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(generated from captions) This program is not captioned. This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Today: Outrage and calls for an inquiry. The furious reaction to allegations of water theft and corruption on the Murray-Darling. It's been a real good wake-up call for all of us to go back and look at our compliance regimes to see if there's anything more we can do to make sure we're administrating the basin plan fairly. Speaking out: Donald Trump's son-in-law declares he did not collude with the Russians. The British parents of a critically ill baby drop their legal battle after revealing they've run out of time to save him. And sailing into history: Australian Lisa Blair to become the first woman to circumnavigate Antarctica solo. Good afternoon. Ros Childs with ABC News. Communities up and down the nation's biggest river system are demanding a judicial inquiry into claims of water misuse in western New South Wales. Four Corners has investigated the way water is being used in the Barwon-Darling rivers, and its findings have caused outrage downstream and prompting calls for independence scrutiny. Farmers are worried and angry.We were left with absolutely no water and yet people upstream had pretty much as much as they wanted to and got away with it. I just can't get over it.The ABC's Four Corners program revealed serious allegations that some people in far-west New South Wales have done the wrong thing and the New South Wales Government hasn't done enough to stop them.We have asked politicians to look into it, for royal commission, we have been asking for a royal commission for over ten years into this. It's just fallen on deaf ears.A former New South Wales water compliance investigator told Four Corners that water meters in the Barwon-Darling Valley had been tampered with, obscuring the amount of water taken from the river.When they looked inside the meters, they saw cables were unplugged, suggesting possible meter tampering and possible pumping outside of required river heights.The system relies on compliance. With having meter that is are fully functioning and adhere to a particular standard. The Irrigators' Council argues the majority of farmers do the right thing, and those who don't could face huge financial penalties or even jail time.Irrigators, let me be clear, expect everybody to obey the rules, because that's the foundation for their access to water and their ability to produce crops. The New South Wales Government isn't saying much at this stage.I've asked the secretary of my department to have a look at these issues and provide a full report back to me for my consideration, and I want that investigation to occur quickly.But at the other end of the river, South Australia wants an urgent COAG meeting and an independent inquiry. We need to know that the compliance and metering in New South Wales works and that the reporting to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority is accurate, and I think that requires commonwealth oversight.South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon says the allegations are scandalous and should be referred to the New South Wales Anti-Corruption watchdog, ICAC. The Greens want the Senate to get involved.The fact that we've heard allegations that people are illegally pumping more water out of the river that was paid for by taxpayers to be returned to the environment is just unthinkable. The Murray-Darling Basin Authority says the allegations need to be thoroughly investigated.The fact that there has been light shone on to this non-compliance is really quite significant. It's a very important step that we deal with these things as they come up.But ultimately it's up to the states to enforce the rules. The Foreign Minister is playing down the significance of a Chinese warship spotted near the scene of Australia's military exercises with the US this month. The intelligence ship sat in the Coral Sea off Australia's north-east coast during the Talisman Sabre drills. Defence officials and analysts regard its presence as provocative, but the Foreign Minister says there's no reason why the Chinese navy shouldn't sail through the region. My understanding is that the ship didn't enter territorial waters and Australia has long been an advocate of the right of nations to exercise freedom of navigation and freedom of overflight in international waters, and I'm advised that this ship had no impact at all on our naval exercises.Chinese state-owned media has warned it plans to conduct more operations like the one in the Coral Sea. Donald Trump's adviser and son-in-law has denied colluding with Moscow to influence the 2016 US election. Jared Kushner emerged from a closed-door session of the Senate Intelligence Committee, insisting he had nothing to hide. Ben Knight reports from Washington. Jared Kushner usually stays well out of the public eye. But this time there was no avoiding it.On Capitol hill, he spent more than two hours with Senate investigators to answer questions over his dealings with Russian officials during the campaign.Let me be very clear. I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so. I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds for my businesses. And I have been fully transparent in providing all requested information. Jared Kushner failed to disclose four meetings, two with the Russian Ambassador, one with the head of a Russian state-owned bank. And a fourth, arranged by his brother-in-law, Donald Trump Junior, with a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton. Jared Kushner was also asked about reports he tried to set up a secret channel of communication with Moscow.The record and documents I have voluntarily provided will show that all of my actions were proper and occured in the normal course of a very unique campaign.Meanwhile, his father-in-law was on Twitter, asking investigators why they weren't looking into what he called "crooked Hillary's crimes and Russia relations"? And he was playing cat-and-mouse with reporters over plans to fire the Attorney-General. (INAUDIBLE QUESTION) (LAUGHTER) Donald Trump's anger at the various Russia investigations is one of the key reasons why they're dominating the news cycle here. And that, in turn, is frustrating Republicans in Congress, who want the President to pitch in and help sell their healthcare bill. He is, but he's also berating Republican law-makers for failing to get healthcare through.To every member of the Senate, I say this: The American people have waited long enough. There has been enough talk and no action. Now is the time for action.But the Russia investigations are never far from the headlines. Jared Kushner will face questions again tomorrow. And next up will be the President's son, Donald Trump Junior.

