In the wake of recent extreme weather events, Insight looks at La Nina, the weather phenomenon causing havoc here and across the globe. The forum will discuss why this La Nina event is so severe and what might be in store in the future. It will also examine whether global warming might be causing more extreme weather conditions, and what we can do to better manage climate variability in Australia.
Insight explores the rise in anti-Islamic sentiment across Europe and the United States, examining what is at the core of the backlash. In European countries, the success of multiculturalism is being questioned, while US polls show that anti-Islamic sentiment is now higher than it was than a month after the 2001 September 11 attacks. Insight will examine why the anti-Islamic sentiment is happening at this time and whether the sentiment exists in Australia.
Do we need to spend 43 billion dollars on a broadband network? The Gillard government are promising 'affordable, high speed broadband to all Australians, no matter where they live'. It's their promise to break the digital divide between city and bush 'once and for all.' The big ask from the critics is - why is it so expensive and can the government logistically deliver this roll-out?
Is the Taser the right non lethal option to a gun? They've been issued to frontline officers in tactical response groups in some states since 2000. This episode of Insight will examine the use and abuse of Tasers.
When you put organically labelled pork, eggs or brocolli in your trolley, what are you paying for? Many claim organic food is better for your health and the environment. While others believe these claims are questionable and organic farming is turning its back on decades of scientific advances in farming methods. Tonight on Insight we'll ask organic or not? And, put the evidence to the test.
When patients are faced with impending death, tough decisions need to be made and that's what Insight examines in 'Holding On'. Patients, families and medical professionals will come together to discuss whether it's worth buying time with drugs or invasive surgery. Insight presenter Jenny Brockie will lead the discussion about how patients, families and medicos make decisions when further treatment seems futile.
With France becoming the first European country to outlaw full-face Islamic veils, the politician who introduced the bill explains his actions to Insight's audience, including Australian Muslim women who choose to cover their faces. Will this ban further inflame tensions between Islam and the West? And do Australians want to see a similar law here?
Can one climate change scientist change the minds of a roomful of climate change sceptics? In late June Insight recorded this program with internationally renowned climate change scientist Stephen Schneider.
It's a hung parliament. Four independents and a Greens MP will be critical in determining who forms government. Insight will examine what a minority government will mean for stable government in this country.
This week Insight is joined by scientists who have been unlocking the secrets of attraction. While it may seem like magic or fate when you lock eyes with a stranger, there may be very good reasons. Our faces, bodies and even our smells, are signalling information to potential partners. For some of us, one look is all it takes to fall in love.
Policy substance has been missing in action during this election campaign. Complex, bold plans have been thin on the ground. And on some issues, the differences between the parties' positions is slight. With the election just around the corner, Insight gathers together some big thinkers to talk about what they've made of the campaign, what's been missing, and what their one big idea would be to make Australia better.
Confidence has been heading south and interest rates have been on the rise since the end of the GFC. The support the government received during the GFC is fading. But will the Liberal Party do a better job? We'll talk about the policies around maternity leave, business tax, superannuation and the cost of living issues affecting all Australians.
As the election nears, the Greens' polling is the highest in the party's history. So high, that pollsters and election analysts are predicting that they could end up with the balance of power in the Senate. The Greens could even be poised to win their very first Lower House seat, after the retirement of Labor's Lindsay Tanner in the electorate of Melbourne. But who votes for the Greens and why? Apart from their views on the environment and asylum seekers, what else do they stand for? And how do their policies stand up to close scrutiny?
This week Insight looks at the election battle to claim the upper hand on mental health. With one in five Australians experiencing a mental health issue each year Insight examines this key election topic.
The new series of Insight is back on Tuesday July 20 with "Game On" - taking the temperature of the electorate. In the run up to the August 21 election, we've recruited a group of swinging voters to follow during the campaign. They're lively, eclectic and from the most marginal electorates in the country. We'll be hearing from them each week of the campaign as they give us their frank assessment - on air and online - of the leaders and their policies. We'll track them over the course of the five week campaign to see which issues are getting traction, and what sways their vote.
Is Soccer in Australia as healthy as it looks? 'The World Game' in Australia seems stronger than ever, but some of its biggest supporters say fundamental problems across the board mean the game is in danger of sabotaging its golden opportunity.
This week an alleged people smuggler speaks exclusively to Insight about why he thinks more boats are arriving. And his comments are explosive. He says that if Australia wants to stop the boats, they shouldn't accept any more people.
Currently in NSW, 10 primary schools are trialling a 10 week "ethics class" as an alternative to religious instruction. Insight brings together parents, children and faith leaders to discuss how religion should be taught in our public schools and whether there's still room for God in 2010.
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