Series: 7.30

Trusting financial advisers
Former Macquarie Bank clients, Greg and Julie Lewis, say they lost their farm and most of their super after following financial advice which saw their money churned through risky trades. Read the full response from Macquarie Bank here.

Queen uses her handbag to send her staff signals
When Australia's new High Commissioner to Britain, George Brandis, met the Queen, all eyes seemed to be on the Queen's handbag. It's a little known fact that the Queen uses her bag to signal for help in social situations, a fact Annabel Crabb learned when she studied Royal tradition before anchoring the ABC's recent coverage of Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle.

Victoria Police officers fake roadside breath tests
An internal audit has revealed that Victoria Police officers faked more than 250,000 roadside breath tests. The phony tests were an apparent attempt by officers to meet quotas. The police are already paying the price, with the state's Transport Accident Commission suspending $4 million in road safety funding.

Russian journalist's murder staged
A day after Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was supposedly murdered, he turned up alive at news conference and revealed his murder had been staged to avoid a Russian assassination attempt. France 24 journalist Gulliver Cragg was in Kiev for the press conference and joined 7.30 to discuss what happened.

CJ Hendry turns passion into a career
You'll often hear that the key to success is finding your passion and making a career out of it. That is exactly what Brisbane artist CJ Hendry has done. She went from failed careers in accountancy and architecture to counting Kanye West and Gwyneth Paltrow among her fans.

7.30: Trusting financial advisers/Victoria Police officers fake roadside breath tests/Russian journalist's murder staged/CJ Hendry turns passion into a career

News and current affairs

Years 11-12 News and current affairs
29:49
Trusting financial advisers Former Macquarie Bank clients, Greg and Julie Lewis, say they lost their farm and most of their super after following financial advice which saw their money churned through risky trades. Read the full response from Macquarie Bank here. Queen uses her handbag to send her staff signals When Australia's new High Commissioner to Britain, George Brandis, met the Queen, all eyes seemed to be on the Queen's handbag. It's a little known fact that the Queen uses her bag to signal for help in social situations, a fact Annabel Crabb learned when she studied Royal tradition before anchoring the ABC's recent coverage of Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle. Victoria Police officers fake roadside breath tests An internal audit has revealed that Victoria Police officers faked more than 250,000 roadside breath tests. The phony tests were an apparent attempt by officers to meet quotas. The police are already paying the price, with the state's Transport Accident Commission suspending $4 million in road safety funding. Russian journalist's murder staged A day after Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was supposedly murdered, he turned up alive at news conference and revealed his murder had been staged to avoid a Russian assassination attempt. France 24 journalist Gulliver Cragg was in Kiev for the press conference and joined 7.30 to discuss what happened. CJ Hendry turns passion into a career You'll often hear that the key to success is finding your passion and making a career out of it. That is exactly what Brisbane artist CJ Hendry has done. She went from failed careers in accountancy and architecture to counting Kanye West and Gwyneth Paltrow among her fans.
Elections
The Federal Speaker has announced five by-elections will be held on the 28th of July to replace MPs who were forced to step aside. But the date has enraged Labor because the party has its national conference on that same day. Laura Tingle discusses what it means.
Shark Bite 
Biologist Matthew Vickers was on a research trip with James Cook University in January when a two-metre shark nearly tore his arm off. It's left him and others wondering how protected students and volunteers are when they venture into the wild.
Almanac Offers
It was long thought the sort of folk magic practised in Europe didn't make it to Australia, but the country's old buildings are telling a different tale. Evidence is mounting that early settlers and convicts brought their superstitions with them.
Lethal Opioids
Investigations around the country have found officers emptying vials of the potent painkiller Fentanyl and switching them out for saline, or worse still, tap water. In NSW, where the problem is at its worst, the ambulance commissioner has ordered for a state-wide investigation into drug protocols and random drug-safe audit.
Shark bite exposes volunteer insurance problems
Biologist Matthew Vickers was on a research trip with James Cook University in January when a two-metre shark nearly tore his arm off. It's left him and others wondering how protected students and volunteers are when they venture into the wild.