A suicide bomber has killed at least 26 people, mainly police, in the Pakistani city of Lahore. A surveillance camera recorded the moment the device was detonated on a motorcycle on the scout skirts of the -- on the outskirts of the city. More than 50 people were wounded in the powerful blast, including many bystanders. The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. The British parents of a terminally ill baby have ended their legal battle to take him to the US for experimental treatment. It's the end of an emotional and protracted fight for the life of Charlie Gard. His parents say time has now run out and they've decided to let their son go. Europe correspondent Lisa Millar reports. Charlie Gard will never know what his family and their supporters went through to keep him alive. Many of them were left in tears as his father revealed the fight was over. Our son is an absolute warrior and we could not be prouder of him, and we will miss him terribly. His body, heart and soul may soon be gone, but his spirit will live on for eternity, and he will fake a difference to people's lives -- make a difference to people's lives for years to come.After a 5-month legal battle that stretched from Britain's courts to the European Court of Human Rights, and included interventions from Donald Trump and Pope Francis, Chris Guard and Connie Yates accepted that it would be pointless to continue fighting for experimental treatment in America. It's an incredibly brave decision by Charlie's parents. They have thought through for themselves what the new evidence shows, and they've reached a conclusion probably the judge would have reached the same. It's very brave for them to do it without waiting to hear what he had to say. Charlie was suffering from a genetic disorder that results in muscle wasting and brain damage, but supporters were left frustrated and angry, believing more could have been done.If he had the treatment in April, when they said he need this treatment, when it first started, we wouldn't be here now today.Charlie Gard's parents had hoped to save their son's life, but in the end they accepted that what they were doing may only cause him more pain. Their one hope is that this case will change the way medical decisions are made in the future. To Charlie, we say Mummy and Daddy, we love you so much. We always have and we always will. And we are so sorry that we couldn't save you. They're now working with the hospital to decide when Charlie will be taken off his ventilator and allowed to die. His father says he won't make his first birthday in a fortnight. New South Wales Police and Border Force agents say they've cracked a criminal syndicate and seized chemicals which could have made up to 3 million portions of the drug ice. Two people have been arrested and more than 370kg of ephedrine have been conifies skated since investigations began last March. Police are investigating a suspected road rage assault after footage emerged showing a man punching a woman in the face in New South Wales. The footage shows a man getting out of his car and walking towards a woman and then hitting her. Local police say the level of violence depicted is unacceptable. No formal complaint has been made, which police require to press charges. A witness who saw the assault alerted police but those involved had left by the time officers arrived. The United Nations refugee agency says Australia has broken its promises when it comes to resettling refugees. The UNHCR says it agreed to support the US refugee deal, provided those with close family members in Australia were able to resettle here. Guy S Goodwin-Gill is the incoming acting director of the Kaldor Centre for Refugee Law at UNSW. He says settlement relies on keeping families together.I mean, it is not beyond belief that there was indeed an understanding, if not a written agreement, that those refugees and asylum seekers with close family ties in Australia would be settled here. Because as we all know, as Australia knows from decades of experience, if you want to see successful integration and settlement, it's important to keep families together. And that is a basic element of UNHCR's operations, to ensure families are not divided. Unfortunately, what the Government has done to draw its proverbial line in the sand, to paint itself into a corner. I think that's unfortunate, whenever policies are described in those terms, it leaves no room for flexibility. As we know, as to what's been happening in PNG and Nauru, it leaves no room for humanity either. That's the sadness. In this complex and complicated world, we need to keep options open. We need to think proactively and deep into the future about how we will manage refugees and other displacement. Australia has a great record of resettlement. In 1978, it was in the context of Indo-China resettlement. Australia was a model nation in relation to responding to the needs of those in desperation in South-East Asia. We could always ask for more. I think Australia does do its best. I would urge it to do more and not to draw lines in the sand in relation to particular categories of the displaced and disadvantaged. It goes beyond UNHCR's relationship with Australia to the broader issue. Australia as we know is seeking and will likely get a seat on the Human Rights Council in coming October. It's very well-placed and I'm sure would like to play a major role in developing and formulating and operationalising the global compact being debated, on refugee and safe and orderly migration. To do that, to play an important role there, it needs credibility. And I think it needs, indeed, to put many of its policies and practices behind it, because they have seriously undermined its credibility as an international actor on these issues. Top stories on ABC News: The New South Wales Government has defended its commitment to the Murray River Basin plan after allegations it had considered abandoning the scheme. Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, insists he did not collude with Russia during last year's US presidential campaign. The parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard have dropped their legal bid to send him to the United States for experimental treatment after Britain's courts refused permission. New research shows most packaged foods contain added sugar that's not clearly identified on labels. The -- on nutrition enables. There have been a review of more than 34,000 products with health star ratings. Bruce Neal carried out that research.Sugar is a key part of the diet. We need to differentiate between the good and bad sugar. That's really hard with the way packaging is labelled. There's a huge number of products on the shelves of share markets in Australia. We collected the information about them all and worked out what's the total sugar, what's the amount of added sugar, and then how can you use those numbers to try and work out what's good and what's bad in terms of the many, many foods out there. What we were able to do is we were able to figure out what actually is the added sugar in some of them. We're then able to make close estimates for the other ones and then impute the data across the 34,000. There is information about the amount of added sugar versus total sugar for a whole heap of products. We're able to take that information, then extrapolate it. If we put added sugar into the algorithm that figures out the amount of stars you get for the health star rating, then it does a much better job than if you use total sugars to try and sort out the good from the bad. We think that we should actually have added sugar labelling as a mandatory feature on the back of packaging for every food. And we think that the algorithm that underpins the health star rating should be updated to include added sugars instead of total sugars. I think the key thing is to know how much has been added and how much is natural, because the natural sugars in things like fruits, vegetables, dairy products, you know, they're not really a problem. It's the sugar that is are added during manufacturing. And unless we've got that clearly labelled, we're not able to differentiate between them. And then it gets really hard when we go to put stars on to say which products should get more stars versus less stars. That's really the crux of it. If you don't have the information, you can't give people good advice. The star system is fantastic. I mean, it gets widely criticised, but that's mostly for a few outlying issues. What this would do is actually resolve many of those problems. Finance news now. Here's reporter Rachel Pupazzoni. Tax accountants are pretty fed-up with the ATO?They are. It all stems back to IT problems the ATO has been having, making it difficult for accountants to lodge tax returns. The Tax Office apologised for a disruption which lasted for at least seven hours. It comes after a major system outage a couple of weeks ago as well, as unplanned outages in December and February. The Institute of Public Accountants says continual technical issues are really hurting small businesses with tight budgets. They're saying that they just are sick of the apologies and they just want the issue fixed so they can get on with the job.Shareholders are suing retailer Dick Smith?Yeah, Dick Smith, obviously, people will no doubt remember, went into administration, and people who owned shares in the company are now bringing about a class action against the retailer. The Supreme Court of New South Wales granted Bannister Law leave to file a class action against DSHE Holdings, formally known as Dick Smith Tronnics, this is in relation to the loss of millions of dollars for thousands of shareholders, which alleges that it contravened provisions of the Corporations Act during 2015. That has been given the go-ahead. That will obviously take a little while to go through the court system.Sure. How's the market?The market is picking up, since we last spoke a couple of hours ago. Shares spoke a couple of hours ago. Shares
are market is picking up, since we last are showing solid gains this afternoon.

Coca-Cola has had its worst day on the market in more than a year, falling more than 4% in earlier trade. It's come off that low a little bit, still hovering about 4% loss. Origin Energy has lost ground this afternoon. And South 32 1% in the red. ISentia Group is leading the surge in positive territory. Super retail group rose almost 6%, has come off those gains earlier from today. It's announced it will convert its A Mart stores into Rebel Sports stores. Shareholders happy with that news. Flight Centre is seeing growth. The Nikkei is inching up after losing more than half a per cent yesterday. And it was a mixed performance from Wall Street overnight, as investors await the Wall Street overnight, as investors
await the Federal Reserve's interest rate decision this week. The Fed is tipped to keep interest rates on hold. Gold is edging lower ahead of that meeting. It's currently worth 1255 US dollars an ounce. Oil lifted after Saudi Arabia indicated it would cap its exports. And iron ore is pushing higher. Let's check the dollar:

And that's it from the markets and the business desk, Ros.Thanks, Rachel. An Australian sailor is about to make history as the first woman to circumnavigate Antarctica solo. Lisa Blair is due to arrive in Albany on WA's south coast today after of a 6-month voyage. Irena Ceranic is there. Well, Lisa Blair is due back here at Albany's Princess Royal Harbour later today. Her arrival has been delayed somewhat, and that's because winds have dropped off. But this is where it all began for her. She set sail on January 22. And it has certainly been a very difficult and challenging journey. She has sailed in some wild seas, riding swells up to 9m high. She has been hit by very strong winds and severe weather, including snowstorms and obviously some freezing temperatures. But this trip has seen her pass through some of the world's most dangerous and notorious capes, including Cape Horn off the coast of Chile in South America. Cape Horn has claimed many lives and ships in the past, and is widely regarded as the Mount Everest of sailing. Lisa Blair passed Cape Horn while being lashed by a storm and managed to film some of it to upload on to her blog, but she described the experience as incredible. She does admit the last leg of the journey has been more difficult than she anticipated. She has been battling seasickness and exhaustion. But, nonetheless, she says she's very proud of her achievement and her efforts in raising awareness about climate change, which is what this trip was