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This program is live captioned by Red Bee Media. : Today: A Victorian man dies after the third shark attack in Queensland's Whitsundays in two months.CPR was ongoing for a very long time and every solid effort was made to try to save that man's life.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne set to visit Beijing off the back of a Government trade mission to Shanghai. US President Donald Trump on a 3-state blitz in the final hours of the mid-term election campaign. And crowds flock to Flemington despite the wet weather fort Melbourne Cup. -- for the Melbourne Cup. Hello and welcome to ABC News. I'm Kathryn Robinson. A 33-year-old man has died after a shark attack in North Queensland. Our reporter joins us now from Airlie Beach. What details do we know about the victim?Good afternoon. What we know is that the 33-year-old Victorian man, who has now become the third shark attack victim here in the Whitsundays in just a matter of weeks, was on the first day of a sailing holiday in the Whitsundays with ten friends when the attack took place. Police confirmed earlier this morning that the man and another woman on board the same vessel were taking turn paddle boarding at Cid Harbour when the man was mauled. Police said that the other people on board were all of medical background, including two doctors, who were able to administer first aid the minute he was taken from the area. They said that those on board did everything in their power to try to save this man's life.A very horrible situation for those people on board to deal with. But I know that between the people on board and the QAS officers and the paramedic and the rescue and the doctors, that they did everything imaginable to try to save the man. It's just - the injuries were so severe. Police also confirmed this morning that a combination of Whitsunday water Police, Queensland marine safety and Queensland Fisheries are out patrolling the water at Cid Harbour as we speak telling people not to go into the water. Queensland Fisheries hasn't said at this stage whether they'll drop new drum lines in the area. But we expect an update. The message at the port for people to stay out of the water at Cid Harbour.This is the third shark attack in a short period of time. What is the feeling in the community where you are?At the moment, the feeling in the community is devastation, outrage. People have been sending their condolences to the family and friends of this man who were only notified this morning of the terrible attack. But locals here have actually said that they're questioning these people who are hiring boats aren't being told not to go swimming in this area at Cid Harbour. It's apparently common knowledge that it's not a spot where you'd go swimming. It's a mud bottom area and a perfect breeding ground for sharks. They're questioning now why people who are hiring the boats aren't actually being informed of what's happening, or why better signage isn't in the area to tell people not to go in the water, and not to go in the water at the dangerous feeding times.Thank you. The Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, is set to travel to Beijing tomorrow for a 2-day trip. It's the first visit of an Australian Foreign Minister to the country in nearly three years. The Prime Minister seems optimistic that the trip will help defuse tensions. With more, I'm joined for more from our political reporter, Alex Beech. Does this signal a thawing in relations between Australia and China?That's certainly how the Government is framing this. The Prime Minister earlier today said that this was a positive development in relations between the two countries. We've seen things have been pretty cool over the past year in particular between China and Australia since the political debate over legislation to try to stop foreign interference in Australian politics. During that debate, China was raised quite a bit and Beijing didn't respond particularly well to that. Following that, we saw what looked a little bit like an informal ban on Australian ministers from travelling to China. And Julie Bishop, when she was Foreign Minister, certainly struggled to organise a meeting for 2018 on Chinese soil. But Marise Payne as Foreign Minister is a fresh face, and she did manage to meet with her counterpart, Wang Yi, on the sidelines of a United Nations event not that long ago. So she's hoping that she can follow on from that conversation in this more formal setting. And Scott Morrison this morning said that he's also very optimistic about the future here.We're getting on with business with China. That's what our Government is doing. And that means that business is important for Australia's future. It's creating the jobs. It's creating the success for our economy, which means we can pay for hospitals and schools and roads and all of the essentials that Australians rely on. Medicare - affordable medicines. We're getting on with business with China what our Government is doing and we're doing it in a constructive way. So, what's likely to be on the agenda for the Foreign Minister when she meets with her Chinese counterpart?Broadly, Marise Payne wants to try to shore up the relationship, because as she pointed out this morning, it is strategically important for stability in the region, but she's also said that given the Chinese trade expo is on, there could be opportunities for business, for tourism, for universities, off the back of this visit as well. But there are going to be a couple of challenging topics that come up too. For example, she said that she will raise human rights concerns about the construction of internment camps for a Muslim minority group. That's a difficult topic to on, but she said she's going to do -- that's a difficult topic to touch on, but she said she's going to do it in an appropriate way. And Scott Morrison said that he was frustrated with the