Panellists: Linda Reynolds, Liberal senator for WA; Terri Butler, Queensland Labor MP; John Hewson, former leader of the Liberal Party; Chris Kenny, associate national affairs editor, The Australian; and Van Badham, columnist for The Guardian Australia.
Trump Reduces Park Significant to Native Americans
Imagine Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reducing the size of Uluru national park by 85 percent - that's exactly what US President Donald Trump did to Bears Ears National Monument.
Bishop Describes Expelled Russian Diplomats As Spies
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop joins 7.30 to discuss the two Russian diplomats expelled from Australia.
Russian Ambassador Says There Are No Spies in Australian Embassy
Today Australia expelled two Russian diplomats in retaliation for the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal in England. Russian ambassador to Australia, Grigory Logvinov, joins 7.30 to discuss the matter.
Labor Spares Pensioners From Cash Refund Crackdown
The federal government's hopes of getting a tax cut for big business through Parliament this week have been dashed. And Labor's policy plans also went wobbly today as it wound back its own controversial tax plan for dividend imputation credits.
Investors Want Storm Financial to Face Further Scrutiny
The collapse of Storm Financial cost thousands of investors hundreds of millions of dollars. There was outrage last week when the Federal Court fined the company's founders just $140,000 for breaching their duties as directors. Now there are calls for the banking royal commission to step in.
The Department of Veterans' Affairs secretly deleted an incapacity policy to prevent an injured veteran claiming compensation. The Department denies any impropriety by its staff.
Politicians returned to Federal Parliament today for the final fortnight of sittings before the winter break, and before five by-elections on July 28.
Eurydice Dixon was raped and murdered in a Melbourne park while walking home at night. Tonight thousands of people have gathered at a vigil to remember her and to stand up for women's safety. Caili Christian, who knew Eurydice, joins 7.30 from the Melbourne gathering.
Seniors learning to be tech savvy
With more and more government services moving online, seniors are flocking to “tech-savvy” seminars to get up to speed.
Victorian Liberal Party
The Victorian Liberal Party president and his young right-wing backers are taking on the old guard for control of the cash and culture of the party.
Don Burke Accused Of Sexual Harassment
A number of women have come forward to claim they were sexually harassed by one of Australia's biggest TV stars, Don Burke. Burke has denied the claims.
Michael Freedman On Don Burke Allegations
The former managing director of Don Burke's production company CTC, Michael Freedman, tells 7.30 he was unaware of any allegations of sexual harassment against Burke when they worked together.
Russian World Cup
The soccer World Cup kicks off in Russia later this week. But the sports governing body FIFA is still struggling to shake off questions about its integrity. But extensive revelations of corruption at the highest level in soccer are unlikely to dampen the enthusiasm of more than 3 billion fans who will be watching.
A British parliamentary committee has been looking at links between the Leave dot EU campaign and Russian officials, with a key donor to the Leave campaign accused of multiple dealings with Russians. It's an allegation the head of the Leave.EU organisation, Nigel Farage, a firm friend of US President Donald Trump, vehemently denies.
Chinese-backed development proposed for Tasmania
A Chinese-backed proposal for a $100 million resort near Swansea in Tasmania has sparked fears over foreign investment. But one of the developers has hit back at those fears, saying he shares Australian values.
William Tyrrell's disappearance
Police have started a fresh search in the bushland around where three-year-old William Tyrrell went missing in 2014. The police officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin, has a reputation for never giving up, even on the toughest cases.
Regulators Unable to Crack Down on Duck Hunting
Last year 7.30 broadcast graphic footage of hundreds of dead birds dumped in wetlands during the duck hunting season. Tonight we reveal that such unsustainable hunting is on the rise and regulators feel unable to enforce the rules.
Couple's Fight Pushes Minister to Change SMA Policy
After 7.30's story of the death of baby Mackenzie Casella from spinal muscular atrophy, The federal health minister, Greg Hunt, has announced millions of dollars to increase access to pre-pregnancy testing for genetic diseases.
NZ PM 'Not Fazed' by 60 Minutes Interview
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's latest visit to Australia will deal with some difficult political issues, but she says she's unfazed by questions about her pregnancy.
Relatives Say They Failed Toddler Who Was Raped in Tennant Creek
An alleged sexual assault of a two-year-old has raised questions about the confluence of poverty, alcohol and violence in the outback town of Tennant Creek.
Cash Offers Unqualified Withdrawal of Controversial Comments
The soap opera that is currently Australian politics seems to have no end after Michaelia Cash threatened to announce the names of female Labor staffers about whom she'd heard unsubstantiated rumours. Today she offered an unqualified withdrawal.
Government Announces Creation Of National Space Agency
The Australian government is going where only Iceland hasn't, becoming the second-to-last member of the OECD to start a space agency. The government won't announce the agency's budget or the details of its powers until a full review of the industry is completed next year. Michael Vincent reports.
Interview: Penny Wong, Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister
Jeremy Fernandez speaks to shadow foreign affairs minister Penny Wong from Seoul about the ongoing tensions on the Korean peninsula and her meeting with South Korea's prime minister.
