New restrictions on international arrivals have panicked Australians still trying to get home. Dr Norman Swan asks should Australia switch to an elimination strategy. Questions about how useful the COVIDSafe app has been.
Super Splurge As important as everyone knows superannuation is, the mere mention of the word, particularly among younger generations, used to be a sure-fire guarantee of glazed eyes and stifled yawns. But workers around the country woke up when the financial hit of coronavirus COVID-19 led the government to announce retirement savings of tomorrow could be used to pay the bills of today. More than 2 million Australians have so far found salvation in their super by cashing in as much as $20,000 each. Of course, the money is desperately needed by many, but for others it seems to be an excuse to splurge. And as desirable as designer handbags, new cars and new boobs might be right now, are they really worth more than a comfortable old age? RIP Hong Kong Rest in peace Hong Kong. It might seem over the top to say it, but according to thousands of worried residents, the once thriving hub of Asia is now all but dead. They blame the heavy-handed tactics of the Chinese Communist Party for their city's demise. The Beijing regime has imposed a strict national security law which not only strips Hong Kong of its autonomy but also severely restricts democratic freedoms. Anyone breaking the law faces life imprisonment. The draconian takeover has been condemned around the world with countries including Australia warning its citizens to stay away from the troubled region. However, as Liam Bartlett reports, that's only strengthening the resolve of the increasingly belligerent Chinese leadership. Wrongs and Rights For victims of sexual assault, recovery is often long and torturous. But some women face even more trauma when they find out they are pregnant to their attacker. Every year in the US about 10,000 babies are born as a result of rape. In these situations, the natural assumption is that all compassion, as well as all legal rights, rest with the victim and her child. But as Liam Bartlett discovers, that's not the case in several states where outdated laws mean an increasing number of American rapists are legally applying for, and being granted, custody rights over these children. Thankfully though, there are courageous women fighting to change these crazy laws.
David Speers interviews acting immigration minister Alan Tudge, and Mike Bowers talks pictures with satirist Mark Humphries. On the panel are Guardian columnist Malcolm Farr, the Saturday Paper's Karen Middleton and Charles Sturt University's Stan Grant to discuss the lockdown of Greater Melbourne, checkpoints and borders, international arrivals cut by more than half, plus a change in policy on Hong Kong.
Melbourne is now under lockdown. They used to say cash is king, but not in the time of coronavirus COVID-19. Plus, Australia will extend the visas of some Hong Kong citizens already in Australia and provide a path to permanent residency.
God looks back at the year so far.
Melbourne residents and businesses prepare to go into lockdown. Dr Norman Swan looks at the way public health messages about coronavirus COVID-19 have been communicated. Plus the financial planner who lost millions on sports betting.
Managing Director of the ABC, David Anderson addresses the Press Club on the topic: Connecting and Uniting All Australians, outlining the ABC Five-Year Plan.
Many of us may be getting to know our neighbours a little better since coronavirus COVID-19 hit. Insight goes into backyards all around Australia, to hear from neighbours who have developed relationships and lifelong friendships that go far beyond a wave over the fence.
Born in Timor, raised in Indonesia, a group of East Timorese stolen during wartime is now returning home. But will reunion with long-lost family heal old wounds? This is a moving story about the power of blood and memory.
Victoria to re-impose a six-week lockdown on metro Melbourne as authorities struggle to bring the state's coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak under control. For the first time in a century the border between NSW and Victoria will close tonight.
Hamish Macdonald returns to discuss the first electoral test of the COVID-era the Eden-Monaro by-election. Plus defence policy, racism in the arts and media, alcohol consumption and more. Panellists: Shaun Micallef, television host; Brooke Boney, Today show entertainment reporter; Christopher Pyne, former Liberal MP; and Terri Butler, shadow minister for the environment and water.
During the dark and suffocating days of our black summer, fires tore through vast parts of Australia. Six months on, despite all the millions of dollars in donations raised and the promises of government assistance, some are still living in terrible conditions without power or water and they fear they have been forgotten. Recovery is a deeply complex and gruelling process. Knowing how to navigate it is hard. Local volunteers have stepped in to effectively run the recovery effort. In this powerful Four Corners, a portrait of a proud community emerges and they have a message for Australia.
We speak to residents locked down inside Melbourne's public housing towers. Dr Norman Swan looks at the spread of COVID-19. Everyday Australians volunteering to take part in one of the first human coronavirus vaccine trials.
Right Hand Woman There was little Jeffrey Epstein wouldn't do to satisfy his lust for young women and girls. It included spending millions of dollars masterminding a worldwide sex-trafficking operation. Countless innocent lives were destroyed. A year ago Epstein was arrested and a month later he died in custody. Investigators though refused to let this scandal go to the grave with him. Instead they shifted their attention to his high-profile friends. One of them is the Queen's son, Prince Andrew, who continues to dodge requests from the FBI for an interview. But late this week there was a significant breakthrough in the case with the arrest of socialite Ghislaine Maxwell. She's accused of being Epstein's right-hand woman and has been charged with multiple child sex offences. As Tara Brown reports, for the first time in a long time, the victims in this wicked saga are feeling relief rather than terror. Money for Nothing Australians are generous. In a crisis we're happy to donate money or provide a helping hand to those who need it. It's a kindness that is recognised around the world and was well and truly on display in the aftermath of last summer's shocking bushfires when hundreds of millions of dollars was given to charities to help those who'd suffered. But six months on much of the money remains undistributed, which is causing bitterness in many fire-ravaged communities. Victims who lost their homes and are now struggling through winter living in caravans and tents feel like they've been forgotten. But the charities say there's a reason for the delay: that it takes time to ensure the claims are legitimate, especially when there are so many people accused of wanting money for nothing. In a special investigation for 60 Minutes, Tom Steinfort confronts those allegedly cashing in our generosity.
David Speers interviews shadow agriculture minister Joel Fitzgibbon, ABC election analyst Antony Green provides a breakdown of results in the Eden-Monaro by-election, and Mike Bowers is joined by Nine newspapers photographer Alex Ellinghausen for Talking Pictures. On the couch are the ABC's Andrew Probyn, The Australian's Niki Savva and the Sydney Morning Herald's Peter Hartcher to discuss the Eden-Monaro by-election, hotel quarantine amid coronavirus COVID-19, lockdowns, borders, defence strategy and Hong Kong.
People living in 10 postcodes across Melbourne now back in lockdown. A shadowy network of armed extremists known as 'boogaloo' accused of murder and other violent crimes in the US. Indigenous leaders working to Close the Gap.
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The Victorian government acknowledge failures in hotel quarantine where COVID-19 spread to the wider community. Leigh Sales interviews Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews. Plus, the Prime Minister Scott Morrison's new defence strategy for a post-coronavirus world.
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