Series: 7.30

The man who broke Watergate talks about Donald Trump
Donald Trump may have popularised the term 'fake news', but the wild nature of his presidency has also spawned an extraordinary series of insider accounts of his chaotic White House. The latest and most substantial of these is 'Fear' by veteran Washington reporter Bob Woodward.
Young women and injuries
The introduction of an AFL women's competition, the rise of the Matildas, and the increasing popularity of women's cricket all reflect a huge increase in the popularity of women's team sport. But with this surge has come a significant increase in serious knee injuries. Women are up to ten times more likely to rupture their anterior cruciate ligament than men, and Australia has the highest rate of knee reconstructions in the world.
Energy distributors push for a cap on solar power
More than six solar panels are installed across Australia every minute of every day as people try to tackle rising power prices. But the industry that owns Australia's poles and wires says all that power from the sun is a problem and it could destabilise the electricity grid. The solar industry disagrees, and it's preparing for a fight with the power networks.
Asian elephants under threat 
The Asian elephant is one of the world's most majestic animals. But now these gentle giants face a threat that could wipe them out completely … poachers who want their skin.

7.30: October 15, 2018

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Years 11-12 News and current affairs
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The man who broke Watergate talks about Donald Trump Donald Trump may have popularised the term 'fake news', but the wild nature of his presidency has also spawned an extraordinary series of insider accounts of his chaotic White House. The latest and most substantial of these is 'Fear' by veteran Washington reporter Bob Woodward. Young women and injuries The introduction of an AFL women's competition, the rise of the Matildas, and the increasing popularity of women's cricket all reflect a huge increase in the popularity of women's team sport. But with this surge has come a significant increase in serious knee injuries. Women are up to ten times more likely to rupture their anterior cruciate ligament than men, and Australia has the highest rate of knee reconstructions in the world. Energy distributors push for a cap on solar power More than six solar panels are installed across Australia every minute of every day as people try to tackle rising power prices. But the industry that owns Australia's poles and wires says all that power from the sun is a problem and it could destabilise the electricity grid. The solar industry disagrees, and it's preparing for a fight with the power networks. Asian elephants under threat The Asian elephant is one of the world's most majestic animals. But now these gentle giants face a threat that could wipe them out completely … poachers who want their skin.
Religious Freedom
The warring forces within the federal Coalition have been notably silent in recent weeks, with all sides only too aware that such divisions could torpedo the chances their chances in the Wentworth by-election. But that peace was shattered today by the leaking of some details of a tightly-held report on proposed changes to religious freedom laws. The Australian Financial Review's political editor Phil Coorey discusses the latest developments.
South China Sea
Former US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, takes a look at what is happening in the South China Sea.
Tensions rise between China and the US
Tensions are rising between the world's two biggest economies. The tough talks follows last week's incident in the South China Sea, where warships from the United States and China came within 45 metres of colliding. The US is already locked in a trade war with Beijing and the US President has accused China of meddling in its upcoming elections.
Deadly dust
Silicosis is a potentially deadly lung disease mostly associated with the coal mining industry. But there has been a silicosis outbreak in Queensland among tradesmen who make kitchen and bathroom bench tops with engineered stone. Some of those workers and the medical profession are sounding the alarm about what they fear could become a public health emergency.
Richard Branson's personal appeal 
The executions of convicted drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in Indonesia in 2015 shocked Australia. But they also attracted global interest - including from some unlikely places. Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson is a passionate campaigner against the death penalty and made a personal appeal to Indonesia's president at the time to spare the couple.

