Australians love pet dogs and cats. But each year tens of thousands of them are killed, even when they're perfectly healthy. The RSPCA alone euthanised more than 56,000 cats and dogs last year. And that figure doesn't include all the animals put down at council pounds around Australia every day. In this episode of Insight, pet owners, breeders, animal shelter workers and even pets themselves will join Jenny Brockie to look at why Australia is euthanising so many dogs and cats.
Panellists include: Shane Gould- Australian swimming legend, Louise Sauvage- Multi gold medallist wheelchair racer, David Pocock- Incoming captain of the Australian Wallabies rugby team and John Alexander - Tennis champion turned Member of Bennelong.
Senator Bob Brown shocked the political establishment on April 13 when he announced that after 17 years he was stepping down as leader of the Australian Greens and leaving Parliament. His announcement generated widespread speculation about the future of the Greens and attracted tributes for Bob's political skills from all sides of politics, even from those who passionately oppose Green policies in their entirety.
The debate has been loud and angry. Since the government announced the introduction of a fixed price on carbon pollution from July next year, public opinion has been divided and there have been protests across the country. As Australians keenly await more details, Insight tests public support, looking at the possible winners and losers of the carbon price scheme. We look at the likely effects on household budgets and electricity prices, the big businesses that are for and against the plan, and what motivates the No Carbon Tax groups.
This week on Insight, the sort of racism you don't usually hear. Discussions about prejudice are often framed in terms of whites against non-whites. But what about racism between different minority groups in Australia? Or even prejudice against your own race?
Panellists will include Tanya Plibersek - Social Services Minister, Peter Dutton - Shadow Health Minister, Heather Ridout - Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group, Brendan O'Neill - British Editor, Spiked Online and Stephen Mayne - Crikey founder.
The story, 'The smack', investigates both arguments for and against smacking children. The story, 'Packer's punt', features an interview with James Packer about Australia's tourism industry. The story, 'The big bang theory', meets a team of scientists in Europe who are on the verge of unlocking the secret of the big bang. The story, 'The late bloomer', revisits the Burn's family a year after conceiving their first child naturally in their 50s.
Choosing your baby's health, sex, personality and intelligence. What are the ethics involved with so-called "designer-babies"? Where should we draw the line on genetic screening? And are we, as one of our guests puts it, in the grip of "gene mania"?
Stories include, 'Has giving a Gonski become a political football?', 'Peter Garrett maps Gonski education reform future', 'Knitting together views of the 43rd parliament' and 'Russell Crowe praises Australia but condemns political lack of gallantry'.
Stories include, 'NSW corruption inquiry recommends criminal charges', 'Former Premier hopes ICAC findings will be catalyst for change', 'Hundreds join potential class action over toxic school site', 'Muslim Brotherhood spokesman calls for restoration of constitution' and 'Whistleblower or traitor? Bradley Manning trial delivers verdict'.
Stories include, 'Bikie clubs face threat to their survival', 'Attorney-General accuses Japan of commercial whaling dressed up as science', 'Gravedigging dispute reveals Mandela family rift' and 'Return to boot camp - troubled teens greet graduation day'.
Stories include, 'Do carbon price changes foreshadow more policy fixes'?', 'Climate Change Minister says environment doesn't care about price of carbon', 'Should parents be allowed to sterilise their disabled children?' and 'Star singer helps performers realise their dreams'.
Stories include, 'Even leaders' forum sees Opposition keep nose in front', 'Andrew Wilkie faces spirited ALP in race for Denison', 'Wild dog attacks endanger small communities' and 'Rupert Murdoch takes to the stage'.
This week Insight looks at Australia's changing gambling habits - asking whether it's all just a bit of harmless fun and part of our Aussie culture, or whether gambling is being normalised in a way that should concern us.
The story, 'Total recall', examines superior autobiographical memory. The story, 'Remembering 9/11', speaks to New York Fire Chief Joseph Pfeifer and two French documentary makers who provided the images of gutsy fire fighters inside the World Trade Centre. The story, 'Taming Tyson', features an interview with Mike Tyson and it seems he is a changed man.
Loveable pets or natural born killers? Australia has one of the worst mammal extinction rates in the world. And cats are partially to blame. Conservationists and wildlife groups say something needs to be done to reduce the impact of cats on native wildlife. But they can't agree on what.
Stories include, 'Lack of services put lives of eating disorder patients at risk', 'Independent MP threatens Victorian government', 'Union leader calls for end to industrial blood sport in Australia' and 'Fans of The Boss show dedication at first Perth show'.