Interview: Patrick Gower, Newshub Political Editor
Jeremy Fernandez speaks to political editor of the New Zealand broadcaster Newshub, Patrick Gower, about the results of New Zealand's general election and the key role of the veteran politician Winston Peters in forming a coalition.
Hijab-wearing Comedian On Stereotypes And Off-Limits Topics
Often media coverage of Arab and Muslim lives focuses on conflict and terrorism. But one Sydney woman, Frida Deguise, is determined to break down the stereotypes using a powerful weapon: comedy. Tierney Bonini produced this report.
Fraser Anning joins Bob Katter's Australia Party
Pauline Hanson may be a political survivor, but her parliamentary party is collapsing around her. Senator Brian Burston and his leader split in spectacular fashion last week when he refused to withdraw his support for the government's company tax cuts. Now another former party loyalist, Senator Fraser Anning, is joining Bob Katter's Australian Party.
69-year-old Australian filmmaker, James Ricketson has marked a year in jail without trial in Cambodia. He has been accused of spying by the Cambodian government, but his son, Jesse, fears that poor health could see Ricketson die before he is released or even face a trial.
Bishop Michael Curry talks about the power of love
One of the most talked about parts of the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was the sermon. It was delivered by Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Church in the US and it stood out because it's style of delivery was at odds with the usual buttoned-up vibe of the royals but also because of his message of the power of love.
Behind the News celebrates 50 years on air
It's one of the ABC's most loved TV shows – and has educated generations of Australian school children about current events. Now Behind the News is about to celebrate 50 years on air.
Only one person had a chance at winning the Russian election - so why did a former reality TV star challenge Vladimir Putin? And was she a Kremlin plant? We follow Ksenia Sobchak on the campaign trail. Reporter Gabriel Gatehouse travels to Russia for Dateline to unravel a tale of family loyalties, a death in suspicious circumstances, and double dealings in the quest for power. Ksenia Sobchak is young, wealthy and famous. Her father helped bring down the Soviet Union. Now she's challenged ex-KGB officer Vladimir Putin for the Russian presidency. A perfect pedigree? Perhaps. But some say she's a fake candidate, running a no-hope race to boost the Kremlin's democratic credentials.
American Samoa has one of the highest obesity rates in the world and almost one third of the population has diabetes. This week we investigate this epidemic, and ask how it got so bad? For Tavita, losing weight has become a matter of life and death. Tavita is from Apia, the capital of Samoa, where there is an obesity crisis. A former taxi driver, he would drink two litres of sugary soft drinks each day and regularly eat mutton flaps, a cheap cut of fatty meat imported from New Zealand. Poor eating habits are being passed on from generation to generation causing a multitude of related health problems. Many of these health issues are also prevalent in Australia - WHO data shows almost 70 percent of Australian males are overweight and 58 percent of females are. But in Samoa and American Samoa, these issues are amplified.
Is Trump's 'zero-tolerance' immigration policy violating human rights? In the days following Trump's U-turn, this program follows one family's fight to get their seven-year-old son back, after he was taken away at the border.
“Hug your son because you’re not going to see him anymore,” Ludy Garcia was told at the U.S. Border.
Under President Trump’s Zero Tolerance Policy which took effect in April this year, immigrant children were housed in shelters, separated from their families, for an average of 41 days. Ludy’s 7-year-old son, Osmin, spent 51 days in detention between May and July this year.
Ludy and Osmin are just two of the many victims of family separation at the U.S. border, who fled their homes under threats of gang violence and extortion.
On April 6 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new policy for an "escalated effort to prosecute those who choose to illegally cross our border."
Trump’s administration has directed federal prosecutors to prioritise immigration cases. Athough the policy does not explicitly call for the separation of parent and child, in practice, it does precisely that: While parents are taken to be prosecuted, their children are left with a sponsor or at a shelter.
Back home in Guatemala, mother Lesbia is at the family’s hut, eagerly awaiting her weekly phone call with Osmin – all she knows is that he has been taken to a shelter in Arizona.
“Every time I go to sleep, I pray for you,” Osmin sobs into the phone.
This week on Dateline, we meet the young journalists trying to unite Rio de Janeiro’s favelas through a news site, started by a local when he was just 11 years old.
When the police come ‘pow, pow, pow’. You get down. Everyone runs into the corridors!”
It’s a tough pill to swallow, but this is the every day reality for children who go to school in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas.
With members from rival drug gangs manning every street corner, and a military campaign adamant on stamping out drug related violence, navigating these slums has become a matter of life and death for most residents. In 2017 alone, 6,731 people lost their lives to violent crimes in Rio.
13 years ago, Rene Silva founded his community newspaper, Voz das Comunidades (VOZ). Once a small-time paper operating from Rene’s home, the young journalists working for VOZ now have deep ties in local communities, and often serve as a point of reference for the larger Brazilian press.
Kitted out in VOZ polos, the reporters use their smartphones and social media to give voice to parents like Fabio and Paloma Morre, who lost their son, Benjamin, to the crossfire between local police and drug traffickers. He was just shy of two years old.
