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A Sydney florist defends the actions of police after his attacker was shot dead by police. I feel sorry for him, I feel sorry but I'm alive because I could be dead. Transgender troops fire back at Donald Trump as the President re-instates a controversial military ban. Hanging up the captain's hat - Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore calls time on his career.

Hello, Kathryn Robinson with ABC News. A Colombian judge has suspended the hearing of Adelaide drug smuggler Cassie Sainsbury as he considers a plea bargain struck between prosecutors and her lawyers. Reporter Matthew Smith is following developments from Adelaide.She went into today's court hearing fully expecting to be given a 6-year jail sentence. This was a plea deal worked out between her defence team and prosecutors over the last few days. In court she admitted she had been carrying the drugs, more than 5kg of cocaine, that had been hidden in headphones. However, prosecution, the judge, everyone was then surprised by a statement she then made to the court.What would have happened if you didn't take that with you?I was told that my family and partner would be killed.Is the issue here, Matthew, before we move on to the local reaction in Adelaide, is the issue here that what she just testified in court is different to the statements that she made when she was arrested, in that she felt threatened?Exactly right. This was something that was not passed on at the time of her arrest or at any time since and then, suddenly, in court this morning, she came out with this after everything had been brokered, the plea deal was ready to go ahead, six years in jail and suddenly everything was turned on its head.What's been the local reaction in her home town?Most of the members of her family are over there to hear what's going to happen in court with the sentence to be handed down. However, her sister this morning wouldn't speak to the media. Yesterday she said a plea deal would have been the best possible outcome. However, she also said that, whatever sentence was handed down, her sister would always be known as Cocaine Cassie and she had fears for her own family. She has four children, Carla. She had fears their safety could be compromised in the future.What next, Matthew, for Cassie Sainsbury? The judge will reconvene this court case on August 9th. An international law expert at the University of Adelaide, Dr Dr Amy Maguire, has said a 6-year sentence would be a reasonable outcome. She also said there is no prison transference deal between Australia and Colombia. Any sentence would need to be served in Colombia, that's a concern because there are fears for Cassie Sainsbury's safe fi if she stays in the jail over there despite being in witness protection. Sydney's central railway station has returned to normal after a fatal police shooting of a man in peak hour last night. A warning - some viewers may find the next images distressing.
(GUNFIRE) The man was shot and killed by police officers near one of the entrances in the station in front of shocked commuters. Video of the scene was captured by witnesses. Police had been called to the area after reports of an armed robbery. Jess Kidd has more from the station. I'm here at Sydney's busy Central Station where, last night, police shot dead a man in front of peak hour commuters. It was about 6:45 when officers from the transport command were called to this florist shop where a man had threatened the owner. We can confirm the man, 30-year-old Danukul Mokmool, held a broken bottle to the florist's neck and demanded he call police. Mr Mokmool then grabbed a pair of scissors. That's when police confronted him and fired four shots. Florist Manuel Theoharas ran from the shop as police arrived.Someone come and put his hand on my neck under my jaw and then hold a bottle this side of my neck. He was yelling "Call the police, don't move". Then somehow managed to run away from him.Mr Mokmool died at the scene. Witnesses say they saw him screaming and acting aggressively on one of the station platforms before he ran down to the florist. Detectives from the homicide squad will lead an internal investigation into the shooting.A critical incident team from the homicide squad will investigate all the circumstances surrounding the incident, including the discharge of police firearms during the confrontation with the man. That investigation will be subject to independent review in accordance with police policy and guidelines.The shooting took place in front of dozens of commuters and was captured in a graphic video which has been shared on social media. Police are now urging anyone who saw what happened last night to come forward. The US President has left thousands of transgender people serving in the US military facing an uncertain future. In a series of tweets, Donald Trump announced a ban on transgender personnel, citing the tremendous medical costs and disruption to the military. It is not clear whether those already serving will be thrown out immediately. Washington correspondent Zoe Daniel reports. Boys and girls from the American Legion in the Rose Garden. The President delivering a message of patriotism and service.Others may choose to answer the call of duty, put on the uniform and risk everything for our nation and for our nation's people.With one new exception. On Twitter, the President up-ended the military's policy on transgender personnel.

This is a very expensive and disruptive policy and based on consultation that he has had with his national security team, came to the conclusion that it erodes military readiness and unit cohesion and made the decision based on that. During last year's campaign, Donald Trump vowed to be a champion for the LGBTQI community. Now he is being accused of discriminating against those risking their lives in the military. Transgender activist and military whistleblower Chelsea Manning also took to Twitter.

