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This program is not captioned. This program is live captioned by Ericsson Access Services. Today, the citizenship saga continues. One Nation Senator Michael Roberts said he tried to revoke his British ties before the election.

West Wing meltdown. The new White House Communications Director launches an extraordinary attack on the Chief of Staff. Violence on the streets of Jerusalem after crowds of Muslim workers return to a disputed holy site. On the 50th anniversary of Pine Gap we take a closer look at the secret US spy base near Alice Springs. Hello, welcome to Mornings. I'm Joe O'Brien.

Federal Parliament's dual citizenship drama could ensnare another Senator. This time One Nation's Michael Roberts. The Queensland Senator revealed he renounced his British citizenship but only received confirmation from UK authorities after the election. Political reporter Jane Norman from Parliament House in Canberra. In keeps on continuing. Take us through Malcolm Roberts' case.Well, Michael Roberts was born in India to a Welsh father and Australian mother. They moved to Australia when he was a child. He's been under pressure over the past week to clarify his status in light of the resignations of the Greens' member MPs and what happened to Matt Canavan. Last night he outlined the timeline of events he took to ry nouns his British citizenship. He said before he nominated for last year's election, he wrote to British authorities or emailed authorities three times asking if he was a British citizen and if so, requesting that citizenship be renounced. It wasn't until December last year, so five months after the election, he received confirmation that his British citizenship had been revoked. Now, Michael Roberts won't publicly release any documentation. He insists he complied with the rules because he took all reasonable steps to renounce his citizenship which in previous cases the High Court said was sufficient. But I guess the question here, whether he followed the proper process to renounce that citizenship, as other MPs here in Parliament have. And at what point he ceased to become a dual citizen.Is he required to produce those documents by anyone or will someone have to challenge this through the courts.In short, no, he's not required. That is the dilemma for journalists. We can't independently go to UK authorities and ask them to give us documents about private citizens. So in this case it would require a challenge in court if anyone wanted to take up that legal case to drill further into this issue.So how far could this go with other MPs?I think we're entering some unchartered legal territory. For MPs who are born overseas, it's a simple, relatively simple process to figure out if they are indeed dual citizens before they nominate for Parliament. In Matt Canavan's case, he was born in Australia and was entitled to Italian citizenship by descent. So there are dozens of other MPs in Parliament whose parents or grand parents were born overseas and could, and I stress could, be in a similar situation. So the High Court will answer this question. It is an untested legal case in the coming months. In the meantime the Greens want an independent audit done of all MPs to see if anyone brooched the constitution through their citizenship rules. The two major parties are Lukewarm to that proposal. Cabinet Minister Christopher Pyne this morning on Channel Nine said the High Court will resolve this issue.The High Court needs to make some pretty clear decisions about what Section 44 of the constitution means and, more importantly, when you do or don't become a citizen of another country. In the case of Matt Canavan, apparently his mother made him a citizen of another country when he was 25. He wasn't an infant, without having signed an application form. On that basis, Kim Jong Un could make us all citizens of North Korea and we would all have to resign.Not sure that would happen. But on the Labor side, Anthony Albanese is confident that his colleagues are in the right in this situation. He says Labor's processes are very rigorous.We're careful. People have to present their birth certificates or produce, if they were born in another country, evidence at the time that they nominate. So we're very confident that no Labor members or Senators have issues. That was Labor's Anthony Albanese on this citizenship saga. Thank you. There are fresh signs the Trump administration senior team is becoming increasingly fractured. Donald Trump's new Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci has pointed the finger at the President's Chief of Staff over information leaks and made a number of incendiary comments about senior figures. Ben Knight, should we start with a language warning? Rjts I hope we can work our way around it. This has been probably the strangest day I have spent in Washington in three years. This started with a phone call to Breakfast Television tCNN Breakfast Television program by Anthony Scaramucci, if people don't know, he came on the White House team about five days ago. He was a Wall Street financier. He was brought on the team by Donald Trump, who offered him the job to take over the communications department. Clearly Donald Trump felt that he was having problems getting his message out. And in the space of five days Anthony Scaramucci has essentially blown that team apart. Without trying to go into too much detail, what happened is last night local time there were a couple of, an article published on a news website here, which talked about a financial document that Anthony Scaramucci had to file as part of his move into the West Wing. And it listed his assets. It wasn't a secret document, but a public one, but Anthony Scaramucci felt it had been leaked and had been leaked maliciously and leaked in a criminal way and he sent out a tweet, which blamed the White