7.30: Elections/Shark Bites/Almanac Offers/Lethal Opioids

News and current affairs

Years 11-12 News and current affairs
29:50
Elections The Federal Speaker has announced five by-elections will be held on the 28th of July to replace MPs who were forced to step aside. But the date has enraged Labor because the party has its national conference on that same day. Laura Tingle discusses what it means. Shark Bite Biologist Matthew Vickers was on a research trip with James Cook University in January when a two-metre shark nearly tore his arm off. It's left him and others wondering how protected students and volunteers are when they venture into the wild. Almanac Offers It was long thought the sort of folk magic practised in Europe didn't make it to Australia, but the country's old buildings are telling a different tale. Evidence is mounting that early settlers and convicts brought their superstitions with them. Lethal Opioids Investigations around the country have found officers emptying vials of the potent painkiller Fentanyl and switching them out for saline, or worse still, tap water. In NSW, where the problem is at its worst, the ambulance commissioner has ordered for a state-wide investigation into drug protocols and random drug-safe audit. Shark bite exposes volunteer insurance problems Biologist Matthew Vickers was on a research trip with James Cook University in January when a two-metre shark nearly tore his arm off. It's left him and others wondering how protected students and volunteers are when they venture into the wild.
Family businesses sent to the wall by their own banks
The Banking Royal Commission has today been hearing about the dysfunctional world of lending to small business. Two business owners tell 7.30 their stories about dealing with the banks. One even blames his lender for sending him broke.

More government MPs come out in support of outlawing live sheep exports
Late last week it seemed that the Turnbull government had stared down the intense political pressure to close down live sheep exports. But it now seems some of its own backbenchers, including a former minister, are agitating for change.

Investigation to go ahead into Israeli response to Gaza protest shootings
An international investigation will examine Israel's lethal response to protest in Gaza, which have left more than 100 Palestinians dead this year. Protests and shootings at Israel's fence around Gaza are a long running feature of life Palestinian territory.

Stargazers turn their eyes to the sky in a record attempt
Thousands of amateur astronomers will this week attempt to break the world record for the most stargazers at multiple venues. It's part of the BBC's popular Stargazing Live program, and it's co-host, Professor Brian Cox, has done as much as anyone to take science, and particularly astronomy to a mass audience.

Hundreds of Commonwealth Games attendees are asking for protection visas
Lawyer David Manne says he is representing a number of people who attended the Commonwealth Games and are now seeking asylum in Australia.

7.30: May 21, 2018

News and current affairs

Years 11-12 News and current affairs
30:22
Family businesses sent to the wall by their own banks The Banking Royal Commission has today been hearing about the dysfunctional world of lending to small business. Two business owners tell 7.30 their stories about dealing with the banks. One even blames his lender for sending him broke. More government MPs come out in support of outlawing live sheep exports Late last week it seemed that the Turnbull government had stared down the intense political pressure to close down live sheep exports. But it now seems some of its own backbenchers, including a former minister, are agitating for change. Investigation to go ahead into Israeli response to Gaza protest shootings An international investigation will examine Israel's lethal response to protest in Gaza, which have left more than 100 Palestinians dead this year. Protests and shootings at Israel's fence around Gaza are a long running feature of life Palestinian territory. Stargazers turn their eyes to the sky in a record attempt Thousands of amateur astronomers will this week attempt to break the world record for the most stargazers at multiple venues. It's part of the BBC's popular Stargazing Live program, and it's co-host, Professor Brian Cox, has done as much as anyone to take science, and particularly astronomy to a mass audience. Hundreds of Commonwealth Games attendees are asking for protection visas Lawyer David Manne says he is representing a number of people who attended the Commonwealth Games and are now seeking asylum in Australia.
Indigenous Runner Takes on Boston Marathon
Zibeon Fielding has gone from the red dirt of Mimili in outback Australia to the cold wet streets of the US to compete in the gruelling Boston Marathon. Part of former champion Robet De Castella's Indigenous Marathon Foundation, he's running to raise money for diabetes sufferers in his community - and be a role model for his young daughter.

Irwin to Receive Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame
The Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, died 12 years ago. Now he's getting a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Terri Irwin reflects on her husband's legacy.

Former FBI Boss Questions if Trump is Fit for Office
Leigh Sales talks about the reaction to James Comey's book covering his dealings with Donald Trump, as she prepares to interview the former FBI chief.

A Regional WA Town Fighting Back Against Ice
Barely a week goes by without another expose of hopeless addiction and lives destroyed by the drug ice. But in regional WA, where consumption of the drug is almost double the national average, one community is fighting back. Former addicts and their families are behind a push to get more users into rehab.

