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Phone Ban Recently New South Wales became the first Aussie state to announce a ban on mobile phones in state primary schools. The government says it’s about keeping kids safe from online bullies and keeping them focused on their work, but not everyone agrees. Martin has a look at the mobile debate here in Australia and overseas and finds out what kids think about phones in schools. Women in Politics Next Friday is International Women’s Day, which is dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements and promoting gender equality around the world. To mark it, BTN is going to look back at the history of women in Australian politics - from the women who fought for the right to vote to our current female leaders and efforts to attract the next generation of women to politics. Palm Oil Zoos Victoria has announced it’s going to stop selling products that sell palm oil. It’s a type of oil that’s commonly used in many things, from chocolate to soap, but many conservationists say it’s having a big impact on orangutans, whose forest homes are often cut down for palm oil plantations. Rat Island Imagine trying to rid a whole island of rat! That was the big job that a group of scientists set themselves when they travelled to a remote island in the Pacific Ocean called Reiono. Carl went along to find out about the project and learn why introduced pests are such a problem. Breakdancing There were a lot of excited break-dancers last week when it was announced that it will probably be included in the 2024 Olympics Games! Jack goes to meet some young break-dancers to find out more about what it is, where it comes from, and why it deserves to be seen as a serious sport.

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Cyber Attacks There’s been a lot of talk about cyber safety in Australia after the computer networks of parliament and several political parties were broken into by overseas criminals. We look at what happened, what cybercrime is and what ordinary people can do to stay safe. Sports Pay Gap The heads of Australia’s biggest sporting organisations came together last week to release a plan which they reckon could be a world first. They want to work to reduce the pay gap between men and women in professional sport. We find out more about that pay gap and what’s being done to make sport fairer in Australia. Oscars History On Monday movie lovers around the world will be tuning in to Hollywood’s biggest night: the annual Academy Awards. We take a look back at the history of the awards and find out why they’re such a big deal, why they’re called the Oscars, and why they’re sometimes controversial. Space Clean-up Scientists and engineers have just taken a giant leap forward in the fight to clean up outer-space! A company from the UK has successfully tested a spacecraft designed to harpoon pieces of space junk so they can be pulled out of orbit. That’s really important because experts say space junk poses a serious and growing threat to humans in space and here on Earth. Circus Abyssinia Jack meets the young performers of Circus Abyssinia, Ethiopia’s first circus troupe. He finds out how the group got started and what it’s like to travel the world as a circus performer.

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Fires and floods In the past few weeks people in different parts of Australia have been dealing with very different but very destructive natural disasters. In Tasmania bushfires have destroyed homes as well as huge areas of the native forest. Meanwhile Townsville is mopping up after major floods last week. Amelia had a look at these natural disasters and how they're affecting local kids. Extreme Weather Over the holidays we've heard a lot about extreme weather events, from the heatwaves that hit during Australia's hottest-ever January to a polar vortex which set temperatures plummeting in the US. Our new reporter, Martin, goes to find out more about the weather and whether we can expect more of this to come. Murray-Darling warning There are serious worries about the health of Australia's biggest river system - the Murray-Darling. Recently millions of fish died near the town of Menindee in NSW because of an outbreak of blue green algae caused by a lack of water flowing down the Darling. While the government blames the drought a new report from South Australia says more needs to be done to protect the rivers. Storm girl You might have seen the recent movie Storm Boy, about a kid that befriends a pelican. Well, this week we meet a real-life Storm Girl. 12-year-old rookie reporter Shalise tells us about her friendship with pelicans and the work that she's done to protect their homes. Symphony school Have you ever wondered what it takes to be part of an orchestra? A group of Australia's top young musicians have been finding out. During the holidays they took part in the Australian Youth Orchestra's National Music Camp, making music together and learning about how to make music a career.

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