House Chief of Staff for doing it, indirectly, but blamed the White House Chief Staff. They've had a pretty bad relationship for some time. Then after that, news came out, somehow, that Anthony Scaramucci was meeting, having dinner at the White House with the President and a couple of people from the fox News Network, the conservative Fox News Network. That was, according to Anthony Scaramucci, two leaks that came out against him and he had enough. We woke up this morning to this half-hour long phone interview with Anthony Scaramucci on the CNN Breakfast Show, where essentially he accused the White House Chief of Staff of leaking against him and was pretty pointed. He said things like, there are people in the White House who are trying to, in their mind, protect the country from this President. That is just - impossible to imagine this happening in any previous Presidency. As so many things have been impossible to imagine in any previous Presidency. So we took the day from there and thought, that's pretty strange. And we started reporting on it. And then an hour ago things got very, very strange. So what's happened since then? Some journalists have become involved in this?OK, so last night when Anthony Scaramucci was pretty upset about these two news articles, or two things that he thought had been leaked against him, he called the reporter who had published or tweeted out the news that he was having dinner with the President and a couple of people at Fox News. He called this reporter from The New Yorker and said, who leaked that to you? Where did you get it? Ryan said, "I can't tell you". What followed was a conversation which the journalist has recorded in some detail and published here an hour ago. It's just gobsmacking that you have this new member of the White House team, as I say, he's only been in the job five days. He had absolutely gone to town on the White House Chief of Staff. He has called him - I will leave out expletives. This guy is a Wall Street financier from Long Island in New York. He could swear for his country. He pretty much has in this article. But he's called Reince Priebus a paranoid schitzophrenic and lined up Steve Bannon, who people who have been observers of Washington politics is the Chief Strategist for the White House and on Siddered the idealist for Donald Trump and the person who helped get -- ideologist for Donald Trump and the person whoed him get in. His description is perhaps could be described as an act of autoeroticism which for the vast majority of males would be physically impossible and talked of him building his brand for the President. He opened this foul-mouthed broadside at two of the most senior figures in the White House and opened up this civil war in this public arena. None of this was off the record.And suggesting they've committed crimes as well. He can't go back on that and say he wasn't suggesting that against Reince Priebus now?No, and a lot of the focus of this at the moment is, he said what? And as it should be. This is not, you know, you can't imagine how this White House can function until someone decides to, you know, they have to leave or are told to leave. But yes, you're absolutely right. There's another element to what he told this reporter from The New Yorker who said, I've got information, the digital fingerprints of all the leaks going on, I will be touch with the FBI. It is deranged stuff. Obviously it took place late at night, but, Anthony Scaramucci has, as I said, this broke an hour ago. Anthony Scaramucci tweeted a short time ago. This was his response. "I sometimes use colourful language. I will refrain in this arena"... Not sure if he means Twitter or public discourse. He says, "I will not give up the passionate fight for Donald Trump's agenda" and then he uses the "make America great" acronym. The horse as well and truly bolted on this. How damaging is this for a Communications Director to become the story in such a dramatic fashion within a couple of days of taking on the job?Well, depends which President you're working for. That response is a pretty Trumpian response, not an apology, barely a backward step and that is how Donald Trump likes to do things. The reason he's in the White House is because Donald Trump likes him. A lot. He's there because he was, he was also suggested by Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner and his daughter, Ivanka, quite close to him. This is the way Donald Trump likes to go about what he does. So, Donald Trump's Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, they don't go back a long way. Reince Priebus used to be the Chair of the Republican National Congress which is about as establishment as you can get. As people who watch Washington politics would know, Donald Trump ran against the establishment, so his appointment as Chief of Staff was really a compromise with the establishment wing of the Republican party and also a sop to members of the Republican party who weren't comfortable with Donald Trump being President and saying it is OK, Reince is in there, he will keep the ship steady, he will make sure nothing, you know, too out of the ordinary happens. So it's never been a comfortable relationship between the President and the Chief of Staff. What happened after Anthony Scaramucci went on television this morning to take his swipe at Reince Priebus, we had a briefing from the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. The obvious question was asked - does the President have confidence this his Chief of Staff. There was no answer. There was no answer that said certainly that the President does. It was an answer along the lines of, well, you know, this is a White House where we have differing views and that's good. The President likes that kind of competition. He encourages that competition. So what damage does it do to Anthony Scaramucci? I don't know. Probably