Childcare becomes an election battleground. Laura Tingle reports on the Coalition's campaign launch. Plus we look at the education policies of both major parties.
The Lake Eyre Basin is flooding in spectacular fashion; Leigh Sales interviews Australian cricket coach Justin Langer; Plus, there was a rare human moment on the election campaign trail this week when opposition leader Bill Shorten responded to newspaper accounts of his mother's life with an emotional tribute to the sacrifices she made to raise him. Beyond politics, the moment sparked an outpouring on social media from Australians who wanted to share stories about their own mothers. Meanwhile, satirist Mark Humphries discusses the Daily Telegraph’s story about Bill Shorten’s mother.
The re-emergence of Clive Palmer as a political force could pose a problem for One Nation; the fight for the seat of Gilmore one of the most confusing in the country; Leigh Sales interviews Greens leader Richard Di Natale.
Leigh Sales interviews Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Plus, Laura Tingle discusses a group of independent candidates about to release a campaign video and analyses Labor's election campaign launch.
The prime minister often points out that Australia's 5% unemployment rate is the of many development countries. But the number doesn't reflect a pervasive problem - more than 1 million Australian are underemployed. The presence of both political leaders in Western Australia this week, and the fact they chose to hold the first leaders' debate in Perth, are reflections of the fact the west is regarded as being "in play" at this election campaign, on a scale not seen for some years. Find out road safety tips from the school crossing supervisor plus Satirist Mark Humphries' new role as resignation advisor to the pollies.
Labor fails to blunt Coalition attacks on its climate policy. The federal election campaign has descended in the past few days into a blur of mudslinging ... as a string of candidates across the political spectrum have been brought unstuck by actions from their past. At a policy level, the Coalition is continuing to slug Labor about the cost of its carbon emissions policy. Opposition leader Bill Shorten discusses Labor's election promises.
Hospitality industry leaders speak up about mental health. Plenty of jobs involve long hours and intense pressure but the hospitality industry has a reputation for being especially tough. In recent years a number of high-profile chefs in Australia and overseas have struggled to cope, battling depression, addiction or anxiety. Josh Frydenberg faces some high-profile challengers in seat of Kooyong and Laura Tingle brings an election campaign update.
Clive Palmer's political party is emerging as a significant player in the federal election. Plus are voters actually paying any attention to the election campaign? Meanwhile, polls show that public interest in the environment is the strongest it's been in more than a decade, as both parties offer voters very different policies; Parks Victoria recently announced it was banning climbers from several key Aboriginal rock art locations within the Grampians region, home to about 90 percent of south-eastern Australia's surviving rock art. Plus, Australian poet Les Murray dies, aged 80.
With healthcare playing a significant role in this federal election we look at the health policies of both major parties. Plus veteran Phoebe Parker, 99, says this might be the last year she marches on Anzac Day.
Survivors of church abuse say they were intimidated in an effort to keep them silent. Plus, the troubled teens teaming up with veterans to restore a Vietnam War-era Land Rover; high-achieving siblings, writers Benjamin and Michelle Law, talk about their relationship in It Takes Two.
Is the NBN a game-changing shift for Australians or an overcommitment to old technologies? Plus, the choir for people living with Parkinson's disease and the recent scientific study that found Tasmania's lakes have some of the highest levels of heavy metal contamination in the world.
A group of young veterans in Victoria is challenging the RSL hierarchy to get pokies out of RSL clubs, arguing their harm is not worth the return; journalist Sumisha Naidu describes the horror of a series of bomb blasts in churches and hotels around Sri Lanka which have killed nearly 300 people; for years now the government has been spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to buy back irrigation licences, so that more water can be put back into the ailing Murray Darling river. But now one of those deals has become an unwelcome intrusion into the election campaign for the Morrison Government; historian Simon Schama explains the lessons of history for Brexit and the Trump presidency.
The car industry was unexpectedly dragged into this election when the government attacked Labor's electric vehicle policy, claiming it would kill off the ute. Meanwhile, a massive program to immunise more than three million children is underway after twenty-six children were diagnosed with polio in Papua New Guinea. Plus, satirist Mark Humphries introduces viewers to Captain GetUp, a superhero mascot parodying the activist group of the same name.
The Reserve Bank has warned that almost 3 percent of home loans are in negative equity, meaning the purchased property is worth less now than when it was bought. Are allegations former US vice-president Joe Biden inappropriately touched a former staffer an attempt to derail his potential presidential campaign or is Amy Lappos simply speaking out in the hope women in politics will be treated better in the future? Plus, Collingwood star Travis Varcoe calls out racist Facebook trolls and Andrew Denton discusses the influence Mark Fitzgerald, the man who have him his first television gig over three decades ago, has had on his life.
Notre Dame cathedral endured the French Revolution and two world wars, but today it's famous spire couldn't survive a devastating inferno that destroyed a large part of the building. The proposed Adani coal mine in Queensland could become an election issue for the Coalition in Queensland and beyond. Plus, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will soon welcome their first child, amid a vicious trolling campaign being waged against the Duchess.
The Battle for the Queensland federal seat of Dickson is now underway, with one of the most-watched marginal seats in the upcoming election being held by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton since 2001. Meanwhile, the Coalition has labelled a multi-billion dollar pledge by Labor to help cancer sufferers with out-of-pocket expenses a “hollow phony guarantee”. Leigh Sales sits down with Wallabies coach Michael Cheika to discuss the fallout from Israel Folau’s controversial social media post, which has seen the team turn away one of its best players. Plus, Eddie Perfect has gotten his big Broadway break after writing the score for the new Broadway musical Beetlejuice, based on the cult 1980s film.
With Prime Minister Scott Morrison announcing the federal election will be held on May 18, 7.30 political correspondent Laura Tingle and ABC election analyst Antony Green take a look at what can be expected from the campaign, and the seats to watch. The Federal Court has ruled News Corp Australia's The Daily Telegraph defamed actor Geoffrey Rush. Former Wallaby Peter FitzSimons responds to Israel Folau's controversial social media post condemning homosexuals, atheists and drunks to hell. Plus, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in London after the Ecuadorean government withdrew his asylum.
In part three of a special series on superannuation, 7.30 looks at self-managed super funds and why they’re not suitable for everyone. US gaming giant Wynn Resorts has pulled out of a multibillion-dollar takeover of James Packer’s Crown Casino empire. Plus, Chamber Pot Opera is taking opera from the grandest venue to the smallest room in The House.
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