7.30: October 10, 2018

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Years 11-12 News and current affairs
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Religious Freedom The warring forces within the federal Coalition have been notably silent in recent weeks, with all sides only too aware that such divisions could torpedo the chances their chances in the Wentworth by-election. But that peace was shattered today by the leaking of some details of a tightly-held report on proposed changes to religious freedom laws. The Australian Financial Review's political editor Phil Coorey discusses the latest developments. South China Sea Former US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, takes a look at what is happening in the South China Sea. Tensions rise between China and the US Tensions are rising between the world's two biggest economies. The tough talks follows last week's incident in the South China Sea, where warships from the United States and China came within 45 metres of colliding. The US is already locked in a trade war with Beijing and the US President has accused China of meddling in its upcoming elections. Deadly dust Silicosis is a potentially deadly lung disease mostly associated with the coal mining industry. But there has been a silicosis outbreak in Queensland among tradesmen who make kitchen and bathroom bench tops with engineered stone. Some of those workers and the medical profession are sounding the alarm about what they fear could become a public health emergency. Richard Branson's personal appeal The executions of convicted drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in Indonesia in 2015 shocked Australia. But they also attracted global interest - including from some unlikely places. Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson is a passionate campaigner against the death penalty and made a personal appeal to Indonesia's president at the time to spare the couple.
The Opera House: world heritage listed cultural precinct or Sydney's biggest billboard?
The decision to allow a horse race to be promoted on the Opera House sails has sparked outrage and questions reportedly being asked at UNESCO. But it's not just the Prime Minister who's defended the move. The NSW Premier and Racing NSW say the promotion is in line with previous sporting and cultural use building's sails. Former chief executive of the Sydney Opera House, Michael Lynch says the horse racing promotion proposed for the sails of the Opera House is 'highly inappropriate'.
Bill Hare discusses climate change report
The UN's intergovernmental panel on climate change released a report today which paints an alarming picture of the impact of a 2 per cent increase in global temperatures as a result of climate change. It says urgent and unprecedented action is needed to keep the increase to one and a half degrees. Dr Bill Hare of the CEO of Climate Analytics discusses what it means.
Alison Harcourt
Alison Harcourt may not be a household name, but the 88-year-old statistics pioneer is somewhat of a celebrity in some parts of the maths world. Her work has helped measure poverty in Australia and played a key role in amending the Electoral Act, and the octogenarian is still going strong and tutoring the next generation of young students.
Cable Beach
It's one of the most popular images in Australian tourism, camel trains silhouetted against a setting sun on Broome's Cable Beach. But there's trouble brewing in the remote paradise, as the camels share the beach with growing numbers of tourists and four wheel drive vehicles.

7.30: October 8, 2018

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Years 11-12 News and current affairs
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The Opera House: world heritage listed cultural precinct or Sydney's biggest billboard? The decision to allow a horse race to be promoted on the Opera House sails has sparked outrage and questions reportedly being asked at UNESCO. But it's not just the Prime Minister who's defended the move. The NSW Premier and Racing NSW say the promotion is in line with previous sporting and cultural use building's sails. Former chief executive of the Sydney Opera House, Michael Lynch says the horse racing promotion proposed for the sails of the Opera House is 'highly inappropriate'. Bill Hare discusses climate change report The UN's intergovernmental panel on climate change released a report today which paints an alarming picture of the impact of a 2 per cent increase in global temperatures as a result of climate change. It says urgent and unprecedented action is needed to keep the increase to one and a half degrees. Dr Bill Hare of the CEO of Climate Analytics discusses what it means. Alison Harcourt Alison Harcourt may not be a household name, but the 88-year-old statistics pioneer is somewhat of a celebrity in some parts of the maths world. Her work has helped measure poverty in Australia and played a key role in amending the Electoral Act, and the octogenarian is still going strong and tutoring the next generation of young students. Cable Beach It's one of the most popular images in Australian tourism, camel trains silhouetted against a setting sun on Broome's Cable Beach. But there's trouble brewing in the remote paradise, as the camels share the beach with growing numbers of tourists and four wheel drive vehicles.
How do you keep people safe from dog attacks?
The death of a toddler last month has reignited the debate about how to keep people safe from dogs. The RSPCA says training and education is the answer, but others want aggressive dogs banned.
 
Laura Tingle on the $4.5bn extra funding for Catholic and independent schools
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced $4.5 billion in extra funding for Catholic and independent schools.
 
Behind the lens of Parliament's prize photographer
This year, for the first time in history, the press gallery journalist of the year award went to a photographer, Alex Ellinghausen. He works for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and while you may not know his name the chances are you'll recognise his work - capturing politicians at their best, their worst and their most vulnerable.
 
The battle for control of powerlifting in Australia
Parliament house isn't the only place where you'll find politics. Pretty much any organisation, no matter how big or small, will at some stage become captive to people jockeying for power. The sport of powerlifting in Australia is a case in point, with two local federations vying for control - and the athletes caught in the middle.
 
