News in 5: Mum, son survive 10 days in wild; Bishop is Acting PM; More Weinstein accusers.

1. Mother and son lost in the wilderness for 10 days forced to drink their own urine.

Michelle Small and her son Dylan. Image via Sunday Night.

It was October 2 and Michelle Small, 40, and her son Dylan started on a two-hour bush walk in New South Wales' Mount Royal National Park.

Suddenly, without realising how it happened, they were lost. Stranded in the bush with no food or water and no way to call for help.

For 10 days they wandered, hoping to find their way back, trying desperately to stay alive. Now, Michelle and Dylan have spoken about the ordeal that left them hospitalised for more than a week receiving treatment for dehydration, exhaustion, tick and leech bites, scratches and rashes.

Speaking to Channel Seven's Sunday Night, Michelle said the pair were forced to drink their own urine in order to stay alive.

"I needed to find something, even if it is just for him, just enough for him to have just that moisture in his mouth," Michelle said.

She said she learnt the survival tip watching adventurer Bear Grylls on his television how Man vs Wild.

"I'm glad I paid attention when we were watching it because I remember him doing it and saying that you can," she said.

"I said, 'mummy will go first', and I said, 'you’ve got to keep thinking apple juice. Just think apple juice'."

The pair used Michelle's phone case as a receptacle and made do until the eighth day, when they found a small pool of water.


"[The urine] tastes like salt water," Michelle said. "Bear Grylls drank it four times and stayed alive for five days drinking that wee."

The pair were found on October 12 after they stumbled upon a trail that led them out of the bush. "We just looked at each other and we cried and hugged because I knew we were out," Michelle said.

Their story also caught the attention of Bear Grylls himself.

"You don't have to be the biggest or the strongest, you've just got to be the smartest and the most tenacious," he told Sunday Night.

2. Sopranos actress accuses Harvey Weinstein of rape.

Actress Annabella Sciorra, of the Sopranos, is alleging she was raped by Harvey Weinstein after he barged his way into her apartment in the 1990s.

Daryl Hannah, best known for her starring roles in films Blade Runner and Splash is also speaking out, saying the movie mogul once tried to force his way into her hotel roomAAP reports.

The actresses were quoted this week in The New Yorker. Sciorra told the magazine that Weinstein had violently raped her in the early 1990s and, over the next several years, sexually harassed her repeatedly.

She said he "shoved" her onto her bed and they had nonconsensual sexual intercourse.

Sciorra is best known for her role as Gloria Trillo in the HBO series The Sopranos, for which she received an Emmy nomination.


Hannah recalled fleeing her hotel room as Weinstein demanded to be let in.

Sciorra and Hannah are the latest in dozens of women who have spoken out against Weinstein.

Allegations range from unwanted advances to rape. He has been ousted from his own company and expelled from the motion picture academy. A Weinstein spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

More than 50 women have now levelled accusations against Weinstein, in accounts published by the New York Times, The New Yorker, and other outlets.

3. Bishop takes over as Acting Prime Minister while Turnbull is overseas.

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Julie Bishop has taken on the role of Acting Prime Minister while Malcolm Turnbull is overseas.

The Prime Minister left for Israel on Sunday night after he delayed the trip to deal with the fallout from losing his deputy, Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce after he was disqualified by the High Court.

Mr Joyce is now contesting a by-election to return to parliament as the member for New England, but his deputy also fell foul of the dual citizenship lawsAAP reports.

Northern Territory senator Nigel Scullion is now the Nationals interim leader in parliament until Mr Joyce's future is determined at the December 2 by-election.


Mr Turnbull is overseas until later in the week. Normally Mr Joyce would fill in for him, and the Nationals had reportedly pushed for Senator Scullion to take on the job.

But the Prime Minister said the normal order of precedence was for the Deputy Liberal leader - Ms Bishop - to keep his seat warm.

4. McGrath's pink cause placing breast cancer nurses around the nation.

As the most successful fast bowler in the history of international cricket, Glenn McGrath knows about chasing a run target, but his new target is much more personal.

"We've got 118 on the board. If we get 79, we can win the match," McGrath tells AAP.

It's not runs he's talking about; it's nurses.

"We're extremely proud to have placed 118 McGrath Breast Care Nurses across Australia supporting 56,000 families but there's still lots more to do," he says.

His first wife Jane's battle with breast and bone cancer led to the formation of the McGrath Foundation. Jane died in 2008 aged 42.

Jane said having a breast care nurse was "like having someone hold my hand through one of the worst nightmares of my life".

MrGrath says the foundation's concept was if it could fund only one nurse then it would be worthwhile.

Jane never wanted the charity to be about her, McGrath tells AAP in Sydney's Centennial Park.


"She wanted it to be about the nurses and the people going through breast cancer. She would be amazed where we are (today) ... very humble and really proud," he said.

The success of the foundation has been phenomenal, with pink becoming as synonymous with Aussie cricket as the crisp whites.

5. Teenager fighting for life after coward punch at a Halloween party.

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A Sydney teenager is fighting for life in hospital after suffering a head injury during an assault at a gate-crashed Halloween party, AAP reports.

The 16-year-old was punched outside a home on Ganora Street, Gladesville, about 11.30pm on Saturday, causing him to fall onto the roadway and hit his head.

Several neighbours called police when the brawl broke out and officers were forced to deal with dozens of partygoers in the aftermath.

Detective Inspector Mark Christie says police don't believe the boy was a resident of the house and they're still trying to work out whether he was an invited guest.

"We understand there were a number of youths who were uninvited who were at the scene," he told reporters in Sydney on Sunday.

A number of revellers fled and police are eager to speak with any witnesses who haven't yet come forward.

6. Donald Trump vows to release remaining JFK assassination files.


US President Donald Trump has said he will release all remaining documents relating to the 1963 assassination of President John F Kennedy, after CIA and FBI concerns led to a delay in their publication.

Trump said on Saturday he was making the move after "strict consultation" with his chief of staff John Kelly, the CIA and other agencies. Only the names and addresses of people still living would be withheld, he said, in a repeat of a Friday statement.

"I am doing this for reasons of full disclosure, transparency and in order to put any and all conspiracy theories to rest," he wrote in a series of tweets.

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"JFK Files are released, long ahead of schedule!"

About 2800 files were released by the National Archives and Records Administration on Thursday, about 300 short of the number that still exists, AAP reports.

The remaining files were still to be redacted by the CIA to protect national security.

Trump said on Thursday he had no choice but to accept those redactions but ordered agencies to review each one over the next 180 days. At the end of that period he would order the release of any information that the agencies were unable to demonstrate meets the statutory standard to keep them secret.