Alison Harcourt named Victorian Senior Australian of the Year 7.30 recently reported on maths pioneer, Alison Harcourt, who is still tutoring university at 89 years of age. Last night she was names Victoria's Senior Australian of the Year. Official portrait of Julia Gillard unveiled at parliament house Julia Gillard has revealed her official prime ministerial portrait – the first to be unveiled since 2010, despite a litany of contenders. The painting is strikingly different to the others in the members hall, not just thanks to the style of artist Vincent Fantauzzo, but of course because it's the first portrait of a female prime minister. The alarming divide between city and rural health care As Australian cities becoming increasingly crowded, many people are making a tree change and heading for the country. But what happens if you get sick or injured in a regional town? 7.30 has uncovered some shocking cases in which the gap in regional health services has had devastating impacts. Shane Warne In part 2 of 7.30's interview with cricketing legend, Shane Warne, he talks about the challenges he's faced off the pitch.
Meet one of the Invictus Games athletes Meet one of the athletes competing for Australia at the Invictus Games. House auction clearance rates in Sydney the worst since GFC Economists are warning property owners around the country to brace for a downturn. Last weekend's auction clearance rates in Sydney were the worst since the global financial crisis a decade ago. Nauru to Australia The plight of refugee and asylum seeker children on the island of Nauru became an emotive issue during the Wentworth by-election. Last night the Morrison Government took the dramatic step of bringing 11 children to Australia for medical treatment. Leigh Sales discusses the developments with chief political correspondent Laura Tingle. Angus Taylor on trying to get electricity bills down The Prime Minister is putting energy companies on notice that he expects electricity bills to come down before the next election. Energy Minister Angus Taylor joins 7.30 to discuss the issue. Shane Warne Shane Warne interview, part one: Few Australians have attracted the accolades, the scandal and the sheer mythology as cricket legend Shane Warne. Now he's released a memoir, No Spin, a brutally honest account of every part of his career and life.
Kevin Rudd speaks about his removal from office In the second volume of his memoirs, Kevin Rudd explores his time as prime minister and its abrupt end. He speaks to 7.30 about his removal from office. Kerryn Phelps on track to take seat of Wentworth The latest vote count has independent Kerryn Phelps on track to upset 117 years of political history and steal the seat of Wentworth from the Liberal Party. Federal Parliament apologises to survivors of institutional child sex abuse Today the Federal Parliament offered an historic apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. 7.30 spent time with one of those survivors to learn what the apology means to him. The 11-year-old boy helping to care for his dad who has dementia Nearly 3 million Australians are currently caring for a loved one in need, and for some of the carers, that role begins in childhood. Tonight we meet 11-year-old Jacob James, who's looking out for his dad Pete who has younger onset dementia. For competitors, Invictus Games much more than a sporting event The Invictus Games are underway after Prince Harry declared them open on Saturday night in Sydney. For those who compete it's much more than a sporting event.
Is it OK to be white? Satirist Mark Humphries confronts the real issue facing Australians today - hidden white racism. Wounded veterans find hope The Invictus Games, which aim to help injured military personnel and veterans rebuild their lives through sport, begin this weekend. 7.30 spoke to two competitors at opposite ends of their careers who are overcoming their injuries and confronting their demons. Rain brings hope to some farmers, heartbreak to others Two weeks ago, rain in New South Wales' far-west gave some farmers hope the drought could end soon. But for others nearby, the struggle continues. Voters of Wentworth to decide who replaces Malcolm Turnbull The government will defend its slim parliamentary majority on Saturday in the Wentworth by-election, triggered when former Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, quit politics. The Liberal candidate, Dave Sharma, is facing a strong challenge from independent Kerryn Phelps. Michael Caine looks back on his life, films and family Ahead of the release of his latest autobiography 'Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life', Michael Caine speaks about working with Christopher Nolan, meeting John Wayne, and staying true to his roots.
Comedian Rob Brydon Welsh comedian Roby Brydon is one of the UK's most successful comedians, and possibly best known for his freakishly accurate impersonations. Next year he'll bring his stand up tour to Australia for the first time. Russia and China With US midterm elections less than a month away, Russia and China are stepping up efforts to interfere. Rather than hacking and direct manipulation of voters, misinformation from propaganda outlets acting as foreign news services pose the biggest threat. Mega City In the 2nd instalment on Australia's population growth, Andy Park looks at cities. They draw almost 90 per cent of Australia's migrants, yet are poorly equipped to manage our burgeoning population. Penny Wong The Morrison government has had a very untidy day, to say the least. And it comes at a time it can ill-afford it, heading into this weekend's crucial Wentworth by-election.