Roadies, a look at life on the road
Behind every world-conquering band is a road crew that transports them from gig to gig, ensures they look and sound amazing, and literally works around the clock to keep the show on the road. Music writer Stuart Coupe's latest book, Roadies – The Secret History of Australian Rock'n'Roll, is a fascinating look at the often hidden side of the music business.

7.30: September 20, 2018

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Years 11-12 News and current affairs
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How do you keep people safe from dog attacks? The death of a toddler last month has reignited the debate about how to keep people safe from dogs. The RSPCA says training and education is the answer, but others want aggressive dogs banned. Laura Tingle on the $4.5bn extra funding for Catholic and independent schools Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced $4.5 billion in extra funding for Catholic and independent schools. Behind the lens of Parliament's prize photographer This year, for the first time in history, the press gallery journalist of the year award went to a photographer, Alex Ellinghausen. He works for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and while you may not know his name the chances are you'll recognise his work - capturing politicians at their best, their worst and their most vulnerable. The battle for control of powerlifting in Australia Parliament house isn't the only place where you'll find politics. Pretty much any organisation, no matter how big or small, will at some stage become captive to people jockeying for power. The sport of powerlifting in Australia is a case in point, with two local federations vying for control - and the athletes caught in the middle. Roadies, a look at life on the road Behind every world-conquering band is a road crew that transports them from gig to gig, ensures they look and sound amazing, and literally works around the clock to keep the show on the road. Music writer Stuart Coupe's latest book, Roadies – The Secret History of Australian Rock'n'Roll, is a fascinating look at the often hidden side of the music business.
Authorities fear copy-cat tampering in fruit contamination disaster
Since the story strawberry tampering broke more than 100 reports of contaminated fruit have been made around the country, sparking fears of copy-cat tampering. Authorities are scrambling to manage this slow-moving disaster as they try to limit the damage to an industry worth almost half a billion dollars.
 
Why are female Liberal MPs quitting Federal politics?
A number of female Liberal MPs have spoken out against internal party dynamics, while also announcing they won’t recontest the next election. But Prime Minister Scott Morrison insisting there is not a behaviour problem in Canberra.
 
Christian Porter discusses strawberry tampering and sexism in politics
Federal Attorney General, Christian Porter, talks to 7.30 about news laws introduced to counter the growing strawberry tampering crisis, and whether the Liberal Party has a problem with women.
 
Marine archaeologists may have discovered the wreck of the Endeavour
Historian David Hunt explains why the discovery of Capt. James Cook's ship, HMS Endeavour, would be an important moment in Australia's history.
 
Meet Alec Knight, the first Australian male to join the New York City Ballet
Alec Knight was just 17 when he moved to New York after being offered a coveted apprenticeship with the New York City Ballet. That was five years ago. Now he's the first Australian male to be given a contract with the prestigious ballet company.

7.30: September 19, 2018

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Years 11-12 News and current affairs
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Authorities fear copy-cat tampering in fruit contamination disaster Since the story strawberry tampering broke more than 100 reports of contaminated fruit have been made around the country, sparking fears of copy-cat tampering. Authorities are scrambling to manage this slow-moving disaster as they try to limit the damage to an industry worth almost half a billion dollars. Why are female Liberal MPs quitting Federal politics? A number of female Liberal MPs have spoken out against internal party dynamics, while also announcing they won’t recontest the next election. But Prime Minister Scott Morrison insisting there is not a behaviour problem in Canberra. Christian Porter discusses strawberry tampering and sexism in politics Federal Attorney General, Christian Porter, talks to 7.30 about news laws introduced to counter the growing strawberry tampering crisis, and whether the Liberal Party has a problem with women. Marine archaeologists may have discovered the wreck of the Endeavour Historian David Hunt explains why the discovery of Capt. James Cook's ship, HMS Endeavour, would be an important moment in Australia's history. Meet Alec Knight, the first Australian male to join the New York City Ballet Alec Knight was just 17 when he moved to New York after being offered a coveted apprenticeship with the New York City Ballet. That was five years ago. Now he's the first Australian male to be given a contract with the prestigious ballet company.
Ten years on from the GFC are we heading for another crash?
This week marks a decade since the collapse of the US investment bank Lehman Brothers triggered the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression. While much of the world fell into prolonged recession, Australia's economy narrowly avoided that fate but 10 years on, many individual Australians are still paying the price.
 
