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.
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.
Finance Problems Financial analysts warn of trouble ahead as interest only home loans become principal plus interest. Victorian Election Results Today things only got worse for a government still reeling from the Victorian election result on the weekend. The Prime Minister sought to regain control by announcing a date for the budget, and a timeline for the election, but things soon deteriorated even further. Bushfires in Queensland Authorities in Queensland are warning of a "horrendous" 48 hours ahead, as multiple bushfires burn across the state. Leigh Sales interviews Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Superintendent James Haig. Sexuality in Private Schools One Year 12 student at a Sydney private school has come out in a speech in front of the whole school. The response from his peers at St Ignatius College Riverview was incredible.
Some medical implants putting patients at risk An international investigation has raised questions about the way medical devices and implants are regulated in Australia. The political fallout from the Victorian election In Saturday's Victorian election, Labor was returned with an increased majority while the Liberals lost prize seats. Migrants attempt to cross US-Mexico border Overnight there was a serious incident on the US-Mexico border, with hundreds of migrants from Central America attempting to get through the fence. Leigh Sales speaks to Buzzfeed journalist Adolfo Flores in Tijuana. Novel to cure disease Jeff and Carly Millar have two children with an extremely rare genetic disease, known as A-T. It combines the worst aspects of cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis. The Millars came up with a novel way to raise money for research into this incurable disease.
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.
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.
WWI footage for new documentary This month marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. The filmmaker Peter Jackson has used new techniques to restore century-old film of that conflict. Sister Pat Fox on life back in Australia Australian nun Sister Pat Fox made headlines around the world when she was kicked out of the Philippines after earning the ire of the country's authoritarian president. After 27 years away, the human rights activist has arrived home in Melbourne. Population growth Only a month ago the Government was flagging measures to encourage migrants to settle in regional centres. Now the Prime Minister is suggesting Australia cut its national migration intake by 30,000. Disability pensioner suing NSW Police A disability pensioner is suing NSW Police after an officer drew his gun on the woman and pepper sprayed her dog. The incident was captured on the police car dashcam.
Jeff Morris Today was D-Day for Australia's largest bank, with the Commonwealth Bank's CEO Matt Comyn the first chief executive to face the music. Whistleblower Jeff Morris exposed corrupt practices at Commonwealth Bank that helped lead to the royal commission, and he blames the bonuses for creating a culture where sales were pursued at all costs. The KGB agent, the frogmen The brutal death of Gennadi Bernovski on the Gold Coast 18 years ago stumped the original police detectives. But earlier this year, a new team of Queensland detectives quietly re-opened this cold case, and last week a $250,000 reward was announced. For nine months the cold case detectives have allowed 7.30 to track their investigation. US-China tensions Foreign Minister Marise Payne has urged the United States and China to talk to ease trade tensions between the two countries. At the APEC summit over the weekend the two nations were in open disagreement over trade, security and the Pacific region. The hostility between the two powers meant that the gathering of leaders was unable to even agree on a joint statement about the summit.
Cricketer Moises Henriques Moises Henriques talks about his struggles with mental health and how he found the help he needed. WestConnex construction Residents near the controversial WestConnex in Sydney's inner west claim noise and air pollution from the construction of the road project has caused depression and asthma. Theresa May British Prime Minister Theresa May has finally won the support of her cabinet for her proposed Brexit deal. Joining 7.30 from London to discuss the development is the political editor of Business Insider, Adam Bienkov.
John Newcombe’s John Newcombe is one of the greatest Aussie tennis players of all time. He reflects on his formative years. Federal anti-corruption commission The growing power of the crossbench in the House of Representatives, and voter disillusion with politics, means the idea of an anti-corruption body in the federal system has a real chance of finally being addressed. Mining companies in WA Mining companies in Western Australia are once again competing for workers as the resources sector picks up.
Superannuation The royal commission and a landmark productivity report exposed an epidemic of high fees and low returns among superannuation retail funds. It's prompted a big shift, with customers abandoning retail funds in favour of industry funds. Helping people Volunteer biographers are helping people in palliative care tell their life stories. Jeffrey Archer on his books British author Jeffrey Archer discusses his books, his political career, his time in prison and his Australian art.
