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This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Tonight: Cardinal George Pell to plead not guilty to historic sexual offence charges.

Citizenship kerfuffle. Matt Canavan's political career under a substantial cloud. Loving light rail. The Government says more and more Canberrans are embracing the tram project. And mourning a musical legend. The death of Dr G Yunupingu.

Good evening. Dan Bourchier with ABC News. A Melbourne court has been told Cardinal George Pell will plead not guilty to all historical sexual offence charges laid against him. Outside the court, there were chaotic scenes around Cardinal Pell as he entered and left the building escorted by police. As Emma Younger reports, the court refused to release his charges. An unprecedented court apppearance was matched by unprecedented scenes. Keep moving back. Moved back, guys. The media made certain there'd be no missing this shot. Cardinal George Pell and his legal team escorted into court by police. Yeah, very much a symbolic day today. Cardinal Pell in court as just another man, another person off the street. Some journalists arrived at 5am to get a seat. Later, they were joined by protesters on the steps. I think the Church has a lot to answer for. But views were split. Innocent until proven guilty. This is in accusation. -- an. Not trial by media, we want a fair trial in this. Inside, the hearing lasted just six minutes. Pell's barrister Robert Richter QC used it to dispell any doubts.

Pell was charged last month with historical sexual offences involving multiple complainants. The court today refused media requests to release the charges. Both local and international media descended on the court for today's brief hearing. It's expected there'll be similiar scenes when Pell returns to court on October the 6th. As he left today's hearing, chaos resumed. Pell was swallowed by the media pack. Shouts of "God bless you, cardinal" all but drowned out. The courts will now decide what Cardinal Pell did or did not do. It's a process which could take years. Barnaby Joyce is confidently predicting a ministerial comeback for his friend and former advisor, Matt Canavan. The Queensland Senator quit the Cabinet for an apparent breach of the constitution, after discovering he has Italian citizenship. But the Deputy Prime Minister is tipping a High Court victory which will allow him to return. Here's national affairs correspondent, Greg Jennett. Mr President... Parliament's most famous Italian reads the Greeks. As Aristotle noted, the nature of everything is best seen in the smallest portions. ..And to his leader... This is obviously something that is completely out of left field. ..Is the victim of modern political tragedy. No doubt it's an incredibly difficult time for his mother. She would be at wit's end. Brian and Maria, who are here tonight. Father Bryan and mother Maria bore witness to the start of the Canavan political career.

