Outgoing NAB Chairman Ken Henry talks about his departure from the bank, along with CEO Andrew Thorburn. Heather Ewart revisits Marysville ten years after the Black Saturday bushfires. Historian Rutger Bregman explains why taxes matter. Political Correspondent Laura Tingle looks ahead to the first sitting weeks of federal parliament, with asylum seekers and banking reform set to be hot topics. Plus, Mark Humphries satirical take on the week in politics.
Four women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against high profile Aboriginal rights advocate, Wayne Muir. Mr Muir apologised to one of the women for sexual harassment, but has strongly denied the other claims, rejecting them as false and defamatory.
Some of the victims of banking greed and misconduct who were the catalyst for the banking royal commission are wary about whether they can trust that change will really happen. Sadly, the bodies of two men missing during Townsville’s flood emergency were found today. Plus, horse trainer Darren Weir has been charged by Racing Victoria over the use of electric-shock devices, comedian Hannah Gadsby admits she was lying when she announced her retirement from stand-up comedy. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump is seeing his hold on power threatened at every turn.
The Government has announced it will take action on all 76 of the Banking Royal Commission’s recommendations. Leigh Sales interviews Commonwealth Bank whistleblower Jeff Morris, Consumer Action Law Centre chief executive Gerard Brody and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg about the Royal Commission into banking’s findings. Meanwhile, Tasmania is in the grip of unprecedented bushfires while hundreds of north Queensland residents in Townsville are being evacuated due to flooding.
The Banking Royal Commission's final report will be handed to the Federal Government on Friday after 68 days of public hearings, 134 witnesses and more than 10,000 submissions. Melbourne University Publishing chief executive Louise Adler has sent shockwaves through the Australian publishing industry after her decision to resign in protest alongside a number of board members as a result of a decision by the university's new vice-chancellor to take the company in a new direction. Meanwhile, the deadline to opt out of My Health Record has now passed; a rise in the number of pedestrians killed has sparked calls for speed limits to be reviewed in built up areas; and 7.30 chief political correspondent Laura Tingle provides analysis of the SA Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin plan.
Questions are being raised about the long-term reliability of the national electricity grid after last week’s blackouts in Victoria. Oncologists are calling for an overhaul of Australia’s pharmaceutical subsidy system to make potentially life-saving immunotherapy drugs easily available for people with rare cancers. Huawei’s Australian Chairman, John Lord, responds to allegations that the telecommunications company poses a security risk to Australia. Plus, Australian rock music icon Jimmy Barnes offers some advice to his younger self.
Tony Abbott may have finally met his match in former world champion downhill skier, Zali Steggall. While the former Olympian-turned barrister is a political novice, she is exactly what grassroots local groups hoping to take on the Member for Warringah have been looking for. Meanwhile, Leigh Sales sits down with Prime Minister Scott Morrison to discuss the Coalition’s chances of winning the upcoming election, his promise to create more than one million jobs, and the banking royal commission’s findings. Plus, high sea temperatures across the Pacific Ocean have scientists fearing the possibility of another mass coral bleaching event.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is joined by 7.30 chief political correspondent Laura Tingle as he kicks off an election year campaigning around Queensland. Leigh Sales interviews 2019 Australians of the Year, Dr Richard Harris and Dr Craig Challen, the Western Australian divers involved in the Thai cave rescue mission in mid-2018. Beauty therapist and rodeo bull breeder Heidi Yates is used to challenging conventions. But in an attempt to cement her late husband’s legacy, the widow is sticking with supplying bulls to Australia’s elite rodeo circuit - despite admitting to being out of her depth.
Despite being a key revenue raiser for State Governments across the country, who slap on stamp duty when a property is sold, one state Treasurer has come clean: admitting the tax is in desperate need of reform. The mysterious disappearance in China of Australian citizen Yang Hengjun, a popular writer and blogger, could trigger a major diplomatic incident. Adelaide saw it’s hottest day in 130 years, with the mercury reaching 46.6 degrees. But the city of churches is not alone, with more than 20 other locations across the state also breaking all-time temperature records. Plus, prominent Australians share what Australia Day means to them.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s installation of former Australian Labor Party national president Warren Mundine as the Liberal Party’s candidate in Gilmore has infuriated local rank-and-file party members who had already chosen their candidate, with analysis from 7.30 chief political correspondent Laura Tingle and an interview Mr Mundine gave to Leigh Sales earlier in the day. Meanwhile, Leigh Sales also interviews former coal tycoon and discharged bankrupt Nathan Tinkler about his rise, fall and future. With students set to descend on the classroom next week, a new K-10 school on Sydney’s North Shore promises a radical shakeup by doing away with formal subjects and putting students from different year levels into the same classroom. Plus, surfing world champion Layne Beachley reveals the advice she would give her younger self.
