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.
Federally subsidised home care packages help older people stay in their homes longer, but for almost 127,000 Australians their help is yet to arrive. The wheels are quietly turning on a radical plan to convert Victoria’s dirtiest coal into clean fuel. Murdoch Children's Research Institute scientists are potentially revolutionising the treatment of kidney disease by growing tiny human kidneys using stem cells and a 3D printer. Master craftsman Geoffrey Hannah introduces his most personal piece to date, the Hannah Cabinet - carved in the traditional 17th century artisan style. Plus, Joe O’Brien speaks to Darling River fisherman and tour boat operator Rob Gregory about the distressing death of up to a million fish.
Lawmakers and regulators are starting to close in on Facebook in the wake of serious allegations of electoral interference, privacy breaches and a proliferation of fake news. Plus Joe O’Brien talks to Queensland senator Fraser Anning about his decision to attend a controversial rally in Melbourne and toxicologist Dr Jamie Seymour about the surge in blue bottle and Irukandji jellyfish stings in south-east Queensland. Also, 7.30 spends time with four Chinese international students for an insight into their somewhat complicated lives as Australian students.
In the final episode for 2018, we look back at the big events, key moments and most revealing interviews of the past year.
Leigh Sales presents the most detailed current affairs from an Australian perspective. Includes exclusive investigations, probing interviews, and political analysis from chief political correspondent Laura Tingle.
Labor pushes message of unity Labor has been able to use its national conference to drive home a message of unity, as the Coalition ends the year embroiled in a scandal that has overshadowed the best budget numbers in years. Push for gentleman's club to allow female members The president of Tattersall's, an exclusive gentlemen's club in Brisbane, wants to allow women to become members and is putting it to a vote. But the proposed change is causing bitter division inside the club. Native title claim for over 17,000 square kilometres of ocean The Anindilyakwa Indigenous people of Groote Eylandt want to better protect their waters. And early next year, they plan to lodge a native title claim over 17,000 square kilometres of ocean from Groote Eylandt to the mainland to help them do it. Pre-schools experience 'no jab, no play' enrolment drop In one of Australia's anti-vaccination hotspots there's been a big backlash to the so called "no jab, no play" policy. And the latest criticism is not coming from anti-vaccination activists, but rather early childhood educators. Spinal muscular atrophy treatment changing lives Last year 7.30 met two little girls, Matilda and Stephanie, who both have spinal muscular atrophy, a muscle wasting disorder. We went back to visit them and found they're both making remarkable progress thanks to a new drug.
Yael Stone on working with Geoffrey Rush Yael Stone, the Australian star of Netflix series Orange is the New Black, has made explosive claims about veteran actor Geoffrey Rush, alleging he sent her sexually suggestive text messages and behaved inappropriately backstage. Mr Rush has denied the allegations, and has said in some instances, they have been taken out of context. Dreamworld accident widower Mathew Low Mathew Low talks about coping with the death of his wife in the fatal Dreamworld accident.
Theresa May to continue as leader British Prime Minister Theresa May has stared down her internal party enemies and will continue on as leader. Jonathan Peet, the political editor of The Economist magazine, joins Laura Tingle to discuss what this means for Brexit. Major announcements by Scott Morrison In politics it's called putting out the rubbish - throwing out a bunch of major decisions in one go in the hope they might go under voters' radars as they prepare for the holidays. Today Prime Minister Scott Morrison made a number of major announcements. Malala Yousafzai Six years ago a school girl in Pakistan was shot by the Taliban because she was trying to get an education. Today that girl, Malala Yousafzai, is fighting for all girls to get an education. Labor's chances at the next election One Labor strategist, who bears a striking resemblance to satirist Mark Humphries, believes the odds of an ALP victory may be slimmer than they seem. Yemen's war Documents reveal Australia's secret arms deals with nations fighting Yemen's war. Warnings about climate change This week there are talks in Poland to work out how to implement the Paris climate agreement, as the world's most respected scientific bodies continue to issue ever-more urgent warnings about how humans are changing the climate.