But with a flourish of pen, she may have unwittingly cruelled it before it began. Including her son in her application for Italian citizenship has cast the Minister onto the backbench until the High Court decides whether his citizenship was ever valid. He never signed any forms. In fact, I think they've found the forms and they're unsigned. How can you be signed up for something you never signed up for? Maria Canavan's Italian outreach had come at a tough time for the family. Her husband was before the courts for corporate fraud. This guy is so straight down the line. He has always said if people break the law, they pay the price. Matt Canavan could pay a price if the High Court orders it, but that does not mean the end of his career. Fallback options are already being looked at, allowing him if necessary to remove the Italian citizenship and re-enter Parliament as Queensland Senate vacancies arise. The sooner we can have him back in Cabinet continuing that excellent work, the better. One-off workarounds are far more likely than a political union to change the rules. Changing the constitituion is a very tricky matter. Referendums are not for the faint hearted. I've probably got some other priorities. The House will have to get its own affairs in order. A cross border war over water has broken out between New South Wales and South Australia. A former senior Commonwealth bureaucrat has been appointed to examine allegations of the theft of water, aired on Four Corners. But South Australia says that's not good enough. On the banks of Lake Menindee, near Broken Hill, Dennis Sloane isn't interested in the politics of the Murray Darling Basin. He just wants one thing. We want better management of the river. In better management of the late. -- even better. -- lake.New South Wales is being accused of mismangement after allegations aired on Four Corners. It claimed some irrigators were taking more water than they should have, and a senior bureaucrat gave lobbyists inside information. The State Government insists its response has been swift, appointing former Commonwealth bureaucrat Ken Matthews as an independent investigator, inquiring into the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries. I've instructed the Secretary to make sure that Mr Matthews can have a thorough investigation into all the issues that were raised during the Four Corners program. At the other end of the river system, there's anger and mistrust. The South Australian Premier has written to the Prime Minister, urging him to set up a Federal judicial inquiry. Such allegations demand rigorous, immediate investigation. Not merely a superficial and insufficient cross check, which is what the New South Wales Government intends to do. But Jay Wetherill is unlikley to find an ally in Canberra. I've spoken to the New South Wales Minister and he has a person from outside Government to do an independent inquiry on it, and that would make abundant sense because it's an issue for New South Wales. His response was woefully inadequate and it shows a complete bias towards the upstream states. South Australia also wants a new national body to enforce the rules. Scientists say the current system is failing everyone. The problems of trust and transparency are broader than just New South Wales. Vested interests are having their sway in at least New South Wales and Victoria. The New South Wales inquiry is expected to be finished by the end of year. Barnaby Joyce is promising that other states can have input at that time. Australia's top banker has backed the Federal Opposition's claim that inequality is rising. Rseserve Bank governor Phillip Lowe told a business lunch that higher asset values were more beneficial for the wealthy. His comments came as inflation remained very low. Here's finance correspondent, Phillip Lasker. Low inflation says consumers have little buying power. I think it's very consistent with an economy that's growing at a fairly modest pace. Despite record low interest rates, policymakers are grappling with an inflation rate below 2%, after a quarterly increase of just 0.2%. The most significant price rises came from medical services, new homes, tobacco and beer, while there were big falls in domestic travel and accommodation, petrol and fruit. Wages account for two-thirds of inflation, and this race to the bottom is a major concern for the Reserve Bank. The fact that we've all lowered, or many of us have lowered our expecations of future income growth means we're less inclined to spend. The Governor says the jobs of the future will come from the services sector, which had already produced some high-paying jobs in areas like healthcare and IT. But he also acknowledged that rising asset prices had made the rich richer, while offering a view on the Federal Opposition's latest line of attack - inequality. Well, it's risen. It rose quite a lot in the '80s and '90s and it's risen a little bit just recently. Phillip Lowe's message on interest rates was very clear. The RBA won't be cutting rates to boost inflation because the economy's OK, and that would just boost property prices. They won't be putting up rates either because inflation's still very low. More rate rises may come from the banking regulator leaning on the banks, although the Governor noted the Sydney and Melbourne property markets have cooled. Australia's consumer watchdog is suing Ford, alleging it engaged in deceptive and even immoral conduct. The lawsuit relates to faulty gearboxes, affecting around 35,000 over the past six years.

