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Behind The News: 31/08/2010
31/08/2010
ABC  |  August 31, 2010
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POLITICAL POWER
Which politicians hold the most power in Australia? You might be surprised to hear that it's not just the Prime Minister and cabinet. After the recent election, the Greens have been placed in a powerful position in the Senate. And in the House of Representatives a massive amount of power will rest in the hands of a few Independent MP's. How will this affect the way the country is run?

MINERS TRAPPED
BtN explores the mining collapse in Chile. 33 people are trapped underground. Rescuers say it will take around four months to free them. We look at the rescue operation and examine why mining can be a dangerous job.

SCIENTISTS IN SCHOOLS
We look at a new school initiative which allows kids to adopt their very own working scientist. It's hoped the scheme will encourage more kids to get interested in science.

BIG GIG
It's probably the biggest gig of the year and many of you will be involved. Thousands of children from schools right across Australia will be singing the same song at the same time. It's all supposed to raise awareness about the value of music education in schools.

ABORIGINAL ART
Aboriginal art is a huge part of Australian culture. Paintings and crafts often hang in souvenir shops or art galleries around the country. But over the past few years fake Aboriginal art and craft from overseas has been popping up in stores. As Kirsty explains, this wave of cheap imports has got the local industry fighting for its future.

POLITICAL POWER
Which politicians hold the most power in Australia? You might be surprised to hear that it's not just the Prime Minister and cabinet. After the recent election, the Greens have been placed in a powerful position in the Senate. And in the House of Representatives a massive amount of power will rest in the hands of a few Independent MP's. How will this affect the way the country is run?

MINERS TRAPPED
BtN explores the mining collapse in Chile. 33 people are trapped underground. Rescuers say it will take around four months to free them. We look at the rescue operation and examine why mining can be a dangerous job.

SCIENTISTS IN SCHOOLS
We look at a new school initiative which allows kids to adopt their very own working scientist. It's hoped the scheme will encourage more kids to get interested in science.

BIG GIG
It's probably the biggest gig of the year and many of you will be involved. Thousands of children from schools right across Australia will be singing the same song at the same time. It's all supposed to raise awareness about the value of music education in schools.

ABORIGINAL ART
Aboriginal art is a huge part of Australian culture. Paintings and crafts often hang in souvenir shops or art galleries around the country. But over the past few years fake Aboriginal art and craft from overseas has been popping up in stores. As Kirsty explains, this wave of cheap imports has got the local industry fighting for its future.

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