GENE SECRETS TO HELP EXPLAIN EPILEPSY
Researchers have made progress on the genetic links behind the disease Epilepsy.
LIVES LOST AS TERROR FEARS GROW IN RUSSIA
Russia has been rocked by two terrorist bomb attacks within 24 hours. At least 27 people have died and many more are injured after suicide bombers separately targeted a trolley bus and the main railway station in the city of Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad.
LABOR HEAVY-WEIGHT IMPLICATED IN COMMUNITY CLUB CONFLICT
Joe Tripodi has been a power-broker in the troubled NSW Labor Party. Reporter Adam Harvey looks at his connections to the Eddie Obeid faction known as 'The Terrigals', and a small soccer club.
BLACK DAY FOR BLACK CAVIAR'S BROTHER
The tragic death of a promising stud horse. Jimmy was the brother of champion mare Black Caviar, sadly put down after a mysterious infection.
After a burst oil pipeline spilt into the streets and waterways of a US town, Dateline looks at the controversy over the country's ageing pipeline network; see the human cost of Syria's war through the eyes of Nour Kelze, as she takes us through the ruined streets of her home city, Aleppo and; with its dance parties, food stalls and swimming pool, Dateline gets an inside view of Venezuela's unusual take on prison reform.
Stories include, 'Prime suspect in 30-year-old cold case arrested over infamous Family Court bombings', 'Man accused of covering up some of Catholic Church's worst paedophiles gives evidence in court', 'Meet the family of Olympians going for Brazilian gold' and 'Liberal party 'needs to do more' to get women in to politics, says Brisbane MP'.
Stories include, 'Tony Abbott survives 'near death experience' but is he on borrowed time?', "Tony Abbott 'determined to be more consultative" after spill threat', 'Tony Abbott "needs a vision for Australia" says Chamber of Commerce CEO' and 'Tony Abbott 'won a reprieve' according to some supporters'.
Stories include, '"Budget on the mend" says PM, facing headlines claiming he's "lost the plot"', 'Teen's death prompts call for safety switches in all homes', 'Child prostitution in Kenya "an increasing crisis"' and 'Painful probing of mother's life turns into new Kate Grenville book".
Stories include, 'Clive Palmer paves way for carbon tax repeal', 'Small business vents frustation at the big banks', '"We do not target civilians" says Israeli PM's spokesman' and 'Ian Thorpe's coming out - why did it take so long?'.
Stories include, 'Essendon anti-doping saga shows no sign of ending despite players being found not guilty', 'Essendon's anti-doping "not guilty" finding "unprecedented" says former ASADA chief', 'Islamic State fight "needs more robust military approach" says counterinsurgency expert' and 'Betty Churcher dies at 84 but "wasn't scared of death"'.
Stories include, 'Former independent MP Tony Windsor announces intention to run for New England', 'Deputy Prime Minister says 8 weeks is long enough to absorb Government's tax plan if there's an early election', 'Coca-Cola reveals $1.7 million funding for Australian health research groups', 'Australian charged with cyanide coffee killing in Indonesia may have been jealous, says consultant', and 'Previously unreleased demos show Jeff Buckley 'breaking the ice' before Grace'.
Stories include, 'Australian police and Defence Force used infamous Hacking Team, Wikileaks reveals', 'Why has Australia's largest coal mining union backed Labor's Renewable Energy Target?', ''Get smarter' about connecting with youth in danger of radicalisation, urges Assistant AFP Commissioner' and 'Meet the Rattle moving classical music to a different beat'.
Stories include, 'Bill Shorten faces 'difficult' royal commission questioning over political staffer's salary', ''Everyone knows boundaries' suggests Greg Combet after Bill Shorten's union royal commission questions', ''Political' royal commission designed to attack unions, accuses ALP MP', 'Islamic State picks fight with Hamas government in Gaza' and 'Australia to win Ashes but not in whitewash, predicts Cate McGregor'.
Stories include, 'Tianamen Square massacre anniversary becomes China's "National Amnesia Day"', 'Catholic Church under fire over response to paedophile revelations', 'Clive Palmer unsure of "hurt" to Peta Credlin' and 'Rogue MP threatens to bring down Victoria's government'.
Stories include, 'Infamous Australian detective faces undoing in historic case', 'Manus detention company MD unaware of riot "perpetrators"', 'Crucial crossbenchers unconvinced on Government's budget', ' Liberal leader turned Labor minister says move was "right thing" for SA' and 'What next for Egypt's revolutionaries after Presidential election'.