As a veteran, I am so proud that I served my country. But this is a major, major setback for us.It was a little painful. Feels very personal. But that's not going to stop me and not going to change my love for this country and the military.Anywhere between 2,500 and 15,000 transgender people are already serving. The White House couldn't say how they'll be affected but denies it's discriminating. The motivation, perhaps, was a Republican split over the military paying for gender reassignment and resulting threat to a budget bill that includes funding for the border wall. The announcement has also shifted the focus away from the battle over healthcare and the President's pointed attacks on the Attorney-General. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Australia's relationship with the United Kingdom will only grow stronger in the wake of Brexit. Talks are continuing in Sydney today with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. National affairs correspondent Greg Jennett has more. These discussions are due to wrap up this afternoon and we will hear a media conference from the four respective ministers but it's very clear from the opening remarks that we were privy to that trade will dominate discussions there. Boris Johnson, the UK Foreign Minister, was very blunt about his expectations. He looks to Australia as an early partner for a free trade deal once Britain has been able to exit the European Union. It's not allowed, in effect, to have a bilateral free trade agreement until that process is wound up. But he is looking to hold Australia up as a case study of cooperation and as an economic partner with the UK. That's one tangible measure that Boris Johnson laid out. In addition, there are ranges of levels of cooperation through the Defence portfolio. That will be discussed as well. Boris Johnson feeling very much at home in Sydney. He regards Australia as a country with which he is very familiar and he made that fairly clear in his opening remarks as the meeting began in a high building just overlooking Sydney Harbour. It's amazing to be back in Sydney. As I reminded you last night, that view over your shoulder of the Sydney Harbour Bridge takes me back to my early days when I was being taught rugby. My then Australian coach said you've got a back like Sydney Harbour Bridge, mate. His objection was it was too curved. I then learned how to scrum properly and how to bind tight together in the front row.We have been a bad influence on you!You have. When you look at Australia and the UK, you have two countries that are increasingly bound tightly together and we need to be bound tightly together. I think now, above all, as you rightly say, Julie, since AUKMin got going, the threats we see in our world have been intensifying. You rightly call attention to the threat of terror which not only afflicts us in Europe but which also, of course, is manifesting itself in the Indo Pacific region as well.With rugby and trade on the agenda there, what else is likely to be discussed because the Defence Minister Marise Payne has flagged a discussion about North Korea? What's likely to happen there?Yes, it is clear that both countries, the UK and Australia, have been privy to some new intelligence assessments coming from the United States. Obviously we're not but reporters in Washington DC appear to have been briefed by insiders at the Pentagon. What's happening is the United States is escalating its assessment of North Korea's capacity and tensions when it come -- intentions when it comes to missile capability and development. There is a vague, at the very least, expectation within Washington that another missile test may be conducted as early as today because this is the 64th anniversary of the signing of the Korean armistice. As well, if that event happens or not, there's also an accelerated presumption about just how quickly North Korea might be able to deliver a an intercontinental ballistic missile. Reports from the US suggest this is tracking two years sooner than first anticipated. Marise Payne has made it clear, as did Julie Bishop, this will be a topic of conversation today. What we don't know is whether any precipitous action would be taken by either country or what options might be on the table but they have flagged it is a hot topic for discussion.The talks come in the middle of a lucrative tender process for Australia's next fleet of naval ships. Is the UK likely to use this as a marketing or lobbying exercise?Quite possibly because there is a lot of money on the table here for the UK-based tenderer BAE. It is sitting alongside Italian and Spanish bidders for Australia's $35 billion future frigate program. This tender process is being done at arm's length from ministers. Ultimately they'll have to sign off on the selected bidder but it is inconceivable that a high-powered UK delegation would come to Australia and not try to advance the bid for BAE in some way, although Marise Payne, it must be added, was very circumspect when asked about this only yesterday, pointing out tender processes are done at arm's length and she had no intention of being influenced unduly by any discussions that might come up on that subject today.National affairs correspondent Greg Jennett, many thanks.Thank you. The ABC has confirmed a special forces member is being investigated over allegations he killed an Afghan business man, then planted a pistol on the body to make it look like self-defence. The man was shot in a raid in Afghanistan six years ago. Reporter Dan Oaks is in Melbourne. The official version is that Australian special forces troops raided a warehouse. There was a man there called Hayat Ustad, the manager of the warehouse. The official version is that he