over the past six years.
-- 35,000 vehicles. As James Hancock reports, the case promises to strengthen the rights of all car buyers. Ambelyn Snell bought a new Ford Fiesta in 2012, but says since then, she's experienced two problems with the gearbox. It doesn't smoothly go from gear one to gear two, it just shudders, and there's been occasions where the car has actually stopped totally while I was driving. So luckily, I was able to pull over. The Competition and Consumer Commission says she's not alone, with Focus and Ecosport 2011 to 2016 models also having similar transmission faults. Of the 70,000 cars sold, at least half of them had at least one problem with their transmission system. The cars were all fitted with a special type of transmission called Powershift, to improve fuel efficiency. When I was approaching the dealership to fix it, I was told that it was my style of driving and that's what caused it to do that. We allege they knew about systemic problems as far back as 2013. He says drivers who wanted a replacement vehicle were forced to pay an average of $7,000. In what the ACCC describes as the most serious allegation, it's claimed Ford then resold surrendered vehicles to new buyers without telling them about the transmission problems. The watchdog says Ford relied on its obligations under warranty to fix the problems, when drivers should have received new cars. Consumers have additional rights under Australian consumer law to get a refund or replacement at their choice, if the car they buy have a major fault. Ford has rejected the allegations, saying some customers were given a full refund. We have fixes for any of the issues they're facing and absolutely refute that we have acted in an unconscionable manner. The case will be heard in the Federal Court next month. A five storey building collapse has killed at least 17 people in the Indian city of Mumbai. Rescuers and local residents are combing through the rubble in search of survivors. So far, 14 people have been pulled out alive, but there are fears up to 20 more could be buried in the debris. The cause is not yet known, but witnesses say the building started to shake before it collapsed. It's thought the block housed about 12 families, with the lower floor used as a nursing home. The US Senate has narrowly agreed to open debate on a bill to end Barack Obama's signature health care law, although it rejected the Republicans' first plan to replace it. Senator John McCain made a dramatic return to cast a crucial vote in favour of moving forward with the heathcare debate. He received a standing ovation when he entered the chamber for the first time since being diagnosed with brain cancer. After the vote, he urged members to learn how to "trust each other again". We keep trying to find a way to win without help from across the aisle. That's an approach that's been employed by both sides, mandating legislation from the top down without any support from the other side, with all the parliamentary manouevres that requires. We're getting nothing done, my friends. We're getting nothing done. As the Senate voted, dozens of protesters chanted "don't cut Medicaid", before being removed from the building. Indonesia has adopted shoot-to-kill tactics against drug dealers who resist arrest. The country's anti-narcotics chief says the brutal crackdown on drug offenders in the Philippines has seen dealers shifting their operations to Indonesia. Here's Indonesia correspondent, Samantha Hawley. Police vision chose the moment of arrest, face down with nowhere to run in North Sumatra, they are caught with 45kg of methamphetamine. Now, police have the Indonesian President's Lessing to follow the lead by the Philippines government in taking up drug offenders who resist arrest.Just ship them, don't give them mercy because we are in an iconic some urgency now.The emergency order already actions. In July, a Taiwanese man shot dead as a time of methamphetamine was seized. It may be harsh, especially towards foreign perpetrators. It means if they fight back, we shoot them. Shoot on arrest or execute later, Indonesia's anti-drug boss wants the death penalty used more often.Why do drug-related crimes grow?Because they thought the punishment was not severe. More than 7000 suspected drug offenders have been killed by police and vigilantes in the Philippines since President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs began. Indonesia says it is deepening its crisis.The networks in the Philippines are all being moved to Indonesia.And he says he was not joking about a crocodile guarded prison island for drug convicts. Yes, yes. Crocodiles are one option, it could be providers or tigers, we cannot solve the problem using normal measures.But the drug chief admits one of the biggest problems he faces is corrupt officials, hungry for financial gain and allowing drug syndicates to flourish.The problem is incredible. Indonesia is the biggest market in the world in my opinion.Which must mean each arrest and drug haul is just a minor step forward. The Islamic School of Canberra has been given a lifeline. The Federal Government stripped its funding last semester because it had concerns about financial management and governance, but it has decided to give the money back - at least until the end of the year. The Minister says that doesn't mean the school is in the clear. Whilst continued assessment of their compliance issues is undertaken, the Department of Education has determined to give them certainty in terms of ongoing funding. The school's board says it's thankful for the decision. Canberrans have been promised light rail for years and construction is now at full speed, but trams won't be running for another 15 months. Today, the Transport Minister led a tour of the massive and expensive construction site. And as Craig Allen reports, the Minister is convinced the public is now behind the project. Before light rail arrives, the Minister's taking the bus... ..To see the scale of Canberra's largest ever capital works project. 490, approximately 490 people working on the job. Canberra Metro says all's going to schedule, with the first rails due to be laid within weeks. It's a race against time in Mitchell to build the workshops and rail yards before the trams arrive in November. In 12 months time, there'll be 14 light rail vehicles parked up there. They'll be running out here in the morning and they'll be being tested and commissioned. In 15 months' time, they'll have people sitting on them, or I'm in trouble. After investing so much political capital in light rail, the Minister couldn't be more thrilled. I really think this is enough to get people out of their cars. She concedes construction has been disruptive. For motorists, having to navigate a 12 kilometre construction zone... ..And for Gungahlin businesses, suffering restricted access. What I'm confident they do know is that when the project is completed, their businesses will benefit. The $700 million project has split Canberra along political and geographical lines, and very nearly cost Labor power at last year's election. But the Minister says with every construction milestone, the tide of public opinion is turning. Even after the loss of hundreds of iconic street trees. It's opened up a new vista along Northbourne that people didn't know was there. To be able to see the Parliament House flag mast has been really exciting. So, all I hear is excitement about the project. The Government plans to release more details of stage two - over the lake to Woden - within the next few weeks. More than 300 people gathered in Queanbeyan to farewell Tharwa businessman, Val Jeffery. Mr Jeffery died last week. He was a well-known figure in ACT affairs, a one-time politician, and a staunch advocate for his community. Mourners came from near and far to pay their respects, making for a packed service. Initially, he gave me instructions that he wanted a small funeral, but he realised that that wasn't gonna be possible and no, he'd be really happy to see the amount of people turned up today. Mr Jeffery was 82 years old. Still to come this hour: Medical cannabis is legal, but who can get it? Desperate parents say the conditions for accessing medical cannabis are too strict, and they're forced to buy it on the black market. When we started with the medicinal cannabis, she was seizure free within 10 days. The doctors aren't comfortable. The doctors aren't prescribing. See you soon.

