Today, Pablo, BtN's kid reporter in the Philippines, tells us about the damage caused by a big typhoon that hit his country; the case of an 18 year old boy who was killed by a single punch has stirred up a lot of debate; a group of parents want toy shops to stop dividing their products into stuff for boys and stuff for girls; a group of kids report for BtN about their recent trip to a school in Zambia and concerns that not enough kids are choosing to study science.
During the election we heard a lot about how important our votes were. People were encouraged to enrol and to think carefully about who they wanted to represent them in parliament. So how would you feel if your vote went missing? We also look at claims that Australia has been spying on Indonesia.
The spring fires in NSW showed us that it's always good to get your bushfire plans ready early. We visit a school in a bushfire danger zone to see how they've been preparing, we also take a look at Remembrance Day, how it started and why it's important to kids.
It's not unusual for BtN to cover bushfire stories. But what is unusual is for us to cover such big fires so early in the bushfire season. Nathan takes a look at why the fires in New South Wales have been so devastating and what it looks like to fight a bushfire first hand. Plus, the equal marriage debate prompts us to discuss Federal and State laws.
BtN explains the US Government shutdown, visits a soup kitchen in national Poverty week and being a teacher is hard - we look at a program of kids teaching kids!
When kids commit crimes their identity is usually kept secret. But there are plans in Queensland to change that plus a 16 year old is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, BtN meets her.
We've heard a lot about the Federal Election in the past week - and how the Coalition now has a clear majority in the House of Representatives. But what about the other House of Parliament - the Senate? Plus, the latest research on energy drinks has found that some of them can actually do more harm than good.
After weeks of campaigning Australians finally got the chance to have their say about who should lead the country. So what will the Prime Minister do and what's their plan for Australia's future? Plus, the use of drones is back in the news again.
This week on BtN we look at the escalating war in Syria and accusations the government has used chemical weapons. Plus just a week out from the upcoming Federal Election we take a look at preferential voting.
During election campaigns you don't often hear political leaders agree on anything. But there is one idea that Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd both say they'll work on if they win the election. They reckon farming could have a much bigger future in the North of Australia. Also this week, take your class on a guided tour of Canberra Parliament House.
BtN takes a look at how you become a candidate for election and cover stories on Racism, Bitter Sweet, Space Lab and Fossil Find.
This week BtN looks back at previous election campaigns and what we can expect to see over the coming weeks. Other stories include: Solar Future, Indo School, Top End Students and Boccia Girl.
EGYPT Egypt has one of the longest and most fascinating histories of any modern country. But lately ancient wonders have taken a back seat to modern political problems and a lot of people are worried about Egypt's future. So how did it get like this? SMACKING Discipline is always a controversial topic and last week it hit the headlines again after a group of Australian doctors called for smacking children to be made illegal. BtN takes a look at the debate. WAR GAMES Australia's defence force needs to be ready to respond whenever it's needed, whether to help out in a natural disaster or an overseas conflict. As part of their training defence workers sometimes take part in war games. But don't let the name fool you. These games are taken pretty seriously! CITIZEN SCIENCE Citizen science gives ordinary people the chance to get involved in real life experiments which help scientists with their research. Some schools are even giving kids the chance to become citizen scientists. We head to a school in the Adelaide hills that's helped researchers keep track of koalas. SNOOKER We take a look at a sport that's not often associated with young people. Arthur Lin is a 14 year old who's taking the snooker world by storm having recently won the national under 15 and 18 titles.
PNG PLAN The Prime Minister has announced that asylum seekers who arrive by boat will now be processed in Papua New Guinea. And if they're found to be genuine refugees they'll not be allowed to stay in Australia but they can settle in PNG. Some think it's a good idea - others say it's unfair. YOUTH VOTE A new date for the next Federal Election is expected soon. And when it happens people who aren't on the roll only have a short time to register. We look at the campaign aimed at getting young people on the electoral roll. KIDS SLEEP These days kids have access to a lot of hand held digital devices....but there's a potential downside. Researchers have found that using tablets or phones just before bedtime can actually keep you awake. It's all to do with the light they give off and the mixed messages sent to our brains. PRINCIPAL 4ADAY Imagine you could be principal of your shcool for a whole day. Would it be easy or hard - fun or stressful? We meet one girl who got the chance to do just that ...and followed her around as she tried to juggle friendships and discipline. SURFSCHOOL Kids living in outback towns don't always get a chance to experience some of the things city kids do - like surfing at a beach. But a group of students has been given a taste of surfboard riding as well as some valuable lessons on beach safety.