Stories include, 'Jacqui Lambie's very personal search for answers to Australia's ice problem', 'Expanding military operations against Islamic State should be Parliament's decision says former Army Chief', 'Syria is 'a geopolitical Chernobyl' says former US army chief' and 'Meet the elite dancer cut down by tragedy but keeping hope alive'.
Stories include, 'With Australian Ashes hopes looking dashed, how does the cricket team lift its game?', 'Australia's post-Ashes rebuilding 'a very awkward task' says Jim Maxwell', 'World faces migration crisis say Britain and France', 'Children seeking mental health support's doubled since 1998 but can technology help?' and 'Holding The Man - a love story about time running out and relishing life'.
Stories include, 'Malcolm Turnbull promises traditional government as John Howard offers conservative counsel', 'Malcolm Turnbull gives 'better prospect of delivering the future' says George Brandis', 'Economic reform priorities must be made clear immediately, new PM is told', 'Where did Tony Abbott go wrong as Prime Minister?' and 'Malcolm Turnbull as PM brings 'trepidation' for Labor suggest pundits'.
Stories include, 'The human face of Australia's $1 trillion debt', 'Parliamentary committee recommends changes to proposed citizenship laws', 'Claims of intimidation and corruption at the Union Royal Commission' and 'Jarryd Hayne is living a fairytale says his US agent, Jack Bechta'.
Stories include, 'Julian Assange 'vindicated' by UN's ruling in his favour ', 'Who will pay to rehabilitate the Queensland Nickel plant? Not Clive Palmer 'Health authorities do not know how a growing group of Australians got gastro from lettuce' and 'What is the mood on the Federal cross-bench?'
Stories include: ''Imagined Touch': experiencing the world of the deaf and blind', 'Australian cyber predators using live streaming technology to abuse children overseas', 'Sam Dastyari quits Labor frontbench', 'Interview: Treasurer Scott Morrison'
'IMAGINED TOUCH': EXPERIENCING THE WORLD OF THE DEAF AND BLIND
What would it be like to be deaf and blind? A new, unique theatrical performance is hoping to give audiences an insight.
AUSTRALIAN CYBER PREDATORS USING LIVE STREAMING TECHNOLOGY TO ABUSE CHILDREN OVERSEAS
The AFP is warning of an alarming trend where Australians are sexually abusing overseas children without leaving their own home, using live-streaming technology to groom victims and direct the abuse.
SAM DASTYARI QUITS LABOR FRONTBENCH
7.30's Political Editor, Sabra Lane, discusses the resignation of Labor senator, Sam Dastyari, after a week of criticism over his decision to ask a Chinese-linked company to pay some of his travel expenses.
INTERVIEW: TREASURER SCOTT MORRISON
Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison discusses Labor senator Sam Dastyari's resignation from the frontbench, and the release of Australia's latest national account figures.
Daniel Benjamin On Michael Flynn's Resignation
The former coordinator for counterterrorism at the US Department of State, Daniel Benjamin, joins 7.30 to discuss the resignation of the Trump administration's national security advisor, Michael Flynn.
Pauline Hanson On One Nation Preference Deal
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson joins political correspondent Andrew Probyn to discuss the backlash from One Nation candidates over the preference deal struck with the WA Liberal Party.
One Nation Candidates Furious Over WA Liberal Preference Deal
Candidates from the One Nation party are threatening to disobey their own party over the preference deal struck with the Liberal Party ahead of the WA election.
Seven West's Tim Worner Acknowledges Affair And Outlines Profit Drop
Seven West CEO Tim Worner today acknowledged his affair with former employee Amber Harrison, as he outlined a 91 percent fall in half-year profit this morning.
Stories include: 'Sharks and Bulldogs fans celebrate', 'Opera singer records album for charity while battling brain cancer', 'CommInsure refuses life insurance payout despite coroner's findings', 'Bulldogs president Peter Gordon on his team's grand final win', 'Simon Jackman on the Donald Trump tax revelations'
SHARKS AND BULLDOGS FANS CELEBRATE
Fans are still celebrating the wins by the Western Bulldogs and Cronulla Sharks on the weekend.
OPERA SINGER RECORDS ALBUM FOR CHARITY WHILE BATTLING BRAIN CANCER
When opera singer Matt Hirst was diagnosed with brain cancer he decided to record an album to raise money for brain cancer research.
