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October 21, 2014
ABC  |  October 21, 2014

Stories include, 'Gough Whitlam remembered as giant figure in Australia's story', 'Australian parliament pays tribute to former PM Gough Whitlam', 'Gough Whitlam "changed the country's idea of itself" says Paul Keating' and 'Runaway Australian becomes Islamic State poster boy'.

Stories include, 'Gough Whitlam remembered as giant figure in Australia's story', 'Australian parliament pays tribute to former PM Gough Whitlam', 'Gough Whitlam "changed the country's idea of itself" says Paul Keating' and 'Runaway Australian becomes Islamic State poster boy'.

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
30:44
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
30:36
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.
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.

Dateline: Trump's Zero Tolerance

News and current affairs

Years 11-12 News and current affairs
26:00
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.
Gamble of life
Soon after meeting and falling in love, Andrew and Olivia Densley agreed they both adored kids and wanted a large family. They got married and got on with their dream. But after having their fourth child they received terrible news. Their third child, a son, had a genetic immune deficiency disease which looked likely to kill him. Just when all seemed lost though, he was saved by a long-shot miracle. His little brother, the couple’s fourth child, was a match as a bone marrow donor. But as Tom Steinfort reports, at this point the story gets even more complicated. While Andrew and Olivia knew the substantial risks of having more children, it didn’t stop them. Olivia fell pregnant with a fifth child who was also born with the usually fatal disease. But having rolled the dice and lost, the couple refused to give up. It has taken several years and a hundred thousand dollars, but they’ve managed to engineer another extraordinary solution.
A magpie called Penguin
Somewhere, flying around the northern beaches of Sydney, is a magpie called Penguin who often thinks she’s a human. And if that’s not incredible enough, this amazing bird has another claim to fame – she’s a lifesaver. Penguin taught Sam Bloom, a mother of three, how to live again after she fell from a balcony, broke her back and became a paraplegic. It’s a truly inspiring tale that not surprisingly will also soon be a Hollywood movie

60 Minutes: Gamble of life/ A Magpie called Penguin

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Years 9-10, 11-12 News and current affairs
48:40
Gamble of life Soon after meeting and falling in love, Andrew and Olivia Densley agreed they both adored kids and wanted a large family. They got married and got on with their dream. But after having their fourth child they received terrible news. Their third child, a son, had a genetic immune deficiency disease which looked likely to kill him. Just when all seemed lost though, he was saved by a long-shot miracle. His little brother, the couple’s fourth child, was a match as a bone marrow donor. But as Tom Steinfort reports, at this point the story gets even more complicated. While Andrew and Olivia knew the substantial risks of having more children, it didn’t stop them. Olivia fell pregnant with a fifth child who was also born with the usually fatal disease. But having rolled the dice and lost, the couple refused to give up. It has taken several years and a hundred thousand dollars, but they’ve managed to engineer another extraordinary solution. A magpie called Penguin Somewhere, flying around the northern beaches of Sydney, is a magpie called Penguin who often thinks she’s a human. And if that’s not incredible enough, this amazing bird has another claim to fame – she’s a lifesaver. Penguin taught Sam Bloom, a mother of three, how to live again after she fell from a balcony, broke her back and became a paraplegic. It’s a truly inspiring tale that not surprisingly will also soon be a Hollywood movie
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