Victorian Government for signing a memorandum of understanding with Beijing over the One Belt, One Road trade initiative without consulting with the Commonwealth, and that that hadn't been helpful. They're trying to create a warmer relationship but there could be some hurdles along the way. Thank you. The wet weather has caused some travel disruption on Melbourne Cup Day. Let's get the latest now from our reporter. What's the weather been like down there?Good afternoon. It hasn't been great. It's been pretty wet for most of the day. Sporadic downpours that have been heavier in parts. The frustrating thing for punters and race goers is where we were trying to catch the train to Flemington but passengers are being let off a station early. We're hearing that the Flemington station, or flat form 1, is currently flooded, and they're also experiencing power outages at the moment. So trains are not going to Flemington Station. If you are planning to catch the train, you'll be let off a little bit early. We're speaking to people at the moment who are told that they have to either walk the 20 minutes to Flemington and the Melbourne Cup, or try to get a cab or an Uber. A lot of punters expressing their frustration. Some are simply going home. We've had individuals we've seen, including one here at the station that I'm at, in a wheelchair. We've seen other people in crutches that are having to contend with this unexpected thing that has occurred this afternoon. But obviously, as you can understand, quite a lot of frustration from people today.And is it just the trains that are affected? Or are the roads flooding as well?It's difficult to say. I have been able to see on Twitter and social media that there are a number of smaller roads in the area that are slightly flooded. We've been at the rain station today and catching the train. I guess in terms of catching the train, and that is how many of the people that are choosing to go to the Melbourne Cup today are choosing to go. They're having to find out in real time. I mean, we were on the train. But communication wasn't great. People all of a sudden were getting off at the station and looking rather confused and asking staff here what's going on. It was when they were actually getting off the train that they were actually informed that we can't take you to Flemington and that you'll have to make your own way from here.How are you feeling?Wet!Will you soldier on?Yeah, we'll have a good day. We'll have a great day. When we get there.We have an umbrella. We're laughing.I'm not walking for 25 minutes in heels in the rain!People taking it in their stride but not the day to be walking 20 minutes in your heels. Any delays to the race because of the weather?Absolutely not. We are close enough to the race track that we can actually hear some of the calling. I know the first race was to begin at 10:50. I'm not sure if it actually jumped on time, but the racing is certainly under way. So a lot of people that were very keen to watch a lot of the racing, that's what they're going to the Cup for, are missing out.Any idea before we let you go when the Flemington platform train station will be reopened?I've been speaking to staff here and the information that they're getting at the moment is just that it is flooded and the trains won't be continuing, so I guess for the next indefinite period, we're not really sure how long it's going to take to fix that problem, we're told that they're pumping the water out, but as I mentioned earlier, the problem is that they're also dealing with power outages, so once they've pumped the water out, they'll have to get the power back on. The advice is that the train won't take you to Melbourne Cup and you'll have to make your own way to the show ground which is a 10-15 minute walk, so it might be best to make alternative arrangements if that is possible.Or pack your sneakers. Many thanks. Overseas and polls are set to open in the US mid-term elections, widely seen as a referendum on the presidency of Donald Trump. The mid-terms usually go against a sitting President and Mr Trump is likely to lose control of the House to the Democrats. The polls remain close and the major parties are fighting for victory on the last day of the campaign. Our Washington correspondent reports.

A final cut through a divided nation.There is something going on. There's an electricity like people have not seen since a date - 2016, November.Donald Trump hit four states over the weekend. Today, another three. Using the hot button issue of immigration to get his supporters out to vote.But the Democrats want to abolish us. They want America to be a giant sanctuary city for drug dealer, predators and bloodthirsty MS13 killers. Republicans believe America should be a sanctuary for law-abiding Americans - not criminal aliens. Former president Barack Obama dropped off doughnuts to democratic volunteers in Virginia. He's lost his voice from campaigning, but while some polls show Democrats with an almost certain chance of taking the House, after 2016, no-one is easing off.How we conduct ourselves in public life is on the ballot. How we treat other people is on the ballot.Democrats have focused their campaign on health amid a remarkable nationwide rebound in support for Obamacare. As voters grapple with the competing rhetoric, dozens of districts are within the margin of error.The House is what everyone will look for to flip, because that will entail what President Trump can do with legislation next year, as far as working with Congress and whether he's going to continue to work with Republican leaders or he's going to have to try to find compromise with Democrat leaders. You can stop the radical resistance in its tracks.Moderate Republicans are said to have urged the President to don't down his rhetoric and focus on the economy, especially after this campaign ad was pulled by TV networks, including Fox, because it was seen as racist.