Rami Malek Rami Malek is set to play larger-than-life rock star Freddie Mercury in the upcoming biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. He spoke to 7:30 about representing the man behind the music. Lawyer to launch legal case The Human Rights Law Centre is launching a case in the United Nations. It claims the 2013 policy change redirecting refugees to Nauru has led to long-term separation of families, many of whom have not seen each other since leaving for Australia. Read the full statement from the Department of Home Affairs here. Australia's population: How big is too big? Australia’s population growth has radically altered our country over the past few decades, with high net migration, a falling birth rate and an aging population all playing their role. These forces have changed and are changing our cities, our suburbs and our regional areas.
The man who broke Watergate talks about Donald Trump Donald Trump may have popularised the term 'fake news', but the wild nature of his presidency has also spawned an extraordinary series of insider accounts of his chaotic White House. The latest and most substantial of these is 'Fear' by veteran Washington reporter Bob Woodward. Young women and injuries The introduction of an AFL women's competition, the rise of the Matildas, and the increasing popularity of women's cricket all reflect a huge increase in the popularity of women's team sport. But with this surge has come a significant increase in serious knee injuries. Women are up to ten times more likely to rupture their anterior cruciate ligament than men, and Australia has the highest rate of knee reconstructions in the world. Energy distributors push for a cap on solar power More than six solar panels are installed across Australia every minute of every day as people try to tackle rising power prices. But the industry that owns Australia's poles and wires says all that power from the sun is a problem and it could destabilise the electricity grid. The solar industry disagrees, and it's preparing for a fight with the power networks. Asian elephants under threat The Asian elephant is one of the world's most majestic animals. But now these gentle giants face a threat that could wipe them out completely … poachers who want their skin.
Conflict over religious freedom report threatens to split Coalition The warring forces within the federal Coalition have been notably silent in recent weeks, with all sides only too aware that such divisions could torpedo the chances their chances in the Wentworth by-election. But that peace was shattered today by the leaking of some details of a tightly-held report on proposed changes to religious freedom laws. The Australian Financial Review's political editor Phil Coorey discusses the latest developments. James Clapper assesses tension in the South China Sea Former US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, takes a look at what is happening in the South China Sea. Tensions rise between China and the US Tensions are rising between the world's two biggest economies. The tough talks follows last week's incident in the South China Sea, where warships from the United States and China came within 45 metres of colliding. The US is already locked in a trade war with Beijing and the US President has accused China of meddling in its upcoming elections. Spike in silicosis cases Silicosis is a potentially deadly lung disease mostly associated with the coal mining industry. But there has been a silicosis outbreak in Queensland among tradesmen who make kitchen and bathroom bench tops with engineered stone. Some of those workers and the medical profession are sounding the alarm about what they fear could become a public health emergency. Richard Branson's personal appeal The executions of convicted drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in Indonesia in 2015 shocked Australia. But they also attracted global interest - including from some unlikely places. Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson is a passionate campaigner against the death penalty and made a personal appeal to Indonesia's president at the time to spare the couple.
Religious Freedom The warring forces within the federal Coalition have been notably silent in recent weeks, with all sides only too aware that such divisions could torpedo the chances their chances in the Wentworth by-election. But that peace was shattered today by the leaking of some details of a tightly-held report on proposed changes to religious freedom laws. The Australian Financial Review's political editor Phil Coorey discusses the latest developments. South China Sea Former US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, takes a look at what is happening in the South China Sea. Tensions rise between China and the US Tensions are rising between the world's two biggest economies. The tough talks follows last week's incident in the South China Sea, where warships from the United States and China came within 45 metres of colliding. The US is already locked in a trade war with Beijing and the US President has accused China of meddling in its upcoming elections. Deadly dust Silicosis is a potentially deadly lung disease mostly associated with the coal mining industry. But there has been a silicosis outbreak in Queensland among tradesmen who make kitchen and bathroom bench tops with engineered stone. Some of those workers and the medical profession are sounding the alarm about what they fear could become a public health emergency. Richard Branson's personal appeal The executions of convicted drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in Indonesia in 2015 shocked Australia. But they also attracted global interest - including from some unlikely places. Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson is a passionate campaigner against the death penalty and made a personal appeal to Indonesia's president at the time to spare the couple.
