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Low wages/Regional town's last bank closes/Australian leads global efforts to battle his own disease
ABC  |  June 14, 2018
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Low wages
For years now, many Australians have been finding that the cost of living is rising faster than their pay packet. Despite working harder than ever, many people feel like it's impossible to get ahead. And the problem is now so serious that it's considered a major threat to the overall economy.
James Cook University
James Cook University is under fire for sacking one of its staff, Peter Ridd, after he allegedly made disrespectful remarks about some of his colleagues. And the university went through the climate sceptic's emails before they terminated his position.
Regional town's last bank closes
In the past year alone, there have been more than 150 branch closures by the big four. For some regional towns that can spell the end of their viability. Lauren Day visited one such place on the final day of business for the town's last remaining bank.
Australian leads global efforts to battle his own disease
Monkol Lek was a Cambodian refugee who came to Australia as a baby and developed muscular dystrophy as a young man. He now has his own lab at one of the world's leading universities where, through his work on the human genome, he's isolated the exact gene mutation which has caused his disease.

Low wages
For years now, many Australians have been finding that the cost of living is rising faster than their pay packet. Despite working harder than ever, many people feel like it's impossible to get ahead. And the problem is now so serious that it's considered a major threat to the overall economy.
James Cook University
James Cook University is under fire for sacking one of its staff, Peter Ridd, after he allegedly made disrespectful remarks about some of his colleagues. And the university went through the climate sceptic's emails before they terminated his position.
Regional town's last bank closes
In the past year alone, there have been more than 150 branch closures by the big four. For some regional towns that can spell the end of their viability. Lauren Day visited one such place on the final day of business for the town's last remaining bank.
Australian leads global efforts to battle his own disease
Monkol Lek was a Cambodian refugee who came to Australia as a baby and developed muscular dystrophy as a young man. He now has his own lab at one of the world's leading universities where, through his work on the human genome, he's isolated the exact gene mutation which has caused his disease.

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

News and current affairs

Years 11-12 News and current affairs
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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

News and current affairs

Years 11-12 News and current affairs
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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.
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