not a lot. This is absolutely a civil war in the West Wing. Someone will be the winner and someone will be the loser. At the moment, you know, you'd have to back Anthony Scaramucci. But who knows? This has been, I spent three years here covering Barack Obama. It seems like a long bygone era. As you say, people will just, Trump supporters will say this is how Donald Trump does business, what Scaramucci did is very Trumpian, but at what point does it become completely dysfunctional and the talks start about the Trump Presidency ending because it is just such a mess?The White House is fighting numerous bushfires on numerous different fronts at the moment and it's not winning really many of them. This is a White House that has been marked by its lack of legislative achievement in the first 6 or 7 months. That has a lot to do with the dysfunction going on. There's the fallout from the sudden announcement, transgenders will no longer be accepted in the military or acceptable in the military. You have the Pentagon pushing back on that, saying well, listen, until you tell us how this will work and if we have to get rid of the thousands of transgenders serving for us, we won't do anything and will continue to respect our members. So, you have that push-back. You have the Healthcare bill which looks like it is going to fail tonight. Donald Trump's been putting pressure on the Senators to get something through and it doesn't look like it will happen. You have the President's on ongoing feud with his Attorney-General, which is still not resolved. He won't say if he is going to sack the Attorney-General. He got a warning from a senior Republican saying listen, you don't sack the Attorney-General, or there will be holy hell to pay, you can forecombet about trying to do anything -- forget about trying to do anything about the Special Prosecutor and these words were used - "That will be the beginning of the end of the Trump Presidency". To get the can of petrol out and light yet another bushfire, the dysfunction is no longer an adequate adjective. Ben, I think you are filling in for the moment while some other people are away. You keen to stay there, at least a few more months?I don't know how they keep up the pace over here, I don't. In fact, I'm writing a piece for online this weekend with some reflections on what it is like to come back into a town that essentially looks the same as the one I left 18 months ago but is through the looking glass. Thousands of Muslims have flocked to pray at Jerusalem's disputed holy site for the first time since Israel removed controversial security barriers. More than 130 have been injured in fresh clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli police as the long-running tensions continue. It started 13 days ago. It's this standoff which the Palestinians are claiming as an outright victory. Two Fridays ago two Israeli policemen were shot dead by Palestinian gunmen hiding welcomes inside the al-Aqsa compound. Israel installed the new security measures and Palestinians refused to go inside al-Aqsa. They've been praying in the streets ever since. They claim that these new security measures were an increased Israeli encroachment on their holy site and that Israel was changing the status quo of this very sensitive compound, without consultation. It's been very tense. There's six people killed there last Friday. So it will be Friday prayers again today in Jerusalem. Prime Minister net net was under pressure to -- Teninyahu was pleased to take down these barriers. There were fears of violence. Thousands flocked there this morning t streets were crowded. There were so many people. There were stun grenades and some claim the Israeli forces fired rubber bullets. Amnesty put out a statement saying that Israeli forces attacked peaceful crowds and they claim it was unprovoked. The Israeli police claim stones were thrown at them first. We're trying to get to the bottom of what happened. But the Palestinian Red Crescent says over 110 Palestinians were injured in those clashes. Tension, violence and confusion have marred the final stages of the election in Papua New Guinea. Public buildings were set on fire in one building and an alleged kidnapping attempt in Port Moresby. We're joined by PNG correspondent Eric. We saw your coverage, is it getting worse?Violence intensified in the Highlands, police were killed, a returning officer was shot in the capital of one of the highlands provinces. And an airport has been shut because of an extended process over the declaration for the seat, without a number of a quarter of the ballot box counted. There's been a centre for the Western Highlands region. The Western Highlands Treasury building was reduced to ash. Shots fired through the afternoon and evening yesterday and major highways in and out of the area are blocked. Residents are not able to move around. The fact we had deaths and extended violence suggest things have got worse in the highlands in the closing stages of this election. What about problems within the election process, including yesterday the secret declaration of one electorate after polling officials named another candidate as winner? What happened?There's been allegations about serious irregularities in the accounting pro-o in the counts pro-krg. One -- irregularities in the process. The former Prime Minister is running for his old seat in Port Moresby. It's normally one of the first seats to be declared but the returning officer went missing at various stages of the counting process. When the seat was declared that his victory was you know, confirmed, election officials couldn't find the returning officer needed to sign the writ. They waited for several hours. Even dhully the Governor-General appoint -- eveb eventually the Governor-General appointed another officer. He was declared re-elected. Hours later in a hotel room the