all about. And has she achieved what she set out to do?Well, not quite. She was hoping to become the first woman to circumnavigate Antarctica solo, unassisted and nonstop. She also had a target to break Russian adventurer Theodore Konyokov's record of sailing around Antarctica in 102 days. She was hoping to make it back in 94 days but was forced to abandon that attempt when her 15m yacht was damaged in a storm south of Cape Town. She was 72 days into the voyage and making good time. She was on track to break that record when the mast on her yacht snapped. That set her back by about two months as she waited for repairs in South Africa. So, she has spent a total of 104 days at sea. And despite all the challenges and all the difficulties, what an incredible effort. She has made history as the first woman to sail around Antarctica solo.Absolutely. She will be very glad to be back on dry land, I'm sure. Thanks. Time for sports news with Shannon Byrne now, starting with Australia's performance at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest?Great night for Emma McKeon. The Wollongong-born - she's based now in Brisbane, but the New South Wales swimmer was absolutely outstanding on day two. She actually won silver in the women's 100m butterfly. She was third in the final turn, Ros, and just absolutely blistered it home in that last 50m. Just came second to Sweden's Olympic champion, and world record holder Sarah. But on the way she won a national record and also a Commonwealth record, young Emma McKeon. So, outstanding swim there for her. And it's her third straight personal best in the 100m butterfly in a row in Budapest at these 17th World Swimming Titles. So, a phenomenal swim for her to claim second. It's actually her second silver as well, because on the opening night she was part of the 4 x 100m relay team that won silver. She's a very busy lady as well. She's gonna be in the 100m, the 200m freestyle, and also two more relay events coming up for her. She's one of the busiest. Her brother is also on the Australian swim team. So, a successful night for her. She was just absolutely ecstatic that she was able to go faster with each swim. Also, good news. It was a big swim for Emily Seebohm. She was the second-fastest through to the women's 100m backstroke final, still to come at the World Swimming Titles. Emma McKeon, she was our most successful swimmer in Rio. It continues to get better for her.Great performance. A Canberra Raiders player will find out the length of his suspension tonight?It was sent straight to the judiciary after he hid Billy Slater. It's gonna be a lengthy time on the sideline for Soliola. He was allowed to stay on the field after this hit on Billy Slater. A lot of people are questioning why he wasn't sent off. It actually has been said by Tony Archer, the referee boss, that released a statement saying the tackle met the criteria for a send-off. We haven't seen a send-off in the NRL for the past two years. Gosh, I would hate to think what you'd have to do to get sent off. That's the debate that's raging over that. One, he should have been sent directly off. Two, he has been sent straight to the judiciary tonight. Expect at least four to six weeks on the sideline after that ugly hit. Even today, Billy Slater's teammate came out, Cooper Cronk, saying that the whole team and club thought it was a late hit and not in the spirit of the game and he should have been sent off. Other news, quickly, in the NRL, Newcastle utility player, Rory Coss-Jason has announced his retirement, effective immediately, at the age of 30. He's had surgery, after sustaining a throat injury dur preseason training. He said his -- during preseason training. He said his body wasn't able to be repaired. He's had to retire from the game because of an injury. 126 games for Melbourne and the Cowboys, winning the premiership in 2015, and only joined Newcastle this season. Unfortunate news there.Ellyse Perry the only Australian to be named in the team of the tournament? This is the women's World Cup?Yeah, look, she had such a fabulous series. Australia falling one short for the final against India. But Ellyse Perry was just absolutely outstanding. The all-rounder made 404 runs and took nine wickets. Unfortunately the only Australian to make the team. Probably one or two could have made T but ten years since she has made her debut in the Australian team. She's the only Australian that made it, so she's an absolute superstar in the world of cricket.Shannon, thanks. Two months after 22 people died in a pop concert bombing, the City of Manchester is still coming to terms with the terror attack. The suicide bomber was a 22-year-old man born in Manchester to Libyan parents. Tonight's episode of Foreign Correspondent explores the pressures facing Manchester's Muslim community as they struggle for answers. Manchester is a small city, just 500,000 people, so this is one of those places where everybody knows somebody who was there that night. Hundreds of people were caught up in this attack. Including 15-year-old Samaya. She had waited months to see her idol, Ariana Grande.I was waiting for Ariana Grande to come, because I knew she was on tour. And then I begged my brother to buy me some tickets. As soon as the show finished, we heard, like, a loud bang sound, and, like, I thought it was like a balloon or something. (EXPLOSION) Oh, my God.Everyone was screaming and I saw someone covered in blood. What's going on?Oh, my God!As soon as this terrorist attack happened, the conversation almost immediately turned to Muslims and to young people being radicalised. How did you interpret that conversation? These people, they look at me like, "Oh, yeah, you're Muslim. You must be, like, a terrorist or something." But I was a victim of the attack. Like, they attacked me, and they say that I'm the same religion. Like, obviously I'm not, like, part of that.And you can watch Foreign Correspondent tonight at 9:20 on ABC TV and then on iview. A quick look at the national weather now:

