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This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. The top stories on ABC News. The foster brother of a murdered Queensland schoolgirl has been jailed for three months for lying to police. Tiahleigh Palmer was reported missing by her foster father before her body was found by a river bank two weeks later. Today Joshua Thorburn pleaded guilty to perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice. He claims he lied because of a secret family pact. Accused drug smuggler Cassandra Sainsbury -- Cassandra Sainsbury's Colombian court hearing has been suspended after the judge deferred his decision on a plea deal. The 22-year-old Adelaide woman has been in jail since April after being found with more than 5kg of cocaine. She's told the court she carried the drugs under threat. All security measures reintroduced at a key holy site in Jerusalem has been removed. Metal detectors were introduced sparking Palestinian uproar after two Israeli police officers were killed by Israeli Arabs. Extra railings and scaffolding have been taken down following the removal of the detectors two days ago. Cricket bosses have up the -- upped the ante in the pay dispute with players. Cricket Australia has been at an impasse with the players -- players union and says if a deal isn't struck in the next few days it and they should go to arbitration. An inquiry is investigating allegations an SAS member gunned down an unarmed Afghan businessman and planted a pistol on his body to make it look like self-defence. A fortnight ago the ABC revealed the killings of a number of Afghans were also under the inquiry's microscope. In April 2011 members of Australia's elite SAS raided this warehouse in Uruzgan proenls and shot and killed the manager, local businessman Hayat Ustad. The Australian soldiers claimed Ustad had pulled a pistol on them and they acted in self-defence. A defence media release about the incident said an influential member of the Taliban had been killed in the raid but these accounts were contradicted by a colleague of Hayat Ustad's who told the ABC's Four Corners program in 2011 the businessman was unarmed.

TRANSLATION: Hayat was grabbed by the arm, taken behind this pile of wood planks and was shot. The ABC's now learned the incident is being probed by the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force. Over allegations that an SAS member planted a pistol on Hayat Ustad's body. It's the first confirmation that the secretive inquiry into the action of Australia's special forces in Afghanistan is looking at the use of so-called drop weapons. A fortnight ago a special forces veteran told ABC's 7.30 program that the use of drop weapons was an open secret among Australian soldiers and was allegedly used to make questionable killings appear legitimate. A Melbourne research institute has announced one of the largest drug royalty deals outside the United States. The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research has secured a $325 million deal with the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board for the partial rights to the anti-cancer drug Venetoclax. The institute's director Professor Doug Hilton joins me live now from Melbourne. Thank you for joining us. The Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has hailed this deal as one of the greatest moments in medical science. Can you explain what this means for cancer?I think it's a great deal because what it does is build on some amazing basic research that's been done over the last 30 years and some really passionate clinical research that's been carried out by cancer doctors around Melbourne and internationally, and really adds the identification to the cake which is some sophisticated commercialisation that allows the institute to reap the benefits of all that previous research.The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research is partially -- has partially sold the royalty rights to a subsidiary of the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board. What does this move enable for further development of the drug?So what it does is provides the institute some certainty in terms of royalties, so we have sold some of the rights to the sales - royalties of the sales from the drugs to this Canadian pension fund for US $250 million up front and it's money we have in the bank now plus $75 million of potential payments in the future depending on the sales. What it allows us to do is invest in a whole new generation of new medicines to develop those from some of our basic laboratories and take them through to the clinic.What are some of these new medicines able to do or have the potential to do not future? So we have a whole lot of programs at the institute that are focused around three areas. Cancer of course and we're working really hard on some of the devastating cancers like brain cancer, pancreatic cancer, different types of breast cancer that still have very poor outcomes and leukaemia, but we work on immune diseases like arthritis and infectious diseases that are a real plague on the world still like ma layer HIV and hepatitis,. We have a number of programs that are ongoing to develop new medicines and vaccines in each of those areas. This money allows us to give those programs a boost.At the moment the drug is highly effective for patients with leukaemia. Presumably this means research can be conducted into whether the drug could be used to protect against other forms of blood cancer in the future.That's one of the most -- most exciting things about this new medicine. It stops cancer cells surviving. Cancer cells hijack the normal machinery that allows cells to have a finite survival N a sense what the cancer does is extend the use by date of those cancer cells. The new medicine allows us to reset the use by date. What we're really excited about