But toning things down is not Donald Trump's way. The polls are now just hours away from opening. First results will start coming in on Wednesday morning in Australia. Iran's President has struck a defiant tone vowing to defy sanctions reimposed by the United States. The Trump Administration is taking a hardline approach to curb Tehran's nuclear program and its influence in the Middle East. It's day one of sweeping US sanctions on the Iranian regime at a time when millions are already in the grip of an economic crisis. TRANSLATION: Prices for clothes and shoes are high and a lot of people can't buy them any more.Iran's transport and energy sectors will be hit hard. The local currency, the rial, has collapsed, fuelling hyperinflation and demand for more money. TRANSLATION: The sanctions have greatly affected our lives 100%. Devaluation of the currency has endangered my life and the people's lives. The Trump Administration wants to take advantage of the unease by reimposing sanctions withdrawn three years ago in a deal with the Obama Administration.Our objective is to starve the Iranian regime of funding violent and destabilising activities throughout the Middle East, and indeed, around the world.Iran tested its air defences in a show of defiance. And its President is vowing to continue selling oil. TRANSLATION: We are in a situation of economic war confronting a bullying power. We will proudly by pass your illegal and unjust sanctions.Iran may find buyers among countries who don't agree with the sanctions. But US officials insist they will close loop holes and strictly enforce the restrictions. Iran right now is in the escape and evasion mode. They're going to try to get around the sanctions. We're determined to prevent that.For the people of Iran, it's clear life is about to get harder. Dozens of school children and three staff have been kidnapped from a school in Cameroon's north-west. Armed separatists forced their way into the school abducting 79 children. They were aged between 11 and 17 years old. The kidnappers have vowed to hold their captives until their goal of creating a breakaway Anglo-phone state is achieved. Hundreds of people have been killed in the majority French-speaking nation in the past year since separatists in the English-speaking north-west and south-west launched a rebellion. The Australian balm bass to the United Nations has called on to fully cooperate with investigations into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. It came during a UN hearing into the state of human rights in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi representative has defended the country's human rights record and vowed to prosecute those responsible for killing Mr Khashoggi. No details have been given on the status or whereabouts of the 18 Saudi nationals detained in connection with the case. Indonesian investigators have revealed that the Lion Air plane that crashed last week killing all 189 people on board had a faulty air speed indicator. Officials say that the device was damaged from the plane's last four flights. The information came from analysis of the flight data recorder. Indonesian authorities are asking the manufactureer, Boeing, and the counterparts, what can be done to prevent similar problems. Safety experts say it's too early to determine what caused the Lion Air flight to crash 13 minutes into its flight from Jakarta. Time for the day's finance news and I'm joined by our reporter Alicia Barry. And the RBA is putting its rates decision out today. Can we expect the status quo to remain? Yeah, there's very likely no surprises from the RBA today. Of course, the big race that stops the nation will keep most of Australia captivated, but economists and market analysts will be looking to the RBA which will release its decision around 40 minutes before the big race is run. The RBA is expected to keep interest rates on hold at 1.5% for the 27th month in a row. The reasons being a slowing property market, sluggish wages growth and higher household debt levels. The most commonly cited reasons why the RBA will keep rates steady. Although the unemployment rate fell to a 5-year low last month, as I mentioned, wages growth is still bumping around row lows. Inflation is below the RBA's target, and we saw retail sales figures coming in weaker than expected. Of the 39 economists surveyed by Reuters, all but one see the RBA keeping rates steady where they have been since 2016. And most of those polled don't think that we'll see any type of move from the RBA, most likely higher, until 2020.And how is the market doing today?It's a fairly strong session on the Australian share market. It's tracking optimism that we've seen across the globe and energy and mining, along with the healthcare sector, is leading the charge. We can see the All Ords currently up around 0.5%. So is the ASX 200. A quick look at the movers: around 0.5%. So is the ASX 200. A
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Thank you. Runner Mina Guli is on a days starting
mission to run 100 marathons in 100 days starting in New York. She's aiming to raise awareness of global water scarcity. Georgie Tunny caught up with Mina Guli during training for the gruelling challenge. So, for most of us, myself included, the thought of a morning run can be pretty daunting, but someone who is just putting all of those fears to the side, not even worrying about them, she's about to run 100 marathons in 100 days. Mina Guli, it is for a good cause. But tell us - why?It is amazing to be here and amazing to be in this amazing city, Melbourne, to be training to run 100 marathons in 100 dies. Even I can't believe I'm doing it. But I'm doing it for a reason to raise awareness about the water crisis. By 2030, there will be a 40% greater demand for water than the supply of water available.Why marathons? Why did you make that connection in how to raise awareness for this?I wanted to do something that made an impact. I wanted to do something that drew attention to the problem. And I wanted to do something that was so outside my comfort zone that I would show people just how much we can achieve when weI know you've done a number -- persevere.I know you've done a number of runs towards the goal.Do you think that you could have set yourself something shorter. 