Series: 7.30

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

News and current affairs

Years 11-12 News and current affairs
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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

News and current affairs

Years 11-12 News and current affairs
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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

News and current affairs

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
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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.
Secret Suburban
Crime syndicates are growing tonnes of cannabis in suburban houses across Australia. Police don't know quite how big the problem is, but know that these cannabis grow houses produce more of the drug than any other method, and that the majority of these houses are owned by Vietnamese organised crime networks.
Sarah Hanson-Young 
Sarah Hanson Young says comments made about her by David Leyonhjelm in a senate debate have brought the entire parliament into disrepute.
David Leyonhjelm
During a Senate debate, Senator David Leyonhjelm called out across the chamber to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young for her to "stop shagging men". That was during a debate about "protecting women", in the form of pepper spray and tasers. The comments have been widely condemned, but Senator Leyonhjelm says he was justified.
Labor's corporate tax policy
For months, Labor's commanded an election-winning lead in the polls but a messy few days last week has put the opposition on the back foot. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten improvised on Labor's company tax policy, forcing a retreat 72 hours later. Opposition Finance spokesman, Jim Chalmers explains Labor's position.
Judith Durham
Folk group The Seekers had six top 10 hits during 1965 and 1966 – making singer Judith Durham a household name. She went on to pursue a successful solo career and has recorded more than a dozen albums over fifty years. It's Judith Durham's birthday tomorrow and to celebrate, she's releasing a new record.

7.30: Secret Suburban/Sarah Hanson-Young/David Leyonhjelm/Labor's Corporate Tax Policy/Judith Durham

News and current affairs

Years 11-12 News and current affairs
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Secret Suburban Crime syndicates are growing tonnes of cannabis in suburban houses across Australia. Police don't know quite how big the problem is, but know that these cannabis grow houses produce more of the drug than any other method, and that the majority of these houses are owned by Vietnamese organised crime networks. Sarah Hanson-Young Sarah Hanson Young says comments made about her by David Leyonhjelm in a senate debate have brought the entire parliament into disrepute. David Leyonhjelm During a Senate debate, Senator David Leyonhjelm called out across the chamber to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young for her to "stop shagging men". That was during a debate about "protecting women", in the form of pepper spray and tasers. The comments have been widely condemned, but Senator Leyonhjelm says he was justified. Labor's corporate tax policy For months, Labor's commanded an election-winning lead in the polls but a messy few days last week has put the opposition on the back foot. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten improvised on Labor's company tax policy, forcing a retreat 72 hours later. Opposition Finance spokesman, Jim Chalmers explains Labor's position. Judith Durham Folk group The Seekers had six top 10 hits during 1965 and 1966 – making singer Judith Durham a household name. She went on to pursue a successful solo career and has recorded more than a dozen albums over fifty years. It's Judith Durham's birthday tomorrow and to celebrate, she's releasing a new record.
Extended interview with Josh Frydenberg 
7.30's political correspondent Laura Tingle interviews Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg about the National Energy Guarantee.
Bill Shorten's pledge to reverse company tax cuts
The Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is under pressure over his Captain's Call yesterday, when he announced that if Labor is elected it will reverse the company tax cut the Turnbull government has introduced for businesses that turn over between $10 million and $50 million.
The hidden head injuries plaguing jockeys
One sport you might not immediately think of when it comes to brain injuries is horse racing. Retired jockey Dale Spriggs knows differently. He estimates he suffered more than 20 concussions during his long career, and had multiple falls. He's pledging his brain to the Australian Sports Brain Bank to help researchers find out more about a degenerative disease caused by repetitive hits to the head.
Hunters risking their lives to stamp out feral pigs
Ask any farmer and they'll tell you that feral pigs need eradication because they carry disease and destroy crops. Unlike efforts to control other types of feral animals, there's a growing subculture of people who enthusiastically do it for free. But does that put pig hunters at risk from the very diseases farmers want gone?
The mother-daughter business partnership making more than just coffee
Only half of Australians with disabilities have jobs, and people with disabilities regularly face extra hurdles when trying to find work. One of those people is Bron Shelverton, she has Down syndrome. So she and her mother set up their own business running a coffee van in the hope it will provide a secure future for Bron.