more than 40 clinical trials that are going on worldwide to look at the efficiency of this new medicine in a whole lot of different cancers.What would constitute ultimate success in your opinion of the usage of this drug?So one of the lovely things about this story is it's already been a success. There are patients in Melbourne, and around Australia and internationally that received this new drug as part of clinical trials and many of those patients who were enrolled in those clinical trials had a few days or a few weeks or maybe a couple of months to live. The most exciting thing about this drug, this new drugs there are patients that are alive on this drug two, three four years after they started and that's marvellous. If we could reproduce that for other difficult cancers that would be an outstanding outcome.Dough Hilton, thank you very much for joining me. Thanks so much.The competition watchdog has blamed the New South Wales government for driving up electricity prices. In the lead-up to a national inquiry into the price of our the ACCC says the Coalition's privatisation policy has made a bad situation worse. Electricity bills have doubled over the last decade.I live by myself. And a $400 bill for a quarter.Our electricity bill last winter was $700 for our electricity for three people. An inquiry by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is attempting to establish what has caused the price hike. The ACCC's chairman has given his view. He says that successive state governments are to blame.I think it's just due to a series of unfortunately bad decisions. These include deregulation, overcapitalised infrastructure, overly generous solar subsidies and inflated gas prices. Rod says the New South Wales government made it worse when it sold off three power generators in 2012.They got the highest price by selling it to AGL. That just increased the concentration, increased the level of vertical integration and does mean higher prices.The minister for energy Don Harwin says the privatisation was supported be I the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission -- Australian Competition Tribunal at the time. He says the closure of interstate generators is a significant factor in the Price -- rises. The chair of the ACCC wants to see more competition between energy retailers.You can be paying 15, 20, 25% too much simply because you're on the standing off. Pensioner groups say the price of electricity has become a health issue.We've got people who are sitting in the dark because they are too scared to turn on the light because of the impact that will have on their power bills. A final report into electricity prices will be handed to the government next June. A New South Wales-based company has put forward a new plan to dam the Fitzroy River in Western Australia. The proposal promises to transform the Kimberley into a cotton powerhouse rivalling New South Wales and Queensland but environmentalists say it could destroy the river and want it pro -- protected by law. Driss come to the Kimberley for the scenery. The red rocks and gorges but industry is here for the water. Flood plains that are 30km across. The fitsery River already supports pastoral properties like Rinehart's station. Unlike its east Kimberley cousin the Ord the Fitzroy has never been dammed and that Australia just the way conservationists like it. It's one of the most special river -- Western Australia and we're going to protect it. There have been several plans to dam the Fitzroy but each time they fail -- failed now the ABC has obtained a copy of a new one and the level of local green group Environs Kimberley deeply concerned.What we'd be facing would be the virtual ecological destruction of the fitsery River. It would never be the same again. E we -- We're on the banks of the Fitzroy where the river looks calm but it's the huge monsoonal rains it wants to harness. Two dams could hold up to 20 million megalitres of water. Might be a new plan but it's from an old proponent, retired New South Wales cotton farmer John Logan and his company KIMCO. He's been keen to set up a cotton industry in the region for decades. He Australia put a $6 billion price tag on this month posal which would sigh Fitzroy water irrigating 300,000 hectares of grain, cotton and horticulture. There's been no ap fight for it at a State Government level.We don't believe that the case has been made for the damming of the Fitzroy River. Before he quit Liz role as northern Australia minister Matthew Canavan wasn't backing it either.My understanding is there has been significant opposition from Indigenous and traditional owner groups in the past and that's a relevant consideration. We're not seeking to impose dams on the rest of the country, we're seeking to build drams where there is a welcome mat. Environs Kimberley wants legislation to protect the Fitzroy River from any future proposals. -- the world's biggest dealt ligs excavator is being used to bring down the former Port Augusta in South Australia. Flinders Power says the excavator has the largest set of shears ever made and has been designed specifically for demolishing the structures on site. The demolition program is about the halfway mark and remediation works are well under way. The ash dams which sparked health concerns are being covered with soil and about 100 hectares has been sowed so far. My understanding this is one of the biggest revegetation projects in South Australia's history. Over six tonnes of seed has been collected specifically for this project. The company says the seed has been collected from within a 100km radius of Port Augusta. Farmers signed up to Tasmania's Southern Highlands Irrigation Scheme are celebrating the recent rainfall. After the state's record dry start to the winter, pumps at the Southernfield Dam have been switched on for the first time. Irrigators are carrying out drone