Only a small number of the 70 recommendations from the final report into misconduct in the baking, superannuation and financial services industry have been implemented by the government. Plus, the deadly strain of the flu which has seen this years’ season become one of the worst on record, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie discusses the exploitation of digital information and the inspirational teacher using the Great Barrier Reef to turn lives around.
The Australian Energy Regulator is taking federal court action against four wind farms, claiming they did not comply with national rules to cope with disturbances during the severe storms in South Australia in 2016 which led to the state's 2016 blackout. Meanwhile, calls for a national container deposit scheme are getting louder as Victoria's biggest kerbside recycling company was wound up by the Supreme Court on Friday, leading some environmentally-conscious Garden Staters to take their reusable garbage north, allowing them to cash-in on the scheme in place across New South Wales.
A 42-year-old man has won a landmark $3 million compensation case against former asbestos manufacturer James Hardie after contracting mesothelioma as a result of workplace exposure to the deadly substance while renovating houses. Plus, former prime minister Paul Keating is interviewed by 7.30 political editor and fill-in presenter Laura Tingle about the future of superannuation, in which he claims Coalition MPs trying to stop superannuation increases are 'super deniers.'
As the federal government prepares for a wide-ranging review of superannuation and the pension system, some MPs have begun calling for big changes to the compulsory superannuation system. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has hosed down the idea that US missiles could be deployed in Darwin after the US defence secretary said he would like to see more missiles in Asia. Political editor Laura Tingle talks to Professor Hugh White about the tricky China-US balancing act faced by Australia. Even for a country constantly being hit by mass shootings, two separate massacres involving lone gunmen over the weekend have shaken the US and reignited the gun control debate. After another weekend of public protests, clashes and arrests, it is clear the movement pushing back against China's tightening grip on Hong Kong will not end soon. Plus, research shows Tasmanian devils in breeding programs on mainland Australia are evolving to fight a cancer that has been decimating their population in the wild.
The stock market is at an all-time high, unemployment rates, unemployment and interest rates are low and the housing market is rebounding, with stagnant wages and disposable income failing to rise since the Global Financial Crisis being cited as a key reason Australians don’t feel “wealthy”. Water minister David Littleproud discusses his announcement of a new inspector general of the Murray Darling Basin, who would have the power to both investigate allegations of water theft and oversee efforts to put more water back into Australia’s biggest river system. One Adelaide aged care home is already benefiting from celebrity cook Maggie Beer’s efforts to lift the standard of food in aged care facilities. Plus, British actress Emma Thompson teams up with writer and actor Mindy Kaling to challenge Hollywood’s ideas of who is in charge of making us laugh in her new movie, Late Night.
Presenter Leigh Sales grills celebrity chef George Calombaris about underpaying his staff and his departure from Masterchef. The slide in health insurance membership could be hard to halt with many patients being forced to question it off the back off hefty out-of-pocket bills or frustrating fights to have their claims covered. Political editor Laura Tingle discusses the challenges to Josh Frydenberg and Gladys Lui, and the Liberal Party’s treatment of women. Plus, author and disability advocate Carly Findlay, who was born with a rare skin condition, talks about her relationship with her mother Jeanette, who she praises for encouraging her to embrace being different.
Despite the lowest home loan rates in decades, the number of Australians falling behind on loan repayments is now at its highest since the end of the Global Financial Crisis - with research out of the University of Melbourne suggesting stagnating wages is causing further mortgage stress. Independent MP Andrew Wilkie says an inquiry won’t go far enough and is calling for an investigation into allegations of corruption involving casino Crown Melbourne. Pearling conjures images of South Pacific islands or tropical locations such as Broome, but Australia’s next pearling industry is just a few hours’ drive from Sydney. Plus, Ellyse Perry discusses becoming the first ever cricketer - male or female - to reach 1000 runs and 100 wickets in T20 internationals.
The minister for government services, Stuart Robert, defends Centrelink’s contentious robodebt system despite multiple instances of mistakes, including the alleged debt demand of a dead person being pursued. Swimming manager Phil Stoneman defends his client, Shayna Jack, following her failed doping test, and describes the toll the allegations have taken on her. Aminta Hennessy, the first Australian woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo, discusses the role of her mentor and friend Nancy Bird Walton in inspiring her to enter aviation and the fight for acceptance from chauvinistic counterparts who would refuse to co-pilot with her. Plus, meet the teenager who is determined to do her part to stop the beloved marsupial from becoming “functionally extinct”.
Bob Brown, father of the Australian Greens and the party's founding leader, has come out swinging against a new wind farm proposal for the north-west of Tasmania that supporters of the renewable energy project say will bring jobs to an area desperate for them. Former US State Department lawyer John Bellinger joins host Leigh Sales to discuss former FBI Director Robert Mueller's questioning by congress about his investigation into the Trump campaign's links to Russia and Russia's influence on the 2016 presidential election outcome. Senior bureaucrat Martin Parkinson, one of the few constants through the turmoil caused by Canberra's near-constant recent reshuffles, has announced his retirement. The people of the south east New South Wales village of Bribbaree come to terms with mechanic Maurice Henry, a man they believe is the heartbeat of the outback community, hanging up his overalls after 70 years. Plus, satirist Mark Humphries offers a skit in which he serves as the MP for Lululemon struggling to survive during a $40 a day Newstart allowance challenge.
The hunt is on for two men suspected of killing an Australian man and his girlfriend in Canada. High-end war games between US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand waged along the Queensland coast as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 military preparations. Coalition continues legislative pursuit of limiting the power of unions. Possible strategies in which UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson could successfully navigate a Brexit deal in just three months remain unclear. Plus, top-selling Australian children's author Andy Griffiths and collaborator Terry Denton discuss their successful pairing, which has resulted in the sale of more than 10 million books.
Get exclusive updates from Mack Horton's protest, the NAPLAN review, an anti-Adani protest, Boris Johnson's Brexit plan and a chat with one the most successful author John Marsden who reflects his concern about overprotective and controlling parents.
Inside the Splendour in the Grass music festival, as the debate over pill testing intensifies. Plus, the extreme spike in the number of people wanting to climb Uluru ahead of the upcoming ban coming into effect in October.
How much does Google know about you? There are calls to increase the Newstart allowance, but the Government isn't budging. Plus Leigh Sales interviews Shaun Micallef.
Building ministers from around the country are trying to work out how to restore confidence in the construction sector following the emergency evacuation of two Sydney apartment blocks when structural cracks appeared.
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin has announced his retirement during a tumultuous time for the AFP. Plus what the national integrity commission might look like.
Leigh Sales interviews E. Jean Carroll, who claims she was assaulted by US President Donald Trump in a change room in the 1990s. Mr Trump denies the allegations. Plus older Australians having trouble paying off credit cards.
Find out why Indonesia is furious about the waste that Australia has been sending over, why scientists are baffled by a dramatic decline in the Antarctic sea ice. Plus find out about the men from The Dish in Parkes who played a role in the moon landing 50 years ago.
The Federal Government is under pressure to make changes to the age pension, as more baby boomers leave the workforce. Plus a proposal to recognise Indigenous people in the constitution to be put to a referendum within three years.
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