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Behind The News: 30/10/2012
30/10/2012
ABC  |  October 29, 2012
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URANIUM U-TURN

We all know how important energy is... so what if I told you that there's an energy supply that's thousands of times more efficient than coal, that doesn't create carbon pollution and that Australia has massive reserves of. Sound pretty good? Well it's a bit more complicated than that. Sarah finds out why Uranium is a controversial element and why new plans to mine and sell it have stirred up debate.

AMERICA VOTES

Elections in Australia are big news, but what about elections overseas? Right now Americans are getting ready to go to the polls and the story seems to be on the Australian news most nights. So why should America's election matter to people living here.

SCHOOL SWIMMING

Summer is just around the corner and most of us love cooling off at the beach or in a swimming pool. But a new report's found a lot more young people are drowning each year because they don't know how to swim. One idea that's being talked about is making swimming lessons compulsory in schools.

DEVIL ISLAND

Not that long ago Tassie devils were a common sight across Tasmania, but a nasty disease wiped out a big chunk of the population. Now conservationists are trying to bring the species back from the brink by introducing them to a part of the state they've never lived before.

STONER GOODBYE

If you know anything about motorbike racing, then you've probably at least heard of Casey Stoner. He was so young when he started winning races, that he's inspired a whole generation of young riders to follow in his tracks. As he completes his final race, we'll take a look at what he's achieved, and the legacy he'll leave behind.

URANIUM U-TURN

We all know how important energy is... so what if I told you that there's an energy supply that's thousands of times more efficient than coal, that doesn't create carbon pollution and that Australia has massive reserves of. Sound pretty good? Well it's a bit more complicated than that. Sarah finds out why Uranium is a controversial element and why new plans to mine and sell it have stirred up debate.

AMERICA VOTES

Elections in Australia are big news, but what about elections overseas? Right now Americans are getting ready to go to the polls and the story seems to be on the Australian news most nights. So why should America's election matter to people living here.

SCHOOL SWIMMING

Summer is just around the corner and most of us love cooling off at the beach or in a swimming pool. But a new report's found a lot more young people are drowning each year because they don't know how to swim. One idea that's being talked about is making swimming lessons compulsory in schools.

DEVIL ISLAND

Not that long ago Tassie devils were a common sight across Tasmania, but a nasty disease wiped out a big chunk of the population. Now conservationists are trying to bring the species back from the brink by introducing them to a part of the state they've never lived before.

STONER GOODBYE

If you know anything about motorbike racing, then you've probably at least heard of Casey Stoner. He was so young when he started winning races, that he's inspired a whole generation of young riders to follow in his tracks. As he completes his final race, we'll take a look at what he's achieved, and the legacy he'll leave behind.

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URANIUM U-TURN We all know how important energy is... so what if I told you that there's an energy supply that's thousands of times more efficient than coal, that doesn't create carbon pollution and that Australia has massive reserves of. Sound pretty good? Well it's a bit more complicated than that. Sarah finds out why Uranium is a controversial element and why new plans to mine and sell it have stirred up debate. AMERICA VOTES Elections in Australia are big news, but what about elections overseas? Right now Americans are getting ready to go to the polls and the story seems to be on the Australian news most nights. So why should America's election matter to people living here. SCHOOL SWIMMING Summer is just around the corner and most of us love cooling off at the beach or in a swimming pool. But a new report's found a lot more young people are drowning each year because they don't know how to swim. One idea that's being talked about is making swimming lessons compulsory in schools. DEVIL ISLAND Not that long ago Tassie devils were a common sight across Tasmania, but a nasty disease wiped out a big chunk of the population. Now conservationists are trying to bring the species back from the brink by introducing them to a part of the state they've never lived before. STONER GOODBYE If you know anything about motorbike racing, then you've probably at least heard of Casey Stoner. He was so young when he started winning races, that he's inspired a whole generation of young riders to follow in his tracks. As he completes his final race, we'll take a look at what he's achieved, and the legacy he'll leave behind.

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