attempted to escape and drew a pistol and then Australian special forces soldiers killed him in self-defence.As we just mentioned, this was six years ago, why is this alleged incident only being investigated now?There is an inquiry going on at the moment by the Inspector General of the Defence about things that have happened in Afghanistan. From what I'm told, this is one incident among a number this inquiry is looking at. It is unclear why this matter has come to the attention of the inquiry. There is an allegation the man was shot dead and a pistol was dropped to make it look like the killing was in self-defence.Is this inquiry independent or is it a case of the military investigating itself?The inquiry is being carried out separate to the chain of command so, I suppose, it is as siloed as you can get within Defence. It is being carried out by a Supreme Court judge from New South Wales, Paul Brereton, who is also a Major General in the Army Reserve and has a reputation for rigor and from what we are told really wants to get to the bottom of what some of the issues are. Even though it is technically within Defence, it has been quarantined from the chain of command.How long is this inquiry expected to take?It is going to go for a very long time is the expectation. These are complex issues that have taken place over an extended period of time in which our troops were in Afghanistan. There is great difficulty in speaking to witnesses and gathering information. These are obviously serious allegations in some cases so we can expect the inquiry to go for a very long time. Many thanks. The top stories on ABC News - a Colombian judge has deferred his decision on a plea deal for drug smuggler Cassie Sainsbury. An investigation is under way after police shot dead a man during a confrontation last night at Sydney's central railway station. US President Donald Trump has used Twitter to announce a ban on transgender individuals serving in the nation's military. The French Riviera is in the grip of a wildfire emergency at the height of the summer tourist season. At least 10,000 residents and holidaymakers have now been evacuated from homes and campsites, some spending the night on the beach. The worst of the fires broke out in the dead of night. Flames engulfed the hillside west of Saint Tropez, burning forest, scrub and everything else in their path. By the time residents realised the danger, the damage was done. TRANSLATION: We had switched the light off, then I saw light around the shutters. I opened them and saw flames in the trees.By morning, the devastate nation was clear. Jerome Massolini escaped with his wife and family but they've lost their home, cars and business. Thousands more people were forced to evacuate from homes and campsites along the coast. At Bormes Les Mimosas, a popular holiday spot, campers moved into the local sailing club. TRANSLATION: First there was panic and then we tried to grab important things but obviously we left a lot behind.Many sought shelter on nearby beaches, watching as water-bombing planes doused the flames from the air. At its height, more than a thousand firefighters battled to stop the fire reaching the village. TRANSLATION: It's a disaster for the region. We are under-resourced and I have told the President we need more firefighting planes.Nearly 1,500 hectares has been burnt out. Authorities have launched an inquiry into how the fires began. Continuing windy conditions mean the danger is far from over. The Palestinian envoy to the United Nations has warned tensions between Palestinians and Israelis over the al-Aqsa mosque has reached a tipping point. Israel has removed the metal detectors from the entrance to the holy site but tensions remain high. Thousands of Palestinians stage a prayer protest on the streets outside the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Old Jerusalem under the watchful gaze of Israeli security forces. Once the prayers conclude, the street battles resume. Tensions at the sacred site, important to both Islam and Judaism, have been escalating since the fatal shooting of two Israeli policemen a fortnight ago. The killings led to the installation of metal detectors at the entrance to the site triggering some of the bloodiest clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in years.As Israel persists with its illegal actions in Occupied East Jerusalem, including its aggressive behaviour and provocative vile lations at the status quo at Haram al-Sharif, we are clearly at the tipping point.We will do whatever is necessary to allow everybody to come to the Temple Mount and provide security. We don't want to see another terror attack on Temple Mount.Israel has now removed the metal detectors but its security cameras remain. Muslim clerics have called on Palestinians to continue praying outside the compound until all the new security measures have been removed.Yes, Israel is... We don't have now the electronic gates but there is many things, obstacles, and cameras.There are fears this Friday could be another flash point in the crisis when thousands of Muslim worshippers are expected to visit the compound for Friday prayers. A funeral has been held for the youngest victim of the Manchester Arena bombing. 