100? Why 100?I've had some pretty dark times when I've been out running in different parts of the world. I've met people. I've seen things that have been harrowing. I have pushed myself to my own limits. That's been really hard. And in those moments, what drives me to continue is actually thinking about the next generation. I want them to have a planet where they have enough water forever. I want a planet where they have enough water to achieve their dreams. I want a planet where water doesn't even factor in to their consideration about their daily lives. I want to create a planet where you don't have to be anyone to be someone. Where these kids can fulfil all their dreams, not just for their generation, but for generations to come. We need to make saving water famous, and I need to do whatever it takes to get there.So whereabouts are these marathons going to take you? You're going all across the world?I'm going to start in the US and then I'm going to run through Europe and through there's a -- Uzbekistan. Then India, Hong Kong, China, the Middle East, running from Israel, Palestine and Jordan. Through Ethiopia, down to South Africa. Australia, Chile, Bolivia, Peru. It sounds crazy when I say it like this. And then across America to finish.What's some of your tips for people who may be on fitness journeys and trying to get into running? What would you recommend?I think, there are a couple of things that helped me. The first one is, I used to think that I had to go out there and break all the speed records and run really fast, and I used to completely die. The reality is, if you go out and take it generally and slowly and you literally smell the roses or you go out with your friends, and you make it fun and pleasant, it actually is not bad.Thank you for joining us on News Breakfast. Good luck with everything. We will be following your progress as you go throughout the world, hopefully raising a lot of awareness for a very, very worthy cause. Thank you. Thank you. Georgie Tunny with that report. Now for more sports news, I'm joined on the desk by Shannon Byrne. The latest on the Melbourne Cup?Wet weather is the talking point overnight and this morning. Yes, race 2 and 3 have been pushed back after jockeys struggled to see in the first race. News still coming through that it won't affect the 3:00pm local time of Melbourne for the Melbourne Cup. The 158th running of the Melbourne Cup. At this stage, it won't affect that time. But yes, it's going to be probably affecting the odds in terms of the track considerably chopped up after a couple of races now. We have to wait until race 7, the $4 million Melbourne Cup. English stayer Magic Circle is now second favourite behind Yucatan. But what a great story, I think every single horse has. But I know if the owner of Magic Circle wins, we will be seeing his... He predicts and promises that he'll run around in a pink G-string. But more important for Yucatan, Aidan O'Brien has three horses and the Irishman was second last year to his son in Rekindling, if you remember that great moment. So now he's trying to go one better. He has the favourite, but I think the weather will still be keeping a close eye throughout the afternoon as to what happens up until 3:00, because that will significantly change. You know, some of the horses haven't actually run the distance of 3,200 metre, which is what the Melbourne Cup is. So I think that there is some interesting things still to play out with what happens with the weather and we'll have to sit and wait with that thunderstorm expected this afternoon. But yeah, the Melbourne Cup - 24 horses. No-one has been scratched at this stage, but yes, that's the beauty of the Melbourne Cup. It always throws a surprise in somewhere.Chaos on and off the track. Obviously the trains and platforms have been shut at Flemington and chaos on the roads as well. Obviously they need to keep safety front and foremost, and if the jockey visibility is an issue, that they'll obviously be looking to keep that front and centre.Jockey and horse is paramount as to what they decide.Moving to basketball and United upset Andrew Bogut's home coming.Melbourne born Andrew Bogut, a man who has played 752 NBA games and coming back to Australia. He signed with the Sydney Kings, but they did spoil his return last night in Melbourne. It was a full hours. No Chris Goulding, but that didn't matter for the Melbourne United defending champions and they really opened up in the first quarter is when they did the damage. They had a better 6-point opening term and in the end, only won by seven points. So a close encounter for three-quarters. It was 77 to the Sydney Kings. DJ Kennedy scored for United, 24 points and ten reand for Bogut, he had eight points and 15 rebounds.Before we let you go, bad news for a young Socceroo playing overseas?It's just been confirmed himself, Daniel Azani who signed with Celtic in the middle of August, he went on to the pitch for his debut five days ago. He lasted 20 minutes in his cameo, and unto are that, he has confirmed -- and unfortunately confirmed that he has done an ACL injury and it will require surgery. That is anything from 9-12 months out of the game. Huge blow for the young Socceroo. Really looking towards him being a vital part of January's Asian Cup after being the youngest player at the World Cup. So it was a terrific debut for him at the World Cup. Went on to Celtic and only lasted 20 minutes and a huge blow. He even wrote on his Instagram and he's sorry it only lasted 20 minutes. So he said that the road to recovery starts today and he's got a good head on his shoulders, so good luck to him. Also Socceroos Aaron Mooy played this morning for Huddersfield and they had a win over Fulham. It was a bottom of the table clash and Huddersfield's first win for the English Premier League season so far. And finally, good luck to the para ice hockey team today. The World Championships kick off today in Pool C against Finland and China. It's the debut time for Australia at these Para Ice Hockey Championships. Good luck to them and we'll keep a close eye on them.Over in Finland? Yes.Thank you. Let's take a quick look at the national weather details now:

