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Historic Indigenous summit rejects constitutional recognition, demands process leading to treaty  

Fifty years after Australia voted overwhelmingly in support of a referendum recognising Aboriginal people, an historic summit of Aboriginal leaders at Uluru has categorically rejected further constitutional recognition, demanding instead a process leading to a treaty between the Commonwealth and the nation's first people. The three days of talks have produced what's been called the Uluru Statement of the Heart, which also calls for the creation of a new representative body reporting to federal parliament.

Govt again rules out Royal Commission into violence against Australians with a disability  

The Federal Government says it's already acting to set up a new national body, which will deal with safety concerns for disabled people in care. The Government's rejected Labor's call today for a royal commission into violence and abuse perpetrated against disabled Australians. The Greens have long called for a royal commission and have welcomed Labor's announcement. But the Social Services Minister, Christian Porter, says a Safety and Quality Commission will be operating from next year as part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and another inquiry was not necessary.

Catholic bishops criticised for slow response on confession question  

Australia's Catholic bishops are facing criticism for failing to swiftly clarify a crucial issue raised on the child sex abuse Royal Commission - can a priest report a child is being sexually abused when the child has revealed the abuse at confession?

Will motorists benefit from a surprise drop in the price of oil?  

The price of crude oil has fallen heavily over the past 24 hours, following a highly anticipated meeting by the world's most powerful oil cartel - OPEC. The cartel, until recently, was trying to push the price lower, but has since being trying to raise the price of crude, largely for the benefit for Saudi Arabia. So if the price keeps falling, will Australian motorists benefit?

Virtual school supports out-of-home care students in Victoria  

The Victorian Government has established Australia's first virtual school for children in out of home care. The Lookout Centre was trialled in the south-west region and then rolled out state-wide this year to help vulnerable students. The peak advocacy group hopes the program could be expanded nationally and continue to break down barriers for at-risk kids.

'I want kids to fall in love with reading': author Andy Griffiths  

The popularity of e-readers is often coupled with prediction that the paperback is headed for an inevitable demise. While technology has changed the publishing industry, children's and young adult books in print continue to have strong sales in Australia, the UK and US. Antoinette Lattouf speaks with Australian best-selling kids author Andy Griffiths about the future of children's storytelling ahead of his appearance at the Sydney's Writer's Festival.

Calls to overhaul vocational training sector after Careers Australia enters voluntary administration  

There's renewed calls for an overhaul of the vocational education training sector, after thousands of students and staff were left stranded from the troubled Careers Australia. The education provider has been placed into voluntary administration because it doesn't have sufficient funds to meet payroll and other costs. The Federal Government says students will be protected, but some in the education sector say it's also to blame for the mess.

RSL whistleblower to be welcomed back  

PM understands a whistleblower fired from RSL New South Wales will be welcomed back into the organisation by its new leadership. Captain James Brown has been elected to lead the 38,000 strong organisation, which is currently being investigated by New South Wales police and the charities regulator, over a number of financial misconduct allegations. Several weeks ago, the CEO Glenn Kolomeitz was sacked over an alleged breach of contract - a claim he denies. The new President, James Brown, is expected to make big changes at the league - and the case of Glenn Kolomeitz is near the top of that list.

Anti-obesity campaigns slowed by flawed food ratings  

Researchers say the Health Star system cannot be trusted, despite being a key weapon in Australia's fight against obesity. Two years after replacing the controversial Heart Foundation Tick as the primary food rating found on supermarket products, the stars have found themselves rating items such as oven baked hot chips higher than fresh apples. Public health organisations have also been fragmented in their positions, making it harder to criticise big transnational food corporations.

Australia warned it's being outspent and outpaced by China in the Antarctic  

Australia is being urged to increase its budget for the Antarctic, as a major meeting to discuss the frozen continent gets underway in China this week. Forty-two per cent of Antarctica is claimed by Australia, but it's being outspent and outpaced by other countries like China. China's pushing ahead with plans for a fifth research base, and is not ruling out exploiting Antarctica's resources in the future.

Business PM  

On business PM tonight: Changes to media ownership laws and another horror week for the Australian retail sector, with the collapse of Topshop of Topman Australia.

More overnight raids and arrests over Manchester bombing  

Police have carried out more raids as part of their investigation into the Manchester attack. 22 people, including the bomber, were killed by the blast at an arena concert earlier this week. There are now eight people in custody in connection to the attack, after two more people were arrested today, and a woman was released without charge. And the BBC is reporting that British police have stopped sharing information about the bombing with US authorities, following leaks of details of the investigation which have angered the government.

Constitutional recognition: fringe group walks out of talks saying their voice was not being heard  

At Uluru, delegates at the national constitutional convention are at a crucial point of talks to formulate a position on a possible referendum model. Tomorrow the delegates will make their view known. But there's been a split - a fringe group walked out of the talks today, saying their voice was not being heard.

Former Senator Bob Day avoids paying debts to the Commonwealth  

The Senate and Finance Departments requested Bob Day pay back salaries, allowances and staff payments, after the High Court ruled he wasn't eligible for election. However he asked for the debt to be waived, and the Government has agreed to do so.

Principals lobby Senators over school funding changes  

The political stoush over school funding is heating up as the Federal Parliament continues to debate the Government's planned changes. The Government wants to overhaul arrangements by setting out its funding contribution to public and private schools in legislation. But the Opposition and the Education Union are fighting against the plan - arguing it's $22 billion less compared to what Labor promised over the next decade. To bolster its case the union has brought a delegation of principals and parents to Parliament House to lobby crossbench Senators directly.

Jakarta bombing linked to IS, Indonesian police say  

With three of their own dead and five injured after another suicide bombing in Jakarta, Indonesian police have now linked the attackers with the Islamic State group. The detonated devices - which also wounded five civilians - appear to have been pressure cookers packed with shrapnel.

Topshop's demise could be a sign of the times  

Is the bricks and mortar style of retail fashion under more threat than ever in Australia? The demise of yet another big-name fashion retailer - the British label Topshop - has come as no surprise to other retailers or consumers. High overheads and low consumer spending has caused Topshop to be placed into voluntary administration. And with an effective retail recession taking hold, analysts say it won't be the last.

Victoria's Premier says sorry to Chinese community for 'shameful act' during gold-rush  

Victoria's Premier has apologised to the state's Chinese community for what he called an unwelcome government policy during the gold-rush. A commemoration service was held in Melbourne today to honour immigrants who walked from South Australia to Victoria's goldfields to avoid a tax. The 10-pound charge imposed on the Chinese forced them to endure the 400-kilometre journey and the state government has said sorry for the first time.

Dreamworld flags expanding and creating entertainment precinct  

The Gold Coast's tourism industry and local government have welcomed a pitch for an extended entertainment precinct at Dreamworld. Executives are considering the investment, after a drop in visitor numbers and revenue since last year's fatal tragedy.

'Texas bathroom bill': mental health of transgender children at risk, advocates say  

Advocates have raised concerns about the mental health of transgender children as debate continues in the Unites States about where they go to the toilet. A decision is due in the coming days on the so-called Texas bathroom bill, which is continuing to divide Americans.

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