Do women really want to break the glass ceiling? The Government says it's determined to close the gender wage gap and increase women's participation in the workplace. But will the Government's plans to provide equality and make the workplace more family-friendly shatter or strengthen the glass ceiling? And do women want it all anyway?
Stories include, 'Rudd sweetens health deal for States', 'Thailand in turmoil', 'Cord blood banks become big business', 'Online dating revolution'.
It was hailed as possibly the most inept bank robbery of all time and it made headlines around the world. It happened some five years ago in the glamorous ski resort town of Vail in Colorado, USA. The perpetrators were two holidaying Australian teenagers - both from solid middle class homes. The stunt earned them the names 'Dumb and Dumber' and landed them straight in the penitentiary. Now, one of them, Anthony Prince, is back home in Byron Bay, much chastened and speaking for the first time.
How the people of a once picturesque valley found themselves surronded by coalmines, dust and toxic chemicals. Australia might be riding on the coal miner's back but it seems many Australians are paying a terrible price for the mineral export boom. Reporter Andrew Fowler goes to the Hunter Valley in New South Wales to document a community in crisis.
Stories include, 'Teachers boycott literacy, numeracy tests', 'Rudd sweetens final health incentives', 'Crews refloat stranded coal ship', 'Landmark summit aims to boost nuclear security', 'Government signals compromise with Thai protestors', 'All technology has an unintended downside', 'UK Government supports electric car revolution', 'Pilot faces court over Canadian's death'.
Panellists include: Jeff Bleich - US Ambassador to Australia, Joe Hockey - Shadow Treasurer, Tanya Plibersek - Minister for Housing and Status of Women, Greg Sheridan - The Australian newspaper's foreign editor and Lucy Turnbull - Former Lord Mayor of Sydney.
Details the active volcanoes in Vanuatu and analyses the potential threat to Australia if they erupt.
The story, 'Ready to rumble', details how the volcanoes in Vanuatu have become active and the impact it could have on Australia if they erupt. The story, 'All dollars and no sense', examines the Federal Government's $16.2 billion Building the Education Revolution stimulus package. The story, 'Mission possible', tells how ex-CIA spy Bob Barron has been transforming lives by creating a prosthetic device. The story, 'Sonia Kruger on dancing with joy', features an interview with Sonia Kruger about her personal life and career.
Mark Davis investigates the explosion of political violence in the Philippines and asks whether, given last year's horrific massacre of journalists and election officials, the upcoming poll can be properly conducted.
Stories include, 'Government about-turns on asylum policy', 'Oil pumped from grounded ship', 'Police investigate hep C clinic', 'Strong message or election year politics?', 'Greece and the global economy', 'Israel withdraws from nuclear conference', 'Out of Africa - a missing link', 'Thai protests could turn violent', 'Punk rock inventor succumbs to cancer'.
Discussion of the ethics of embryonic Stem Cell research.
Using human embryos for stem cell research has long been a controversial issue but a recent breakthrough has put a new complexion on the debate. Since a Japanese scientist first developed a new kind of cell, IPS or Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, it has been speculated that the need to use human embryos for stem cell therapies might be eliminated. Researchers believe there is much to be gained from using the thousands of surplus IVF embryos sitting in storage across Australia. While it is
Stories include, 'Dinner date sparks furore', 'Brumby stands firm on health reform', 'Greens support Labor in Tasmania', 'Clarke and Dawe farewell Turnbull'.
Exploring the very edges of our atmosphere from Antarctica; the ethics of embryonic stem cell research; the advantage in following the leader; and what puts the precious into precious metals?
Stories include, 'Liberals seething as Labor retains Tas leadership', 'Tas Greens back Labor leadership', 'Rudd's health plan in critical condition', 'Russia, US sign nuclear treaty', 'Kyrgyzstan opposition claims control amid bloodshed', 'Huge corruption sparked Kyrgyzstan unrest', 'Homeopathy websites ignore retraction orders', 'Coal carrier salvage efforts begin'.
Stories include, 'Nixon under pressure over Black Saturday meal', 'State of emergency declared in Kyrgyzstan', 'Jury out on Obama's nuclear policy', 'Karzai accused of opiate abuse', 'Opposition accused of population flip-flop', 'Tasmanian Governor to decide future government', 'Iranian community backs deportation of Sheikh'.
DAIRY DEBATE - CLAIMS THAT MILK COULD MAKE YOU SICK For generations, cows' milk has been championed as a healthy, nutritious part of the daily diet, but there are claims it could also be a trigger of for a long list of diseases. EVANS WELCOMES NUCLEAR REVIEW Gareth Evans, co-chair of an international commission on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, has welcomed United States President Barack Obama's sweeping review of US nuclear weapons policy. BULLYING RATES ALARMINGLY HIGH In recent study one in four teenage students said they'd been bullied in the previous few weeks. A conference in Melbourne will examine why schools aren't able to properly tackle the problem, and whether bullying itself should be made a crime. OLD FISHING TRADITION LOST In Australia the decline in fishing fleets has also seen the end of fisherman's co-operatives.
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