returning officer appeared and was filmed by a local TV network declares the third-placed candidate as the winner of that seat. Extremely strange. His reasons for it in the video, he gives a reason, it's not really understandable, he said that he decided to declare the third-placed candidate and both the Electoral Commissioner, the Election kl manager, say that declaration is illegal. They declared a candidate, the counted was clear and a returning officer disappeared and turned up in a hotel room to declare the third-placed candidate as winner. Now everyone is expressing concern for that returning officer saying it doesn't look like he did so of his own free will. So extremely strange, and not only that, we have this incident now where we had this other incident yesterday where a new MP who is a member of the National Alliance Party, a former governing party in opposition to the incumbent government arriving at the airport on charter and then allegedly a former government member in his seat attempting to kidnap him and drag him off to the government camp where the government MPs are in negotiation. And a violent scuffle caught on camera, one of the local TV crews. So things are extremely tense here in the final stages of this election.So with so many question marks over this process, when will the election formally be over and how is a new government formed? Or are there calls for the whole thing to be done again because it appears so chaotic?The calls to fail the election are probably not going to stand up because of the enormous expense and effort involved in an election in Papua New Guinea. A study by Australia's national university found these are the most expensive elections in the world. This went for five weeks. It was meant to end Monday. The time to return the writs to the Governor-General was extended to today. It was meant to be in a short time but has been extended to this afternoon. So uncertainty about when the actual process of the election will -- there's uncertainty ant when the actual process will end. Then you have - not all the MPs will be declared. 30 or so seats undeclared, in an 111-seat Parliament. Then there's a process where those declared MPs negotiate to form a coalition, because no single party won a majority. We don't know how long that process will take, we don't know the day parliament will sit to declare and appoint a Prime Minister and speaker. There's so much euncertainty, we have to wait and see. You're seeing these incidents on the side and the violence intensifying. It is a concerning phase for PNG democracy. On another sish issue, the Manus Island detention centre housing asylum seekers, how many people are on there and what's the situation with the process of some of those people going to America? Where is that all up to? At the moment the US State Department says no decisions have been made about who from Manus will go to the US for settlement. There's about 800 men on Manus Island. More than 700 of them have been given refugee status, which means they're entitled to be resettled in either the United States or in Papua New Guinea. So those men are being told they have to leave the detention centre because both Australia and PNG have decided it will be closed in the next few months. They've started to close compounds within the detention centre. This is a move to encourage or basically push the men into resettling either in PNG or waiting to go to the United States. There's a much smaller centre that's available for them to move into, but it's managed by the PNG Government and it doesn't have the same degree of security as the existing detention centre. The gap between the numbers is there's 700 men that need to go somewhere and less than 300 beds, I think 260 in the other centre. So what is going to happen in a few months is there will be an increasing push to squeeze the men out of the Manus detention centre and not many places for them if they leave. There's a lot of uncertainty. It is unclear how that process will work and we still have no update on the United States resettlement. The US reached its intake cut for refugees a few weeks ago. And that number doesn't reset until October. So it's possible the Australian Government may try to rush through the US resettlement between 1 October and the end of that month in a bid to clear Manus Island so it can close it in time for the October 31 deadline. We will leave it there. Plenty happening in PNG to keep you busy. A family of four escaped injury after a truck ploughed into a home on the Central Coast. The man who allegedly stole the truck is in critical condition. Our reporter Jo Nicholson joins us. Take us through what happened?In This significant crash, this delivery truck stolen by a man crashed through a home on the Central Coast. Remarkably the family of four escaped unharmed. The driver is in a critical condition. He suffered severe head injuries and was airlisted to -- airlifted to hospital to the Royal North Shore. As for the family of four, they had a very lucky escape. It was just after 11 o'clock when the man stole a delivery truck from a petrol station on the Pacific Highway at Wyong on the Central Coast of NSW. He was then trying to drive through a roundabout and lost control and then crashed the car down an embankment and in the back of this property. So the truck has been removed from the scene, but you can see just how much damage was caused by that truck. It was a delivery truck carrying milk and donuts and significant to cause damage. Remarkably the family of four escaped unharmed. The driver was not so lucky. He's been treated at Royal North Shore and the local police in the area are carrying out an investigation into the crash. Time now for a check of the weather. Good morning to Nate Byrne. Friday, the pi xrshgs of the week? -- pic of the week? In is called Out of the Mist". It is Lismore Lake.