Phil Coorey reviews the Morrison government's first parliamentary week
The Morrison Governments' first parliamentary week has done little to settle the dust after the downfall of Malcolm Turnbull three weeks ago. The AFR's chief political correspondent, Phil Coorey looks at how it has performed.
 
Sydney light rail project won't break-even, NSW Cabinet told in 2012
Over time, and over budget, Sydney's floundering light rail project is wreaking havoc on businesses and commuters in the country's largest city. Leaked NSW cabinet documents point to a political culture where economic caution is thrown out the window in the rush to approve expensive and ultimately disruptive schemes.
 
Search on for Australia's next big diamond deposit
Of all the minerals dug out of the ground, diamonds have a special allure and Australia produces some of the most sought-after stones in the world. But the nation's sole operating diamond mine is on the verge of closure. That's led to a flurry of exploration to find a new diamond deposit.
 
Technology offering blind people the chance to borrow someone else's eyes
Imagine borrowing the eyes of someone on the other side of the world. That's what technology is now offering more than half a million Australians who are blind or vision impaired, via free, and paid, apps on their smart phones.

7.30: September 13, 2018

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Years 11-12 News and current affairs
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Ten years on from the GFC are we heading for another crash? This week marks a decade since the collapse of the US investment bank Lehman Brothers triggered the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression. While much of the world fell into prolonged recession, Australia's economy narrowly avoided that fate but 10 years on, many individual Australians are still paying the price. Phil Coorey reviews the Morrison government's first parliamentary week The Morrison Governments' first parliamentary week has done little to settle the dust after the downfall of Malcolm Turnbull three weeks ago. The AFR's chief political correspondent, Phil Coorey looks at how it has performed. Sydney light rail project won't break-even, NSW Cabinet told in 2012 Over time, and over budget, Sydney's floundering light rail project is wreaking havoc on businesses and commuters in the country's largest city. Leaked NSW cabinet documents point to a political culture where economic caution is thrown out the window in the rush to approve expensive and ultimately disruptive schemes. Search on for Australia's next big diamond deposit Of all the minerals dug out of the ground, diamonds have a special allure and Australia produces some of the most sought-after stones in the world. But the nation's sole operating diamond mine is on the verge of closure. That's led to a flurry of exploration to find a new diamond deposit. Technology offering blind people the chance to borrow someone else's eyes Imagine borrowing the eyes of someone on the other side of the world. That's what technology is now offering more than half a million Australians who are blind or vision impaired, via free, and paid, apps on their smart phones.
Banned Chinese cameras are being used by the Australian Government
Security cameras made by Chinese surveillance companies are also being used at a series of classified facilities including an Adelaide Air Force base and a Canberra office block home to an annexe of the nation's intelligence agencies.
 
Lynette Dawson's niece, Renee Sims, and journalist Hedley Thomas discuss new search for missing woman
Renee Simms, niece of missing woman Lyn Dawson, and Hedley Thomas, the journalist behind the Teacher's Pet podcast, discuss today's news that police are digging at the former property of Lyn Dawson and her husband.
 
Can women change the political culture?
The treatment of women in politics has been a hot subject of debate in recent months with allegations of slut shaming, and during the Liberals' leadership turmoil, accusations of bullying and bad behaviour. The big question is, will anything really change?
 
Cerebral palsy treatment creating an international bond of friendship between two families
Last year we told the story about Max Shearman whose dad Michael carried the then six-year-old along the gruelling Kokoda track to raise money for a trial of technology called a TheraSuit. While the pair was on that mission, they built a relationship with a local Papua New Guinea family also searching for help with their daughter's cerebral palsy diagnosis. That family recently travelled to Melbourne for three weeks of intensive treatment.