8-year-old Saffie Roussos had gone to the pop concert with her mother, who was seriously injured in the attack. A moment of comfort on a painful day. Lisa Roussos is still recovering from the bomb which killed her daughter. She left her hospital bed to be with her family, to say a final goodbye to Saffie Rose. To the sound of her idol Ariana Grande, the 8-year-old was brought into the cathedral, her little coffin carried by her father, Andrew.Honoured to be her dad. Honoured. She was a superstar in the making. To become something in life, you need to have that something, that spark, that... Charisma, that something. Saffie had that. She truly had that.The service was filled with emotion for those closest to the little girl and for the public of Manchester who may not have known her but felt drawn to share the moment. Saffie's cheekiness and confidence are what her friends remember most about her. She played almost every day with her best friend Lily who still can't believe Saffie has gone.Sometimes I think I don't know how this happened, I wish she was still with me but I don't know how to feel, really, but I'm just going to think she is always with me, she's always sat on my shoulder, we are always playing together. She's always going to be with me. (SINGS) # Somewhere over the rainbow.... # The arena explosion happened just yards from this cathedral. Within its shadow, hundreds brought roses for Saffie Rose, remembering the youngest life lost that night. In a bid to reduce air pollution, Britain is banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040. It matches a similar pledge made by France and is part of a growing push to fight climate change by promoting electric cars. But, environmental campaigners say the plan isn't aggressive enough and steps need to be taken sooner. Lisa Millar reports. On some days, the quality of air in London is among the worst in the world. Diesel engines, so popular across Europe, are some of the biggest polluters. It's hard to see but the levels of nitrogen dioxide have been growing. Forced by a court order, the government has set a deadline. By 2040, no-one will be able to buy a new diesel or petrol car.We have to get rid of petrol and diesel cars off our roads if we are going to make sure, not only we deal with the health problems air pollution causes but also we meet our climate change targets. The good news is the car industry is moving in this direction.Britain has a long and proud history of car making and sol big-name brands are shifting towards electric models but the boss of Aston Martin says the government hasn't done enough work on the plans.If you don't have the wherewithal to pay for it, then as a statement or policy, it's absurd. Environmental groups say an initiative that will take 23 years to come into practice isn't what Britain needs now. The plan has certainly grabbed the headlines over here but read a little deeper and you can see the massive challenge they face. Starting with these. Electric charging points. Drivers say there aren't enough of them now. It will all cost money and take time. Clean air advocates say there isn't enough of either. To the day's finance news now, I'm joined by reporter Rachel Puppazoni. The US Federal Reserve has met, what was the outcome of that meeting?To keep interest rates on hold, which is what economists had widely predicted. That range will maintain between 1 and 1.25%. US inflation remains below the Fed's target of 2% a year, though. The more dovish view on inflation may see further interest rate hikes delayed even as early as next year but perhaps December this year. After the Fed's announcement, the US dollar fell against many currencies. We will look in a moment to see how it is tracking against the Aussie. The Central Bank said it would start winding back its massive balance sheet relatively soon. That's a change from the terminology if from the last fortnight which said "This year". That indicates it may be happening sooner rather than later. The outlook isn't great for Australia's beef industry?No, we are in a stalemate with China. A number of Australian abattoirs have been put on to a banned list. This means that those abattoirs and the product that is currently on its way to China is at a standstill. The meat works have been banned for not complying with Chinese labelling laws. Kilcoy Pastoral Company, JBS Australia, Fletcher International and Thomas Foods are the companies affected. Diplomats and government agencies are trying to get to the bottom of this but while that continues, the industry faces a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars. How is all of this impacting on the markets today?The main indicator is from that US Fed Reserve note overnight. We will look at the Australian dollar in a moment but let's see how the Stock Exchange is tracking in afternoon trade:

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That's the latest from the markets. Thank you, Rachel Puppazoni. Filming for a remake of the beloved South Australian film Storm Boy is due to begin in the south-east of Adelaide any day now four decades on from when it was first released. The project comes as debate rages around the Murray-Darling Basin and questions are asked over how the landscape made famous in the original story can be protected. VOICEOVER: With the help of MrPercival, the best friend a boy ever had.Storm Boy has been watched and loved across Australia and the world for more than 40 years. Now a new cast has been finalised to help re-tell Colin Thiele's classic tale. The opportunity to do a live action Mr Percival was a very big drawcard. Then I realised they wanted me to play an old guy.Academy Award-winner Geoffrey Rush will narrate the remake as an older Storm Boy reflecting on his childhood with a troubled granddaughter.We are doing a re-telling, reiteration of Colin Thiele's original noflea and doing it in a way that's fresh for a new generation.The 1976 film put South Australia's Coorong on the world map. Producers say the it will stay true to the original location. When we envisaged this film, we truly wanted to do this at the location that was at Colin Thiele's heart.The State Government is contributing $500,000 to the film and says it's a timely project.I think this is a great opportunity to make the rest of Australia, and the rest of the world, aware of the unique environment we have in the Coorong and how important the protection of the Murray-Darling Basin is.While producers have been tight-lipped about specific dates and locations, they did confirm filming will start before the end of the month. A quick look now at the national weather details:

