Stories include, 'Government, Opposition draw budget battle lines', 'AIG's Ridout discusses skills shortages', 'Government pours $2.2 billion into mental health', 'Youth services are essential: Butler', 'Storm managers saw rorting as a game', 'FIFA hit by bribery claims', 'Premier Giddings faces second Cabinet reshuffle'.
In episode eight, Hungry Beast turns on the Power, examining the ways our lives are affected by everything from electricity to evil.
OSAMA BIN HIDING Osama Bin Laden, the leader of terrorist group Al Qaeda, has been killed by the US army. We look at why his death is being celebrated by many American people. Who was he, and what will his death mean for the future of Al Qaeda? NT INTERVENTION 4 years ago BtN reported on the poor treatment of children in indigenous communities in the Northern Territory. The Federal government had just declared the situation an emergency, and sent soldiers, police and doctors in to try to help. It became known as an "intervention". We look at the arguments for and against the intervention and examine whether people think it's working. VOLUNTEER WEEK It's National Volunteer Week, so we decided to spend some time with some amazing young volunteers. We join a group of school kids who've been giving up their time to look after the residents of an old people's home. SHAKESPEARE IN SCHOOL Are you bored with the bard? Why is it that we have to learn Shakespeare in schools? Some people love it, but for others it seems irrelevant and hard to understand. Nathan mounts an argument in support of Shakespeare. BIKE BOY We meet a teenager who's zooming through the ranks in the Australian Superbike Championships. He's only been in the sport for about three years but is already making his mark.
This week's Insight looks at drug resistant 'superbugs': whether they're on the rise, whether over-use of antibiotics is to blame and whether we can prevent them.
Live from Parliament House Canberra, Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan delivers the Federal Budget speech. Hosted by Chris Uhlmann and Leigh Sales the coverage includes interviews with the Treasurer, and Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey, along with immediate analysis of the economic, political and social implications of what the Government says will be a tough budget.
A special Lateline hosted by Ali Moore from Parliament House Canberra. Guests include Minister for Finance, Penny Wong; Shadow Minister for Finance, Andrew Robb; as well as ANZ's Warren Hogan; AFR Political Editor, Laura Tingle; and The Australian's Economics Editor, Michael Stutchbury.
It's 15 years since Australian Story first aired and over the next two weeks we're featuring a selection of some of the most memorable and popular episodes. Along the way, we'll bring you up to date with what's happened to the people in these stories in the intervening years. There are crime stories, love stories, stories of mateship and stories of hardship. As ever with Australian Story viewers, everyone takes something different from every story. So join us on a richly diverse journey.
Stories include, 'General Musharraf joins 7.30', 'Victoria Police force in turmoil', 'Pressure over asylum on budget eve', 'Hopes and fears for the Federal Budget', 'Neighbour the recipient of the Albert Medal'.
The story of an Al Qaeda fighting unit in Afghanistan told from the inside. In the weeks before the death of Osama bin Laden senior US officials claimed that Al Qaeda in Afghanistan had been all but eliminated. Now a courageous Afghan journalist embeds himself with a unit of fighters swearing allegiance to Osama bin Laden. While spending time with them he tries to see if Al Qaeda is making a comeback to the battlefield, how many fighters there are and who is supplying them with weapons and equipment.
Stories include, 'Questions remain over budget cuts', 'Multiple changes, not massive cuts: Richardson', 'Advocates at odds with UNHCR over Malaysia plan', 'Malaysian asylum seeker deal a win-win: Bowen', 'Victoria Police leadership faces Government inquiry', 'Funding promises target mental illness'.
Panellists will include Lindsay Tanner, Former Labor Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, Shadow Communications Minister, Lydia Khalil - Counter-Terrorism Analyst and Christine Wallace - Journalist and Commentator.
Members of the Lake Tyres Aboriginal community are calling for the Victorian Government to restore the limited autonomy they enjoyed up until 2005. Those rights were removed due to mismanagement. Community members have likened their situation to the Northern Territory intervention, and want to run their own affairs again.
In the week that saw the death of Osama Bin Laden, Mark Davis presents a special edition of Dateline from the United States on the worldwide reaction to the killing of the al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan.
While today his long reign is tottering and blood is being shed, this documentary examines how the West has been dealing with Muammar Gaddafi in a world of realpolitik, petrol and terrorism. It questions how the man who was public enemy number one during the '80s, one of the main promoters of international terrorism, become 'respectable', if only for a while. It also asks how one of the world's most brutal dictators, a pariah, placed under embargo by the UN in 1992 after bomb attacks on UTA's and Lockerbie's DC10, came back to rub shoulders with European and American heads of state and leaders in Tripoli, Paris and New York.
Stories include, 'PNG confirms Manus Island negotiations', 'NT passes toughest alcohol laws in Australia', 'Pokies industry threatened by reforms', 'Wilkie debates Clubs Australia on pokies', 'Syrian troops mass to prevent protests', 'The Long view on the economy', 'Dangers of jumps racing on full display'.
The latest in electric cars; cancer test kits saving lives; come on a tour of the alimentary canal!; why can't we walk in a straight line?; and upside down jellyfish.
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