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Behind The News: 27/04/2010
27/04/2010
ABC  |  April 27, 2010

Asylum Seekers
The Federal Government has changed its policy on asylum seekers - imposing a six month freeze on refugee applications for people from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. It's also re-opening two former detention centres on the Australian mainland because Christmas Island is overcrowded. Refugee advocates are criticising the moves but opinion polls appear to show Australians want tougher action against asylum seekers. But where does this leave those fleeing their homes? BTN explains the difference between asylum seekers and refugees and examines why asylum seekers arriving by boat create much more controversy than those arriving by air.

School Tests
Australian schools are scheduled to conduct their first NAPLAN tests on students' literacy skills next month. But many teachers are unhappy about it and their union has says its members won't co-operate with them. BTN looks at the reasons behind this row - the main one being the Federal Government's MySchool website, which is designed to let parents know how their schools are performing. Those opposed to the website argue that it can lead to unfair comparisons of schools.

Special Olympics
The Special Olympics are underway in Adelaide - for intellectually disabled athletes. BTN looks at the aims of the games and what they mean to the competitors - in particular one young sailor from South Australia.

Burn Treatment
Winter means Australians will be firing up their heating appliances ...but it also brings a rise in accidents involving burns. We look at treatments for burns, from fist aid to the latest advances in skin replacement...through the experiences of a nine-year-old girl.

Snake Man
For nearly a hundred years, the "snake man" has been a weekend entertainment fixture at La Perouse, in Sydney's south. It's a job that's been handed down from father to son in the Cann family. They've demonstrated their skills at taming Australia's deadliest creatures in a makeshift ring on the headland...passing around the hat after each performance. Now the current snake man, John Cann is retiring - at the age of 72. We look at his life and times with the help of some intriguing archival footage.

Storm Scandal
One of the biggest Australian sports scandals. NRL club the Melbourne Storm has been caught cooking the books on player payments. The punishment's been severe...heavy fines, loss of Premierships and a season wipeout for 2010. BTN looks at the issue of salary caps in football teams. Why have them? How do they work? And how was the Storm able to cheat the system for so long without getting caught?

Asylum Seekers
The Federal Government has changed its policy on asylum seekers - imposing a six month freeze on refugee applications for people from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. It's also re-opening two former detention centres on the Australian mainland because Christmas Island is overcrowded. Refugee advocates are criticising the moves but opinion polls appear to show Australians want tougher action against asylum seekers. But where does this leave those fleeing their homes? BTN explains the difference between asylum seekers and refugees and examines why asylum seekers arriving by boat create much more controversy than those arriving by air.

School Tests
Australian schools are scheduled to conduct their first NAPLAN tests on students' literacy skills next month. But many teachers are unhappy about it and their union has says its members won't co-operate with them. BTN looks at the reasons behind this row - the main one being the Federal Government's MySchool website, which is designed to let parents know how their schools are performing. Those opposed to the website argue that it can lead to unfair comparisons of schools.

Special Olympics
The Special Olympics are underway in Adelaide - for intellectually disabled athletes. BTN looks at the aims of the games and what they mean to the competitors - in particular one young sailor from South Australia.

Burn Treatment
Winter means Australians will be firing up their heating appliances ...but it also brings a rise in accidents involving burns. We look at treatments for burns, from fist aid to the latest advances in skin replacement...through the experiences of a nine-year-old girl.

Snake Man
For nearly a hundred years, the "snake man" has been a weekend entertainment fixture at La Perouse, in Sydney's south. It's a job that's been handed down from father to son in the Cann family. They've demonstrated their skills at taming Australia's deadliest creatures in a makeshift ring on the headland...passing around the hat after each performance. Now the current snake man, John Cann is retiring - at the age of 72. We look at his life and times with the help of some intriguing archival footage.

Storm Scandal
One of the biggest Australian sports scandals. NRL club the Melbourne Storm has been caught cooking the books on player payments. The punishment's been severe...heavy fines, loss of Premierships and a season wipeout for 2010. BTN looks at the issue of salary caps in football teams. Why have them? How do they work? And how was the Storm able to cheat the system for so long without getting caught?

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