Every year, the Australian Government issues 6,000 visas to refugees from war torn lands. Since the Second World War, 675,000 refugees have been accepted by Australia and a million Australians today are descended from these arrivals. Destination Australia explores what it is like to be a refugee, to leave your country of birth, family and friends, usually under duress, and make a new home in Australia.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson chats with former Labor politician Tom Uren. Uren was a sensitive new age guy before there was such a thing. He is also a romantic and man of passion. He has been a boxer, a prisoner of war under the Japanese during WWII, and was a federal minister during the Whitlam and Hawke Governments.
After Rashiq's father fled Iran, he was held in detention in Australia for six years. It then took another three years for the family to be granted visas. Rashiq, being the oldest of four children bore much of the responsibility of raising the family during the separation from his father. Now as a teenager, recently arrived in Australia, he is determined to define and live a freedom that he has been unable to experience before.
The conversation is bound to get interesting when you're talking to three cabbies! This week Andrew Denton talks to Bruce from Melbourne, Chris from Sydney, and Gerard, who drives a cab on the Gold Coast. Andrew also speaks to Chris Martin from Cold Play.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson is joined by one of Australia's yachting greats, Sir James Hardy. Sailing it seems, is in Hardy's blood. His father, Tom, was awarded the first 'Yacht Master's Certificate' in Australia, giving him the right to take any vessel into any port in the world without a pilot. Then going back a few generations there's Sir Thomas Hardy, Commander of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar and Flag Captain to Lord Nelson. Little surprise then, that when he was not tied up in the family's winemaking business, Sir James would become a world champion yachtsman, a dual Olympian, Admiral's Cup victor and three time America's Cup Challenger.
Britain's teenagers are the most sexually active in Europe. Given the ease of access to internet porn, they are faced with a bewildering range of issues as they try to work out what's right and what's not.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson is joined by Andrew Fraser, the high-flying Melbourne lawyer who tripped up and found himself on the wrong side of the gates in maximum security.
A millionaire leaves their luxury life behind and lives undercover in a deprived area of the UK. Living on a limited budget. they must work and find individuals and projects who they think deserve a cut of their fortune.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson is joined by an author who describes her writing career as "having spanned 17 years, 48 wombats, 132 books, 23 languages, 3721 bush rats, over 50 awards in Australia and overseas, six possibly insane lyrebirds, assorted Burke's Backyard's segments, radio shows, newspaper and magazine columns, theories of pest and weed ecology and 27 shredded back doormats".
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson chats with Michael Gudinski, the man behind Australian rock! Gudinski has nurtured several generations of performers, including Jimmy Barnes, Renee Geyer, Split Enz, Paul Kelly and Kylie Minogue
The story of the Panthers, a rugby league club located in the bustling multicultural Sydney suburb of La Perouse. The La Perouse Panthers have a long standing tradition as a successful football club in all age groups, dominating the local south Sydney Rugby league competition and the New South Wales Aboriginal knockout. They have always been considered the team to beat for many generations, and pride and emotions always run high. Through the La Perouse Panthers many racial barriers have been broken down.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson's guest is Guy Cooper, the recently-retired director of Sydney's Taronga Park Zoo. Ask Cooper about his highlights while at Taronga and he'll tell you about the first Asian elephant calf born in Australia, return of animals like the Corroboree frog to the wild and research work being undertaken on the Tasmanian Devil and the Great Southern Oceans. Under his stewardship the Zoo has undergone a major transformation. There's been a massive injection of funds and cages have been replaced by habitats. Breeding programs for endangered species are now a priority, and research and education programs have been stepped up.
Andrew talks to Australia's king of country, Troy Cassar-Daley and cricketer with a conscience, Stuart Macgill.
Albino United tells the story of businessman Oscar, who is singlehandedly combating the brutal treatment of people with albinism in Tanzania. Over the last year, more than 40 albinos have been murdered in Tanzania, some as young as six months old. Many more have been attacked with machetes and their limbs cut off while alive. Their body parts are used by witchdoctors in potions and remedies. They are believed to bring wealth and success in business. The extremes of wealth and poverty in Tanzania have created a desperation and search for any solution.
Looks at the incredible organisation that is the Bombay Railway, with stories of the people who keep the trains running 24 hours a day, those who survive because of it - and those who die on it. This episode follows the dreams of railway employees like Mumtaz Kaz, India's first female train driver, who has to find a wife for her brother and get him married in just eight weeks - all while working full-time.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson's guest is artist, author and animal rights activist, Christine Townend. Born into wealth and then married to an up-and-coming Sydney solicitor, Townend could have had a very easy life.
Fans of the Argentinean football club Boca Juniors have founded the first Maradonian Church - also known as the Hand of God Church - to worship their football idol Diego Maradona. The church's congregation of 400 Diegorian Brothers considers Maradona's autobiography I Am Diego as their Bible.
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