Cycling groups are complaining about police reluctance to enforce laws requiring motorists to leave at least a metre gap when overtaking them - leaving those on bicycles at risk. Bali bombing survivor Peter Hughes reacts to the news that Abu Bakar Bashir, the man labelled the mastermind of the 2002 terrorist attack, could soon be walking free from prison. The Fair Work Commission has axed a legal but outdated workplace agreement which saw former and current staff at Justin Hemmes helmed hospitality empire Merivale complain about not being paid fairly. Plus, 7.30 speaks with Dr Peter Macreadie, the scientist at the forefront of ‘blue carbon’ sites comprising salt marshes, mangroves and sea grass meadows which can supposedly capture carbon 40 times faster than tropical rainforests and store it for millennia.
A Victorian police officer has retained their job and rank despite being caught assaulting a drunk disability pensioner on CCTV at Geelong Police Station. Melbourne oncologist Dr Bronwyn King is on a mission to change the finance industry’s hand-in-glove relationship with the tobacco industry. Early female surfing pioneer Phyllis O’Donnell talks about taking on the big waves for the love of surfing, rather than the non-existent women’s prize money, at the first ever women’s world surfing champion in 1964. Plus, 7.30 chief political correspondent Laura Tingle provides analysis of Kelly O’Dwyer’s shock decision to quit politics.
Australia’s wool industry is attempting to plug a shearer shortage by investing $10 million in research for everything from robotics to better shed design. Despite being set to become the world’s largest natural gas exporter, Australia may not fully reap all the rewards of this particular resource boom. Homebuyers are having a look outside the capital cities in an attempt to reign in their big city budgets - and the mortgages that go with them. A new program is being rolled out in Victoria where victims and witnesses of crime are being assisted by an emotional support dog while giving evidence. Plus, Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief, joins Joe O’Brien to discuss his latest book: the multi-generational Australian epic Bridge of Clay.
With temperatures soaring across the country, there are calls to make Australian homes more heat resistant. Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt speaks with Joe O’Brien about the use of restraints in nursing homes in light of footage obtained by the ABC showing a dementia patient being tied to a chair in a Sydney aged care facility. Plus, the crop of high profile independent candidates taking on the major parties in the upcoming federal election.
The potentially groundbreaking treatment for the approximately one in five people over retirement age who suffer from tremors. With the continuing uncertainty of Britain’s future being felt by Australian businesses, what could Brexit mean for us? Plus, urgent talks held in Canberra to address Darling River waterway protections after last week’s devastating fish kill, the Victorian Government has approved what could become Australia’s largest wind farm in Rokewood, and a group of scientists are hopeful that an introduced species of wasp could save Christmas Island’s famous red crabs.
Scientists are warning Australia’s great white sharks are under threat amid calls by some commercial fisherman that they should be allowed to keep and cull the great whites that end up in their nets. A report by Credit Suisse is predicting an emergency tax on plastic following China’s recycling ban. Meanwhile, two issues are engulfing Tennis during the Australian Open: male tennis players are pushing to possibly force out the head of the ATP in an attempt to increase their revenue share; and the 40 year gap since a local woman has taken out the Australian Open.
The Commonwealth Bank has settled a discrimination case launched by two blind Australians over a touch screen device used in many shops and restaurants which they claim was virtually impossible to use safely and securely. The complex mix of emotions and challenges that come with finding a new partner after the death of a spouse. While drought ravages NSW and Queensland, farmers on the other side of the country in Western Australia are delivering one of their most profitable harvests ever. Plus, Joe O’Brien speaks with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg about a Productivity Commission report proposing an overhaul of Australia’s superannuation system by weeding out underperforming funds and slashing insurance fees. Satirist Mark Humphries takes on former One Nation Senator Fraser Anning’s controversial taxpayer-funded trip from his Queensland electorate south to Melbourne so that he could appear at a far-right rally in St Kilda.
With around 30 percent of working-age Australians facing a future with no superannuation at all, how are so many people falling through the cracks? US President Donald Trump is remaining resolute on his pledge to shut down key government departments due to a deadlock with Congress over funding for a wall along the US border with Mexico. A group of Australian Army veterans are forging new careers in the film and television industry as extras and stunt people. The UN has found Saudi teenager Rahaf Alqunun to be a genuine refugee and referred her case to Australia. Plus, a number of prominent Australians recall their favourite childhood summer holidays.
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