LABOR VOTES During the school holidays Australia got a new Prime Minister. Kevin Rudd became PM again after Labor MPs elected him leader over Julia Gillard. Now Mr Rudd wants to make changes to the way party leaders are elected - that would include votes from all party members. We see how this would work and why political parties exist. [Sarah] ROYAL BABY The birth's expected this week of William and Kate's first child. We explain why this baby will be third in line for the throne and what will now happen if it's a girl. We also see how names are chosen for Royal babies - there's not such a big pool to draw from. [Nathan] FRUIT FARMERS If your parents owned a fruit orchard, you might think it would be fun growing up in a garden of delights. But these days Aussie fruit farmers are doing it tough. We explain how the high value of our dollar and cheap imports are forcing some farmers to pull up their fruit trees - but maybe there's something you can do to help them? [Sarah] WILD MOB It's not every day a bunch of city kids get a chance to go camping in a rainforest. But some students in Queensland were able to do this through an environmental organisation called Wild Mob. Shontelle and Anna went along and shot some video for BTN to share what they got up to. [Tash] CYCLOCROSS We check out an extreme sport for cyclists who don't mind getting their feet wet - or covered in mud. It's called cyclocross and sees riders navigate a three kilometre course of pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and other obstacles. And that means they often have to jump off their bikes and carry them. [Sophia]
GENDER EQUALITY There's been a lot of recent media coverage on gender equality - mainly centred on how the media and others deal with Australia's female Prime Minister. But what is gender equality and why are so many people sensitive to the role of women in society? These days women can aspire to the highest office in the land but it wasn't always so. BTN goes back in history to uncover some surprising facts. G8 SUMMIT This week the leaders of the eight countries that make up the organisation known as G8 are meeting to discuss some pressing world issues - issues that they don't always agree on. BTN looks at what the G8 is and what it does. ANZAC STORY BTN meets some schoolkids who have been working on a fascinating project. They were each given the task of researching the life of an Australian Digger who fought in the First World War. Their research saw them travel to far way battlefields - and ultimately the soldiers' final resting place. FOOTY GIRLS Aussie Rules football is a sport that's very much dominated by men. But recently the women's league has been getting a bit more attention. BTN talks to a young player who reckons more girls should get involved. POPCORN A trip to the movies is a lot sweeter with a box of popcorn. It's been sold in cinemas for decades...but not all corn can produce popcorn. BTN meets a leading grower to find out where popcorn comes from and how it pops.
ASBESTOS The rollout of the NBN has hit some controversy after it was revealed that contractors doing the work may have exposed residents to asbestos dust. BtN explains what asbestos is and why it can be a dangerous material if it's not treated in the right way. REPUBLIC Last week we saw Wayne Swan and Malcolm Turnbull both agreeing on the same issue, even though they're from different political parties. They want Australia to become a republic. But what would it mean if Australia was to become a republic and how would a head of state be chosen? YOUNG SCIENTISTS Every year, the world's best young scientists get together for a huge international science and engineering fair in the United States. It gives students a chance to talk about their ideas with science experts and showcase their work. We meet some of the winners and look at their amazing inventions. AUCTION IDOL How do you feel about public speaking? Could you convince a group of people to buy a house? We meet a group of school kids who are part of the Auction Idol competition where they put their public speaking skills to the test. And, as Matt discovered, it's a lot harder than it looks. BUSH TUCKER A group of city kids are getting a taste of what life was like for their Aboriginal ancestors. They've travelled to the Queensland bush to learn about their culture and to experience bush tucker. They took a video of what they got up to.
CAR MANUFACTURING Ford has said it's going to stop making cars in Australia. More than a thousand people will lose their jobs. So what does that mean for the future of the car industry in this country? MALARIA Malaria is one of the biggest killers of children in the world. So why don't we hear more about it? Some well known people are trying to raise awareness about malaria and the ways we can fight the problem. COMMUNITY RADIO We look at the future of community radio. The Government has decided it will cut funding to digital radio stations. Some digital stations say they may have to close. FOOTBALL FOR ALL Sport can be a great way of bringing people together and that's exactly what's happening at one football club in Victoria. A group of mainly Muslim girls have got together to create their own team. While they may be struggling on the ladder they're making their mark in other ways. DOG SLED Dog sledding is a sport that people might associate with cold and snowy conditions overseas. But did you know that people also compete at dog sledding in Australia? So how do you race on dry land? Tash finds out.
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