COMMINSURE REFUSES LIFE INSURANCE PAYOUT DESPITE CORONER'S FINDINGS
The Commonwealth Bank's insurance arm ignored the findings of police and the coroner and refused a payout for a woman who died of an accidental prescription drug overdose because it decided she had taken her own life.
BULLDOGS PRESIDENT PETER GORDON ON HIS TEAM'S GRAND FINAL WIN
Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon joins Leigh Sales to discuss his team's grand final win on the weekend.
SIMON JACKMAN ON THE DONALD TRUMP TAX REVELATIONS
Could the Donald Trump tax revelations be the turning point in the US presidential campaign? Professor Simon Jackman from the US Studies Centre joins Leigh Sales to discuss the issue.
The best analysis of local, national and international events from an Australian perspective. Hosted by Leigh Sales, with political commentary from 7.30 Political Editor Sabra Lane in Canberra. #abc730.
Stories include, 'Families of paramedics who took their own lives call for action from St John Ambulance in WA', 'Using Aussie slang makes a person more likeable, ANU study finds', 'Lead homicide detective 'astonished' audio evidence from scene not heard by jury in manslaughter case', 'Inside the Brussels neighbourhoods considered home to radical Islamists'.
Donald Trump Can't Win, Pollsters Say
Donald Trump predicts he'll have a 'beyond Brexit' election win, but pollsters say he's already lost.
Latin Rockers Ozomatli Trying To Make A Difference
Latin rock band Ozomatli have served as cultural ambassadors for the United States, performed for the Obamas and take a firm stance on issues such as immigration reform and health care. They're currently touring Australia.
Rosie Batty Discusses The Summit On Family Violence
Rosie Batty joins 7.30 to discuss the summit on family violence.
Prime Minister And Premiers Hold Summit On Family Violence
Today in Brisbane the prime minister and state premiers held a summit on what more could be done to prevent family violence.
Stories include, 'Death of five young sailors uncovers side of Navy rarely seen, with tragic consequences', 'Dallas Buyers Club decision could be 'scary and intimidating' for some consumers says Communications Alliance CEO' and 'The enduring appeal of the Rocky Horror show'.
Stories include, 'MH17 victims arrive in Holland as PM announces AFP help', 'MH17 crash site "a war zone" says Dutch forensic specialist', 'Joe Hockey's leadership "a matter of destiny"?', 'Labor's hopes were dashed by in-fighting says Greg Combet' and 'Euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke hits back after medical board suspension'.
Stories include, 'Sydney siege re-ignites gun debate - do Australians need more firearms?', 'Suggestions different gun laws could have prevented Sydney siege "outrageous" says NSW Premier', 'Fatal shark attack on Great Barrier Reef "highly unusual" say experts' and 'United States and Cuba prepare to end "outdated" 50-year freeze'
VICTIMS OF RACIST TIRADE THANK WOMAN WHO DEFENDED THEM, WANT ABUSER CHARGED
A Muslim couple travelling with their three-month-old son on a Sydney train are grateful to the woman who defended them against a passenger who verbally abused them, but they want their abuser charged, and they are now afraid to ride public transport.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ORDER NATIONAL SCHEME PROMISED, SAYS MINISTER ASSISTING PRIME MINISTER FOR WOMEN
A national scheme handling domestic violence orders should be in place by the end of 2016 while no resolution was found over GST issues, as Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, outlines.
COULD PAEDOPHILE RING BE AT CENTRE OF WILLIAM TYRRELL'S MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE?
Police fear three-year-old William Tyrrell was abducted from outside his grandmother's house on the NSW Mid North coast and have revealed they are investigating reports of a paedophile ring in the area.
MUM PADDLES AWAY BLACK DOG AFTER BEING LEFT PARALYSED AND HEADS FOR WORLD CHAMPS
Mother of three Sam Bloom was paralysed after a fall and took up kayaking to combat the depression that followed, and is now heading to the Canoe World Championships in Milan.
Stories include, 'Sense of community dominates response to Sydney siege's final hours and aftermath', 'Sydney siege police negotiation insights from former hostage negotiator', 'Social media and Sydney siege - from rumour mill to terrorist tool to unifying force' and 'Sydney siege: criticism of judicial and police officers over bail "unfair" says former DPP'.
Stories include, 'Ford closures raise fears for manufacturing in Australia', 'Ford closures part of transition says president', 'Horrific murder shocks London and sparks violence', 'Norfolk Island plane crash produces blame game' and 'Wendy McCarthy reflects on Hazel Hawke's life and passing'.
