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Behind The News

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23/07/2013

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]

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24:30 | Published 6 years ago
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Behind The News

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25/06/2013

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.

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24:34 | Published 6 years ago
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Behind The News

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11/06/2013

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.

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24:30 | Published 6 years ago
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7/05/2013

INSIDE DETENTION Hidden camera footage has revealed the poor conditions for asylum seekers at Australia's off-shore detention centres. So why are we sending people to other countries for processing? And how can we guarantee that they're given fair treatment? FASHION FACTORIES Hundreds of people were killed when a factory collapsed in Bangladesh recently. Factory bosses told staff they had to work in the building even though they'd been warned that it was unsafe. The factory makes clothes for some well-known western fashion brands. So why do we make so many of our clothes overseas? QUAD BIKES Quad bikes are a part of everyday life for kids who've grown up around farms or in the country. At the moment, a kid can ride a quad bike at any age and they don't even have to wear a helmet. There have been some serious accidents recently and some kids have even died. Some people think the rules should be made tougher. ACL INJURY If you listen to any sports bulletin on the news then you're likely to hear at least one story about a player with an injury. Quite often we'll hear the names of these injuries but with no explanation about what they actually mean. Last week three AFL players tore their ACLs which meant they'd be sidelined for the season. So what is an ACL injury and why is it such a bad one? UKULELE KIDS A lot of songs these days feature an instrument you might not know too much about - the ukulele. It's a bit like a mini guitar and is really easy to learn. Tash caught up with some school girls who decided to make their own ukulele ensemble and are proving to be a big hit.

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24:30 | Published 6 years ago
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30/04/2013

INDIGENOUS ANZAC On ANZAC day the country stops to remember those who fought and died for Australia in times of war. But there's one group of Australians whose sacrifice isn't as well known. In the First and Second World Wars thousands of Indigenous Australians went to fight for a country that didn't even recognise them as citizens. Sarah meets the descendant of one Aboriginal soldier and finds out what ANZAC day means to him. NBN PLANS The government and the opposition have revealed their plans for the Internet. The government is rolling out a National Broadband Network but the opposition has put forward an alternative idea. We'll take a look at both plans and try to explain the differences. CSIRO Australia's biggest scientific organisation, the CSIRO, recently announced it's going to lose some funding. Some people aren't happy because jobs will be lost and it could affect scientific research. We take a look at the role of the CSIRO. BITCOIN In the past few weeks there have been a lot of news stories around about things called bitcoins. They're a type of currency that only exists on computers and some people use them to buy and sell things online. Investors have also started buying bitcoins hoping to make a profit. So what is this mysterious money? COMPETITIVE FISHING Many people think of fishing as a relaxing hobby. But it can also be a highly competitive sport. We got some tips from a young angler and joined him at a fishing comp.

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24:30 | Published 6 years ago
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26/02/2013

SPY SECRETS This week information was revealed about an Australian man who died in mysterious circumstances while working as a spy for Israel. It's led to a lot of talk about the role of spy agencies around the world. SPACE ROCK When an asteroid flew past the earth last week, it got lots of scientists very excited. And while that was happening a meteor hit a Russian town and caused lots of damage. So what's the difference between an asteroid, a meteor, a meteorite and a comet? UN YOUTH When you think of the United Nations you probably picture lots of old people wearing suits and sitting around tables. But did you know that there's also a UN for kids... and that Australia has its very own youth ambassador? We asked our youth representative to take a video camera along to his next meeting to see what he does. CAR CLASS We visit a school that's putting on classes to teach kids how to fix cars. Not only are they turning kids into future mechanics, but the class is teaching valuable life skills too. The course is popular amongst boys... but not many girls are getting involved. So how can the auto industry attract more girls? MINI MAGIC If you've ever tried a bit of magic you'll know it can take a long time to perfect your trick. The best magicians practice for years to get it just right. We meet a couple of kids who are so good at magic that they've been invited to perform all over the world.

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