These are the top stories on ABC News: A man has died from his injuries in the 3rd shark attack in less than two months off Queensland's Whitsundays coast. The 33-year-old man was mauled swimming off a boat at Cid Harbour close to the area where a woman and a child were attacked in September. He was transported to hospital in a critical condition and later died. The Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne will be in China this week as diplomatic relations between the two nations begin to thaw. Senator Payne has been invited for a 2-day visit to Beijing, including talks with China's Foreign Minister. Diplomatic ties have been strained by Australia's rejection of foreign investment bids and a crackdown on foreign interference. US President Donald Trump has urged Republicans to turn out for tomorrow's mid-term elections in order to keep his political movement going. Most polls suggest that the Republicans will maintain control of the Senate, but could lose the House to the Democrats. The vote is being seen as a verdict on the President's first two years in office. And thousands of racing fans are gathering at Flemington racecourse for the running of the Melbourne Cup this afternoon. Yucatan is the short-priced favourite to win the race. The weather bureau says showers and thunderstorms are expected into the afternoon. The US mid-term elections being viewed as a chance for voters to pass judgement on Donald Trump's presidency. The Democrats are hoping to retake control of the House of Representatives, while Republicans are seeking to tighten their grip on the Senate. Jay Newton-Small is from Time magazine in Washington. She says Democratic gains could have a long-lasting impact on elections. Traditionally, higher voter turn-out benefits the Democrats and I will say that Democrats see higher turn-out in early voting, compared to Republicans who tend to vote more on the day of elections, so you do see a fairly large surge here, and voting for mostly the Democratic side early on. That said, you've also seen historic amounts of Republicans voting early on. The turn-out seems to have risen all votes in this particular case, but slightly more so for Democrats. I mean, statistically speaking, it's hard for the Republicans to maintain the house at this point. So many seats either lean Democratic or are safe Democratic. You have more than 40 house republicans who have retired this cycle, a lot in moderate districts, which has opened up an opportunity for Democrats that you didn't see some just after the 2016 election. So those retirements have really meant the difference for Democrats this cycle. We'll see if they can fully capitalise on it but given the amount of fundraising they have, the quality of the candidates they've recruited and the polling going into this race, it looks like the Democrats are heavily weighted to win the house. It would be a huge wrench into Trump's plans, first of all legislatively. It means he will not be able to pass a terribly huge amount of legislation. Certainly, he would have to get the cooperation of a Democratic house in order to do so which would be, I think, incredibly difficult at this stage, given the hyperpartisan nature of politics these days. Even worse, the Democrats would then have subpoena power to investigate the President and his Cabinet and his presidency moving forward, so you can be sure that the Democrats woo will use that quite a lot and investigate a lot of aspects of the Trump presidency. Whether anything from the Bob Mueller-Russian collusion investigation, to whether or not the interior secretary, as he's been accused of doing, has embezzled or defrauded the department of interior of a lot of money. So there's a lot, of sort of, out there for them to investigate. I think there is a real sense in America today - and you see this in voter turn-out numbers - that this is a very important election and this is a referendum on the President and his policies that have been so polarising in his first two years in office. And so people believe that if they can effectively elect a check on him, you know, turn at least one chamber, if not both chambers of Congress, turn a number of the gubernatorial elections that this could have an impact, not only on his presidency, but also remember that this coming up, 2020, is a redistricting year. And so if you have Democrats coming into a position of power in a redistricting year they can really have a long-term, decade long impact on these elections. And so having this referendum be on Trump, for them, is a positive and they believe that they can effect change, not just in the short term, but also in the long term here.Jay Newton-Small from Time magazine in Washington. Back home now and police are warning people not to swim at Chute or Cid Harbours at Queensland's Whitsundays after a man died from a shark attack. The 33-year-old have Victoria was on a sailing holiday with a group of friends when he was bitten on the leg and wrist yesterday afternoon. Twoor people were attacked in the same area in September. Daniel Gschwind is chief executive of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council and he joins us now from Brisbane. Daniel, thanks for your time.Good morning, Kathryn. Now, this attack comes just six weeks after two tourists were mauled in September, an extremely tragic outcome in this case yesterday. How are authorities handling this latest tragedy?Well, I think they're going through this very me Clearly this is a -- methodically. Clearly this is a situation that is unprecedented in many ways. We have seen these attacks and now a fatal attack. Our I is always, of course, with the friends and families of the victim here. What is important now is for the management authorities to investigate what is actually going on because we haven't seen this kind of phenomenon in the past.Can you shed a light on why we're seeing more attacks in this area?Look, I think there is a great question mark over this. What I can say with certainty is that the commercial operators who do welcome guests to the Whitsundays and send them out, in this case on charter boats sometimes their own vessels, they are all informed very carefully of all the risks that are associated with an environment that many people are not used to and certainly those briefings have been updated since the first attacks recently. So everybody is given a whole wealth of information of what to do and what not to do. So that's important, because our commercial operators take their duty of care for the visitors very, very seriously. But we need to now have the scientific background and investigation of what is casing this sudden spike of attacks-in-and interactionwise sharks. We simply do not know why this is occurring and what is responsible for it.Daniel, speaking to our reporter on the scene earlier this hour about the community response to this, she indicated that perhaps the information is not getting out there to people, tourists, who are hiring these boats and where it is and is not safe to swim. I can tell you categorically - without referring to the specific case - and I have spoken to charter operators as recently as this morning - the information provided is very specific and