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Behind The News: 18/09/2012
18/09/2012
ABC  |  September 18, 2012
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SUPER TRAWLER

The second biggest fishing trawler in the world arrived in Australia last week. But with it... came a sea of controversy. The Government has tried to stop the super trawler from dropping its huge nets in Australian waters. But the company behind it says it's doing nothing wrong and has followed all the rules. So why has it become such a controversial issue?

COTTON WOOL KIDS

No one wants to get hurt... but some reckon the cuts and bruises that kids get from playing outside are actually a really important part of growing up. Right now there are big studies going on to see whether kids' health is suffering because their parents aren't letting them do dangerous stuff. We look at one school that's trying to introduce some risk-taking into the playground.

PLASTIC OCEANS

3.5 million pieces of new plastic end up in the world's oceans every day. So how do they get there and what damage are they doing to marine animals? We check out a big scientific study where researchers, with the help of some school kids, are tracking the movement of plastic in the Ocean.

WOMBAT WEEDS

Last week we brought you the story of some kids who were combing the bush trying to get rid of weeds which can be dangerous for native animals. This story is proof of that. We see how some wombats are suffering because of their battle with a particular type of weed.

SHOW BUSINESS

We meet the families that travel around Australia putting on shows and carnivals. It can be a full-time commitment and because of that most of the kids attend a special school which goes on tour with them.

SUPER TRAWLER

The second biggest fishing trawler in the world arrived in Australia last week. But with it... came a sea of controversy. The Government has tried to stop the super trawler from dropping its huge nets in Australian waters. But the company behind it says it's doing nothing wrong and has followed all the rules. So why has it become such a controversial issue?

COTTON WOOL KIDS

No one wants to get hurt... but some reckon the cuts and bruises that kids get from playing outside are actually a really important part of growing up. Right now there are big studies going on to see whether kids' health is suffering because their parents aren't letting them do dangerous stuff. We look at one school that's trying to introduce some risk-taking into the playground.

PLASTIC OCEANS

3.5 million pieces of new plastic end up in the world's oceans every day. So how do they get there and what damage are they doing to marine animals? We check out a big scientific study where researchers, with the help of some school kids, are tracking the movement of plastic in the Ocean.

WOMBAT WEEDS

Last week we brought you the story of some kids who were combing the bush trying to get rid of weeds which can be dangerous for native animals. This story is proof of that. We see how some wombats are suffering because of their battle with a particular type of weed.

SHOW BUSINESS

We meet the families that travel around Australia putting on shows and carnivals. It can be a full-time commitment and because of that most of the kids attend a special school which goes on tour with them.

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SUPER TRAWLER The second biggest fishing trawler in the world arrived in Australia last week. But with it... came a sea of controversy. The Government has tried to stop the super trawler from dropping its huge nets in Australian waters. But the company behind it says it's doing nothing wrong and has followed all the rules. So why has it become such a controversial issue? COTTON WOOL KIDS No one wants to get hurt... but some reckon the cuts and bruises that kids get from playing outside are actually a really important part of growing up. Right now there are big studies going on to see whether kids' health is suffering because their parents aren't letting them do dangerous stuff. We look at one school that's trying to introduce some risk-taking into the playground. PLASTIC OCEANS 3.5 million pieces of new plastic end up in the world's oceans every day. So how do they get there and what damage are they doing to marine animals? We check out a big scientific study where researchers, with the help of some school kids, are tracking the movement of plastic in the Ocean. WOMBAT WEEDS Last week we brought you the story of some kids who were combing the bush trying to get rid of weeds which can be dangerous for native animals. This story is proof of that. We see how some wombats are suffering because of their battle with a particular type of weed. SHOW BUSINESS We meet the families that travel around Australia putting on shows and carnivals. It can be a full-time commitment and because of that most of the kids attend a special school which goes on tour with them.

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SUPER TRAWLER The second biggest fishing trawler in the world arrived in Australia last week. But with it... came a sea of controversy. The Government has tried to stop the super trawler from dropping its huge nets in Australian waters. But the company behind it says it's doing nothing wrong and has followed all the rules. So why has it become such a controversial issue? COTTON WOOL KIDS No one wants to get hurt... but some reckon the cuts and bruises that kids get from playing outside are actually a really important part of growing up. Right now there are big studies going on to see whether kids' health is suffering because their parents aren't letting them do dangerous stuff. We look at one school that's trying to introduce some risk-taking into the playground. PLASTIC OCEANS 3.5 million pieces of new plastic end up in the world's oceans every day. So how do they get there and what damage are they doing to marine animals? We check out a big scientific study where researchers, with the help of some school kids, are tracking the movement of plastic in the Ocean. WOMBAT WEEDS Last week we brought you the story of some kids who were combing the bush trying to get rid of weeds which can be dangerous for native animals. This story is proof of that. We see how some wombats are suffering because of their battle with a particular type of weed. SHOW BUSINESS We meet the families that travel around Australia putting on shows and carnivals. It can be a full-time commitment and because of that most of the kids attend a special school which goes on tour with them.

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