Top stories on ABC News: The New South Wales Government says it's committed to the Murray-Darling Basin plan. It follows a Four Corners investigation that reveals the state had considered ways to abandon it. There are growing calls for a political inquiry into the handling of the multibillion-dollar scheme. Donald Trump's son-in-law and White House adviser, Jared Kushner, has denied any collusion with Russia during last year's presidential campaign. Mr Kushner is the first senior Trump campaign official to be questioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee over alleged Russian interference. The British parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard have dropped their appeal to send their son to the US for experimental treatment. It's the end of a 5-month legal battle with the hospital that argued his life support should be switched off. And Australian sailor Lisa Blair is about to make history as the first woman to solo circumnavigate Antarctica. The 32-year-old will return to Albany on WA's south coast shortly after a treacherous 6-month voyage. Back to that Four Corners investigation now, which has left people furious over the New South Wales Government's handling of Murray water. Serious doubts have been raised about the effectiveness of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, which was designed to strike a sustainable balance between the environment and water users. Chief executive of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Philip Glide, says the revelations are a wake-up call. I think we have been aware of the concerns for some time. Two concerns were raised. One was in relation to breaking the law and the other was in relation to the making of the laws. In relation to the breaking of the laws, from time to time we get referrals from members of the community, other irrigators, conservation groups, about bad play in relation to the rules. And so we refer those on to the various state regulators, as they are in each state. In terms of the making of the rules, it's really important issue. If water is returned to the environment, we need to make sure it does end up being used in the environment and not being pumped out by other irrigators. And it's important to recognise that in November last year we came forward with an amendment to the current Basin Plan, which had, as part of it, more work on this protection of environmental water. And in June of this year, all of the ministerial council endorsed that and committed in-principle to taking action to better protect the environmental water. Not just in New South Wales but up and down the Basin.But if you refer concerns on, isn't it therefore then your duty to chase up those concerns and find out what's happened?That's a really good point, and people have gotta be - be confident, they've gotta be able to trust that the rules are being applied fairly. We hand those concerns on. And we expect that the various state governments will take their responsibilities seriously. Under the Constitution, water remains the responsibility of the states. Our job is to share that responsibility with them. And if we think that there's a problem with that, then our job is to raise it. So, to date we haven't been aware that New South Wales Government has been not taking on board that responsibility.Why haven't you been aware of that?Well, I think what happens is when you refer these matters, sometimes it can take quite a while for them to come forward... But the buck has to stop somewhere. Yeah.Shouldn't it have been with the authority that should have overall control of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, which is the authority?I think it's important to understand this is a shared responsibility. I'm not trying to shirk that responsibility, but we do share it. The states operate, they have the staffing, the resources, indeed they have the regulations and legislation to operate at retail level, to intersect with the irrigators, to check whether or not the meters are right, to check whether or not they're being used properly. The Commonwealth's responsibility is to make sure that there's a sustainable level of take, and so we, if you like, regulate the regulators. We intersect with them. If we find out that's not working, then we report it. Indeed, that's what we have been doing.So, the plan isn't working. Trust, an important part of the overall plan, has been clearly the
violated. What happens now? Who pays the penalty for that?Going back to your first comment there, I would say the plan is working. We're five years into the 12-year rollout of this plan. The Murray-Darling Basin Authority's powers really kick in in 2019. We've still got a little way to go. And we've seen some really good successes. Not just on the environmental side but also in terms of water recovery, three-quarters of the amount of water that needs to be returned to the environment has done. It's really important, though, if we go forward with this plan, that everyone has confidence in the regulatory regime. The fact there has been light shone on to this non-compliance is quite significant. It's a very important step we deal with these things as they come up.I think irrigators in South Australia would firmly disagree with you when you say that the plan is working. Well, I think you only heard Minister Hunter this morning pointing out that the plan is working. We've had great Murray cod breeding events. Golden perch breeding events. There's more water than ever before being returned to the environment. The Commonwealth environmental water holder holds a little over 2,000 gigalitres of water as a result of the plan. I think it's important to understand that the plan is actually working. There will be problems. There are always problems in a regulatory system with people wanting to do the wrong thing. We've gotta make sure we can find those problems, identify them and deal with them. Indeed, I think that's what most of the topic of discussion has been about today - the best way to do that.Now there are calls for independent judicial reviews, Senate convoy, royal commissions. Irrigators in South Australia are furious. What do you want to see happen?It's not just irrigators. Also all of the water users want to know it's fair and that the rules they are being subject to, others are subject to to. It's a bit beyond my pay grade to comment on what is the best way forward in this regard. You have to remember the basin plan is an agreement between six governments, only as recently as June COAG, Prime Minister and all the premiers signed off on the