7.30: September 12, 2018

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Years 11-12 News and current affairs
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Banned Chinese cameras are being used by the Australian Government Security cameras made by Chinese surveillance companies are also being used at a series of classified facilities including an Adelaide Air Force base and a Canberra office block home to an annexe of the nation's intelligence agencies. Lynette Dawson's niece, Renee Sims, and journalist Hedley Thomas discuss new search for missing woman Renee Simms, niece of missing woman Lyn Dawson, and Hedley Thomas, the journalist behind the Teacher's Pet podcast, discuss today's news that police are digging at the former property of Lyn Dawson and her husband. Can women change the political culture? The treatment of women in politics has been a hot subject of debate in recent months with allegations of slut shaming, and during the Liberals' leadership turmoil, accusations of bullying and bad behaviour. The big question is, will anything really change? Cerebral palsy treatment creating an international bond of friendship between two families Last year we told the story about Max Shearman whose dad Michael carried the then six-year-old along the gruelling Kokoda track to raise money for a trial of technology called a TheraSuit. While the pair was on that mission, they built a relationship with a local Papua New Guinea family also searching for help with their daughter's cerebral palsy diagnosis. That family recently travelled to Melbourne for three weeks of intensive treatment.
Australia and rental affordability 
Australian renters are paying through the roof. And it's hitting people in all income brackets. Low income earners are being squeezed by a shortage of public housing and middle to high income earners can't afford to buy houses so they're driving up rental prices and competing for the limited number of properties.
Peter Dutton 
Ashlynne McGhee explains what's happening in an explosive war of words which has erupted between Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and his former border force chief Roman Quaedvlieg. Mr Quaedvlieg claims he was personally lobbied by Mr Dutton's staff to grant a visa to an Italian nanny. Mr Dutton says those claims are fabricated.
John Millman's US Open 
Today Australians learned that Queensland tennis pro John Millman is as classy in defeat as he is in victory. Earlier this week, the 29-year-old shocked the tennis word by knocking Roger Federer out of the US Open but today he couldn't face down another formidable opponent the tournament favourite Novak Djokovic.
James Ricketson 
The family of James Ricketson, an Australian filmmaker imprisoned in Cambodia for 'spying', is pleading for mercy. Ricketson has been in jail since the middle of 2017 and is now now applying to the Cambodian King for clemency
Natasha Walsh wins Whiteley scholarship
In 1959, a little-known 20-year-old artist named Brett Whiteley was awarded a scholarship to study and paint in Europe. It helped launch him onto the world stage. In memory of her son, the late Beryl Whiteley allocated funds for an annual scholarship to give other young Australian artists the same opportunity - and this year's winner is Natasha Walsh.

7.30: Australia and Rental Affordability/Peter Dutton/John Millman's US Open/James Ricketsons/Natasha Walsh's Victory

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Australia and rental affordability Australian renters are paying through the roof. And it's hitting people in all income brackets. Low income earners are being squeezed by a shortage of public housing and middle to high income earners can't afford to buy houses so they're driving up rental prices and competing for the limited number of properties. Peter Dutton Ashlynne McGhee explains what's happening in an explosive war of words which has erupted between Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and his former border force chief Roman Quaedvlieg. Mr Quaedvlieg claims he was personally lobbied by Mr Dutton's staff to grant a visa to an Italian nanny. Mr Dutton says those claims are fabricated. John Millman's US Open Today Australians learned that Queensland tennis pro John Millman is as classy in defeat as he is in victory. Earlier this week, the 29-year-old shocked the tennis word by knocking Roger Federer out of the US Open but today he couldn't face down another formidable opponent the tournament favourite Novak Djokovic. James Ricketson The family of James Ricketson, an Australian filmmaker imprisoned in Cambodia for 'spying', is pleading for mercy. Ricketson has been in jail since the middle of 2017 and is now now applying to the Cambodian King for clemency Natasha Walsh wins Whiteley scholarship In 1959, a little-known 20-year-old artist named Brett Whiteley was awarded a scholarship to study and paint in Europe. It helped launch him onto the world stage. In memory of her son, the late Beryl Whiteley allocated funds for an annual scholarship to give other young Australian artists the same opportunity - and this year's winner is Natasha Walsh.
Adopting a child with special needs?
Adoption is a complex process in Australia and couples can sometimes wait for years for a child. Many people find it too overwhelming and as a result the number of adoptions has declined to an all-time low. Dee Threlfo always wanted to adopt so when she faced challenges she decided that adopting children with special needs was the path to pursue.
NAPLAN 
NAPLAN is supposed to give parents and teachers a snapshot of where kids are at in the essential skills of literacy and numeracy. But there are criticisms it is out of date and results are being misused, and even some state education ministers are calling for it to be replaced.
Trump is not a conservative
Trump and his opponents frequently claim the media and its allies lie about him and are out to get him but the truth is that significant opposition to Trump also comes from within his own party. Rick Wilson has been a career Republican strategist. His new book is called Everything Trump Touches Dies.
ACCC launches investigation
The ACCC has launched an investigation into 'fake' honey after an investigation by 7.30 and Fairfax Media found Australia's biggest listed honey company, Capilano, and some of the country's largest supermarket chains were unwittingly selling "fake" honey. And today Capilano announced it wants to see a new Australian testing facility.