mapping to pin point where the extra water will be of most benefit. At this farm, preparation is under way for water from the Southern Highlands Irrigation Scheme. The 7th generation farmer is one of 27 in the area to sign up to the project which will funnel excess water from the Shannon River to properties across the district.For us to get water here was never cost effective and it's opened up this end of the farm to double our irrigation area and really increase our intensification and spread our risk as well. Areas once only suitable for dry land grazing will now be able to grow high value crops such as poppies. High-tech methods are helping to ensure the extra water is used as cost effectively as possible. Will is using drones to map terrain, look at soil varably, gauge PH levels and track drainage. He's also been able to pinpoint exactly where irrigator wheels will go and map out what drains and fences will be needed.Farmers are pretty clever, we're not to bumpkins people think we are. Richard Hallett is also preparing to take water from the scheme. The record dry start to winter delayed pumping water into Southernfield Dam. There had been fears it would remain empty but rain over the last and past week allowed punches to be switched on for the first time.It's a little brick in the wall. But we have a long way to go. That's probably way one of what we hope to be 80 or 90 days of pumping.If more rain doesn't fall ingators and farm whors have signed up may have to turn to an expensive alternative water supply. Once the water starts flowing it's hoped the economic benefits will, too.It will be a game-changer and, yeah, we're looking at a site right here we might see a dairy op identification -- operation in a few years. Brings people into the town and gets it cranking, more skilled trades coming in with irrigators, servicing and maintaining -- maintaining, contracting and book wook.The magic ingredient now is more rain. The top stories on ABC. Foster brother of slain Queensland schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer has been jailed for three months for lie police and withholding information about ore 2013 disappearance. Accused drug smuggler Cairns and Cassandra Sainsbury's court hearing in Colombia has been suspended pending a decision on whether her plea bargain will be accepted. After days of unrest Israel has removed security measures that have inflamed Palestinians. Scenes at the national capital are about to hit the silver screen in a movie like no other. Salt silent is 234 Hindi and is aimed squarely at the expatriate Indian community in Canberra. It opens tonight o is a public servant's labour of love. For a first time self-funded independent filmmaker who's day job is in IT, this man -- Abhijit Deonath hasn't done too badly. His first film Salt Bridge is an emotion packed drama about a -- of a relationship against the backdrop of a disapproving community. Deonath wrote all the music himself. On a whim he entered 7 songs in the Academy Awards and found himself on the short list.7 -- 77 songs short listed for the academy award. And out of the 77, 7 songs were from Salt Bridge. And I couldn't believe that. Salt Bridge was filmed predominantly in Canberra. The city Deonath has called home for the past decade. The trained scientist works for the Department of Agriculture but a few years ago his creative calling became too loud to ignore.I was really very, very passionate about films, literature and music.Salt Bridge is almost entirely in Hindi and his family in the -- and is firmly in the Indian film mould. Anybody expecting a Bollywood-style dance sequence might be disappointed. It's a movie that speaks firmly to the migrant experience.I think it's very important to see the experience on screen. A number of us have grown up in places where our grandparents or grants -- parents haven't done up so we're learning new rules but also carry the rules of tradition with us.For now the film has a limited release in Australia but Deonath is hoping to take it further afield, reaching screens in India is his ultimate dream. The work of an Indigenous finalist in the Archibald Prize is raising questions in the art world about the meaning of a portrait. The painting is a landscape of the APY Lands, south-west of Alice Springs, which the artist says is a reflection of herself. These artists have driven six hours to get to Alice Springs buzz their journey has only just begun. They're on their way to the heart of Australia's art scene in Sydney. TRANSLATION: My painting is about the seven sisters. That's my dreaming. The seven sisters is about a bad man who's chasing seven sisters across the country. But the Archibald Prize is awarded for portraits. Tjungkara Ken describes her work as a self-portrait. TRANSLATION: It doesn't have my eyes or my mouth but it's still a picture of me. It's a picture of country. It's a piece that has the art world talking.She's painting her identity which in Aboriginal terms is just so much more important than how you look. It's not the first time a painting like this has been a finalist in the Archibald. But it's sure to generate debate.I definitely think this paint will go start some discussion about what portraits are and how Indigenous art fits into sort of conventional notions of portraits. The Archibald Prize runs alongside the Wynne Prize for landscape painting. Tjungkara Ken was part of a collaboration which won that section in 2016. This year, 11 of the 42 finalists for the Wynne Prize come from the APY Lands. TRANSLATION: I'm proud of my painting. And what I've done. And I hope I've made other people proud. For another APY Lands artist, seeing her work in one of the country's best galleries is reward enough. It's so good and it's so wonderful. And I love it.The winners of the Archibald and Wynne Prize will be announced tomorrow. Now to today's sports news with Will.