very clear about the risks, including those associated with sharks and wildlife interactions generally. I mean, of course, we have to remember there is other people who go out on the reef in their own vessels. There are other people who may not perhaps occasionally be fully aware of the importance of the messages they're given. That is possible. But the commercial operators are very, very focused on their responsibility. Apart from the education aspect to make these waters safer, what else can be done?I think we do need scientific research into what is going on here. It is clearly in the interests - not only in finding some answers for the family of this victim here on what has occurred through the coroner - but it's also a broader environmental issue we need to address. What kind of shark species is responsible for these attacks. Why are they suddenly more aggressive, apparently? Why are there such numbers there? Has it anything to do with the human interaction that takes place? Are other environmental factors at play? We need a bit more research before we go in and respond with, perhaps, ineffective measures.were installed following those -- drum lines were small following those two attacks in September. They've since been removed. Would you support a call to have those drumlines reinstalled?I would support a scientifically based response to this. The drumlines - my understanding is they caught tiger sharks. There are questions over whether it even was tiger sharks responsible for the original attacks, let alone this current attack here. So I think rather than just responding by a measure that may satisfy the public expectation of the government doing something, we need measures that are actually effective in addressing the issue. Four tourists have drowned in the last three days in northern Queensland waters. How would you actress these sorts of tragedies? Again, it comes down to the information. We have to recognise that many of our visitors, both domestic and international visitors, are not familiar with the environments they find themselves in. That can be the beach. It can even be the swimming pool for some people, a novelty perhaps not used in their own countries - to spend so much time in the water. It can be the roads, the outback roads. It can be any kind of forest setting with wildlife that people are not used to. We do have a responsibility to make people aware of that. In relation to water safety one of the greater risk environments, we at the Queensland Tourism Industry Council have worked with Surf Life Saving Queensland, for instance, to again this year, only a few weeks ago released a handbook for all tourism operators to be better informed in relation to what they should tell their visitors and all tourism operators and all people in the supply chain have a responsibility to make sure that our visitors have the right information to make responsible decisions.So I guess it's a shared responsibility, a collaborative process, in this supply chain that you just mentioned. Would it be an idea to have people welcomed into our country with these handbooks at the airport?Well, look, there are all kinds of touch points and that may be one of them. You're quite right. We have also conceded - and occasionally it has been implemented - videos on planes when people fly into the country, when they hire cars, when they check into hotels - all of these touch points are really, really important and I can assure you that the tourism operators are very conscious of their responsibilities, but we also have to recognise that, you know, we all, as consumers, also have a responsibility to occasionally listen to those messages and that's tricky when you have people on holidays. They're in a good mood. They're focused on other things, so to sell them a message that's very serious is a skill and a tricky business and we have to all share the responsibility, as you say. Daniel Gschwind, chief executive of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, thank you for your insight today.Thank you very much. Council, thank you for your insight
today.Thank you very much. In a rare move, today.Thank you very much.
In a rare move, the Queensland State Government has overruled a local council planning decision to get a billion-dollar proposal on a remote island off the ground. Proponents say the development is a game-changer but the council that rejected it says they're worried it will flop. This remote chunk of land is being touted as Queensland's next big thing.This project is one of the most exciting and ambitious tourism projects ever to be undertaken in Australia.Eton Place has been trying to develop Hummock Hill Island for more than a decade. The $1.2 billion proposal includes 2,500 units, 770 of them permanent homes. The local council thinks that's too ambitious and, in May, knocked it back.It is not an eco-resort, by a large it's a residential subdivision in a beautiful part of the world, but the middle of nowhere.But the State Government has gone in and it can go ahead. It's the first time they've executed step-in powers in four years.When it's of important value to Queensland and the state, we will exercise those powers. We are entering what could be called a golden age for tourism in Queensland.But a lot needs to happen first. You can only get to the island at low tide. For anyone to get to the resort at other times, the developer will need to build a bridge as well as hook up basic vital services like water and power. You're looking at a development in the middle of nowhere. No water, no sewerage, no roads, no bridges. So what does this do to our community? It's a bit of a concern.The approval comes at a time when other island resorts up and down the Queensland coast sit empty and abandoned. The Government's given Eton Place two years to start building and it still needs to get financed.We think it's feasible. We wouldn't be proceeding unless we didn't think we could do it in that time frame.Local business-owners say they'll believe that when they see it.This has been going on for many, many years and there's a lot of sceptics out there that think that it won't happen in our lifetime so I guess we'll wait and see.The state's development approval is final and cannot be appealed. Two high-profile Australian politicians are visiting China this week, fuelling speculation that relations between the two countries are thawing. The Foreign Minister will visit Beijing on Thursday, breaking a year-long ministerial freeze imposed by China's government. To discuss why we're seeing an upturn in Australia-China