The top stories on ABC News - a Colombian judge has deferred his decision on a plea deal for drug smuggler Cassie Sainsbury. The 22-year-old Adelaide woman has been in jail since April after being found with more than 5kg of cocaine. She has told the court she was coerced into carrying drugs because her family was threatened. The brother of a Sydney man fatally shot by police says the 30-year-old was medicated daily for mental health issues. Danukul Mokmool died after officers fired four shots at him outside a florist shop at Central Station last night. Police were called after Mr Mokmool threatened the owner with a broken bottle and sizers. US -- scissors. US President Donald Trump has used Twitter to announce a ban on transgender individuals serving in the nation's military. The announcement has been rebuked by rival politicians. It has also attracted prois from conservativist actors. Stephen Moore has announced his retirement from test rugby Moore broke the news to his teammates weeks out from the opening of the blep. It is likely Michael Hooper will step in to lead the Australian side. Ice is the most widely used illicit drug across the country according to the latest analysis of Australia's waste water. The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission's latest analysis suggests ice use is highest in Western Australia, South Australia and regional Queensland. The Northern Territory and Tasmania were not included in the testing. The Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan says, even though the results suggest ice use is down from last year, it's still concerning.Ice use has declined across the country in the four months from October last year till February this year. This is an encouraging sign and shows you that our law enforcement and health responses to what is this very significant problem are working. This is a diabolical drug. When you do educate people about the effect it has on them physically, mentally, the effect that it has on them as an individual, on the people that they know, on their families and on the wider community, it is a terrible drug and we do need to continue to explain to people about why we are so concerned about it and why we are so keen to have a national strategy, which we do have a very effective national strategy, to deal with it. The New South Wales Government has abandoned forced council amalgamations after 18 months of disputes and legal action. The about-face only affects the 14 Sydney councils which are currently fighting the forced mergers in court. Councils that have already merged will stay that way. A new report predicts every job will be changed by technology by 2030. There will be fewer managers and workers will spend more time learning on the job using science and math skills. The findings by the Foundation for Young Australians has prompted calls for an overhaul of Australia's education system to focus more on cognitive and emotional skills. Jon Gill, managing director at recruitment agency Cicero Legal, says the changes are already happening.Certainly this report is not scaremongering. I think we can all calm down. It seems to be a very rational response to the change that is already here and the change that is predicted. Whilst the report says change is already here, let's not - sorry, change is coming, change is already here.What sort of change is already here?If you look at the example of, say, a law graduate, the job a law graduate does now is very different to the job of a law graduate 10 years ago, thanks mainly to Google search ability. We are adapting to technology but we need to do more. It's forecast in the report that today's 15-year-olds may have 17 different employers during their working life. What skill sets do you see as the most vitally important post 2030?You need to be more entrepreneurial and more self-driven because you will have less management and people directing you as to what you need to do. Communication stills, better research skills and greater emphasis on using STEM skills.We will get on to STEM skills in a moment. You said there will be less management. It is something like 26% of the management sector will shrink. Does that mean that people are just going to have to manage themselves better and be better self-starters?It does mean that but this report is also calling on us to be able to train and teach people those skills better, through our education process. But for the younger people, I think that's actually a great advantage because management has traditionally been time served gets you up the ladder whereas, with less management, those who have real leadership skills will get the chance to advance quicker. There is nothing new in that. We hear much of STEM in schools and in the workplace and, indeed, in government policy. What if, say, you're not naturally inclined to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths?The report is not totally bad news for those individuals. The report says that the use of communication and persuasive skills, you are going to be spending 17% more time on that. You are going to be spending more time interacting with colleagues and with clients of your firm or customers. It's not totally bad news. It is not maths or bust. It's just we need different skill sets.One of the other fallouts from this report is people