Cricket bosses have upped the ante in the long running play dispute with players. Cricket Australia accused the union of dragging its feet and says if a deal isn't struck in the next few days the dispute should go to arbitration. Mary Gearin reports. Months after this pay deal should have been resolved, four weeks since most cricketers became unemployed and two weeks after he personally and formally intervened, James Sutherland has now fronted the media to say the talks are going nowhere.We certainly have concerns that the urgency at our end is not being seen or reciprocated on the other side. So Cricket Australia proposed emergency talks in the next few days to break the deadlock and if that doesn't work independent arbitration.We're prepared to take residual issues to arbitration and we're prepared to accept whatever decision comes. In cricketing parlance we're prepared to accept the umpire's decision.In the arbitration process, Cricket Australia says it will offer short-term contracts to save the upcoming tours of Bangladesh, India and the Ashes. This proposal from cricket headquarters has taken the union by surprise. It says within the past few days the CEOs were exchanging documents that would have seen the pay talks progress. Whether this provides the ultimate breakthrough of months of blame and counter blame remains to be seen. One thing is for certain. The relationship between the parties remains as frosty as ever. All over Australia unpaid players have kept turning up to training waiting for a resolution and now they have this latest move to absorb. The dispute is fast approaching another crucial deadline - the Bangladesh tour squad is due to meet in a fortnight. The game is under pressure.We see the urgency. I think cricket fans see the urgency and I think cricket fans are probably tired of talking about it and reading about it in the newspaper. We need the show to get back on the road.The road back to a harmonious relationship stretches on. There's angst about wages in the NRL. Players are planning to take their campaign for more money and better conditions on 209 field this weekend, wearing dark screen scrapping as a show of support for the Players Association as -- associations as negotiations drag on. Whatever is supposed to be a slow of solidarity has become a divisive issue.We're a rugby league team. If the players have issues with the game that's fine. They can do that in negotiates but we go out, represent the club here and the club is not gonna condone that type of behaviour I can tell you -- you. As negotiations for the NRL pay deal drag on, the players are taking their cause to the field.It's no secret players have become increasingly frustrated with the time it's taking to secure this deal. The players will wear green tape to send a message to the NRL.To demonstrate how unite Thadery in in support of their association and securing a partnership mod well the NRL and clubs going forward. But not everyone is supportive.The fans want to watch them play football and they want them to -- them dressed properly in their playing goal. That's the image of the club and I'll uphold.His comments cast doubt on whether the protest will be league wide.I expect the vast majority of players to buy into this action. It represents the level of engagement we have had.The show of solidarity has riled the veteran coach the NRL says it doesn't have a problem with the protest. The NRL CEO has said a strong players union is good for the game. And there does seem to be light at the end of the negotiation tunnel. There's been some recent progress on the main stumbling block which has been the players' demand for a 29% share of revenue.That gives me some optimism that we can resolve some of the major issues particularly around the financial terms of the deal over the next couple of weeks.Turning players and fans' attention back to where it belongs. Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore announced he'll step down from the captaincy and also retire from international rugby at the end of this year. He'll play a final super rugby season with the Queensland Reds in 2018. The 34-year-old has played 120 tests for Australia and is currently the second most capped Wallabies player of all time. Australian swimmer Emma McKeon has picked up from where she left off at the Olympics by claiming two more silver at the world championships in Budapest. The 23-year-old led the 200m freestyle until the closing stages when she was overtaken by Italian Federica Pelligrini. McKeon climbed another silver in the four by 100 mixed medley relay when Australia finished second behind the United States. Time for the weather. Chilly temperatures sticking around for now.Yes, they will. At least for another couple of days. That is because of a series of cold fronts which continue to move along the south of the country. These may cause locally damaging winds, rain and thunderstorms particularly for South Australia. We can see some high-level cloud streaming ahead of these fronts towards western Victoria and Tasmania. A high-pressure system over eastern Australia should lead to funny conditions for most of Queensland and New South Wales. In line with the high, Queensland should remain mostly fine tomorrow.

Slight to medium chance of morning showers for New South Wales.

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Due to the multiple fronts moving across the south of the country, expect some scattered showers. These will clear by the evening. Cool to mild conditions throughout. A windy and wet Friday is expected for Tasmania. Maximum tops of only 14 across the whole state.

It's going to be windy in Western Australia also, mainly in the south where damaging winds are possible early. Relatively stable conditions in the north.

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Thanks. It's not every day a dozen US Navy sailors are put to work in a Brisbane backyard but today the crew from the US Ronald Reagan did just that, to make life a little easier for a 93-year-old local war widow. Audrey Mead never expected to have her overgrown prison backyard taken over by a team of American sailors. The memories are flooding back, and - so, yeah, she's - she will sit out there and look down and think it's wonderful. Her late husband Trevor served in the RAAF in World War II. Daughter Donna has been responsible for the garden's upkeep since her father dayed -- died 25 years ago.Six months morning in one morning, it's great.For us to help in the beautification process, the aesthetics, I think - I think you can't really beat that.It's a great feeling but - help out especially who need help from us. It's kind of like a give back. So I like it. Over lunch the sailors learn about Trevor Mead and his career as an aircraft mechanic.The sailors have been filled with so much joy to come out and meet the families of veterans who have served their country. And they heave done wonderful work, all with a smile. This is one of the many wonderful deeds by US sailors during their time in Queensland. They say it's not just about having good time but about helping local communities. It's just like how we build our relationship with others. We're not here to just party, we're here to help as well. Highlighting the strength of the US-Australian alliance at a grassroots level. The latest on our top stories at the moment plus The Business. Do stay with us.