implementation plan. We've gotta stay the course and make sure these sort of incidents don't happen. Unfortunately, if they dorks we've gotta be able to deal with them. That's what I see people doing.What should change in order for these instances not to happen again? Something has to change?I think we're expecting that the state governments, the regulators will live up to their obligations under the plan. We look forward to seeing what the results of the reviews are. As I've said, we've recommended already to the basin ministers a change to that plan, when we realised that the laws that were in place might not necessarily be protecting environmental water. It'll really is quite important to make sure that this plan is adaptable, that as things come up, as we learn more about the environment, as we learn more about water use, as we get better at compliance, that we can change that plan to make sure it happens. I share the concerns of everyone out there, that they hate to see that the water that's being given up for the environment for a really good cause might have been used by someone, another irrigator. It's just not fair.And what was your reaction to the New South Wales Government's plan or proposal, Plan C, as they called it, to pull out of the plan altogether?Well, unfortunately, that was before my time. But you've gotta also understand that's disappointing. We noticed that at the first minister level, at the Premier level, at the ministerial level, New South Wales Government is signed on and continues to be committed to the plan. I would point out, though, that we're going through a really significant reform. We're taking 20% of the water away from production and putting it back into the environment to benefit the system in the long run. That is a huge change and you can imagine, as has been the course for a hundred years with water politics and water management in this country, each state will always seek to get the maximum benefit for their state. And the beauty of the plan is that for once there is a plan in place that is oblivious to those state borders and actually does try to manage that basin as a whole. And we're very comforted by the fact that the COAG and the ministerial council have signed off on the next steps. Finally, was there anything in the Four Corners program last night that was news to you, which shocked you? I think the extent of things like tampering with meters, and whathaveyou. That was certainly news to me personally. And the fact that that's going on. I think there is certainly a lot more trust in the southern part of the basin in terms of the regulatory regime, and meters, less so not north. It's bb a good wake-up call for all of us, to look at compliance regimes to see if there's anything more we can do to make sure the basin plan is being administrated fairly.Thank you. Thank you very much.President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has denied any collusion with Russia in last year's American election. He's the first member of the President's inner circle to be questioned on the matter. Speaking after giving evidence, he said he had been completely transparent. Jared Kushner, the husband of Ivanka, the son-in-law of the President and the closest confidante of Donald Trump to find himself in the crosshairs of the sprawling Russia investigation. A man who's normally found avoiding the limelight today found himself the centre of attention. After giving evidence to the Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors, he returned to the White House to insist he had done nothing wrong.I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so. I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds for my businesses. And I have been fully transparent in providing all requested information. So, what were the contacts? In providing all requested information.
So, what were the contacts? In April 2016, Kushner meets the Russian Ambassador, apparently no more than a handshake and passing small talk. Kushner denies that two further phone calls took place after this. On June 9, 2016, Kushner joins Donald Trump Junior and campaign manager to hear from a Russian attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya, who has alleged links to the intel services in Moscow. Subject matter - getting dirt on Hillary Clinton. Then after the election, Kushner meets the Russian Ambassador again on December 1, and then two weeks later he meets a Russian banker, said to later he meets a Russian banker,
said to have direct links to Vladimir Putin. But of one thing he was insistent - these meetings made zero difference to the outcome of the election.Donald Trump had a better message and ran a smarter campaign, and that is why he won. Suggesting otherwise ridicules those who voted for him.But today, as Donald Trump was framed by over a hundred White House interns, he was doing some ridiculing of his own, as reporters sought to ask disobliging questions.Mr President, did Jeff Sessions resign?First, by saying nothing.(LAUGHTER) And then by letting rip. They don't care about...He's found it similarly difficult to keep his opinions to himself over Russia. The United States Republican Senator John McCain says he will return to the Senate tomorrow to vote on a healthcare bill less than a week after being diagnosed with brain cancer. Senate Republicans plan to repeal the act I don't know as Obamacare. An attempt to replace it with a new healthcare system last week failed to attract the support to reach the Senate floor. Mr McCain will also vote on new sanctions against Russia, North Korea and Iran. The driver of a semitrailer found packed with immigrants in Texas could face the death penalty. He has been charged after ten of the people trapped in the truck died from dehydration. One survivor has also spoken out, saying it was difficult to breathe in the extreme heat. He made the perilous journey from Mexico because he was looking for work. This man is lucky to be alive. The 27-year-old spent hours crammed in the back of a truck with scores of illegal immigrants smuggled across the Mexican border into Texas. He's inside. Passengers
told police it felt like an oven inside. Passengers pounded on the walls to get the driver's attention before many began passing out. They had no water and could barely breathe.