How did Kathleen Folbigg's children die? Kathleen Folbigg has been branded Australia's worst female serial killer, after being convicted of killing all four of her children. But her case has always been controversial. Now a judicial inquiry is going to be held into her convictions. And, for the first time, a friend of Kathy Folbigg's recounts a frightening incident when she thought that one of Kathy's children was going to die on her watch. Labor's negative gearing policy After criticism of from Scott Morrison and Aussie Home Loans founder, John Symond, Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen defends Labor's negative gearing policy and says it will put first home buyers on a level playing field. The great debate over negative gearing The Labor party has promise to remove negative gearing tax breaks for new investor who want to buy existing properties. But with property prices already falling in Melbourne and Sydney, there is heated debate over what those changes might have on the property market. Exchange program An exchange program between two primary schools is giving students the chance to see a very different way of life. One school is in one of Sydney's beachside suburbs, the other, almost three thousand kilometres away in central Australia.
Lives that changed in the Cronulla riot On this day 13 years ago the Cronulla riots shocked Australia. 7.30 spoke to some of the people whose lives were changed that day. Credit crackdown Part two of 7.30's housing special looks at how the credit crackdown is putting heat on buyers and developers. ALP conference At the ALP's national conference this weekend, industrial relations could prove to be the biggest flashpoint. Theresa May postpones Brexit vote It took two years to come up with a Brexit plan to put to the House of Commons, but last night, facing defeat and internal division, British Prime Minister Theresa May postponed the vote. Political writer John Rentoul, from The Independent, joins 7.30 to discuss what comes next.
India claims a dramatic win Despite dogged resistance from Australia's tail, India has taken an historic early lead in the four Test series after snatching victory in the opening match by 31 runs. It's just the sixth time India has won a Test on Australian soil. Commentator Andrew Moore takes a look at a dramatic final day. Are we overlooking the role of the public sector in the economy? Mariana Mazzucato is something of a rockstar in the world of global economics. She's written two best-sellers arguing that it's actually the public sector which has made the crucial investments that have transformed the world economy. In Australia for a series of public lectures, she sat down to talk with Laura Tingle. Sanjeev Gupta unveils plans for Whyalla It's rare to see the Prime Minister and Opposition leader at the same press conference, but both were present in South Australia today as British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta unveiled his plans for a massive new steelworks project that will revive the town of Whyalla. Remembering the 1966 helicopter crash The 11th of December marks the anniversary of a tragic accident over Sydney Harbour that changed our aviation safety laws. On that day in 1966 a helicopter chartered by the ABC ran into technical problems mid flight and crashed into the Sydney CBD. Remarkably the accident was filmed by two cameras, including one capturing the haunting last moments inside the ill-fated helicopter. And a warning, this report contains images some viewers may find distressing. What is the future of Australia's housing market? For years it seemed that property prices would rise for ever. But not any more. We are now in what the Reserve Bank governor has called "uncharted territory", where property prices are falling in our two biggest cities, even though unemployment is stable and the economy is growing.
1998 Sydney to Hobart disaster Speech notes obtained by 7.30 show how one man predicted the disastrous loss of life which befell the 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht fleet, 17 years before it happened. Chaotic final day of parliament for the year The Morrison Government has finished the parliamentary year after a chaotic day in which the Coalition, and conservative senators, were forced to filibuster in the Senate to avoid a loss in the House of Representatives over asylum seeker policy. Labor's encryption law decision Opposition Leader Bill Shorten changed tack on encryption laws after 7.30's interview with him was recorded. 7.30's chief political correspondent Laura Tingle explains. Gang of Youths band members Gang of Youths is one of the biggest rock bands Australia has produced in a very long time. Two of the band members met through church when they were kids and have stayed best friends ever since. Bill Shorten on asylum seekers, encryption and climate change Leigh Sales interviews Opposition Leader Bill Shorten about Labor's stance on asylum seekers, encryption legislation and climate change.
Major parties clash over discrimination bill The second last day of federal parliament for the year and the level of frenzy rose considerably. Asylum seekers, energy and the economy were all being debated, but it was the issue of discrimination against gay students attending religious schools, that had the government and opposition in fiercest combat. Ita Buttrose gives advice to her younger self When Ita Buttrose started Cleo magazine in 1972, it was the first time a women's publication was frank about sexuality and it went on to become a huge success. That was just the beginning for a woman who's paved the way for women in journalism ever since. Now Ita Buttrose shares her wisdom in our 'advice to my younger self' series. Chris Dawson Renee Simms, the niece of Lynette Dawson, talks about the arrest of Chris Murphy, who is expected to be charged with the murder of his wife 36 years ago. Reverse mortgages leaving the elderly high and dry Reverse mortgages are touted as a way to unlock equity in the family home by borrowing against the asset without needing to make repayments until the house is sold or the owner moves out or dies. But a number of banks, including Australia's biggest lender the Commonwealth Bank, are now getting out of the reverse mortgage market, in the face of criticism from the peak financial regulator, ASIC. Closing Europe's biggest steel works In the south of Italy, a major corruption trial is underway that is pitting a local community against Europe's biggest steelworks, the Ilva plant in Taranto. The pollution from the plant is so bad it has been blamed in official government reports for the deaths of almost 400 local residents. The former owners of the company have been accused of crimes against public safety.