7.30: Adopting a Child with Special Needs/NAPLAN/Trump is not a Conservative/ACC Launches Investigation

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Adopting a child with special needs? Adoption is a complex process in Australia and couples can sometimes wait for years for a child. Many people find it too overwhelming and as a result the number of adoptions has declined to an all-time low. Dee Threlfo always wanted to adopt so when she faced challenges she decided that adopting children with special needs was the path to pursue. NAPLAN NAPLAN is supposed to give parents and teachers a snapshot of where kids are at in the essential skills of literacy and numeracy. But there are criticisms it is out of date and results are being misused, and even some state education ministers are calling for it to be replaced. Trump is not a conservative Trump and his opponents frequently claim the media and its allies lie about him and are out to get him but the truth is that significant opposition to Trump also comes from within his own party. Rick Wilson has been a career Republican strategist. His new book is called Everything Trump Touches Dies. ACCC launches investigation The ACCC has launched an investigation into 'fake' honey after an investigation by 7.30 and Fairfax Media found Australia's biggest listed honey company, Capilano, and some of the country's largest supermarket chains were unwittingly selling "fake" honey. And today Capilano announced it wants to see a new Australian testing facility.
Tasmania's Anglican church
Does a church need a physical building? It's a question being asked in Tasmania - where some communities are fighting a plan to sell off more than 70 churches across the state. The money raised will help pay compensation to survivors of child sexual abuse.
New ACTU President Michele O'Neil 
New ACTU President Michele O'Neil's goal is nothing less than a re-shaping of Australia's industrial landscape: the re-introduction of sector wide bargaining rather than having workers struggle to secure pay rises enterprise by enterprise, and a campaign for a living wage.
New data 
New census data shows that the face of Australia is changing, with fewer migrants coming from Europe. The majority of new Australians coming here on skilled migrant visas - or to join other family members - and are far more likely to become new homeowners.
One retirement village
As Australia's population ages and medical technology improves the chances of many of us making it to 100 has also increased. On the NSW Central Coast there's an aged care home that has not just one, but half a dozen centenarians - all women. The oldest was born in late 1913 before the outbreak of World War One.
Bullying
One in four Australian children is frequently bullied - and the consequences can be serious or even fatal. With a state election looming in Victoria, politicians are promising the country's biggest anti-bullying program. Advocates hope the political fight is the momentum needed to propel bullying onto the federal agenda.

7.30: Tasmanian Anglican Church/Michele O'Neil/ New Data/Retirement Village/Bullying