relations, I'm joined by Hans Hendrischke from the University of Sydney. Thank you very much for your time today. Marise Payne will be the first Foreign Minister to visit China in just under three years. Why has China's Foreign Ministry invited her, do you think? I think China wants a thaw in the relations. The election is coming up here. So I think it's important for China to get it out of the headlines and to create some bipartisanship.So why four?Well, this is basically the best time. It coincides with China being under pressure from the United States and that being a fairly unpredictable situation, so there's, on the one side, the trade aspect, that's growing and where China again sent signals it wanted the minister to come. On the other side, China is trying to put the relationship on speaking terms again, which we didn't have for three years, basically.Why were we frozen out originally?From the Chinese side, there was a distinct feeling that China was being presented as a hostile country, that security aspects were exaggerated, risks were exaggerated - like, that for example, students were spying on Australia. We have 9,000 students in business schools. We are educating a generation of Chinese leaders so to put that in the perspective that all of that was part of hostility made the Chinese worried that relations were really turning bad.Is it just the sense that the headlines that we used to read a few months ago when Malcolm Turnbull was Prime Minister, of Chinese interference, we haven't really seen much of that in recent months, has that fuelled their appetite to perhaps bring us out of the doghouse?Well, I think they've seen the Australian side that efforts were made. Malcolm Turnbull at the end of his term really did come around and try to set things straight. The new government came in and tried to calm things down. The minister, Marise Payne, I think has made a very strong gesture by saying that relations with China should be constructive, they should be based on shared interests - that is common interests - and on respect. Now, that's something that probably wouldn't have been said a few months ago when it was all a question that we have to share the same values and China has to turn our way. I think this was a big signal that is registered by the Chinese as a signal that things should move on. Do you think the change in government is going to help nurture the change in relationship?I think it has, yeah.And it will? Do you attribute that to Scott Morrison? Whether it will lead to a visit by Scott Morrison to China later this year - that's, I think, an open question. That probably will depend on the talks that Marise Payne will be having in Beijing, but I think it's certainly a signal that the Chinese want to improve the relationship with the new government. And I think also the bipartisan aspect is important, that it is kept - the China relationship is kept out of the headlines for the upcoming election.We see Simon Birmingham, the Trade Minister, over at the trade expo at the moment. This trade expo, we heard President Xi overnight saying he wants to keep the door open and it might open even further. Is he in a position to say that because of what's going on with the trade tensions with the United States?Yes, I think the whole purpose of that trade fair was to give a signal to the United States - and it's really for the United States primarily - to say, "We are open. We want to buy American goods. We are willing to import more." And of course it has to be packaged in a more global framework, so that it's not just the United States, but it's a broad opening, and there's different aspects to it, most of which will have a very positive effect on Australia. So it's opening industries where we are already strong, but want to grow - such as health, education, agriculture, services. These are important areas for Australia and they were all mentioned by Xi Jinping. And then there's the other question of these are industries but the whole question of non-tariff trade barriers, where, again, Australia will be affected in terms of our agricultural export, quarantine regulations, e-commerce. These are things where we will automatically benefit from this general opening. What could potentially derail what looks like this relationship getting back on track?Well, I think the... On the Chinese side - that was something we had a university dialogue with people in the strategy sphere in Beijing University who advise government. Their concern was that please, as Australians, do not get caught in this dichotomy that you have to be either pro-Chinese or pro-American, but try to protect your own interests and areas you want to maintain and where you want to have a good relationship. And on that basis, we are keen to work with you." So the only thing that could derail it is that we are, again, forced into choices, kind of doing deals with China or business with China you can then not do business with the United States. This dichotomy, I think, could derail the project but I think on all sides there's a clear awareness that this is not what we want to happen.You are off to China later. All the best on your trip.Yes.Hans Hendrischke, thank you for your time today.Thank you.Australians are now able to serve in the British Armed Forces without having lived in the UK. Britain's military is suffering low recruitment numbers and had to relax the parameters who could join. Until now, Commonwealth citizens could only apply to join the British Armed Forces if they'd resided there for at least five years. The UK hopes the changes will see an extra 1,300 Commonwealth recruits. Well, ahead of this week's centenary of the end of the First World War, Australia has gifted two stone lions to the Belgian city of Ypres to honour its dedication to remembering Australian soldiers killed on the front line. The statues are replicas of the city's original Menin Gate lions that stood during the war and were donated to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra in 1936. Memorial chairman Kerry Stokes paid tribute to the bond shared between Australia and Belgium, as the monuments were unveiled at a ceremony in Ypres. Just as the guardian lions have guarded this entry to the city, they are iconic touch stones, of the values we share as countries. It's appropriate, then, that I formally offer this gift of the exact marble replicas of the lions back to the city from the Australian Government and the Australian people. Kerry Stokes and the Australian people.
Kerry Stokes speaking there. and the Australian people.