This program is not captioned. This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Tonight: The foster brother of a murdered Queensland schoolgirl jailed for lying to police. A ruling on accused drug smuggler Cassie Sainsbury's plea bargain on hold, after a Colombian judge defers his decision. And Cricket Australia throws down the gauntlet to end the bitter pay dispute with players. Coming up on The Business, the dovish Federal Reserve - what a high Aussie means for business. And Fortescue's native title tight - claims the miner may face a $100 million compensation bill.Hello, Neena Mairata with ABC News. The foster brother of a murdered Queensland schoolgirl has been jailed for three months for lying to police during their investigation. The court heard Joshua Thorburn was part of a secret family pact to protect his brother after being told Trent Thorburn had sexual relations with the teenager.Joshua Thorburn arrived at court silent.How are you feeling?Inside, the 21-year-old showed no emotion as he pleaded guilty to perjury and perverting the course of justice. The District Court heard he lied to police on three occasions, telling her the night he saw her as she disappeared on the note, and again next day as she went to school. Tiahleigh Palmer's body was found on the banks of the river, at the time, her foster father, Rick Thorburn, reported her missing. He has been now committed to stand trial over her murder. The told the court the Thorburns had a secret family meeting at their Chambers Flat home where Josh was told his younger brother, Trent, had been having sexual relations with the 12-year-old. His father said they all had to protect Trent and keep the story to themselves. His father then sass Tiahleigh was no longer with us. He understood that to mean that his father had killed her. Joshua Thorburn Josh's lawyer told the court his client provided false statements because he was for his safety about what his father would do, that he was elutely remorseful, trapped by the lie and had to go on with it. Joshua Thorburn was sentenced to 15 months, but will serve three months in jail. The judge said lying to police was a deliberately decision. A result of an agreement between you and your parents and your brother, Trent, to seal an horrific crime. Tiahleigh's biological mother and family members left court distressed.Obviously, the justice system has let us down, horribly, today. But most of all they've let down Tiahleigh and her fight for justice.Joshua Thorburn's family wouldn't comment leaving court. Australian drug smuggler Cassie Sainsbury has told a Colombian court she committed the crime because of threats to kill her family. The judge is now considering the legal validity of Sainsbury's plea deal with prosecutors.Cassie Sainsbury faced a court in Colombia looking at a potential 6-year jail term, after reaching a plea deal. She was arrested at Bogota airport in April, with 5.8kg of cocaine. After initially claiming her innocence, the 22-year-old has now admitted carrying the drugs, but said she had done it because of death threats to her said she had done it because of
death threats to her family.But when asked if she could prove she was threatened, she said she couldn't. The last-minute claim prompted the judge to question her further, through an interpreter, asking why Sainsbury accepted responsibility if she committed the offence under threat.

There are fears for Sainsbury's safety in prison if she cooperates with authorities and reveals who she with authorities and reveals who she
was working with.I think that it's really important that some element of protection is built into this for Cassandra Sainsbury. The other thing to consider is the international transfer of prisoners scheme. The problem is that although Australia has that type of arrangement available with over 60 other countries, Colombia isn't one of them.After hearing Sainsbury's claims she carried the drugs under threat, the judge decided to defer the hearing to consider the the hearing to consider the legality of the plea bargain.

Both the district attorney and the defence will have to sit down to reconsider those terms and the aspects of legality, the aspects of the sentence. As the defender, I will try to reach a preliminary agreement that is a little more benefitting.The hearing was adjourned until next month.The brother of a man shot dead at Sydney's Central Station says the Thai national was suffering from mental health problems. Danukul Mokmool threatened a florist during rush hour, before grabbing a pair of scissors and charging at police. An officer opened fire and the 30-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.Peak hour panic at Central Station. (GUNFIRE) Two officers fired - killing the man almost instantly. That man was 30-year-old Danukul Mokmool. He had threatened a florist with a broken bottle moments earlier.Someone come and put his hand on my neck, under my ear, and then put a bottle at this side of my neck, and someone called the police, and said don't move.He said Mr Mokmool then grabbed two pairs of scissors. That's when transport police confronted him and ordered him to put the weapons down. The shooting took place in front of horrified commuters.I heard screaming and, "Put it down, put it down".The guy came out running and two of the men shot him twice, I guess, and he was straight on to the ground.Moments before the shooting, witnesses say they saw Mr Mokmool behaving aggressively and screaming on one of the station's platforms before he ran to the florist shop. Police will now try and track his movements which will no doubt have been captured on CCTV cameras placed throughout the station.A critical incident team from the homicide squad will now investigate all the circumstances surrounding the incident.Mr Mokmool's half-brother says he had long suffered from mental illness, and suspects he intended to be shot.I guess, um, he was trying to make a big scene and tell the cops to, obviously, shoot him and he just wanted to... Die, I guess.Mr Wynn saw a video of the shooting on social media hours before he knew his brother was dead. He slammed the police - saying they shouldn't have fired.They could have dealt