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Behind The News: 12/10/2010
12/10/2010
ABC  |  October 11, 2010
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POLICE TASERS

Last year BtN reported on weapons that shoot electricity to help police control dangerous situations. With recent reports of deaths caused by tasers the debate continues over the use of the weapon. Nathan looks into the controversy to see if opinions have changed.

DOLLAR VALUE

The Aussie dollar is up - so what does that mean? Good news if you're planning a holiday in the US but maybe bad news if you're exporting products and resources to other countries. Sarah checks out the good and bad of the ups and downs in the dollar.

DROWNINGS

A new report has found the number of people who've drowned is the highest in seven years. Tash finds out how we can protect ourselves and others from getting into trouble.

AUSSIE SAINT

Next week Mary MacKillop will become Australia's first saint. It's a massive event for Australian Catholics so we look at Mary's path to saint-hood. Tash meets four students travelling to the Vatican to witness the celebrations.

RADIO JOBS

A career in radio sounds like a pretty good idea to a group of kids learning to put their own community radio program to air! Sarah finds out there's a rich history of radio broadcasting in Australia and its future is sounding solid with these DJs behind the microphone.

POLICE TASERS

Last year BtN reported on weapons that shoot electricity to help police control dangerous situations. With recent reports of deaths caused by tasers the debate continues over the use of the weapon. Nathan looks into the controversy to see if opinions have changed.

DOLLAR VALUE

The Aussie dollar is up - so what does that mean? Good news if you're planning a holiday in the US but maybe bad news if you're exporting products and resources to other countries. Sarah checks out the good and bad of the ups and downs in the dollar.

DROWNINGS

A new report has found the number of people who've drowned is the highest in seven years. Tash finds out how we can protect ourselves and others from getting into trouble.

AUSSIE SAINT

Next week Mary MacKillop will become Australia's first saint. It's a massive event for Australian Catholics so we look at Mary's path to saint-hood. Tash meets four students travelling to the Vatican to witness the celebrations.

RADIO JOBS

A career in radio sounds like a pretty good idea to a group of kids learning to put their own community radio program to air! Sarah finds out there's a rich history of radio broadcasting in Australia and its future is sounding solid with these DJs behind the microphone.

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