Kerry Stokes speaking there. Australia is joining countries across the world in commemorating 100 years since the end of the Great War, World War I. The BBC's Allan Little reflects on how Britain's understanding of the war and its consequences has been transformed over the past century. No war in history had demanded so much, mobilised so many, or killed in such numbers. And when it was over, the men who fought it began asking questions that have never gone away. What was it for? And was it worth it? We remember them now with public reverence, but the way we think about the war they fought has changed dramatically in the 100 years since it ended. This is Dryburgh Abbey in the Scottish Borders where Britain's military commander, Earl Douglas Haig is buried. Haig's reputation has risen and fallen over the century as each new generation reinterprets the First World War in the light of its own values. By the 1960s, Haig wasn't a national hero any more, he was a public villain, the of the Somme, who had sent hundreds of thousands of -- Butcher of the Somme, who had sent hundreds of thousands of young men to their deaths needlessly. In this version, the war was, above all, futile. In 1917, the war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon met here at Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh, but it wasn't until the 1960s, the age of emerging youth culture, Vietnam and antiwar sentiment, that their depiction of the horror and pity of the war gained widespread popular traction. It timed well, both in terms of the cultural narrative, but also the military-political scene within the world at that time and all of those things have come colliding together and given Owen a renaissance and a rebirth and that message of futility is really strong in people's narrative of that time. The Britain that emerged from the Armistice would never be the same. The war had had a powerful democratising effect. For the men who fought it came home to demand a new place in society for the common citizen. We were promised lands for heroes to live in and all that sort of thing. But when we came home, we found nothing. There was no cheering, no singing. We were drained of all emotion, really. That's what it amounted to, you see.They started marching round the camp, singing out, "We want food! We want money!"The government was obviously very concerned about what would happen when the guys came back, particularly because the Labour Party had grown and then there'd been the Russian Revolution in 1917, so they were really scared there'd be some social uprising. By the time the term "citizenship" comes into use in the '20s and '30s, that had never been there before because the British were subjects of the Crown, they weren't citizens. I think that is something new after the war.They thought they had fought the war that would end all wars. They had not. But the Britain we inherit today, its citizens' democracy, grew out of their extraordinary sacrifice. Well, back home and rain has greeted crowds at Flemington Racecourse for the Melbourne Cup. Organisers say it won't dampen the spirits at the big race. Katharine Murphy joins us from trackside. Catherine, how has the weather affected the track?It has been incredible. There has been a deluge of rain over the past few hours. Now, just to give you an idea of how much that has affected the track, let's look at what the track was at this morning. So this morning, ironically, no rain on the track overnight so they had to water it and it was a good 4, it was set to be perfect. Since then it has been downgraded to a heavy 8. Now, 10 is the worst possible grading you can have on a racetrack, so going from 1, as in firm, to complete saturation in 10, it stopped at a heavy eight. We're hoping now that the rain has finally stopped, as you'll see, behind me, that some of that water will get the chance to drain off the track. So the good news is racing is now back on schedule, we should have the Melbourne Cup at the time it is supposed to stop the nation - that is 3:00pm - and we should have a better grading by then.OK. So which horses might go better in the wet, in this really heavy track?Well, it really does have a huge effect on how the horses run and which performs better. The Godolphin horses are known for performing well in the wet, including the Caulfield Cup-winner Best Solution, trained by Saeed bin Suroor. He's never won a Melbourne Cup and he'll be desperate to win his first. Another Godolphin horse that goes well is trained by James Cummings - well known in racing circles, that name, and he's the grandson of the great Bart Cummings. He trained the great Avilius and what a story it would be if it takes advantage of the wet. Now another repercussion could happen - I don't know if this is a threat or a promise - but the owner of Magic Circle has declared that if his horse wins the Melbourne Cup, he will receive it in a very tiny female undergarment that I didn't plan to have to talk about on ABC News today. But he is backing up that promise to do it and who knows what the rain will do to that?He's definitely a colourful Clark, that owner there. We are almost out of time but before we let you go, tell us about the favourite for today's race.Well, of course, Yucatan is the favourite, trained by Aidan Ryan. His main man and travelling foreman TJ Comerford gave us access all morning to watch Yucatan prepare. Yucatan is incredibly relaxed, had a great stroll-out with The Cliffsofmoher this morning. You can't back against this horse. Aidan O'Brien has never won a Melbourne Cup. His son won on his first attempt last year with Rekindling and he's desperate to win his first Melbourne Cup. Now, he is watching from Barbados and, as I offered on News Breakfast this morning, I'm more than happy to fly over and interview him if, indeed, he wins his first Melbourne Cup and you can come with me.Oh, thank you! I was just about to say I'll do that. Thank you all the same. We'll talk to you soon. Now for a check of the to you soon.
Now for a check of the weather Now for a check of the weather with Nate Byrne. We've seen some rainfall in the south-east as we prepare for that Melbourne Cup race and it's set to continue, perhaps right up until the race starts, all thanks to this broadband of cloud extending from the north-west of the country right down into the south-east. Meanwhile, further north, some troughs trapping lots of heat. That's increasing the fire danger and we're looking at tops of 40 and more right through the north and down into the south of Queensland, where we've got severe fire danger. Also, similar conditions for the north-east of New South Wales and very high fire danger around that and also in the west. Taking a look at the rainfall, you can see how much is expected out of that system in the south-east. Fairly decent falls, perhaps heavier with warnings current, but we expect around 50mm. Tomorrow, rain will continue through New South Wales and the south of Queensland as well. And there will be more hefty totals.

That's ABC News for now. Coming up: An update on the defamation case involving Geoffrey Rush and the latest from Flemington.

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