with it other than what they did. They could have like hit him to the ground, pepper sprayed him, stuff like that, like, get him hurt, but not to the point where he dies.But the florist has defended their actions.I feel sorry for him, even now I feel sorry, but I'm alive, because now I could be dead. Police have been issued with body cameras, but it is not clear if these police officers were wearing them. A court has heard about a small town's anger at a former police officer being charged with fraud, stealing and misconduct offences. Daniel Alan Baker is a former officer in the state's north-west. The 34-year-old appeared in court today after being extradited from the Northern Territory. He is accused of misappropriating money collected by the Police Service on behalf of other government agencies over two years. He resigned in March, prior to disciplinary action being taken.I think every person has the right to be innocent until proven guilty.He was granted bail on the condition he surrender his passport. Parliament's most recent casualty of dual citizenship Matthew Canavan says he has legal advice to say he can win his bid to stay in parliament. But suspicion is falling far and wide on the status of other MPs.Before he had even set foot in the parliament, Malcolm Roberts was a man with a mission.The first priority is accountability and restoring the constitution.But when the constitution is consuming political careers at a rate of one a week...People allowed into our country, Australia, must live by our laws. ..the One Nation senators under as much scrutiny as anyone to prove he has taken the constitution seriously.(APPLAUSE) The former British citizen is yet to produce any public evidence he has reannounced it, at a time when a fellow Queenslander is preoccupied with denouncing one of his citizenships.Legal advice that we have leads us to conclude that I'm not in breach of Section 44.For the first time since he quit Cabinet, Matthew Canavan has opened himself to questions on why his mother took out Italian citizenship. MumMy acted with what she thought was my best interests and had no idea of the constitutional ramifications of any of this. ..and why it took him two years to ask his mum if he was an Italian.I've had no, in my view, suspicion that I could be an Italian citizen so it wasn't a question to ask.The honourable thing to do here is stand up and take some responsibility, don't blame other people and resign.Still smarting over his double loss, Richard Di Natale is demanding the records of all 226 in parliament be examined. If we did that, there is every chance that we would find other MPs with big question marks around their eligibility to stand in the Federal Parliament.But a remarkable calm has descended over the major parties - each is aware they're only one member away from embarrassment, or worse, if another rogue citizenship comes to light. Awkward for Labor - potentially catastrophic for the government. Which means caution is doubled...And Minister for Resources and Northern Australia. ..as is Barnaby Joyce's workload. The West Australian government is calling on the Prime Minister to commit more money to the state when he visits next week, or risk being run out of town. It will be Malcolm Turnbull's first visit in five months, and he'll be facing strong resentment from warns -- West Australians about the state's low share of GST.The Prime Minister hasn't been in WA since February, when the state election was at its height. And with recent polling showing his government's unpopular in WA, he and his Cabinet colleagues will spend most of next week in the state on a charm offensive.They will be very busy here, talking to West Australians and getting a sense about the issues that are of concern to people here.One of those issues is undoubtedly WA's low share of GST. But with no quick fix on the horizon, some are hoping Mr Turnbull will come promising a host of other goodies, as his government attempts to woo WA voters.I'd like to see the Commonwealth Government, Mr Turnbull, actually come over here with a keen desire and decisions around investing in some of the State Government's key infrastructure projects.The Turnbull Government has already committed more than $1.6 billion towards WA road and rail infrastructure projects, including the McGowan government's flagship Metronet rail. We will have to just interrupt that report now to take you live to Sydney, where UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is speaking at the Lowy Institute as part of his high-level talks in Australia. Let's listen in.Julie Bishop has been hosting us all day with Stephen Lowy, and it's great to be back in Sydney. I think it's actually my second speech at the Lowy Institute and thank you to all of you who have come to hear me again after four years in what can only be called the triumph of hope over experience! You are absolutely right in what you had to say just now, Michael, because I did come here 30 years ago or more, and when I first came back to Britain after a year in Australia - I think it was 19 or so - it would be fair to say that I bore a pretty heavy imprint from my time in this country, and my conversation was studded with phrases like, "Bonza, mate", or, "You little ripper", and on the streets in London in broad daylight, I insisted on wearing the same stubbies dacks, shorts of appalling brevity, that I had worn in the bush, until my girlfriend said it was either her or the dacks, and I'm not sure how the contest was resolved!(LAUGHTER)After years in the UK educational system, my infatuation with Australian dress, manners, vocabulary, and general cast of mind was so intense that I had become a kind of unconscious Les Patter son, a self-appointed and unwanted cultural ambassador for your great country!