A bitter legal battle has erupted over the right to use the name Bondi Beach as a trademark. A local cosmetics company has been told it can't put the name on its export products. That's because it's already been snapped up by an American fashion firm. It's a battle over a name that's synonymous with sun and sand. In Bondi, the Australian company 'Bondi Wash' wants to sell its products in the United States, but American fashion giant Abercrombie and Fitch has already registered the trademark Bondi Beach and is standing in the way. How dare they take our Bondi Beach? It belongs to as. -- us. And I feel very strongly for Bondi Wash. It's a good young Bondi company that's established a great brand. But what does it say to other Bondi companies? The mayor too is aghast. We, as a council, will write to Abercrombie and Fitch, explain our concern and ask them to voluntarily relinquish that trademark. On Bondi Beach, the reaction was equally strong from locals and tourists alike. It's crazy. They've already got our boomerang, they've already got Waltzing Matilda. What more do they want? It is quite bad actually, if they have got a trademark for a whole beach. United in indignation, another beachgoer called for an Australian boycott of the American company's products. Australian lawyers warn that it will be a hard battle to win. That American companies have form and Bondi Beach joins a long list of iconic names which have become American brands, including Bellagio and San Tropez. Patent and trademark lawyer Jennifer McEwan says foreign place names are often lost on Americans because only about 60% have travelled overseas. But the Bondi battle can't be compared to the famous wrangle over the name champagne. Champagne is a little different because it's the name of a region which produces wine. Under Australian law, if you want to register the name of a place as a trademark, you have to prove a local connection. To finance now, and the Australian dollar slipped below 79 US cents today after that lower than expected inflation figure we reported on earlier in the program. But the sharemarket had another strong gain as a result of rising commodity prices. Here's Alan Kohler. At this rate, oil will solve the inflation problems of central banks, including the RBA. The crude oil price has gone up 14% in a month and has surged in the past two days as a result of OPEC meetings to cut supply, because a few members, like Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, are in need of some cash. Central bankers won't be counting their CPIs before they hatch though, because we've seen before how US shale production usually swamps any OPEC cutbacks, but for the moment, oil and gas producers are breathing a bit easier, and that includes Australian resources stocks, BHP, Woodside and Santos, which together lifted the local sharemarket by 0.8% today. Kerry Stokes also made a lazy $100 million or so today with a mysterious 10% gain in the share price of Seven Group, while Dominos Pizza got sliced. Global markets were fairly quiet, with London doing best, the same as Australia. And the dollar went below 79 for the first time in a week. As a result of the slightly lower than expected inflation number today. It wasn't a dramatic fall in the context of recent trading and even though it's below 79, the exchange rate is still within its recent trading range. RBA Governor Philip Lowe's speech today had a fine set of charts that I'd like to share with you. First, the shift from manufacturing employment to services has been dramatic since World War Two, and it doesn't look finished. The largest growth in services jobs in the past two decades has been in those with above average wages, which makes this chart quite puzzling - wages growth has collapsed in the past five years, and central banks around the world are baffled and frustrated by this. And finally job mobility, that is the share of employed people who changed jobs in the past year, has also been declining, because there's less job security. And that's finance. To sport, the Raiders have rallied around teammate Sia Soliola,