7.30: Josh Frydenberg/Bill Shorten's Pledge/Head Injuries Plaguing Jockeys/Stamp out Feral Pigs/Mother and Daughter Business Partnership

News and current affairs

Years 11-12 News and current affairs
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Extended interview with Josh Frydenberg 7.30's political correspondent Laura Tingle interviews Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg about the National Energy Guarantee. Bill Shorten's pledge to reverse company tax cuts The Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is under pressure over his Captain's Call yesterday, when he announced that if Labor is elected it will reverse the company tax cut the Turnbull government has introduced for businesses that turn over between $10 million and $50 million. The hidden head injuries plaguing jockeys One sport you might not immediately think of when it comes to brain injuries is horse racing. Retired jockey Dale Spriggs knows differently. He estimates he suffered more than 20 concussions during his long career, and had multiple falls. He's pledging his brain to the Australian Sports Brain Bank to help researchers find out more about a degenerative disease caused by repetitive hits to the head. Hunters risking their lives to stamp out feral pigs Ask any farmer and they'll tell you that feral pigs need eradication because they carry disease and destroy crops. Unlike efforts to control other types of feral animals, there's a growing subculture of people who enthusiastically do it for free. But does that put pig hunters at risk from the very diseases farmers want gone? The mother-daughter business partnership making more than just coffee Only half of Australians with disabilities have jobs, and people with disabilities regularly face extra hurdles when trying to find work. One of those people is Bron Shelverton, she has Down syndrome. So she and her mother set up their own business running a coffee van in the hope it will provide a secure future for Bron.
Mark Schwarzer: Australia's World Cup chances
As the Socceroos prepare for could be their make-or-break World Cup game against Denmark in Russia, former goalkeeper, Mark Schwarzer, assess their chances.

Overtime payment ruling leaves farmers worried
Australia's fruit and vegetable farmers fear their businesses will be pushed to breaking point if they are forced to pay workers more for overtime. The Fair Work Commission has announced it will award overtime to casual fruit pickers but is still negotiating the details.

Donald Trump: controversial child separation policy
Donald Trump has signed an executive order to keep migrant families together after sparking outrage by splitting families crossing the US-Mexico border. However the president says that overall, the immigration crackdown will continue.

$140-billion tax cut  
The parliament has agreed to the Turnbull government's $140-billion tax cut plan. It'll dramatically reshape our personal income tax system and, over the long-term, deliver almost every Australian extra money in their pocket.

Insurance companies under the microscope
The conduct of insurers after major weather events will be scrutinised when the financial services royal commission meets in Queensland next week. Losses from last year's tropical cyclone Debbie amounted to $1.7-billion but 7.30 has discovered, getting insurance payouts is often less than easy and some people are yet to return to their damaged homes in North Queensland.

7.30: June 21, 2018

News and current affairs

Years 11-12 News and current affairs
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Mark Schwarzer: Australia's World Cup chances As the Socceroos prepare for could be their make-or-break World Cup game against Denmark in Russia, former goalkeeper, Mark Schwarzer, assess their chances. Overtime payment ruling leaves farmers worried Australia's fruit and vegetable farmers fear their businesses will be pushed to breaking point if they are forced to pay workers more for overtime. The Fair Work Commission has announced it will award overtime to casual fruit pickers but is still negotiating the details. Donald Trump: controversial child separation policy Donald Trump has signed an executive order to keep migrant families together after sparking outrage by splitting families crossing the US-Mexico border. However the president says that overall, the immigration crackdown will continue. $140-billion tax cut The parliament has agreed to the Turnbull government's $140-billion tax cut plan. It'll dramatically reshape our personal income tax system and, over the long-term, deliver almost every Australian extra money in their pocket. Insurance companies under the microscope The conduct of insurers after major weather events will be scrutinised when the financial services royal commission meets in Queensland next week. Losses from last year's tropical cyclone Debbie amounted to $1.7-billion but 7.30 has discovered, getting insurance payouts is often less than easy and some people are yet to return to their damaged homes in North Queensland.
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
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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
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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.
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