Despite the lowest home loan rates in decades, the number of Australians falling behind on loan repayments is now at its highest since the end of the Global Financial Crisis - with research out of the University of Melbourne suggesting stagnating wages is causing further mortgage stress. Independent MP Andrew Wilkie says an inquiry won’t go far enough and is calling for an investigation into allegations of corruption involving casino Crown Melbourne. Pearling conjures images of South Pacific islands or tropical locations such as Broome, but Australia’s next pearling industry is just a few hours’ drive from Sydney. Plus, Ellyse Perry discusses becoming the first ever cricketer - male or female - to reach 1000 runs and 100 wickets in T20 internationals.
Fran Kelly joins Tasmanian Liberal senator Eric Abetz; Victorian Labor senator Kimberley Kitching; social justice advocate Tim Costello; communications consultant Parnell Palme McGuinness; and cook/writer/presenter Adam Liaw.
In the 2016 race to the White House, presidential candidate Donald Trump took a shine to the whistleblowing site WikiLeaks, led by its Australian founder Julian Assange. Trump revelled in the damage inflicted upon his opponent, Hillary Clinton, by a series of sensational leaks published by the site. Now, as president, Trump has performed a spectacular flip, presiding over an administration determined to imprison the publisher of the leaks. Julian Assange is now in a British jail cell, fighting attempts to extradite him to the US, where he is facing 17 espionage charges. Despite emphatic denials from supporters of his whistleblowing, the relentless attacks on Hillary Clinton during the US election campaign and his ties to Russia have fuelled suspicion that there was more to WikiLeaks' activities than a commitment to extreme disclosure. The decision by the Trump administration to charge Assange with espionage has provoked even some of his most ardent critics to speak out against a broader campaign to silence whistleblowers and shut down scrutiny of governments.
The minister for government services, Stuart Robert, defends Centrelink’s contentious robodebt system despite multiple instances of mistakes, including the alleged debt demand of a dead person being pursued. Swimming manager Phil Stoneman defends his client, Shayna Jack, following her failed doping test, and describes the toll the allegations have taken on her. Aminta Hennessy, the first Australian woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo, discusses the role of her mentor and friend Nancy Bird Walton in inspiring her to enter aviation and the fight for acceptance from chauvinistic counterparts who would refuse to co-pilot with her. Plus, meet the teenager who is determined to do her part to stop the beloved marsupial from becoming “functionally extinct”.
In one of the biggest leaks of information to the media in Australia's history, Fairfax/Nine has obtained tens of thousands of documents and internal files from Crown, Australia's largest casino operator. The leaks explain what was going on inside the business in the lead-up to the company's darkest hour: the arrest and imprisonment of 19 of its employees for breaking strict Chinese gambling laws.
This week, a father and son recount their miraculous tale of survival at sea. Also, Angela Cox looks at the Woodstock music festival, 50 years on since it hosted the Who, Jimi Hendrix and more.
As politicians return to Canberra for a new sitting week, Annabel Crabb and the panel take you to the heart of the action with a unique mix of political news, interviews, analysis and laughs to brighten your day.
Bob Brown, father of the Australian Greens and the party's founding leader, has come out swinging against a new wind farm proposal for the north-west of Tasmania that supporters of the renewable energy project say will bring jobs to an area desperate for them. Former US State Department lawyer John Bellinger joins host Leigh Sales to discuss former FBI Director Robert Mueller's questioning by congress about his investigation into the Trump campaign's links to Russia and Russia's influence on the 2016 presidential election outcome. Senior bureaucrat Martin Parkinson, one of the few constants through the turmoil caused by Canberra's near-constant recent reshuffles, has announced his retirement. The people of the south east New South Wales village of Bribbaree come to terms with mechanic Maurice Henry, a man they believe is the heartbeat of the outback community, hanging up his overalls after 70 years. Plus, satirist Mark Humphries offers a skit in which he serves as the MP for Lululemon struggling to survive during a $40 a day Newstart allowance challenge.
Live from historic Atherton House, Sammy discovers a rare gem.
The hunt is on for two men suspected of killing an Australian man and his girlfriend in Canada. High-end war games between US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand waged along the Queensland coast as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 military preparations. Coalition continues legislative pursuit of limiting the power of unions. Possible strategies in which UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson could successfully navigate a Brexit deal in just three months remain unclear. Plus, top-selling Australian children's author Andy Griffiths and collaborator Terry Denton discuss their successful pairing, which has resulted in the sale of more than 10 million books.
The federal president of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Tony Bartone, addresses the Press Club on the topic: Enough Talking: Time for Action on Long-term Health Policy Vision.
Jenny Brockie takes a look what happens after four or more siblings share the womb.
Get exclusive updates from Mack Horton's protest, the NAPLAN review, an anti-Adani protest, Boris Johnson's Brexit plan and a chat with one the most successful author John Marsden who reflects his concern about overprotective and controlling parents.
Panellists: Alastair Campbell, writer, mental health advocate and political strategist; Geoff Gallop, former WA premier; Kate Mills, CEO of Property Industry Foundation and former journalist; Nick Cater, executive director, Menzies Research Centre; and Anne Tiernan, political scientist and policy analyst.
Julian Assange is one of the most influential figures to emerge this century. The Australian born founder of WikiLeaks has harnessed the technology of the digital age to unleash an information war against governments and corporations. WikiLeaks has collaborated with anonymous sources to release highly classified and often deeply embarrassing information to the world. The organisation exploded onto the world stage in 2010 when it began publishing a series of spectacular leaks laying bare the conduct of the United States. At the centre of it all was Julian Assange. The leaks sparked ferocious debate over the right to know and the right to keep secrets. Now Julian Assange is in the fight of his life. In April this year he was dragged, protesting, from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, nearly seven years after seeking diplomatic protection. He is facing extradition to the United States on espionage charges stemming from the spectacular 2010 leaks by Private Chelsea Manning. With the legal fight in full swing, Assange's supporters, even some of his critics, warn that his prosecution marks a very dangerous new chapter for freedom of speech and the public's right to know.
Inside the Splendour in the Grass music festival, as the debate over pill testing intensifies. Plus, the extreme spike in the number of people wanting to climb Uluru ahead of the upcoming ban coming into effect in October.
A Royal saga like no other: Why the glamourous princess wife of Dubai's billionaire ruler is hiding in a $150m London mansion; Plus, the unwelcome ISIS extremists allegedly on Australia’s doorstep.
Sunday Night looks at Chloe Kennedy and Nicole Crawford, two quadriplegic women who shared a dream of motherhood. Also, an interview with actors and best friends, Bryan Brown and Sam Neill.
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