Documents obtained by 7.30 under Right to Information laws raise serious safety and maintenance concerns about Clive Palmer's Townsville nickel refinery, which he is promising to reopen. Meanwhile, British parliament has rejected the latest Brexit deal and major safety concerns are being raised about one of the world's most popular passenger jets, the Boeing 737. Plus, the outback army unit using Indigenous soldiers to detect foreign threats and what is next for the Vatican after disgraced Cardinal George Pell's six year prison sentence for sexually abusing two choir boys in the 1980s?
Can the RBA save Australia's slowing economy? Plus what impact will the controversial Michael Jackson documentary have on his legacy? Some good news for Australians, with a team in Perth making a breakthrough that could lead to more early and accurate diagnosis of skin cancer. With British Prime Minister Theresa May's presentation of her second Brexit deal to parliament, Leigh Sales interviews former British Labour PM Tony Blair's director of communications Alastair Campbell.
One year on after the pain killer codeine became prescription-only, where are people going for pain relief? Plus, Brexit is offering a glimmer of hope to British retirees in Australia with frozen pensions, the realisation of a 96 year musical dream sees Judy Hall perform at the Melbourne Recital Centre and Leigh Sales interviews former FBI acting director Andrew McCabe, who calls US President Donald Trump a liar.
Survivors of sexual abuse reveal the pain of applying to the National Redress Scheme. Meanwhile, a growing number of farmers are struggling with theft on their properties. Plus, claims of anti-semitism dog UK Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn, three generations of women talk about feminism and Mark Humphries' satirical take on the week in politics.
The latest survey from the Real Estate Institute of Australia shows a continuing decline in housing affordability. Meanwhile, the demolition of the Sydney Football Stadium continues to be a key issue in the NSW election. Plus, Leigh Sales chats with Joanna Lumley about her amazing career and Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter Beattie about the string of scandals engulfing the NRL.
Employers are confronting a new challenge - employees spanning more generations than ever before. Plus the formal for young people with mental illness who missed out at school, Sportsbet spending almost half a billion dollars since 2013 promoting online gambling in Australia and the Red Cross letters uniting a humanitarian and her prisoner of war grandfather across the decades.
How much is too much screen time for kids? Plus two more senior cabinet ministers have announced their departure from politics, Australian coal is being held up at five Chinese ports in what some analysts argue is a warning shot from our biggest trading partner, 23 fires continue burning out of control in eastern Victoria and the Manly ferry crewman who was in the fight for his life after picking up a streptococcal infection.
Lawyer X, the criminal defence barrister who was also a Victorian Police informant, is expected to be unmasked tomorrow. Plus a mother helps her autistic son set up his own business, the former governor of New Jersey discusses former lawyer Michael Cohen's testimony against US President Donald Trump and the former Deputy Tax Commissioner of the ATO says he believes he should never have been charged with misusing his position to benefit his son.
Drug-taking at music festivals is firmly in the spotlight, with a spate of deaths and injuries prompting a discussion about the merits or otherwise of pill testing. A grieving family leads the charge to get cattle off the roads. Hugh Jackman reflects on turning 50, his career and his new touring showcase of the songs that have helped him become one of Hollywood's best-known stars.
Today it was revealed that last December, George Pell was convicted of sexually abusing two choirboys in 1996 while he was Archbishop of Melbourne. Footage of Leigh Sales questioning his eminence at a press conference he gave in response to the Gillard Government's decision to hold a royal commission into historical child abuse within institutions from 2012 is shown. Chrissie Foster, who went to see Pell along with her since-deceased husband about the abuse of her two daughters by notorious Melbourne priest Kevin O'Donnell in the 1980s, reflects on Pell's dismissive attitude to the alarming allegations of abuse levelled by her children. Jesuit priest and lawyer, Father Frank Brennan, discusses Pell's conviction and the ABC's Rome correspondent explains how the news is being received at the Vatican.
Leigh Sales presents an engaging and enlightening look at the day's events, from exclusive investigations, probing interviews and revealing feature stories on the issues that matter. Plus, political analysis from Laura Tingle.
A developing scandal and farewells have dominated what is likely to be the last parliamentary sitting day before a Federal election. What started as a row over an unpaid airline bill for less than $3,000 has now escalated into a real headache for the Morrison government. And former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced her retirement. Plus, autism support groups are warning of a looming national high school crisis, the latest of Cyclone Oma, Mark Humphries casts his eye over mining magnate Clive Palmer's latest advertising blitz and Australian women's cricket captain Meg Lanning leads her team to Ashes victory once again.
The receding flood waters in Queensland are revealing unprecedented devastation. Small business minister Michaelia Cash has been under fire in Senate estimates this week, as Labor politicians lined up to grill her over a leak from her office that tipped off the media to an impending police raid on the Australian Workers Union in 2017. Surveys of Australian voters in recent years have found they have become more jaded with the state of politics. But what does this mean ahead of the upcoming federal election? Plus, a look at the life of one of Australia's most famous voice over artists: Ian "Lofty" Fulton.
For the first time in Australia, a proposed coal mine has been rejected partly because of climate change concerns. The president of Christmas Island's local council says the island does not have sufficient medical facilities to treat serious problems. Canberra was shocked yesterday when the Government's top cyber security official confirmed there'd been a hack of the computer networks in Parliament House, and on the three biggest political parties, saying it was certainly carried out by a foreign power. Plus, grandparents saving their kin from foster care is saving lots of money for taxpayers but they are desperately calling out for more support.
The issue of franking credits has emerged as a hot button issue for self-funded retirees as the federal election looms. Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen joins 7.30 live from Canberra to discuss Labor's policy on franking credits. Plus, 7.30 meets a female athlete who has finally achieved her dream of playing AFL at an elite level.
Shocking images of the Darling River choked with hundreds and thousands of dead fish have highlighted the sick state of the vital Murray-Darling. But scientists and locals say an even greater ecological disaster is looming as the New South Wales government pushes ahead with its controversial water-saving plan at Menindee Lakes. Australian scientists have now revealed new research which allows them for the first time to predict how patients will respond to immunotherapy when being treated for melanoma. Open banking is facing a challenge in convincing customers its safe to share their data. Plus, the widow of crocodile-hunter turned conservationist Malcolm Douglas has spent eight years reshaping their animal park in Broome.
Young surgeons speak out about the pressures pushing them to burn out. Dramatic events in Canberra surrounding the medevac legislation’s passage are shedding light on a change of heart within the Labor Party. Shadow Immigration and Border Protection Minister Shayne Neumann explains the Opposition’s position on the medevac bill for asylum seekers. A spotlight is shone on the difficulty of finding quality aged care when a relative’s health deteriorates rapidly, in light of the royal commission into aged care. Plus, country music legend John Williamson gives some advice to his younger self.
Sportsbet paid Nick Kyrgios's brother $40,000 in promotional payments, raising integrity questions. Hakeem al-Araibi has arrived in Australia after being freed from a Thai prison. The royal commission into aged care is set to scrutinise how complaints are investigated. The Morrison Government has lost the medical evacuations vote, making it the first to lose a legislative vote on the floor in almost 80 years. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton joins Leigh Sales to discuss the vote live from Parliament House.
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