My weather wall is not doing this justice. The blue bits, tiny birds. I will tweet out a link. Looks sweet, beautiful hues. What is happening on the weather front?

People should secure homes as they leave if you are from this area. It is windy all around there, not just inside the warning area. Good thing to keep in mind.A bit of rain in the south-east? How big are some of the falls? Is it Tassie that will get the biggest? Yes, the rainfall is moving off in the south-east this morning.ly show you what is going on. It's this cold front and a trough system that is moving through. It is clearing out in the south. We will see rain moving to the south of NSW. Not much in terms of totals here as the system in the west is causing the big concern for us. For the weather nerds that has a central from esh sure around 950 hectapascals, a very, very low, low. That is what is causing all the really strong wind warnings. We will see rain out of that on the weekend, but that cold front is weirdly bringing hot weather. So Sydney still looking at a record temperature of 26 on Sunday. Something to look ahead to. You can whip out the shorts and the thongs, get down the beach.Would you expect there will be record temperatures throughout the northern half of NSW on that Sunday? Yeah, and into the south of Queensland. It's right across that area. Some places will be warmer than 30. For July, that is very strange. In Sydney in particular, that's where the focus is. We've had records from Sydney for a long time now. The last time it got about this warm, 25.9 degres in 1990. It's been a while since you had that heat.ly probably be not too long until you see the temperatures more common unfortunately. Lit be interesting to see the wrap of July figures. Does that generally come out on the morning of the Nicks last year the UK dispatched next month? --Next year, the UK dispatched the figures? They did it yesterday after we spoke. So we will have a chat about more of that later. Looking forward.

Thank you. The top stories: The One Nation Senator Michael Roberts insists he hasn't breached the constitution in regards to his citizenship status. Senator Roberts says he renounced British citizenship before he nominated for parliament. He told Sky News UK authorities only confirmed it in December, five monthses after the election. President Donald Trump's Communications Director launched a vulgar attack against the White House Chief of Staff challenging Reince Priebus over media leaks and calling him a "paranoid schitzophrenic". It comes after an article on Anthony Scaramucci's financial disclosures were printed online. He attacked the senior White House aide Steve Banon. He tweeted his regret later for using "colourful language". Celebrations outside a holy site in Jerusalem have turned violent. Crowds of worshippers returned to the Temple Mount after a two-week standoff over metal detectors. Witnesses say as the crowds passed through the Old City's streets a stun grenade was heard and Palestinians appeared to clash with Israeli forces. Australia picked up its 7th swimming medal in Budapest but remains without a gold. The team of Emma McKeon, Madison Wilson, Kotuku Ngawati and Ariarne Titmus claimed bronze in the women's 4X 200m. For two years a fierce civil war in Yemen split the war in two. A government-led coalition backed by the Saudis controls the east and Houthi rebels backed by Iran control the west. This report, a warning - contains distressing images. We cross the sea to Yemen, passed the sunken wreckage of a war. This is the only way to get here. The Saudi-led coalition which bombed the country grounded the UN plane due to fly us in. This is the kind of suffering they don't want the world to see. This child is 11. He's one of many children wasting away across the country. Since the war, malnutrition rates have soared. Hunger is menacing this nation from the very old to the very young. Like Houssain, who fights for every breath. The UN says an entire generation is being starved and crippled and famine is looming. In a ward nearby, another threat. A desperate rush to save Abdullah, who came in with no pulse. They tried to squeeze fluid and life back into his veins. He's one victim of an epidemic ravaging Yemen - cholera and it's the worst outbreak in history. There's now a perfect breeding ground for disease, because santitation services have broken down. Abdullah's son has a message for those in power who are busy waging war. TRANSLATION: Deal with the sewage and clean the streets. Mosquitoes and flies are everywhere, causing illness. We are demanding that everyone who claims to be our leader should just care about the people. Instead, they are dying of cholera at the rate of about one every hour. Another outcome of a brutal conflict. This hospital alone receives about 100 new cholera cases every day. Those who get help recover quickly. Within hours. But many in Yemen are dying needlessly because they can't get the most basic treatment. After more than two years of war, half the health fa -- facilities are not functioning. Like much else in the Arab world's poorest nation, an ancient civilisation with new battle scars. The presidential guard mans checkpoints here, but the Yemeni President is seldom seen. He was forced to flee by Houthi rebels. That's when his allies the Saudis stepped in. Their bombing campaign has not restored his authority. But it has destroyed hospitals, schools and homes, like that of this family. Their house was hit by two air strikes as the Coalition targeted Houthi fighters nearby. Sanada tells us two years on the extended family of 30 are among the forgotten victims of this war. Some of the family still live right here in the ruins, with no help, they say, except from God. Three people have been killed in clashes between Venezuelan security forces and protesters during a 2-day strike against the President Nicolas Maduro. The strike aims to pressure Mr Maduro into cancelling a controversial vote for a new Congress. The opposition says his ruling Socialist Party wants to consolidate dictatorship with a superCongress that will have the power to rewrite the constitution. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Pine Gap, a US spy base on the outskirts of Alice Springs. It is considered strategically vital by Australia and the US and a potential target. It saw protests and attempted break-ins. Richard Tanter is a professor at the School of Political and Social Studies and joins us. Is this a cause for concern or celebration?I think Australians have been concerned for half a century, including officials in 1966. I think Australians are very concerned.What is the basis of that concern? Can you actually tell us what is at Pine Gap and how important it is in the US defence structure?It's ebbing treemly important for the US, one of the two major intelligence facilities outside the United States. It's important for nuclear war operations. It is important for ascertaining the capabilities of adversary nations, looking at Soviet, Russian, I should say, Chinese missiles, Pakistanis, Indian, all kinds of ballistic missiles. It is important in gathering information from cell phones, satellite phone operations, surveillance, basically. It is critical in the early warning of missile attacks on the United States but equally in terms of a counter strike from the United States, working out which silos should be targeted.And Australia is a strong ally of the US. Do you think it appropriate Australia continues to house these important facilities?I think it's doing things which are really against our interests. The most obvious ones are support for nuclear war, very clear in nuclear war being catastrophic for everyone. Secondly it is engaged in operations it never was, which is providing targeting data for counter terrorism operations, for military operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan. And when that takes place in places like Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, countries with which Australia is not at war, that really amounts to contribution to illegal, extra judicial assassinations. Australia shouldn't be part of that.You mention its involvement in the nuclear sector. I guess the Australian government would argue this is to act as a deterrence rather than act as something that would be provoking nuclear war?The basic assumption of deterrence is that you want to convince the other side that if push comes to shove, if they cross some line, then you will actually use those nuclear weapons. Otherwise it doesn't make sense. In other words, deterrence is positive on the -- posited on the idea that nuclear weapon also be used. Gareth Evans perhaps the most successful Foreign Minister said that we survived the Cold War by sheer dumb luck because of its nuclear weapons. More and more countries have nuclear weapons. I think the question is that given that deterrence is a very fragile balance of terror, whether the other option chosen by 122 countries, in the United Nations a few months ago, to pro-hib bit nuclear weapons might be a better path to go on.So on this 50th anniversary of the facility, do you think it should be shut down? I think we should ask the Australian Government, the Australian Government should say to the Americans, there there are some things we agree with you, some things we want, but that activity is beyond the pale and we want you to close it down. If that can be done, there is a case for closing Pine Gap, but Australian governments are not famous for talking back to power. There are activities you would want to see dropped?Any contribution targeting on drone activities in countries with which Australia is not at war, there illegal activities and secondly anything related to the facilitation of nuclear war.How significant has its presence been t Pine Gap presence, to the local Alice Springs economy and the community?Very important. There are -- there are 850 people working there, roughly 2,000 people, maybe 2,500 connected directly. That's about 10% of the local population. It has a big effect on Alice Springs. The question people in Alice Springs asked me when I'm there is, well, is all this worth us being a target? It is a high priority target, certainly for the Russians and very likely for the Chinese.And should the North Korea situation be extra cause for concern?I don't think so. I think Pine Gap has a useful role in telling us what North Korea is doing. It will constrained not by Pine Gap, but North Korea will be capabilities
