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Behind The News: 11/09/2012
11/09/2012
ABC  |  September 11, 2012
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SCHOOL STANDARDS

The government has announced some changes to the education system which it hopes will make Aussie schools amongst the best in the world. At the moment we�re not doing too badly, but our performance has started to slip when compared with schools in other countries. So what are these changes that are designed to send our schools back to the top?

INTERNET PRIVACY

What you look at on the internet will be stored for up to 2 years under new plans announced by the government. The plan has been criticised by some who say this kind of surveillance would invade on people�s privacy. Others say the change will help to fight crime. We take a look at the debate.

ANTI VENOM

If someone is bitten by a poisonous spider like the funnel web, often they need a dose of anti-venom to save their life. But there�s only so much anti venom to go around... and stocks are running low. We take a look at how anti venom works, and how it�s made.

AGRICULTURE SCHOOL

Last week we brought you a story about the mining boom and kids hoping to cash in on it. Lots of adults are following similar career paths and that's left other industries struggling to find workers. One of them is the agricultural industry. We spend the day with kids at an agricultural school to see why they�re so passionate about getting jobs in the field.

BUSHCARE KIDS

Everyone has heard of cleanup Australia day... where people comb their local area looking for rubbish of every kind. But did you know that last weekend a different team was combing the bush looking for something completely different. It�s all about the search for weeds. Nathan went along.

SCHOOL STANDARDS

The government has announced some changes to the education system which it hopes will make Aussie schools amongst the best in the world. At the moment we�re not doing too badly, but our performance has started to slip when compared with schools in other countries. So what are these changes that are designed to send our schools back to the top?

INTERNET PRIVACY

What you look at on the internet will be stored for up to 2 years under new plans announced by the government. The plan has been criticised by some who say this kind of surveillance would invade on people�s privacy. Others say the change will help to fight crime. We take a look at the debate.

ANTI VENOM

If someone is bitten by a poisonous spider like the funnel web, often they need a dose of anti-venom to save their life. But there�s only so much anti venom to go around... and stocks are running low. We take a look at how anti venom works, and how it�s made.

AGRICULTURE SCHOOL

Last week we brought you a story about the mining boom and kids hoping to cash in on it. Lots of adults are following similar career paths and that's left other industries struggling to find workers. One of them is the agricultural industry. We spend the day with kids at an agricultural school to see why they�re so passionate about getting jobs in the field.

BUSHCARE KIDS

Everyone has heard of cleanup Australia day... where people comb their local area looking for rubbish of every kind. But did you know that last weekend a different team was combing the bush looking for something completely different. It�s all about the search for weeds. Nathan went along.

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