Eight men in the truck died from extreme heatstroke before it pulled into a car park in San Antonio. Another two died later. About 30 others are in hospital.

The truck driver has been charged with human trafficking resulting in death. James Bradley Junior could face the death penalty. He's told authorities he didn't realise there was anyone in the truck until he got out. Most of the dead were from Mexico.We have contacted and we're in the process of contacting the families. And making sure that they can visit their relatives.In San Antonio, mourners held a vigil for those killed. Officials fear the death toll could still rise, with several survivors in a critical condition. More on the emotional story from the UK now, where the parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard have ended their legal challenge to take him to the US for experimental treatment. The baby suffers from a rare genetic condition. In our medical system, as in the UK, the parents decide what happens to their child, except in cases of emergency. So, when do the courts get involved? Here's a doctor who is a senior lecturer in law at Deakin University in Melbourne.The case is nothing less than a Greek tragedy, it really is a really, really sad case. And the decision that has finally been reached, interestingly, in this case in the end by Charlie's parents themselves, is sad. And ultimately it's been decided that it is in Charlie's best interests that treatment be withdrawn. I think the greatest tragedy in all of this is that Charlie's life over the past 11 or 10 months has been played out in the media for everybody to comment on. And, for want of a better word, has become almost a media circus.How much weight dot wishes of parent carry when it comes to the treatment of a child? And when are those medical decisions then taken out of the hands of parents?That's a really interesting question, and the answer to that question is actually very nuanced. So, parents do have a say, to some degree, in decisions that are being made about their children. And it's a collaborative effort between parents and doctors initially in making treatment decisions for children and infants. However, decisions have to be made that are in the best interests of the child, as we've seen throughout the Gard case, that's been the operative word, the "best interests" of the child. And it's really about ensuring that no harm reaches the child. And when decisions come to the stage where there is disagreement between doctors and parents, unfortunately - and it's very rare that this occurs - but when we get to that stage, the courts have to intervene in determining what is best for the child. And I think the judge in this case has made that point quite poignantly in saying that the child is independent of its parents and ultimately decisions have to be made that are right for the child. Now, often people assume that treatment is always in the best interests of the child, and sadly and unfortunately, sometimes the best treatment for the child isn't actually to provide treatment.And have there been similar cases here in Australia? And do the same rules apply?There have been similar cases to some degree. It's rare that cases go to court. The most notable cases in recent times, at least, in Australia, we had a case in 2012 of a little baby named Mohammad. And he also suffered with a different form of mitochondrial syndrome. And his parents also wanted treatment to be continued, and in particular they wanted mechanical ventilation to be provided to their son in the case that he were to stop breathing. And the case went to the Supreme Court in New South Wales, and in this particular case of baby Mohammad, the judge determined the treatment wasn't in his best interests. More recently, last year, a case that was publicised somewhat in Australia was the case of a 6-year-old, young boy who had a rare brain tumour. And in this case, it actually involved alternative treatments, and his parents wanted to pursue alternative treatments rather than conventional treatments of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and in that particular case, in the end, after three judgements in the Family Court, it was decided that the palliative care was in his best interests.Is there likely to be a change in the law as a result of the Charlie Gard case, or even a change in the way parents or doctors make decisions? It's drawn everybody in, from Donald Trump to the Pope?Yeah, it's really interesting. And I've written about this very recently. I think the decision in the Charlie Gard case, in itself, is not particularly novel. We've seen previous cases, particularly in the United Kingdom, where decisions have been made which are sad decisions and unfortunate or uncomfortable decisions, the withdrawal of treatment is in the best interests of the child. However, what I think is novel in this case - and I've used this word before, and it's a word that I'm not comfortable using - but it seems the most appropriate word - is a "social media circus". And we've seen this really play out in the Charlie Gard case, is this real use of social media to mobilise support. And it's been a real driving force in this particular case. We've also seen the use of crowdfunding in this particular case, where it hasn't been about using limited resources, but it's been about using crowdfunding to source money to potentially send Charlie Gard and his parents to the United States for this experimental treatment. And what we've also seen, interestingly, in this particular case is a sense of anti-establishment in a sense of a shift away from paternalism or doctor knows best to a sense of parent knows best. And we haven't seen that previously. So, we are seeing a real change in society's attitude to what they feel in terms of end-of-life decisions for children or infants, in the case of Charlie Gard, but also long-term what we might see in how people decide to make their own medical treatment decisions.Thank you for your insights.Thank you. Queensland's chief scientist, Professor Suzanne Miller, has been stood aside after being charged with fraud. The Crime and Corruption Commission announced last night a 52-year-old woman from South Brisbane had been bailed in relation to a private health insurance claim worth $45,000. It was last night that the CCC