Melbourne Cup horse death sparks welfare debate The need to euthanase a horse, Cliffs of Moher, after last week's Melbourne Cup has prompted a debate about animal welfare. California bushfires The California bushfires are still burning tonight, with 31 people confirmed dead and 200 missing. Brianna Sacks, a reporter with BuzzFeed in Southern California, joins us to discuss the situation. Melbourne reeling from Friday terror attack Melbourne is still reeling from a deadly terror attack on Friday afternoon in which a beloved local resident was killed. The tragedy has raised a number of questions, including what can be done to prevent lone wolf terrorism. Pub test Staff at the high-profile Sydney hospitality company claim they aren't being paid weekend penalty rates. Brain gain for maths institute A growing number of jobs rely on mathematics, yet the percentage of students studying advanced maths at school has dropped, and often Australia's brightest graduates head overseas. A new institute is hoping to change that.
High Voltage Many Australian homes are being fed electricity with more voltage than they need causing appliances to use extra power. The energy networks blame solar panels for boosting voltage levels. But data obtained by 7.30 shows many homes are receiving voltages above acceptable limits at all times of the day - even when solar panels aren't generating any power. Jeff Sessions sacked Former White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter says Donald Trump's sacking of Attorney-General Jeff Sessions could lead to a constitutional crisis in the United States if it results in interference in the Mueller inquiry. Regional bank branch closures The banking industry is undergoing massive changes, and nowhere is feeling it more than the regions, where banks are rapidly closing branches. Ken Henry admits banks must change NAB Chairman and former head of Treasury Ken Henry acknowledges that banks have lost the trust of customers, but argues that things are changing and banks are focusing more on their customers. NSW Opposition Leader resigns Chief Political Correspondent Laura Tingle looks at the resignation of NSW Opposition Leader, Luke Foley, following the alleged sexual harassment of an ABC journalist. Mr Foley has denied the claims and said he will sue for defamation.
Unsafe Harbour When a 33 year old doctor was killed in the Whitsundays on Monday questions were quickly raised about why drum lines designed to deter sharks had been recently removed. But today, a shark bit a surfer in northern New South Wales at a spot that did have drum lines, illustrating just how complicated the matter is. Lucy Hawking Stephen Hawking's daughter, Lucy Hawking, has become an advocate for her late father's big ideas. Shortly before his death in March, Professor Hawking addressed ten questions he'd been asked during the past thirty years, things like 'Is time travel possible?' and 'Is there a God?' His thoughts were published in a book called Brief Answers to the Big Questions. Eddie Woo In the latest in the series of prominent people reflecting on their youth, Australia's most famous teacher Eddie Woo shares some heartfelt life advice to inspire students.
Rupert Murdoch Rupert Murdoch stunned investors with the recent sale of 21st Century Fox to Disney for $US71 billion. One of the mogul's former editors believes it's his last big deal, and that his eldest son Lachlan is already steering the ship, at least in Australia. Michael Lewis Delays in appointing people to key positions of government has been a hallmark of the Trump administration. In some cases, people with no relevant experience or understanding have been appointed to cabinet positions. The lack of interest in the business of government has huge consequences, according to author Michael Lewis. His new book The Fifth Risk looks at just that. Prime Minister Scott Morrison is on a tour of Queensland, and his sales pitch to voters is that he's a "fair dinkum" bloke. One of the biggest challenges many refugees face settling into Australia is mastering English. 7.30 caught up with a Syrian refugee family coming to grips with Australian English, and finding some unexpected help. Leigh Sales interviews jockey Kerrin McEvoy, who today won the Melbourne Cup riding Cross Counter.
New figures emerge in the ongoing Keli Lane investigation Two new players have come forward casting more doubt on the fairness of the trial that led to Lane's conviction. And documents have been uncovered which reveal that the Crown Prosecutor feared the trial could be aborted. How Caleb got his smile back Caleb Scott was just nine years old when he underwent emergency surgery to remove a brain tumour. The surgery was a success but the after-effects were severe - the right side of his body, including his face, was left paralysed. Now aged 12, Caleb is learning to smile again. A nation divided: the US prepares to vote in mid term elections Americans head to the polls for midterm elections on Tuesday amid a tinderbox of division that's already provoked a series of bomb threats and hate crimes. Democrats are set to take control of the House, which is likely to increase the tension as debate rages about Donald Trump's political rhetoric, especially on immigration.
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)
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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