This week we look at the controversy surrounding the PM awarding a knighthood to Prince Phillip and protests on the Manus Island Detention Centre. There are teaching resources available for our stories on Bushfire Escape and Australian Anthem.
To celebrate our final show of the year, BTN is taking a look back at 2014. What were the biggest headlines across Australia? What overseas events really got us talking? And which kids inspired us most with their amazing stories? We'll sort through it all to bring you the biggest and best moments - plus a whole lot of fun. And as an added bonus, we're also pulling together the biggest quiz in BtN's history. Play along at school or at home, as we look back over the year that was. All that and more on BtN this week.
As Australia and China have just agreed on a free trade deal we ask exactly what they are and how they benefit us; as the weather gets hotter and more Australian kids hit the water, there's been a warning issued about the dangers of a quick dip; the world's oldest and largest environmental organisation has released a list of endangered plants and animals around the world; launching a satellite is a big deal - it costs many millions of dollars and years of hard work. But now some primary schools are launching satellites of their own and finally; we meet a young writer who dreams of having her short farmyard stories published for kids all over the world to enjoy.
A study has found that children will now have an average of 13 different jobs over their lifetime. But why is this change happening?; the justice system is one of the most important parts of our society. Yet most kids don't really know how it works. So on BtN this week, we're taking a closer look at the process. Plus there's teacher resources available for our stories on Child Rights Anniversary and Sun Damage.
Brisbane is about to host the G20. It's a meeting where the world's most powerful leaders discuss the biggest issues of the future. In other words, issues that will directly affect kids as they grow up. But why aren't all world leaders involved in an event that's so important? Plus there are teaching resources available for our stories on Greenhouse Gasses and War Nurses.
Did you know that there's a tax in Australia that even kids have to pay? It's called the GST and the Prime Minister has just announced he's open to increasing it; Last week, a Hollywood film company went to court to demand the personal details of Australians who downloaded one particular movie illegally. If successful, those downloaders could each face thousands of dollars in fines; In the recent national curriculum review, experts recommended Australian students focus more heavily on music in their studies; plus kids learning history by visiting a cemetery and should you be forced to go to school on your birthday?
On BtN this week, we're taking a look back at Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam who has died at the age of 98; we discover that rabbits don't have the best reputation in the sunshine state; we visit some bushfire volunteers and we go along to a workshop that teaches kids how to make themselves into video game characters.
This week is anti-poverty week and across the nation, events are being held to highlight the huge issues disadvantage can cause in our community. Most of us love a hit of beach cricket in summer. And the kids of far north Western Australia are no exception. So an Aussie foundation is now using a beach cricket tournament to encourage kids to make it to school each day. These days, transporting essential supplies like food, mail or building materials can be done by road, rail, sea or air. But back in Australia's early days, many of those options just weren't possible, so paddle steam boats were used. Plus, teacher resources for our stories on Antarctic Future and Cat Ban.
Australia is now at war in Iraq for the third time in 25 years. But is it really a war?; Recently, Parliament House in Canberra announced some restrictions on women wearing Islamic headwear that covers the face. We look at the types of religious head coverings that are out there and meet some of the young women who wear them. Teacher resources are available for this story and Space School.
Tony Abbott will soon travel to Arnhem Land, as part of his election commitment to spend a week each year in an aboriginal community whilst he's Prime Minister. It's the first time a serving PM has undertaken such a trip, which is expected to shine a light on the issues facing indigenous communities there. In the lead up to his visit, we asked some kids from the area to give us an early insight into what the PM might see and learn when he arrives. There are teacher resources for this story as well as our story on Alcohol Damage.
This week BtN has teacher resources available for stories on Flag Day and Stem Changes. With the current situation in Iraq we ask why one country would give weapons to another.
It's the viral campaign that has taken the world by storm, but do you know what it's actually all about? We find out about the ice bucket challenge; Friday the 5th of September is Fresh Faced Friday, a initiative started by kids for kids focussing on body image. Teacher resources are included for that story and Maritime Past.
BtN marks the occasion of World Humanitarian Day by finding out what amazing work is being done across the globe; we take a look into the potential privacy issues that could arise from the Government's new plan to collect metadata; a report into the mental health of Aussie kids has left experts concerned. These stories and more plus teacher resources available.
The conflict in Gaza has now been going on for a month. It's one of the most complex situations on the planet right now, so this week on BtN, we're going to provide some context; The outbreak of Ebola in Africa has experts really worried, because it's deadly and there's no known cure. We find out how it works, and what's being done to contain it. There are teacher resources for the Ebola and Christmas Island stories.
From the MH17 tragedy to the ongoing conflict in Gaza, this month has thrown up some confronting news stories for kids to deal with. So it's no surprise to hear that some kids are struggling to cope with the things they've seen and heard recently. This week on BtN, we're dedicating our top story to helping kids through this potentially upsetting time. We have a discussion with kids and a specialist youth psychologist, to find out how to deal with all this devastating news. Plus there are teacher resources for our stories on Asylum Kids and WWI Centenary.
This week BtN has teacher resources for our stories on Punishing Kids and Bee Problems. Plus in the aftermath of the MH17 tragedy we look at how safe air travel is.
BtN returns this week! Teacher resources are included in the stories on New Senate and Australian Energy.
This week BtN looks at how the internet is both the cause of and solution to all of Australia Post's problems. Teacher resources are included for the stories on 5 Cent Change and Brazil Profile.
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