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Tasmania's Anglican church Does a church need a physical building? It's a question being asked in Tasmania - where some communities are fighting a plan to sell off more than 70 churches across the state. The money raised will help pay compensation to survivors of child sexual abuse. New ACTU President Michele O'Neil New ACTU President Michele O'Neil's goal is nothing less than a re-shaping of Australia's industrial landscape: the re-introduction of sector wide bargaining rather than having workers struggle to secure pay rises enterprise by enterprise, and a campaign for a living wage. New data New census data shows that the face of Australia is changing, with fewer migrants coming from Europe. The majority of new Australians coming here on skilled migrant visas - or to join other family members - and are far more likely to become new homeowners. One retirement village As Australia's population ages and medical technology improves the chances of many of us making it to 100 has also increased. On the NSW Central Coast there's an aged care home that has not just one, but half a dozen centenarians - all women. The oldest was born in late 1913 before the outbreak of World War One. Bullying One in four Australian children is frequently bullied - and the consequences can be serious or even fatal. With a state election looming in Victoria, politicians are promising the country's biggest anti-bullying program. Advocates hope the political fight is the momentum needed to propel bullying onto the federal agenda.
Trevor Ruthenberg 
7.30's political correspondent Laura Tingle speaks to the LNP candidate in the Longman by-election, Trevor Ruthenberg, who apologised after wrongly claiming he won the Australian Service Medal.
Banks moving to tighten lending rules 
With Royal Commission exposing examples of banks underestimating people's household expenditure and waving through loans in order to hit mortgage targets, lenders are now tightening the rules on handing out mortgage cash. But for some families it's come too late to save them from financial distress.
Government considers tighten surveillance on convicted terrorists
The Federal government is considering tightening surveillance on convicted terrorists once they've served their time behind bars. It's looking at what they are calling Extended Supervision Orders for people convicted of terrorist-related offences who are released from prison but still deemed to be a threat to the community. Director of Terrorism Studies at Charles Sturt University, Levi West, discusses what it means.
Chronic fatigue treatments
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, now called MECFS, is being investigated by a government appointed committee. There are about 200,000 Australian sufferers of the condition, which has no definitive cause or diagnostic test, but does have an often recommended treatment which some say risks harm and is "old fashioned". Their concern is that the specialist recommending this controversial treatment is advising the government committee on future treatment.

Retirement homes of the future
Australia's greying population means that by the middle of this century one in four of us will be aged 65 or over. It's already caused a boom in investment in retirement and aged care options, as businesses look for new ways to capture the ageing market. Many are thinking outside the square with new approaches, that are making old-fashioned retirement villages and nursing homes a thing of the past.

7.30: Trevor Ruthenberg/ Lending Rules/ Tight Surveillance/ Chronic Fatigue Treatments/ Retirement Homes of the Future

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Trevor Ruthenberg 7.30's political correspondent Laura Tingle speaks to the LNP candidate in the Longman by-election, Trevor Ruthenberg, who apologised after wrongly claiming he won the Australian Service Medal. Banks moving to tighten lending rules With Royal Commission exposing examples of banks underestimating people's household expenditure and waving through loans in order to hit mortgage targets, lenders are now tightening the rules on handing out mortgage cash. But for some families it's come too late to save them from financial distress. Government considers tighten surveillance on convicted terrorists The Federal government is considering tightening surveillance on convicted terrorists once they've served their time behind bars. It's looking at what they are calling Extended Supervision Orders for people convicted of terrorist-related offences who are released from prison but still deemed to be a threat to the community. Director of Terrorism Studies at Charles Sturt University, Levi West, discusses what it means. Chronic fatigue treatments Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, now called MECFS, is being investigated by a government appointed committee. There are about 200,000 Australian sufferers of the condition, which has no definitive cause or diagnostic test, but does have an often recommended treatment which some say risks harm and is "old fashioned". Their concern is that the specialist recommending this controversial treatment is advising the government committee on future treatment. Retirement homes of the future Australia's greying population means that by the middle of this century one in four of us will be aged 65 or over. It's already caused a boom in investment in retirement and aged care options, as businesses look for new ways to capture the ageing market. Many are thinking outside the square with new approaches, that are making old-fashioned retirement villages and nursing homes a thing of the past.
Malcolm Turnbull 
Laura Tingle discusses the latest from Canberra, including electricity prices and the possibility of the government funding a new coal-fired power station.
Croatia 
Millions of fans will watch the World Cup decider this weekend - a David and Goliath contest between a football powerhouse and a tiny country that's never made the final before. After beating England, Croatia will take on the tournament favourites France in the final.
Mortgage Choice 
One of Australia's biggest publicly listed brokers, Mortgage Choice, has an overhaul of its remuneration model. It says it will now pay franchisees more and reduce the volatility of their income. It comes after complaints from franchisees, who said Mortgage Choice's business model was leaving some brokers in financial ruin.
Trump set to meet NATO leaders as part of European visit
US President starts the beginning of what promises to be stormy week-long visit to Europe with a NATO meeting in Belgium. Rachael Rizzo of the Centre for a New American Security discusses what may happen.
Miss America beauty pageant 
For the first time in nearly 100 years, when young women vying for the title of Miss America appear on stage in Atlantic City this September it won't be in swimsuits. In the #MeToo era, the historic pageant is promising Miss America 2.0 will focus on contestants talents, intelligence and ideas - not their outward appearance. But not everyone is happy to say bye-bye to the bikinis.