Stories include, 'Toyota closes as corruption commission commences', 'Bill Shorten questions need for union corruption Royal Commission', 'Did Tasmanian Premier's office give draft to pulp mill?' and 'Alexander Downer criticises Schapelle Corby media campaign'.
Stories include, 'Families and friends concerned about who's being advised by euthanasia advocate Dr Nitschke', 'Commonwealth Bank offers 'empty rhetoric' says former Senator Mark Bishop', 'Victims say CBA financial planning scandal response is "disappointing"' and 'Aussie Rules takes off in cricket mad India'.
'Much To Learn' From Thunderstorm Asthma Incident, Says Hennessey
Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessey says there is 'much to learn' from the thunderstorm asthma incident.
Four Now Dead From Thunderstorm Asthma
The thunderstorm asthma catastrophe has raised serious questions about the capacity of Victoria's emergency services to cope with a sudden disaster.
Garbage Singer Manson Talks Women's Rights And The Pursuit Of Beauty
Shirley Manson, frontwoman of '90s indie band Garbage, says she is bewildered by what she sees as the erosion of women's rights.
Bishop Says Child Abuse Cover-up Like 'Religious Protection Racket'
Bishop Greg Thompson says members of the Newcastle Anglican diocese acted like a Sopranos-style protection racket when it dealt with sex abuse complaints.
Surgeons Warn Over Revolutionary Keyhole Heart Surgery Technique
Heart surgeons are warning that patients will die unless they are included in a revolutionary keyhole technique to insert heart valves.
Shadow Treasurer Dismisses The Idea Of Early Access To Super
Chris Bowen, Labor's shadow treasurer, dismissed the idea of allowing young people to access their superannuation to help them buy a house.
Patti Smith: It's Never Too Late To Learn From Failure
On her last tour of Australia, seminal New York punk rocker, Patti Smith talks death and learning from failure, including getting stage fright at Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize award ceremony.
Indonesian Cleric Running Hard Against Jakarta Governor, Ahok
Meet the hardline Indonesian cleric, Habib Rizieq, who has orchestrated the campaign against the Jakarta governor, Ahok, as he runs for re-election.
Britain To Go To The Polls After Theresa May Calls Early Election
After promising not to call an early election, British Prime Minister Theresa May has made an about-turn and called a snap poll for early June. She says it's needed to unite the nation as they prepare for Brexit negotiations.
Quentin Bryce On Her Time As Governor-General
Former governor-general Quentin Bryce joins 7.30 to discuss her new book and her time as Australia's head of state.
Nationals MP Andrew Broad Calls For Greater Foreign Aid Spending
Nationals MP Andrew Broad calls for greater foreign aid spending, despite opposition from many of his constituents in Mallee.
Do The Changes To 457 Visas Match The Government's Tough Rhetoric?
Critics are accusing Malcolm Turnbull of concentrating on politics over policy with his announcement of changes to temporary migrant worker visas. And the Government is set to announce a $300 million vocational education training fund in the budget to help skill up more Australians.
Panellists include Simon Callow - Celebrated British actor and writer, Germaine Greer - Feminist icon and provocateur, Anthony Appiah - Ghanaian-British-American philosopher and novelist Sefi Atta - Nigerian author.
There's a growing trend for people to alter their ethnic features - from double eye-lid surgery, to chin implants, to skin lightening or darkening. Insight looks at the growing number of people who are willing to change their racial features in the quest for beauty, what is spurring them to go to such lengths, and what is considered 'beautiful' today.
Should we forgo the foreskin in the name of public health? There's fierce argument in Australian medical circles about whether routine circumcision could significantly reduce the risk of illnesses including urinary tract infections, penile cancer, cervical cancer (for the partners of circumcised men) and HIV. What we do know is that far fewer boys are circumcised now than a generation ago. Why has the trend reversed so sharply? And should it be more widespread?
On this week's episode parents and children take centre stage as Insight looks at what is acceptable when it comes to disciplining children. There are different cultural and generational attitudes to keeping kids in line. Every parent seems to have their own boundaries.
Live from Toowoomba, panellists include Barnaby Joyce - Queensland Nationals' Senator, Simon Crean - Minister for Regional Australia, Christine Milne - Leader of the Greens Georgie Somerset - Kingaroy farmer; President, Queensland Rural Women’s Network and Jeremy Marou - Torres Strait Islander musician.
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