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November 29, 2018

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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November 28, 2018

Catastrophic Queensland Bushfires More than 130 bushfires are burning across Queensland and 8,000 residents of Gracemere have been advised to evacuate their homes. Local MP Brittany Lauga describes the situation around Rockhampton. Cullen Group The building industry is coming under increasing scrutiny with investigations into two recent company collapses. In one instance the Queensland building regulator brushed aside warning signs that one of those companies was in deep financial trouble nine months before it went into liquidation. And there are increasing calls on the federal corporate regulator, ASIC, to intervene and stamp out illegal practices. Julia Banks The government has spent the day cleaning up after yesterday's shock resignation of Julia Banks from the Liberal Party and her move to the crossbenches. And it defended its decision to have just 10 sitting days before next year's budget. Australia facing battle over quality and quantity of teachers When you send your kids to school, you want them to be educated by the best and brightest teachers but attracting and keeping those people is a major challenge. Australia has looming teacher shortage combined with a booming student population. So, what's the solution? Missy Higgins Over the course of her career, singer-songwriter Missy Higgins has had many hits and won a swag of awards. But it hasn't always been that way, and here she offers her younger self some advice.

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November 22, 2018

Victorian election The Andrews Labor government is fighting hold onto power in Victoria in this weekend's state election. The ABC's election analyst, Antony Green, takes a look at how things may unfold. Silicosis outbreak Over the past three months, 7.30 has revealed a health crisis among workers cutting artificial stone kitchen benchtops. Dozens of cases of the potentially deadly lung disease silicosis were first identified in Queensland, before even more cases emerged in New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria. It has now become so bad an international health expert has called for urgent medical testing of the entire workforce. How much do political parties know about you? Political parties know more about you than you may realise. Parties are looking for whatever edge they can get, and increasingly, that edge comes in the form of personal data. While the use of this data is still in its infancy in this country, its potential is huge. Jarrod Lyle's legacy In August Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle lost his third battle against a cancer he was first diagnosed with two decades earlier. His death shocked both the other professionals and his many fans. His widow Briony is continuing her husband's work raising money for families living with cancer through the charity, Challenge. Labor's new energy policy For more than a decade, energy policy has been a headache for both sides of politics. Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy Mark Butler discusses Labor's newly unveiled the energy policy, which they will take to the next election.

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November 21, 2018

Illegal Logging Government-owned logging company, VicForest has been accused of illegally logging in endangered ecosystems. That logging is contributing to the decline of some of the country's threatened species and destroying some of the last untouched forests in Victoria. The fall of small mechanics The car you probably driving today is in effect a highly sophisticated computer and that means fixing cars requires technical information and computer codes. Australia's consumer watchdog, the ACCC, has found that car makers are often reluctant to share that information, pushing up the price of repairs and servicing. New activist group to challenge Get Up! A new activist group wants to influence your vote at the next election and is throwing a lot of money at it. Advance Australia has been started by a group of conservative business leaders on a mission to challenge the powerful left-wing lobby group, Get Up!rs and servicing. Cate McGregor's advice to her younger self As part of our series of Australians offering advice to their younger selves, Cate McGregor looks back on her eclectic career in the military, politics and cricket. She is also now one of Australia's highest-profile transgender advocates. Celebrating 50 years of life with muscular dystrophy Turning 50 is a big deal for anyone, but it's especially significant for Andrew Taylor. At seven he was diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy, and doctors didn't expect him to live much beyond his teens.

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November 1, 2018

Inside Lion Air's crash investigation Indonesian air safety investigators have recovered one of the flight recorders from the Lion Air plane crash, moving a step closer to finding out what went wrong. At the same time, Lion Air is conducting its own investigation . 7.30 was granted access to the airline's training facility – as the accident-prone airline attempts to recreate what went wrong during Monday's fateful flight. Gideon Haigh explains why David Peever had to resign as Chairman of Cricket Australia Cricket commentator and author, Gideon Haigh, discusses the resignation of David Peever as Chairman of Cricket Australia. It follows a week of pressure over the fallout from the ball tampering scandal. Controversial gas project divides dying outback town When South Australia's only coal fired power station closed in 2015 hundreds of jobs were lost and the small community where the coal came from was crippled. Now a new gas project is offering the outback town of Leigh Creek a lifeline. The problem is the technology promising a new future has a problematic past in Queensland, where it's been banned. Satirist Mark Humphries takes us behind the scenes to show us how to make a Prime Ministerial video. Back out of the closet and onto the dance floor Hundreds of members of the LGBTI community have gathered in central Melbourne for the second 'Coming Back Out Ball', which celebrates those who led the charge out of the closet. But behind the glitz and glamour, the event also addresses issues of social isolation, ageism and homophobia. (Picture supplied: Bryony Jackson/All the Queens Men)

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October 31, 2018

Meet the Kansas governor candidate described as 'Trump before Trump' With US mid-term elections on next week, Republicans are desperately trying to hold onto their majority as Democrats gain ground in traditionally conservative states. As well as voting for Congress, they're deciding the Governorships of their states. And this year all eyes are on the race in Kansas, where Kris Kobach, a man described as a 'mini Trump' is running on an anti-immigrant agenda. Former High Court Judge Michael Kirby shares his wisdom for Year 12 students This week 7.30 has heard from some wonderful Australians offering advice for year 12 students sitting end of school exams. In the final instalment, former High Court Judge Michael Kirby shares his wisdom. Grieving dad fulfils triathlon promise to wife and son who died of brain cancer Leigh Chivers lost both his wife, Sara, and son, Alfie, to brain cancer within six months of each other. Now he's fulfilled a promise he made to his wife and also a life long dream, by completing the gruelling Hawaiian Ironman. The real cost of becoming a cashless Australia Carrying cash is fast becoming a thing of the past. While digital payments are more convenient for many of us, it's making life difficult for buskers, the homeless and charities who collect on the streets. The Salvation Army has adopted paypass, and The Big Issue magazine is about to switch to tap-n-go in a bid to stay afloat. The incredible reality for young carers One in eight people in Australia are carers for family members who are sick, disabled, frail or have an addiction. And it's not just adults, more than 275,000 Australian children are caring for parents or siblings. They're juggling burdens that would be challenging for adults to manage and, as a consequence, they face a serious risk of long-term disadvantage.

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