AMP Customers Charged for Financial Advice Never Received
One of the country's oldest and most trusted financial institutions charged thousands of customers for nothing, misled the corporate regulator and them tried to cover it up. AMP is the first financial institution to be questioned by the banking Royal Commission over the fee-for-no-service scandal.

7.30: April 18, 2018

News and current affairs

Years 11-12 News and current affairs
30:16
Indigenous Runner Takes on Boston Marathon Zibeon Fielding has gone from the red dirt of Mimili in outback Australia to the cold wet streets of the US to compete in the gruelling Boston Marathon. Part of former champion Robet De Castella's Indigenous Marathon Foundation, he's running to raise money for diabetes sufferers in his community - and be a role model for his young daughter. Irwin to Receive Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame The Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, died 12 years ago. Now he's getting a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Terri Irwin reflects on her husband's legacy. Former FBI Boss Questions if Trump is Fit for Office Leigh Sales talks about the reaction to James Comey's book covering his dealings with Donald Trump, as she prepares to interview the former FBI chief. A Regional WA Town Fighting Back Against Ice Barely a week goes by without another expose of hopeless addiction and lives destroyed by the drug ice. But in regional WA, where consumption of the drug is almost double the national average, one community is fighting back. Former addicts and their families are behind a push to get more users into rehab. AMP Customers Charged for Financial Advice Never Received One of the country's oldest and most trusted financial institutions charged thousands of customers for nothing, misled the corporate regulator and them tried to cover it up. AMP is the first financial institution to be questioned by the banking Royal Commission over the fee-for-no-service scandal.
Could Trump Pull Off Deal with North Korea?
US President Donald Trump and his North Korean counterpart, Kim Jong-un, are planning to meet face to face in an attempt to prevent a possible nuclear conflict. Trump claims a deal with North Korea could be his greatest ever - but is there any real prospect of pulling such a thing off when the key protagonists are two of the most erratic political leaders on the planet?

Players in Ball-tampering Scandal Head Home
Captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner, and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft have been sent home from the tour of South Africa after revelations of ball tampering. Cricket Australia says it's satisfied that no other members of the squad were involved, but questions still remain.

Smith and Warner Suspended for 12 Months
ABC cricket commentator Jim Maxwell reveals Steve Smith and David Warner will be suspended by Cricket Australia for 12 months for their role in ball tampering in the test series in South Africa.

Treasurer Continues to Negotiate with Crossbench on Company Tax
Despite the government acknowledging it won't currently be able to get it's proposed cuts to company tax through parliament, Scott Morrison says he will continue to negotiate with the crossbench.

Egyptian Presidential Election Certain Before Voting
Egyptians have been voting this week in a poll that's most notable because everyone knows what the result will be. It's a long way from the chaotic days of the so-called Arab Spring when calls for freedom and dignity saw Egypt do away with exactly the sort of 'strongman' they are now 'electing'.

7.30: March 28, 2018

News and current affairs

Years 11-12 News and current affairs
31:24
Could Trump Pull Off Deal with North Korea? US President Donald Trump and his North Korean counterpart, Kim Jong-un, are planning to meet face to face in an attempt to prevent a possible nuclear conflict. Trump claims a deal with North Korea could be his greatest ever - but is there any real prospect of pulling such a thing off when the key protagonists are two of the most erratic political leaders on the planet? Players in Ball-tampering Scandal Head Home Captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner, and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft have been sent home from the tour of South Africa after revelations of ball tampering. Cricket Australia says it's satisfied that no other members of the squad were involved, but questions still remain. Smith and Warner Suspended for 12 Months ABC cricket commentator Jim Maxwell reveals Steve Smith and David Warner will be suspended by Cricket Australia for 12 months for their role in ball tampering in the test series in South Africa. Treasurer Continues to Negotiate with Crossbench on Company Tax Despite the government acknowledging it won't currently be able to get it's proposed cuts to company tax through parliament, Scott Morrison says he will continue to negotiate with the crossbench. Egyptian Presidential Election Certain Before Voting Egyptians have been voting this week in a poll that's most notable because everyone knows what the result will be. It's a long way from the chaotic days of the so-called Arab Spring when calls for freedom and dignity saw Egypt do away with exactly the sort of 'strongman' they are now 'electing'.
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