McDonald's Employment McDonald's is the largest employer of young people in Australia, giving many teenagers their first step into the workforce. But some former workers accusing the fast food giant of 'churning' young workers to save on wages. Marawi Last year Marawi became a battleground after it was captured by militant supporters of Islamic State. Government soldiers may have crushed the uprising, but one year on the city remains in ruins and thousands of people are still unable to return to their homes. Farmers and Climate change Prime Minister Scott Morrison has dismissed calls for coal powered energy to be phased out by 2050, as recommended by the world's leading climate change body, the IPCC. But you don't have to convince Australian farmers of that - many who are already struggling with drought now accept that climate change is making the world a hotter place. The laundromat Vanguard Laundry looks like any ordinary commercial laundry, but there's more to it than that. It's a social enterprise, staffed by people who've experienced mental illness and long-term unemployment, and it's changing lives.
The Opera House: world heritage listed cultural precinct or Sydney's biggest billboard? The decision to allow a horse race to be promoted on the Opera House sails has sparked outrage and questions reportedly being asked at UNESCO. But it's not just the Prime Minister who's defended the move. The NSW Premier and Racing NSW say the promotion is in line with previous sporting and cultural use building's sails. Former chief executive of the Sydney Opera House, Michael Lynch says the horse racing promotion proposed for the sails of the Opera House is 'highly inappropriate'. Bill Hare discusses climate change report The UN's intergovernmental panel on climate change released a report today which paints an alarming picture of the impact of a 2 per cent increase in global temperatures as a result of climate change. It says urgent and unprecedented action is needed to keep the increase to one and a half degrees. Dr Bill Hare of the CEO of Climate Analytics discusses what it means. Alison Harcourt Alison Harcourt may not be a household name, but the 88-year-old statistics pioneer is somewhat of a celebrity in some parts of the maths world. Her work has helped measure poverty in Australia and played a key role in amending the Electoral Act, and the octogenarian is still going strong and tutoring the next generation of young students. Cable Beach It's one of the most popular images in Australian tourism, camel trains silhouetted against a setting sun on Broome's Cable Beach. But there's trouble brewing in the remote paradise, as the camels share the beach with growing numbers of tourists and four wheel drive vehicles.
The Federal Government has tried to hose down a damaging row over its school funding policy by pouring more than $4 billion into Catholic and independent schools, key figures involved in Australian cricket say the 'win at all costs' attitude needs to change, World Vision's Tim Costello explains the situation in Sulawesi following last week's 7.5 magnitude earthquake followed by a tsunami and UK Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit blueprint battle.
The fake Australian honey scandal widens to include premium Australian brands, a senior barrister believes the Australian government has lost control of the offshore processing of asylum seekers after the Nauruan government refused to comply with Federal Court orders, Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the states should accept government assurances they won't be worse off under new GST rules without legislation and the drought's affect on people living in outer Sydney.
Some Australian economists are predicting falls of up to 20-percent in the property market before the market bottoms out in a year or so, the shocking conditions on Australian farms that have backpackers speaking out, the creative approach allowing dementia sufferers to live with the disease rather than suffer and Chicago's summer of gun violence that saw more than 2000 people shot.
Australian woman Lisa Cunningham could potentially be handed death penalty for the alleged abuse and murder of her husband's seven-year-old daughter, the plan by Chinese winemakers to become the world's top producer of fine wines, former Federal Treasurer and Governor General Bill Hayden's surprise Catholic baptism at 85 after a lifetime of staunch atheism and a wrap of the weekend's football finals.
7.30 chief political correspondent Laura Tingle examines the political ramifications of the departure of the ABC’s chairman and managing director. Plus, victims say they are still paying the price of previous bad behaviour by the banks as the Banking Royal Commission prepares to hand down its interim report and D-Day for US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh – a man described by US President Donald Trump as a genius despite claims he is guilty of sexual assault.
The federal government has called for an investigation into the conduct of ABC board chairman Justin Milne about whether he upheld the ABC’s editorial independence. Plus, Valentino Dixon reflects on his release from a US prison after 27 years for a murder he did not commit and how he now hopes to reunite with his Australian wife, who he has not seen in 12 years. Also, the revolutionary scheme that has autistic and mainstream students engage in daily short interactions for the social betterment of both.
A team of Australian scientists have broadened their research into Alzheimer’s disease, with current global research into how to stop the disease once it has taken hold standing still despite the efforts of scientists around the world. Plus, competition watchdog ACCC is urging motorists to shop around for petrol with prices currently at a four-year high and Melbourne widower Leigh Chivers talks about putting his grief for his wife, Sara, and baby, Alfie, to use in a positive way after losing them both to two different types of brain cancer within the space of six months. Also, the reality for a growing number of Australians who are over 55 and claiming Newstart Allowance.
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