deterred by overwhelming capabilities in Asia with its allies.Will Pine Gap have played a very important role for the US in trying to keep an eye on what is going on in snk?It is watching them -- in North Korea? It will watch any kind of attack from North Korea. With South Korea being our fourth largest trading partner, we need to keep an eye on that. And South Koreas have said, we don't like North Korea but what we want even less is a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula.Thank you. Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender personnel from serving in the US military has been left with defiance by current and former troops around the world. Former Australian army lieutenant and transgender advocate Catherine McGyegor called on Defence Minister Marise Payne to rule out similar moves here.I wasn't surprised. It came out overnight, I wasn't anticipating the timing. It raises more questions than it answers. What is the status of those people who have come out since the ban was rescinded last year? What is the status of those allied nations who serve with the United States on operations now? If you are an Australian officer who has transitioned genders and serving in an American herebying? How comfortable can you feel with that? The Pentagon seem to be blindsided by issues, which is something of a characteristic by policies made by Twitter by this particular President. I think it is regrettable. I think the operational impact having for or against transgender people serve is minimal. The cost arguments about surgery are in the vast ocean of US defence funding is a tiny drop in the bek oat frankly. So does it counter vale the human rights argument that in a democracy any suitably qualified person - I'm not arguing for the dimiution of medical standards, you need to be fit for purpose. I served as a soldier before and answer transition. I think every person, trans or otherwise wouldn't want a colleague not medically fit for purpose in an operational or war theatre. No-one suggesting that should happen. I think its virtues signal of -- virtues signalling of the worse td order and kicking people who are patriotic and want to serve. I can't afford to be fragile. When you transition genders you know you will wear in abuse. I've lived with a lot of it from Christian fundamentalists especially and I'm not going to run around saying I've been triggered by it. It's impacted on trans kids and others. I have had people approaching me, what do I tell my kid? The fact it's happening in the United States, it's not happening here. I think it would be helpful for the Minister for Defence here to reiterate the policy and make clear that people are welcome to serve in our military. But yeah, regrettable. I'm not going to run around with my hair on fire. It's not unexpected. He's been indicating this kind of stuff for some time. I think the broader problem in relation to the status of trans people is that it will reopen the bathroom war, the people who think that people like me should use a male toilet, which I think is a deliberate attempt to expose us to violence and a coded attack on our very right to exist. I think that is where the next domino will fall. I think that's appalling. It's not every day a dozen US navy sailors are put to work in a Brisbane backyard, but the crew from USS Ronald Reagan has done that, making it easier for a 93-year-old local war widow. Audrey never expected to have her overgrown Brisbane backyard taken over by a team of American sailors. The memories are flooding back. So, yes, she will sit out there and look down and think it's wonderful.Her late husband Trevor Mead served in the RAAF in World War II. Daughter Donna's been responsible for the guarden's upkeep since her father died 25 years ago.Six months' work in one morning. Not bad.For us to come in and help with that process, the Bute fiation process, the -- beu - the beautification process, the aesthetics, you can't beat that. It's a great person to help out, the older person, who need help the most. Like giving back. 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 happiness to come out to meet the families of veterans who have given their life or helped serving their country. They have done such amazing work, all with a wonderful smile. This is one of many good deeds by the US sailors during their time here in Queensland. They say it's not just having a good time, but helping local communities. This is like how we build our relationship with others. We're not here to just party, but here to help as well. Highlighting the strength of the US-Australian alliance at a grass-roots level. A successful musical comedy performer and more recently author, but as dream careers go Richard Fidler says there's nothing to beat than a radio interviewer. Here is a sneak peak of his chat with Jane Hutcheon on this morning's episode of One Plus One. People who don't know the ins and outs of the media, I've spent a -- felt a duty of care. The media can be a horrible bully or a clumsy giant. It can, they can walk into the garden, knock down the house, tread over all the flowers and walk away and not be mindful of the damage it's done. So I've been mindful of that and tried to be respectful of that. I have found that when you ask questions that are of a personal nature t best way to do it is to walk alongside someone, not to confront them with it, but to sort of stand beside them and look at this thing, and ask them, so, what do you think? A very open question like that. And then people feel that they can speak with their best self result as a result and give you a really good answer. I think the obligation on me is to respect that answer. Those radio interviews are so good.

