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Behind The News: 23/03/2010
23/03/2010
ABC  |  March 22, 2010
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Pollies Polling
State elections will be held in South Australia and Tasmania this weekend and opinion polls are forecasting various results. But will they be accurate? So with a federal election likely later this year we take a close look at the opinion poll process. Can they really tell us how popular a pollie is and why should polls be believed?

Costly Calls
Mobile phones are a great communication tool for kids and adults alike. But it's easy for kids to chalk up huge bills by using enhanced SMS services like ringtones and horoscopes. They can cost up to $10 a pop. Now we're about to be given the choice of barring these services. We use some examples to show why it always pays to read the fine print.

Paralympic Heroes
The Paralympic Winter Games are underway in Vancouver. Australia has already won two medals...but our hopes are high with skier Toby Kane, who's aiming to improve on his Bronze from the 2006 Games in Torino.

Unfair Hair
We've all noticed how celebrities can change their hairstyles overnight.....short one day, flowing tresses the next. It's all done with hair extensions, which can cost thousands of dollars. We look at this growth industry ...it all starts with people living in India who give up their hair as a religious offering and get very little share of this million dollar business.

MiniBats
One of Australia's most unusual but rarely seen animals is under threat. Mini bats far outnumber their fruit-eating relatives, but they're so small that they're hardy noticed. Urban expansion is destroying their habitats and now a major survey's underway in Melbourne to chart their numbers and find out how we can protect a valuable part of our eco-system.

Pollies Polling
State elections will be held in South Australia and Tasmania this weekend and opinion polls are forecasting various results. But will they be accurate? So with a federal election likely later this year we take a close look at the opinion poll process. Can they really tell us how popular a pollie is and why should polls be believed?

Costly Calls
Mobile phones are a great communication tool for kids and adults alike. But it's easy for kids to chalk up huge bills by using enhanced SMS services like ringtones and horoscopes. They can cost up to $10 a pop. Now we're about to be given the choice of barring these services. We use some examples to show why it always pays to read the fine print.

Paralympic Heroes
The Paralympic Winter Games are underway in Vancouver. Australia has already won two medals...but our hopes are high with skier Toby Kane, who's aiming to improve on his Bronze from the 2006 Games in Torino.

Unfair Hair
We've all noticed how celebrities can change their hairstyles overnight.....short one day, flowing tresses the next. It's all done with hair extensions, which can cost thousands of dollars. We look at this growth industry ...it all starts with people living in India who give up their hair as a religious offering and get very little share of this million dollar business.

MiniBats
One of Australia's most unusual but rarely seen animals is under threat. Mini bats far outnumber their fruit-eating relatives, but they're so small that they're hardy noticed. Urban expansion is destroying their habitats and now a major survey's underway in Melbourne to chart their numbers and find out how we can protect a valuable part of our eco-system.

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