are questioning whether we are preparing our children properly or not in the education system and there are calls for a massive overhaul in what we are teaching in kids as young has preschool. Would you agree there needs to be changes in order to meet the future demand of the workforce?I believe there is. This report definitely points towards that. I can talk from personal experience in a moment. We have seen this with universities complaining that students coming to them have been rote fed and taught skills rather than taught the ability to go and find the knowledge they need to acquire. This report just expands on that and really lays out the critical importance of those in the workforce rather than just through your university career, if you have one. The challenges are definitely to educators to stop really teaching and grading people on their knowledge of facts but more teaching them skills and ability and how to apply those in the real world. There are some schools who are already applying this. I have a 16-year-old son and a 15-year-old son. The school openly said as part of their electives "We are training your sons for jobs that do not exist yet so we've got various departments to come up with an interesting program that's going to teach them the skill sets they are going to need". One of my son's electives is between the history department and the engineering department and the design department where they are researching medieval siege craft, designing it, taking it to the engineering department with the idea on the last day of term, four or five catapults on the field lobbying 2kg watermelons at each other. That engages the kids but it is teaching them great skills about cross-selling and cross-utilisation and opening up those brain pathways they will need.Interesting indeed. Jon Gill from Cicero Legal, many thanks for your time.Pleasure.The Murray-Darling Basin is not the only area of the country where water politics is heating up. The ABC has obtained a copy of a detailed plan to dam Western Australia's mighty Fitzroy River. The group behind it argues it could transform the Kimberly into a cotton powerhouse but environmentalists warn it would destroy the river. Tourists come to the Kimberly for the scenery - the red rocks and the gorges - but industry is here for the water. Floodplains that are 30km across. The Fitzroy River already supports pastoral properties like Gina Rinehart's station. Unlike The Ord, the Fitzroy has never been dammed. That's just the way conservationists like it.It's one of the most special rivers in Western Australia and we're going to protect it.There have been several plans to dam the Fitzroy but each time they failed. Now the ABC's obtained a copy of a new one and the level of detail has local green group Environs Kimberly deeply concerned.We would be facing the virtual ecological destruction over the Fitzroy River. The Fitzroy River would never be at the same again.On the banks of the Fitzroy, the water is calm, it is the dry season but it is the huge monsoonal rains this plan is hoping to harvest. With plans the two dams could hold up to 20 million megalitres of water. It is from retired cotton farmer John Logan and his company Kimco. Mr Logan has put a $6 billion price tag on this proposal which would see Fitzroy water irrigating 300,000 hectors of cotton but there has been no appetite for it.We don't believe a case has been made.Before he quit his role as Northern Australia Minister, Matt Canavan wasn't back it either.My understanding is there has been significant opposition from traditional groups in the past. That's a relevant consideration. We are not seeking to impose dams, we are seeking to build dams where there is a welcome mat.Environs Kimberly wants legislation to protect the Fitzroy River from any future proposals. The ABC contacted Kimco's founder John Logan about his plan but he declined to comment. Scientific minds from around the globe have been toughing it out at this year's international chemistry conference in Melbourne. RN's Science Show host Robyn Williams was there too, rubbing shoulders with Nobel Prize winners including Fabio Ferreira who works in the field of molecular motors.He got a Nobel Prize in 2016, actually, for finding motors the size of molecule, these tiny, tiny motors. You've got some in your body whirring round at the moment. What they've tried to do, and succeeded actually, is to manufacture them. I asked whether he had brought any to Australia. He said, in fact, it turns out to be like a glass full of powder and carrying a white powder through Customs is not the kind of thing you want to do and explaining it is just tiny motors... Anyway, what they've done since he got the Nobel Prize is try to work out what they could be used for. It is amazing because they can make a different kind of plastic and materials that heal themselves and can do all sorts of very, very clever things, it's quite amazing, paints and such like.I was reading a very small amount on this where you say how you would apply molecular machines to modern-day life. One is releasing drugs into the body. Also restoring car paint. We all know the car fades in the sun, doesn't it? It is extraordinary to apply such... To apply this in such practical ways?Amazing. It is reminded, although it is not the same thing, where they put bacteria into cement. When there is a track, when the cement is exposed, the concrete is exposed to the air, then the bugs come out, do what they normally wouldn't do necessarily and they heal the concrete so you don't have to replace it so you've got there at the molecular level things going on that are going to make materials last so much more and, with any luck, under control because they might go