7.30: Malcolm Turnbull/Croatia/Mortgage Choice/Trump Meets NATO Leaders/Miss America Beauty Pageant

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Years 11-12 News and current affairs
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Malcolm Turnbull Laura Tingle discusses the latest from Canberra, including electricity prices and the possibility of the government funding a new coal-fired power station. Croatia Millions of fans will watch the World Cup decider this weekend - a David and Goliath contest between a football powerhouse and a tiny country that's never made the final before. After beating England, Croatia will take on the tournament favourites France in the final. Mortgage Choice One of Australia's biggest publicly listed brokers, Mortgage Choice, has an overhaul of its remuneration model. It says it will now pay franchisees more and reduce the volatility of their income. It comes after complaints from franchisees, who said Mortgage Choice's business model was leaving some brokers in financial ruin. Trump set to meet NATO leaders as part of European visit US President starts the beginning of what promises to be stormy week-long visit to Europe with a NATO meeting in Belgium. Rachael Rizzo of the Centre for a New American Security discusses what may happen. Miss America beauty pageant For the first time in nearly 100 years, when young women vying for the title of Miss America appear on stage in Atlantic City this September it won't be in swimsuits. In the #MeToo era, the historic pageant is promising Miss America 2.0 will focus on contestants talents, intelligence and ideas - not their outward appearance. But not everyone is happy to say bye-bye to the bikinis.
Fortnite Phenomenon 
If you have kids, chances are they're among the 125 million people playing the popular video game Fortnite. And it's driving some parents and teachers crazy. They are flocking to professional help to pry their kids away but for others the game is just like any other hobby - it's all about balance.
Bernard Collaery
Unprecedented legal action against two men for allegedly breaching the intelligence services act has sparked fierce debate about the balance between national security and the public's right to know.
Rod Sims 
Australia's competition watchdog has laid out a sweeping plan to bring those bills down and says it could save households up to $400 a year. Rod Sims outlines what the ACCC has in mind.
Rural Mental Health
A western Victorian farmer has come up with a bald plan to give his industry national exposure. He's convincing an increasing number of his colleagues to take their kit off. It's part of a cheeky new campaign called "The Naked Farmer", which aims to raise awareness of - and funding for - mental health.
Dept. of Veterans' Affairs
Last month 7.30 aired a story about the extraordinary lengths the Department of Veterans' Affairs went to, to thwart a compensation claim: secretly changing its own policy in order to stop a claim by a former elite paratrooper who had badly injured his back. We've now learnt the head of the Veterans' Affairs department has requested a meeting with Mr Rollins in order to issue a personal apology. The ministers for Defence and Veterans Affairs have also ordered a departmental review into the matter.

7.30: Fortnite Phenomenon/ Bernard Collaery/Rod Sims/Rural Mental Health/Dept. of Veteran Affairs

News and current affairs

Years 11-12 News and current affairs
31:31
Fortnite Phenomenon If you have kids, chances are they're among the 125 million people playing the popular video game Fortnite. And it's driving some parents and teachers crazy. They are flocking to professional help to pry their kids away but for others the game is just like any other hobby - it's all about balance. Bernard Collaery Unprecedented legal action against two men for allegedly breaching the intelligence services act has sparked fierce debate about the balance between national security and the public's right to know. Rod Sims Australia's competition watchdog has laid out a sweeping plan to bring those bills down and says it could save households up to $400 a year. Rod Sims outlines what the ACCC has in mind. Rural Mental Health A western Victorian farmer has come up with a bald plan to give his industry national exposure. He's convincing an increasing number of his colleagues to take their kit off. It's part of a cheeky new campaign called "The Naked Farmer", which aims to raise awareness of - and funding for - mental health. Dept. of Veterans' Affairs Last month 7.30 aired a story about the extraordinary lengths the Department of Veterans' Affairs went to, to thwart a compensation claim: secretly changing its own policy in order to stop a claim by a former elite paratrooper who had badly injured his back. We've now learnt the head of the Veterans' Affairs department has requested a meeting with Mr Rollins in order to issue a personal apology. The ministers for Defence and Veterans Affairs have also ordered a departmental review into the matter.
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