around teammate Sia Soliola,
who was handed a five match suspension for his hit on Melbourne's Billy Slater. Soliola was sent directly to the NRL judiciary for the crude hit, which has seen Slater ruled out of playing for the Storm this week. But the Raiders insist that the incident should not define Soliola's reputation, as Jonathon Gul reports. The incident was crude, and the punishment was harsh. Apologies to everyone who was effected by this, especially Billy and his family. Last night in Sydney, Sia Soliola was rubbed out for five weeks for his hit on Melbourne's Billy Slater. I know this has put a bad light on our game and I love this game 'cause it's given me so much, so I'm going to do the best I can to try and reward this game and give it the good image that it's supposed to be. Ironically, the next game Soliola will be available to play in will be against the Storm. He'll do those five weeks training hard and he comes back against Melbourne, so it's a bit of a coincidence. Despite the intense public and media outcry, his teammates say the incident doesn't reflect the man they know. Five weeks on the sidelines for Sia, but it doesn't change who he is as a person off the field. A real gentleman around the club and everyone loves having Sia around the club. And he won't be alone on the sidelines this weekend against the Rabbitohs. Josh Papalii is serving the second game of his two match ban, while Jordan Rapana has also been rubbed out for a shoulder charge. It doesn't change anything for the boys who are left to take the field this week, and whoever replaces them will surely do a job. It's paved the way for Michael Oldfield to make his Raiders debut. Rapa's unfortunate there with the suspension, but what's unfortunate for him is an opportunity for me. An opportunity he'll need to grab with both hands, given the Raiders are still a slim mathematical chance to make the finals. Australian swimmer Emily Seebohm says the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 are a realistic goal, after she took the Bronze medal in the 100 metres backstroke at the World Championships in Budapest. Seebohm had surgery after the Rio Games and was delighted to be back on the podium. Emily Seebohm missed out on an individual medal at last year's Olympics after struggling through the competition with endometriosis. Last night, she couldn't wipe the smile off her face. Six months ago, I was having surgery, and look what I've achieved now. So, I'm amazed at what I can do and I'm just gonna keep fighting the battle. A decade after her first World Championships at the age of only 14, the defending champion was edged out for the silver, as Canadian Kylie Masse broke the 2009 world record set in the supersuit era. That was impressive! Seebohm says she'll take confidence into next year's Commonwealth Games and beyond. Four Olympics would be incredible, it'd be a long time on the

Her boyfriend, Mitch Larkin, the men's defending champion in the 100m backstroke, finished sixth. The 24-year-old says he's in a transitional phase after changing coaches earlier this year. I had good fun out there, and didn't expect much from this week so pretty happy with that. Briton Adam Peaty broke his own world record in the 50m breaststroke heats, and did it again later in the day in the semifinals. The first person to go under the 26 mark. The record-breaking night continued in the women's 100m breaststroke, when American Lily King bettered a time that had stood for four years. And it was Katie Ledecky first, daylight second in the 1,500 metres as the American claimed her 12th world championship gold - another record. One of Australia's most significant musicians, Dr G Yunupingu, has died aged 46. The blind singer-songwriter's mesmerising vocals captured the attention of the world, as he became the country's highest selling Indigenous artist. His loss has left a deafening silence in the music industry, but his legacy is being celebrated by his family, friends and fans. Jano Gibson looks back on an extraordinary life.

His transcendant voice resonated around the world, entrancing millions with its unwavering purity. (SINGING). Dr G Yunupingu was born blind. But through his music, he allowed others to see into his Arnhem Land world, which he sang about in Yolgnu Matha. His death in Darwin at the age of 46 has been met with shock and grief. At such a moment, we are reminded of the impact that such a quiet, unassuming musician has had on the world. There's also been gratitude for the extraordinary gift he's left behind. Just a musical genius that I don't think we will ever see again.

Dr Yunupingu got his first guitar at the age of six. In his mid-teens, he joined the band Yothu Yindi. Dr Yununpingu eventually went solo. His debut album selling more than 500,000 copies worldwide and winning him an ARIA. Along the journey, he performed for royalty, Prime Ministers and even Presidents. When he was asked to perform for Barack Obama, his first question was: "Who?" Dr Yunupingu played alongside some of Australia's top musicians, including Midnight Oil's Peter Garrett, who made this tribute overnight from a stage in Paris. Creating music which was beautiful, culturally strong, and lifted people's spirits all over the world. But childhood illnesses took their toll on his kidneys and liver. This was where he spent some of his final days, camping on Darwin's coast before a friend took him to hospital. As a society, we should be thinking how did it come to this? That this amazing man, with that disability of visual impairment or blindness, who achieved so much. But even close to death, he remained an inspiration for the next generation of Aboriginal artists. We're all very fortunate and lucky to be able to have witnessed such phenomenal talent. A talent that will live on through his music. Farewell, Drg Yunupingu.

-- Farewell, Dr G Yunupingu. To weather. And how about this gorgeous pic of a

A large high pressure system over the eastern part of the country is responsible for keeping the rest of the continent mainly cloud free. A high pressure system over