His father, Fabio, waves his phone – with a video of a toddler laughing playing on the screen - at the young journalist interviewing him.
“This is one of the last pictures I took with him – this is a video of him dancing!”
It’s a scene journalist Luana Melo has seen all too many times before.
“It’s important for us to tell the story of the day Benjamin died. So these incidents won’t happen inside the favelas, with such violence.”
You might not have picked it, but reporter Steve Chao has never been more excited about poo. Panda poo that is.
It’s a sign one of China's rare wild pandas could be close by.
Few animals have become as synonymous with wildlife conservation as the giant panda, also becoming one of China’s most famous symbols for peace and diplomacy along the way. Despite this, wildlife experts are saying the country’s approach to these furry animals is heading in the wrong direction. On Dateline, we head both into the wild and zoos to see how their future looks.
At the Yabuli Ski Resort in Northern China, the animals walk on concrete floors, and entertain themselves amongst fake trees and plastic playgrounds. Cameras flash away at them from the other side of their glass enclosures – a far cry from their natural homes.
Zookeeper Yan Yongbin says the exhibits play a vital part in educating visitors on the lifestyles of these elusive creatures.
While time and effort is being put into captive breeding, conservationists believe more emphasis should be placed on protecting the natural habitats of wild pandas. Acres of forest are dwindling rapidly, with both housing and mining developments encroaching on pandas’ natural territories. Today, just under 2000 pandas remain in the wild.
Dateline met Hi Liwen, one man dedicating his life to staying on the trail of wild pandas to ensure they thrive in their natural environment.
We go behind the scenes of controversial Indian shows which are breaking down cultural barriers by tackling on some of the country's biggest taboos. Can entertainment change traditional attitudes and bring about gender equality? India is alongside the world's top economies, but not long ago it was labelled the worst in which to be a female. Many women are victim to marital rape, acid attacks and forced child marriages, and face educational disadvantages and a steep gender pay gap. These issues are known, though rarely discussed in popular culture. But this might be changing. In this week's Dateline, we meet the producers and writers who are trying to fight entrenched cultural norms through unconventional storylines.
The Vietnam War ended more than 40 years ago, but for many locals the effects of the conflict are felt every day. We investigate how the use of Agent Orange by American forces continues to impact Vietnamese children.
An estimated 100,000 children in the Philippines are involved in prostitution. We go undercover with an Australian investigator Tony Kirwan who's working with local police to track down the underground pimps of this criminal world. Watch this weeks episode of dateline to find out how Tony Tackles child sex trade in Manila.
Every year hundreds of thousands of tourists travel to the white sand and aqua blue water of Cancun - but with increasing gang violence scaring locals and tourists alike, will people stop going? Acapulco, once one of the most glamourous places in the world, is now the murder capital of Mexico. The city is so dangerous that troops patrol the streets and beaches. Extortion and murder are rife and many businesses have been forced to close. The gang-related issues facing Acapulco are now moving to Cancun - one of Mexico's main tourist destinations, known for its white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Cancun is in the state of Quintana Roo, where there were 169 killings in the first half of 2017, more than double the previous year's figure. Dateline discovers the impact this has had on both the local area and Mexico's billion-dollar tourism industry.
How do you start a new life in a new country, after years in immigration detention? Dateline meets the refugees swapped in a deal between Australia and the US. What’s it like arriving in Donald Trump’s America after four years on Manus Island? This week on Dateline, we meet two refugees sent to the US in deal with the Australian government – who are now making lives for themselves after experiencing years of violence in their country of birth and the trauma of immigration detention.
We meet girls in Mozambique, some as young as 13, who are being subjected to horrific sexual abuse and threats by their school teachers. School is supposed to be a place where children feel safe. But what happens when it's the opposite? In this week's Dateline, reporter Kiki King investigates a disturbing phenomenon in Mozambique, where young girls are being violently abused by their teachers - who are demanding sex in return for good grades.
The Behind the News explains how DNA was used to build a 3D-printed model of Cheddar Man, revealing what people looked like in the British Isles 10,000 years ago; see how the Make-A-Wish Foundation made four-year-old Dwayne Franke's dream of travelling to the Moon a reality; plus a wrap-up of the day's news and sports results.
The Behind the News team investigates why volunteers are removing crown of thorns starfish from the Great Barrier Reef; 12-year-olds Sam Ranford and Deegan Dealtry discuss their Pretty Rooster T-shirt business; plus a wrap-up of the day's news and sports results.
The Behind the News team watches SpaceX launch its Falcon Heavy rocket ... and a Tesla roadster into orbit; meet the winners of the BHP Billiton Foundation Science & Engineering Awards; check out the Roller Derby World Cup in the UK; plus a wrap-up of the day's news and sports results.
The Behind the News team reports on the controversial end to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, where the arrival of the athletes at the closing ceremony wasn't televised; see how food charities are helping to feed children who are arriving at school hungry, amid Food Bank research that 18 percent of children miss breakfast once a week; plus a wrap-up of the day's news and sports results.
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