Scott Morrison Today the Government and Opposition neared agreement on encryption laws and ending discrimination against gay children. It followed Prime Minister Scott Morrison's move to put an end to the Coalition's revolving door leadership. Mortgage stress It's estimated there are more than one million households under stress with 60,000 of them at risk of defaulting on their loan over the next 12 months. Indigenous Australians Founded by former Sydney Swans Adam Goodes and Michael O'Loughlin, the GO Foundation provides scholarships for Indigenous students from kindergarten to university. Nauru and Manus Island 7.30 can reveal confidential details of the powerful Government committee that approves medical transfers from Nauru and Manus Island. Lawyer X Victoria's law and order system has been thrown into one of the biggest legal scandals in its history, after it was revealed a criminal defence barrister was used as an informer by police in hundreds of cases, including against her own clients. 7.30 speaks to the senior detective who warned Victoria Police their use of Lawyer X would result in a royal commission.
Malcolm Turnbull There is only one week left of parliament but it is going to be a long week for the Prime Minister. The Liberal party's bitter in-fighting is continuing with the former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull weighing in to a controversial pre-selection. ABC journalist There's been a lot of focus on women in politics lately and, adding to some of the controversy, today ABC journalist Patricia Karvelas was ejected from Parliament's press gallery. Her crime? Wearing a top which showed too much of her arms. Gangland investigations The Victorian Premier has announced a Royal Commission into the way police have handled several high profile gangland investigations, after suppression orders were lifted on a case which showed Victoria Police had recruited a criminal lawyer to report on her own clients. Crime reporter and author, Andrew Rule, says some of the state's most notorious criminals including drug lord Tony Mokbel could now appeal against their convictions. What is it like being a parent with a disability? When ABC producer Eliza Hull became pregnant with her daughter, she took a crash course in parenting. As a person with disability, she found the available information often patronising and inaccurate. So she set out to share the genuine experiences of parents with disabilities. 7.30 takes a look at Stuart Robert's business dealings One of the newer members of Scott Morrison's new ministry is Stuart Robert, the assistant treasurer. He serves in one of the most important roles in government, overseeing the corporate watchdog ASIC. It's a big comeback after his resignation from Malcolm Turnbull's ministry in 2016 but he's found himself at the centre of some unwanted attention in recent months over some of his business dealings. Former US President George HW Bush dies This week the body of former president George Bush will lie in state in the U.S. capitol building ahead of a state funeral on Thursday.
Catastrophic Queensland bushfires It's been a catastrophic start to the bushfire season in Queensland with record temperatures and unprecedented fires. Authorities are warning there are least 5 more days of extreme weather ahead and there are still more than 100 fires still burning, mainly in central Queensland, forcing more communities to evacuate Brexit looms British politics is swirling over whether the Prime Minister's Brexit deal will be rejected by the parliament and whether the country will be forced to hold a second referendum. But while the politicians battle it out, the looming deadline is having an unexpected impact on one particular group - families that fled Nazi Germany. Kerryn Phelps The new independent member for Wentworth, Dr Kerryn Phelps has wasted no time in making her presence felt in Canberra, introducing a private member's bill to remove children from detention in Nauru. My Health Record The government has extended the 'my health record' opt out deadline to the end of January. And it's been busy making some changes to the system to address peoples' concerns about privacy. Minority government It's been a wild first week of minority government in Canberra, ending with the government narrowly surviving a test of its numbers in the House of Representatives. Chief political correspondent Laura Tingle takes a look. Satirist Mark Humphries The Prime Minister has denounced a strike for action on climate change organised by school children. Now 7.30 has obtained a video message from the Coalition to the students, courtesy of satirist Mark Humphries.
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