their own way, of course. It won't happen like that. You also caught up with at scientist, Israel's first female Nobel laureate, what sort of work is she doing?She got the Nobel Prize in 2009 for working out the exact role of the ribosomes. They are outside the nucleus in your body right now. The blueprint from the DNA is taken out via RNA and the ribosome is told how to make a protein. It is the factory making you the proteins, all the proteins of your body, the emsiems happening there. It was a wonderful, genuine breakthrough. She is seeing if she can take the ribosomes of bacteria, the harmful ones that give you disease, and kill their ribosomes. My question was: How can you tell the good bacteria from the bad bacteria? Without the good bacteria, you won't be alive. Hitting the diseased ones is the next challenge and producing the next generation of antibiotic. Could be wonderful.We live in a day and age where we have super bugs that are becoming resistant to lot of antibiotics out there?At first she refused to be interviewed by me in my room! Israeli protocols, she said "I can't go in a man's room". I said "I'm 73", she said "I'm older", we got on fantastically after that.Sounds very interesting. Robyn Williams, thank you.Thank you.Abhijit Deonath is a scientist turned public servant turned moviemaker. Salt Bridge is the first Hindi language film to be made in Australia. Set in Canberra, it tells the story of Indian migrants exploring cultural identity and forbidden love. He says it is his passion for film and literature that pushed him to make his movie.The reason I made Salt Bridge is mainly because of just giving some shape and form to my passion for literature and music, especially Indian literature and music. I also, myself, got a lot out of watching films so I thought it's perfect time for me.You have described this as a labour of love. How did you get it all off the ground and put it all together?When I wanted to tell the story of this Indian migrant arriving in Australia and getting into a messy relationship with a married woman, I started writing the story that took the shape of a novel. Eventually I thought it would be better told on the silver screen so I started the whole process of casting, turning the story into a script and here I am.How would you describe the film? Do you see it ostensibly as a story of forbidden love?Kind of. It's more like a story of a man's heart, if I want to put it that way. It's like how, in a relationship sometimes, the man's side gets subsided because of the way the society perceives the whole thing, the way... The power equation in a moral right, if you want to say, put it like that, how the society perceives things from outside when something is happening between two people.This movie definitely has Bollywood elements but it's not a fully-blown Bollywood film, is it? No, it's not a fully-blown Bollywood... In fact, I hate to put it into any category as such. It is a Hindi movie, the predominant language is Hindi. It does have a little bit of dance during holy celebration which is a festival of colours but, other than that, it's a very human story which can be appreciated by everyone and it's English subtitled as well.Music plays a very big part in this film, of which you wrote many of the songs. They're so good, indeed, that you made the Oscar short list? That's right. I was very excited to hear that news of the Oscar short list of seven songs ut. Out of the 74 listed, seven were from Salt Bridge, which is quite an achievement I feel. As I said, I have a very great passion for music, especially Indian music, and I wanted to go back and do something about it and basically give people some melody which will remind them of the very good times in India... Indian people talk about how music was very nice a few decades ago and how it has gone down now, so I wanted to basically explore my musical side.Abhijit Deonath, congratulations on your Hindi movie, Salt Bridge, and thank you for your time.Thank you so much. Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore has stepped down as captain and will retire from international rugby at the end of the season. The 34-year-old has played 120 tests for Australia and is currently the second most capped Wallaby player of all time. He has been speaking with reporter Craig Hamilton. A tough decision today?It was very tough. Something I've been thinking about for quite a while but I think it is the right decision for myself, my family and also for the team. I think it is the right time to call time on my career at this level and let the team move on from here.Were injuries a part of your decision today?Not really, actually. I've been very lucky in my career with injury, I haven't had too many. The body felt pretty good. It was probably the mind starting to become tough. The international rugby being such a taxing thing and the work you need to put in, the commitment you need to give it, particularly looking through to 2019 and the World Cup, it wasn't something I could give my all to.How long have you been considering the decision? Look, probably two or three months I think, back to June and the June tests. I was thinking about it and how much longer I could contribute. I felt like that was the right time. I think if you speak to people wo have done it, they'll tell you that when the right time is, I got that feeling.What about career highlights? Have you had a chance to look back at your career yet and think "Gee, that was special"?Not a big think but look back to obviously the first test and the first few experiences in the jersey. I was lucky enough to meet Mandela at Ellis Park when we played the Springboks in 2005. That was my second test. That was a daunting experience. The