(LAUGHTER)And insofar as my friends in England were able to understand me, it helped that this was the time when Neighbours and Kylie Minogue were propelling Australian life on to our screens, and young Australians were beginning to pop up across the planet, in a phenomenon that was set to music in 1980 by the band Men At Work. You will recall the preregrinations of the man from Down Under, how he met a man from Bombay with not much to say, how he met the man from Brussels, 6.4ft and full of muscles, and he just asked him, "Do you speaka my language" and he just smiled and gave him a... CROWD: Vegemite sandwich.The point being that the man himself was an Australian in spite of being in Brussels... (LAUGHTER) ..and you adduce from that lyric the second characteristic of the Australians - not only a fierce sense of identity and independence, but also a truly global country, engaged with the world in a way that is positive and fearless and up-beat. So keep those two features in your head - a strong sense of national, political and cultural identity, combined with a truly global out look, and I ask you to conduct a thought experiment. I'm told that Australia has just joined the Eurovision Song Contest, is that right?!(LAUGHTER)All I can say is a representative of a country that regularly scores 'nil points' is good luck with that project! But protract the logic of what you have just done. Imagine that in 1972, Geoffrey Rippen and Ted Heath had been able by some miracle to persuade our friends in Paris that distance was no obstacle. Suppose that by her abundant, self-evident influences from Britain, but of course also from Greece and Italy and elsewhere, it had been decided that Australia was really European - a great, glorious, syncretic country and therefore eligible for accession, and suppose that the French had said, "Oui", and suppose that Australia had been admitted to the common market. What would have happened? By the way, let me interrupt this, to say, who would have wanted that to happen? Can we do an on-the-spot referendum. Can I invite all those who would like to vote oui, or yes - who thinks it would have been a good idea, let me put it this way, for Australia to have joined the common market. Show of hands, all those in favour? Yes? All those against? I think the noes have it, Mr Speaker! I think, anyway, irrespective of people's feelings tonight, I think you could argue that there would have been advantages and disadvantages. Australia would certainly have continued to catapult huge quantities of butter and beef to Europe - more than ever before, perhaps. But other things would not have been so easy, and I mean here no criticism of the model and methods chosen by our EU friends and partners with whom we are, of course, currently in negotiation. But you, if Australia had joined, you wouldn't be running your own competition nor your public procurement programs and you wouldn't be able to Taylor your green energy programs to suit Australia's needs - you would find yourselves regularly outvoted in the Council of Ministers on hours of work or the definition of chocolate - and it must be seriously doubted whether the Polywaffle, let alone the Violet Crumble would have been admitted! You would never have been able to come up with your own immigration policy, your points-based system, and for the past 44 years you would have had to conform to the common agricultural policy, and we must face the terrible probability that the EU's ruthless quota and intervention policies, designed to protect existing Mediterranean producers, would have meant that Australia's now-legendary wine-makers would never have got beyond the first tentative vintages, because the whole lot would have been compulsorily boiled up and turned into bioethanol, which was the program that they had. So there would be nothing - I don't know actually what we are drinking tonight, but presumably it's Australian wine, isn't it?! Where is it from? Glasgow!(LAUGHTER)There would be no wonderful Australian wines on the table tonight. And, above all, an awful lot of your brightest diplomats would be spending their lives trying to stop things from happening - grappling in distant corridors with brilliant graduates of the Ecole Nationale d 'administration, trying to get things done. Now, even if you think I'm being paranoid in this, and even if you think it couldn't possibly have been as bad as that, I think we can look at Australia today and, after 26 years of continuous growth, and with the capita GDP 25% higher than in the UK, I think we can say that it was not absolutely necessary for Australia to join the common market - am I right?(LAUGHTER) Indeed, I think it is safe to say that it was not necessary for Australia to join any bloc or grouping organised on the integrationist principles of the EU. Australia is not now required to sell well-remunerated parliamentarians to an APEC parliament, and there isn't a single APEC Court of Justice, or an APEC currency called the 'abalone 'or whatever. Australia hasn't been required in the last decades to sign up to a series of treaties designed to create a single political unit out of a patchwork of 27 countries, and no-one now claims that such a process is essential for Australia's economic health or wellbeing. Well, no-one serious, as far as I know. So when we look at the forward momentum of Australia in the last few decades, you can perhaps see why we in Britain are inclined to take with a pinch of salt some of the very slight gloom and negativity that is emanating from some distinguished quarters about the decision of the British people to leave the European Union. And you can see why we might be moved to reject their notion that little old Britain is just too small, too feeble, to isolated -- too isolated to cope on its own. They seem to think that the UK is like some poor, wriggling crustacean about to be deprived of its protective shell. I say, "Don't come the raw prawn with me". (LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE) On the contrary - when we look at what Australia has achieved, we can see - we in Britain, when we look at what you have done, we can see grounds for boundless excitement and optimism. It is true, we may not have all Australia's sunshine and other natural advantages, but we are the fifth biggest economy on earth, rated two, or perhaps number one, for our soft power influence, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, the second-biggest contributor to NATO, we have the greatest financial capital anywhere in the world, which many of you who go regularly know what I'm talking about, we have