Can we make ourselves smarter? What is your IQ? New scientific research has unlocked the secrets of the adult brain. It is not hard wired but plastic. You can teach an old dog new tricks. Brain training is one of the fastest growing new industries. Some organisations claim they can make you more intelligent or unleash your genius. But can they and do they really work?
This week we travel to Alice Springs to explore the issues surrounding Indigenous housing. Fixing Indigenous Housing was at the heart of the Labor Government's promise to close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage. In what is the biggest project on remote housing ever, the Federal and Northern Territory Government dedicated $672 million to building 750 news homes, refurbishing 2,500 existing houses and rebuilding 230. But the project has come under scrutiny - a recent Government report into the project found delays, a gross underestimate of costs and excessive red tape.
How does the justice system deal with convicted paedophiles, and does it work?
Just how close are doctors and drug companies? Doctors and specialists get a lot of gifts from drug companies. These range from pens and coffee mugs, to stethoscopes through to free trips to international conferences. Just last year, drug companies in Australia spent more than $62 million on educational events for doctors, and half of that amount was spent on hospitality such as meals. Do these handouts buy influence?
What's behind the recent increase in asylum seekers? More people are arriving in Australia by boat seeking asylum. 19 boats carrying asylum seekers have arrived in Australia since the Rudd Government abolished the previous government's Temporary Protection Visas and Pacific Solution scheme. What's behind the recent increase? The Opposition says the Government's gone soft. But the Government says its policies are firm and international conflicts are to blame.
Insight returns to SBS Television. First up, Insight examines 'Confidence' - what it means, and how it affects jobs and the economy.
We now have a test for what it means to be truly Australian. The citizenship test was passed in the Senate last week. The Federal Government is biting the bullet by insisting that incoming migrants will have to abandon those values that don't fit with mainstream Australia. Hence, the need to pass the citizenship test before being granted entry. Insight brings together different generations of migrant families, husbands and wives, parents and children who talk very frankly about what it means when cultures collide within families and within the broader Australian community.
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