World Cups I have been involved in. 2015 being the highlight of that, making the final and the journey we went on there. That was probably the moment when I felt like the team really made the country proud and everyone was behind us over there. We probably didn't get to see a lot of it when we were across there but we felt the support from back home. That was an amazing thing to be part of.Do you reflect on that World Cup final against the All Blacks in 2015 as the one that got away?Yeah, definitely. I think it's a disappointing result, no doubt. It's something that's going to be set in history forever but I think that - I haven't watched the game again yet, maybe I might pull the old games out at some point, but they were the better team on the day and deserved to win, that's where it ended. Playing hooker is a tough spot, what's been your secret to your longevity?A lot of good people around me. Physically I try to prepare as best I could and recover well. I try to be consistent in how I approach the game. Test rugby is very taxing and tough, particularly in the front row. I try to get the best out of myself every week. If there was one thing I tried to be, it was that player my teammates knew what I would do every week, turn up and do my job really well and I wanted to be a player I was relied on. If I could say that, I would be proud.Are you optimistic about the Wallabies' chances of improvement in the next 18 months? It has been a tough time in Australian rugby for a year or so.It has. We are about to go into a tough period, we know that, we are preparing accordingly. That's why we are in Newcastle this week trying to work as hard as we can. There is a really good group of young leaders in the team that can take the team forward. That's what it takes. It is not going to be up to one or two players to take the leadership. It has to be a group thing. Once you have that strong core group of players, that can be infectious and the team can do good things over the next few years.With more on this now and the rest of the day's sports news, here is Shannon Byrne. She says Stephen Moore's announcement is not a big surprise? Probably not a big one when you look towards June or July, he was dumped as captain for Michael Hooper leading moo the test against Fiji. You can hear from him the next Rugby World Cup is in 2019 so he is starting to become a fringe player. Michael Cheika using him off the bench. It is great news he gets to go out on his terms. It is expected that Michael Hooper will take over the reins as the Wallabies captain. We saw that earlier in the year in the Fiji test. What an absolute superstar of Australian rugby. 120 test caps he has so far. Hopefully picks up a few more against the All Blacks but the second most capped Wallaby behind George Gregan who has 136 test caps. He will forever be known as one of our greats but it is nice he gets to go out on his terms. One more year he said he will play with the Queensland Reds, that's despite having another 2-year contract with them. He said he has more to give in the Queensland Reds and the transition. Probably not a surprise he is standing down from international rugby but one more year after this one we will see him play rugby in Australia.But going out on his terms as you say. Emma McKeon having a great meet at the World Swimming Championships? Absolutely phenomenal. She is born in Wollongong, based in Brisbane but she added last night two silvers to her personally tally. That was on day four of the World Swimming Championships in Budapest. It was this one in the 200m freestyle. She led in the final turn but was run down by world record holder, Italy's Federica Pellegrini, but she actually tied for second with the US great in Katie Ledecky. She has just had a meet - it was a phenomenal swimming meet. She then backed up to get Australia a silver as well when she joined the Australian mixed swim team. It is a nice thing they have at the world championships where it is boys and girls swim on the same team. She was just absolutely phenomenal. She was part of the Australian team that claimed silver in the mixed 4 by 100 medley relay just behind the US. Personal tally of four silvers at the world's meet. She was our best performer in Rio. I was talking about her earlier on in the week. To pick up two more silvers last night, she has had some meet. She will need a rest after this.She looked tired on the podium but elated in the pool when she got the tie for second. Moving on to tennis, Novak Djokovic has retired for the rest of the year, out injured?He has played 51 straight consecutive Grand Slams. It is no surprise when you look at the last couple of Grand Slams, retired hurt in Wimbledon with a tennis elbow injury. That's it. He has said he is going to sit out the rest of the season. It's actually a day to a year ago that Roger Federer said that he was going to sit out, look how well he's come back after a little bit time out of the game. Good news for Novak Djokovic is his coach Andre Agassi has committed to stay with Djokovic for next year. Not so good news if you are a fan, he is going to sit out the rest of the season so probably not a surprise with the elbow injury he is said to be carrying.Shannon Byrne, many thanks. Time to take a quick look at the national weather details:

Coming up, we are expecting to hear from British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson who is in Sydney for security talks and a breakthrough in store for Cricket Australia pay dispute. We will tell you whether or not that's on the cards. We'll find out next hour when CEO James Sutherland makes a statement. I'm Kathryn Robinson. Thanks for your company here today.

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