came out with the announcement that now it's alleged that she fraudulently obtained $4,000 over the last three years via that private health fund. No other details have been given since. She was given bail last night and will appear in court in the coming weeks. Now, the Minister for Science has paid tribute to the work that she's done over the last few years, but the Premier's Office said that she has been stood aside pending these serious allegations. Can you tell us a bit more about those allegations, Josh?Look, it's only that since February 2014 sums of money were fraudulently taken from a private health fund. No other details have been given at this stage. It was the Crime and Corruption Commission release last night that alerted the media to the fact that she had been charged.OK. And Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne is in strife as well. What's happened there?Yeah, look, it's been revealed that there was an expletive-laden rant earlier this month in front of reporters. This morning Bill Byrne said he couldn't recall exactly what he said at the time, but admits that he does swear from time to time. The Premier's Office, though, said that they have spoken to Minister Byrne about what happened a couple of weeks ago. Josh, thanks. Researchers are hoping to develop a treatment to halt or reverse ageing in female eggs, after identifying the factors at play. The discovery could be good news for women wanting to fall pregnant later in life. The study's supervising author, Professor Brett Nixon, says antioxidants play a large role in the ageing process.So, what we have been studying is the effect of age on egg health and egg developmental potential. And what we know is that declines rapidly as a woman ages, and we've also known for quite some time now that one of the key factors in terms of causing that ageing process is a build-up of oxidated stress within the egg. That arises from two consequences, the first being that the cells produce more reactive oxygen speeches, and the second is the antioxidant defences the cell would mont at a counteract that, drop off as the egg ages. So, the build-up can target a range of biomolecules in the cell. We've identified a range of protein that is are vulnerable to that sort of damage. And we have been studying those proteins and their role in maintaining the quality of the egg. So, what can you do with that knowledge, then, to help older women and halt the ageing process?That's an excellent question, and it's something that really is a focus or our ongoing research. The particular protein that we're focusing in on at this stage is one that's responsible for segregating or separating, if you like, the chromosomes as the cell would divide to create an embryo, for instance. And it's really important in terms of maintaining the accuracy of that cell division process. So, what we're hoping to do is now, with that knowledge at hand and knowing how it's damaged by reactive oxygen species, is to be able to design some sort of therapeutic, potentially around an antioxidant, that could actually prevent this protein being damaged and therefore enable it to rescue or halt the deterioration of the egg as it ages. It can also reverse any damage? Or deterioration, rather?At this stage, we're unlikely to be able to reverse the damage, I think. We've certainly got ongoing experiments in which we plan to see whether we can supplement this particular protein in the egg and therefore reverse some of the damage, but I think the legacy of the damage is something that will remain within the cell. So, if we were to implement a therapeutic, we would have to do it earlier on, before the proteins actually incur this form of damage. So, what sort of age?So, that's a really interesting question. In terms of female fertility, the peak fertility is in the early 20s, early to late 20s. That's where our biology has been set up to support fertility and to support child bearing. What we find is that there's a really precipitous drop in terms of egg quality and therefore female fertility at about the age of 35. And then it continues to deteriorate quite substantially after that point.So, if you intervene early enough, it therefore means that a woman can become pregnant and have a baby, she's only limited by her ability to carry that baby?So, it's not actually the carrying of the baby, it's the quality of the eggs and their ability to support the development of the child. As opposed to the actual capacity of the female to actually carry that birth through to term. So, I think it's - what we would like to point out is that there's a biological clock ticking here, and it's hard to fight the biology. We've identified pieces of the puzzle that have become damaged. And what we'd really like to do is focus in on how we can prevent that damage from actually occurring in the first instance. But it's likely that any intervention we would have to take would have to be quite early on, rather than leaving it to when the eggs have already sustained that sort of damage.Professor, good luck with your research ongoing. Thank you.Thank you very much for your time, Ros. Time for the weather. Here's time, Ros.
Time for the weather. Here's Nate Byrne.We've got cloud moving through the south-east of the country. That's associate would a low-pressure system and a cold front and a trough just bringing some rain to Victoria and Tasmania. More cloud for the south-west as a cold front approaches, but the rest of the country fairly cloud-free. And that's thanks to a broad ridge of high pressure just keeping the skies settled. As we look ahead to tomorrow, we'll see showers moving through the south-west of the country, with that cold front. And some showers lingering Intel just for the south-east. A few showers along the Queensland coast as well thanks to a ridge up the coast there. And the capitals for tomorrow:

NASA has released a time-lapse video of the Aurora. It shows the vibrant green colours dancing around the Earth's atmosphere. It is the result of a collision between particles released from the sun and gases within the Earth's atmosphere. Mr Fisher has come up with a more colourful description, calling it "awesome green sauce". That's ABC News for now. I'm Ros Childs. Thanks for joining us.

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