Paul Kennedy now with the latest sport. Good morning. So what is the situation with this cricket pay dispute now? It sounded like from that media conference yesterday that things were bad. But some people are interpreting it as a sign they're moving closer. I guess it is a strategy by Cricket Australia to say that let's hurry things up. We need a resolution now. They're saying it should go to a third party. And that it should be decided by some sort of independent body. Some industrial disputes are like that. And the cricket union and cricketers don't want that. They want mediation. We have that from David Warner's message on Instagram, saying that they have tried to go to mediation a couple of times. They still appear to me to be a fair way apart. One of the sentences in David Warner's statement was along the lines of, we're giving $30-odd million of our money to grass-roots. It's just a sweeping claim that doesn't make much sense to me. I know that they're advocating for money at community level as part of an overall deal, but is that the cricketers' money they're giving away? So it seems that both sides are still trying to out-manouvre the other side. Standard industrial action, I think, but it's getting to the point now where there's more at stake, the Australians are prepared to train for that bang will desh tour, but if they don't have a deal, they won't go to Bangladesh, I wonder how much the Australians are ultimately committed to it. They are training for it. They will go if they can. But if something has to go, lit be the Bangladesh tour. After that, well, the Ashes aren't too far away. England played South Africa overnight. They're into the third test of their series. They're playing cricket, albeit crawling along, I think they were 4/171 at stumps due to rain. But the arguments continue between the two teams. It appears the bigging point is still the share of revenue. Seems like Cricket Australia doesn't want to go there. The cricketers do.So Paul, are you convinced that Cricket Australia is in this fiercely fighting for more money for the grass-roots or does it want more money for administration? Well, I think that as I've said, the sticking point is the stuff about the revenue. Doesn't want the players to have a deal with they get the share of revenue, like they have had in the past. The AFL has gone the other way and given the players a right to have access to revenue. So the cricketers, I understand their thinking is that we have a share of revenue why give that back? We are the ones that put on the show. As to the other finer points I think we're guessing. That seems to be the big one. If they could settle that, it appears they would have an agreement soon after. How are the Australian women's basketballers going in the Asian competition?Very good. I should say they would be expected to go well in the Asia Cup, a new experience for them. They are progressing through. They won the quarterfinal last night, 81-48. In the second half the zone defence of the North Koreans got in the way of the Australian scoring. So it sounds like a blow-out, but they had to work hard in the second half. They play South Korea in the second half. The big bonus was qualification for the World Cup in Spain. I don't think there's much of a question mark about that. The Australian team would expect to do that. They go to world championships and win medals traditionally. Although we're waiting to see what the new era of Opals can achieve. Penny Taylor retired, and Lauren Jackson before here her. Alannah Smith had 20 points.In the rugby league, Josh Reynolds' underwear was a star.You think? Yes.Pretty bright.Yes, it was. Let's look at the tries and see if we can spy some underwear here. was. Let's look at the tries and see
if we can spy some underwear here. The Bulldogs' chances of going to the finals are caput. And we can see here... Not quite underwear there, more of your skins variety. You see plenty of that these days walking down the street with people using activewear for casual purposes.That is a Melbourne thing, Paul. Possibly. I'm sure you see some in Sydney. On the football field now. Des Hasler, no laughing matter for this coach who Des Hasler, no laughing matter for
this coach who expects high this coach who standards. He expects to make finals. But it hasn't gone well. The Panthers have won four in a row so are feeling better. As a new weekend of football is upon us, we can look forward it to.And putting aside Collingwood, which AFL game are you looking forward to most?I think it's Hawthorn and Sydney. So can't go past that clash. Not sure who you like in that. I know you're probably on the Swans' bandwagon, jumped off the Brisbane Lions, have you?You've always been fighting for the Lions over the years, but but it's a losing battle.They won a game last week. They're on a roll. Going OK. Good stuff.We will watch AFL. And NRL, rugby, and plenty of thor things. Lots of junior sport on my calendar. A report on Monday.ly give you the highlights.Thank you. Time for a check of the weather you the highlights.Thank you.
Time for a check of the weather with Nate. Time for a check of the weather On the satellite, a strong cold front bringing wet and wild weather to the south-west of the country. Cloud in the south-east as well. That is associated with a front and trough just moving through over NSW today. Let's look and the. -- around the states.

Cheers Nate. Polar bears have received a treat in Finland. Venus and her 8-month-old frolicked in the donated snow at a wildlife park in Lapland. A local ski centre donated the snow because of the unusually warm temperatures of 24. The weather should cool down in a few days. The bears having fun. We are expecting an announcement from the Defence Minister. We will bring that to you live in the next 15 minutes. Stick with us on ABC News.

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