the biggest creative culture, media, artistic sector anywhere in our hemisphere. And we in the UK are like Australians, in that our population is possessed of the most extraordinary wanderlust. One in ten Britons now alive is estimated to be living outside Britain - a higher proportion than any other rich country including, by the way, Australia. Not just diplomats and aid workers, who certainly make a huge contribution to - not just to diplomats, but to international activity of all kind. I'm quite serious, I saw the other day the figures for global contributions to the four worst humanitarian disasters now afflicting the planet - in Syria, South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and north-east Nigeria. You will find that the three biggest are the US, the UK and the EU. And that's before you've even factored in the 18% contribution that the UK makes to the EU aid budget. I have to tell you, I - we in the UK are immensely proud of that record, just as I'm proud of everything that the UK foreign service does around the world. But we're not just talking about public officials. We're talking about 6 million bankers and journalists and artists and lawyers and accountants and, I suppose, pirates, and...(LAUGHTER) ..subaquatic golf ball -- retrievers. I kid you not, I met a policeman who came from Uxbridge, who tours the world testing waterslides! Think of that - it's a tough job but someone's got to do it! Six million people like that spread across the world in a great shining, bright, throbbing web, like a scene from Avatar. And as we leave the arrangements of the European Union, we now have the chance to become even more global, and when I say 'more global', it is vital for you to understand that I do not mean for a minute that we will become less European. The channel is not about to get wider, Britain is not going to sprout funnels and steam across into the middle of the Atlantic. We remain historically, artistically, culturally, emotional and architecturally European. Shakespeare, I think you would agree, is just as European as Michaelangelo or Cervantes or Beethoven, and when you see his spread across Europe, I think you could argue that he was more international - certainly, more European - than any other great artist. And this European-ness is not just words. We in the UK show our commitment to Europe by our moral and military willingness to come to the defence of our friends - a commitment that we make unconditionally, irrespective of the EU negotiations. It is a hundred years since British and Australian soldiers stood side-by-side in the third battle of Ypres, in what I still believe is right to think of as a fight against tyranny. Today, there are 800 British soldiers in Estonia, almost a quarter of the NATO mission in eastern Europe, there to give reassurance in the face of any potential provocations from the East. We in the UK will continue to be in the lead in sticking up for the rights of the Ukrainians threatened by Russian aggression. We will work with our friends in the Western Balkans, where there is currently a political and geostrategic arm wrestle taking place between two sets of ideals, two ways of behaving, and we will continue to help those countries to achieve what they see as their Euro-Atlantic destiny. We will help our Italian partners as they face the challenge of migration from North Africa, cracking down on the vile people traffickers who put their victims to sea in leaky boats. And we will continue to argue for balance and moderation in European foreign policy, and, yes, we join our friends in deploring the actions of the Turkish authorities in arresting and imprisoning journalists and human rights activists, including Amnesty International campaigners, and we call on Turkey to release them from pre-trial detention, to ensure fair and speedy trials, and to find a new way forward for Turkey. But we also believe that we must engage with Turkey, and that it would be a great mistake to demonise or to push that extraordinary country away from us - that is not the right way forward either. And we believe that this European engagement - military, diplomatic, working together with our friends and partners on counter-terrorism, home and justice affairs to defeat all those who would do us harm is in our interests, it's in our partners' interests and it is in our mutual interest. And that mutual interest is nowhere more blatant and obvious than in the negotiations on trade that are about to begin between the UK and our EU friends. I wore this morning - because it was a little bit nippy when I got up, it later got much warmer, but I wore this morning a sweater derived from a Spanish sheep, reared in New Zealand, whose wool was shorn and shipped to Italy, where it was turned into cloth that was shipped to China - I don't know whether it was shipped or flown, but it was transported to China. Imagine that vast triangle already. So it has gone New Zealand, Italy, so - so New Zealand, Italy, China, do it this way, then stitched together in China, back to New Zealand where it was exported to France and Britain and everywhere else in the world. Now, think of that woolly jumper as it bounds over borders and barriers and customs posts with not a bleat of effort or exertion.(LAUGHTER) That is really how trade works today - with standards and supply chains that are increasingly global. And with the help of the excellent negotiators on both sides, I have no doubt that we will get a great deal that preserves and even enhances the frictionless movement of goods that is in the interests of both sides of the Channel, and I'm sure we will get a solution that does nothing to undermine Britain's financial sector, because the reel rivals of the city are not in Paris or Frankfurt, as everybody knows well, they are in Hong Kong and Singapore and New York, and in the end I think everybody in our part of the world understands that London is a fantastic asset for the entire continent, because that is where you will find the deepest pools of liquidity. And when we do that deal, intergovernmental cooperation, a giant free trade deal, I believe we will create a solution that has been long desired and long in the making