs.Be careful of those crabs, mate. World number one Ma yar Sharapova has made a winning return to tennis after completing a 15-month doping ban. The 30 -year-old Russian has been anxious about this return to tennis, I think. There's been some criticism within the tennis rarngs. The governing body tried to say everyone was welcoming her back but it's not been the case, including her opponent, Roberta Vinci, who said she was disappointed that Sharapova got a wildcard. Anyway, she's back and there you go. That's a big reaction for a Round 1 win at the Stuttgart Open. Wests Tigers are looking forward to getting the Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds back and he's going to go there on a big 4-year deal. 129 games with the Bulldogs, but those player movements are ongoing and Michael and Virginia, it's like one big soap opera at the moment. Another day, another player movement but that's how they do it in the NRL. Good and bad things about that but that's for another time.Lovely. Thank you so much, PK. We've got some weather for you. Mr Nate, what do you have?It's cold in the east, as we all know this morning.Ain't it just.So chilly. Frost in Canberra this morning and snow on the peaks, which is looking great. If we look at the weather around the

Now that I'm over my disappointment that summer is over. I can ask this question - snow - I'm moving my headspace formally to winter. When? It will be a long time to get snows that stick for a long time. But winter is coming.Winter is coming. Oh, we've heard that before! We're coming, back tomorrow. See you tomorrow. Enjoy your This program is not captioned. This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services.

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