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Behind the News: April 9, 2019
April 9, 2019
ABC Me  |  April 9, 2019

Budget Surplus
When the federal budget was delivered last week there was a fair bit of excitement from some, who said the treasurer had found something that Australian governments haven’t found for a long time - a surplus. We find out what a surplus is, why it’s so sought-after, and whether not this government actually has its hands on one!

Car Future
The federal opposition has announced that, if it gets elected, it’ll put money into encouraging Australians to switch to electric cars. We look at the history of electric cars and why some say they’ll play a big role in the future of motoring.

Daylight Saving
Last Sunday Aussies in many states will have to adjusted their clocks as daylight saving came to an end for 2019. We look at what daylight saving is, where it comes from, and why not everyone thinks it a good idea.

Vaisakhi
On Sunday, April 14, Sikh people around the world will celebrate an important holiday called Vaisakhi. We meet some Sikh kids to find out more about the holiday and about their faith.

Bush Ballet
We find out about a program being run by the West Australian Ballet company which aims to give kids in remote places a chance to learn what it takes to be a professional dancer.

Budget Surplus
When the federal budget was delivered last week there was a fair bit of excitement from some, who said the treasurer had found something that Australian governments haven’t found for a long time - a surplus. We find out what a surplus is, why it’s so sought-after, and whether not this government actually has its hands on one!

Car Future
The federal opposition has announced that, if it gets elected, it’ll put money into encouraging Australians to switch to electric cars. We look at the history of electric cars and why some say they’ll play a big role in the future of motoring.

Daylight Saving
Last Sunday Aussies in many states will have to adjusted their clocks as daylight saving came to an end for 2019. We look at what daylight saving is, where it comes from, and why not everyone thinks it a good idea.

Vaisakhi
On Sunday, April 14, Sikh people around the world will celebrate an important holiday called Vaisakhi. We meet some Sikh kids to find out more about the holiday and about their faith.

Bush Ballet
We find out about a program being run by the West Australian Ballet company which aims to give kids in remote places a chance to learn what it takes to be a professional dancer.

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April 2, 2019

Living Wage Last week there was a lot of talk about wages after Labor announ ced that, if it’s elected, it will raise the minimum wage and try to bring in a living wage. So, what is a minimum wage and what’s a living wage? And why is talk about raising it always controversial? Trolling Recently there’ve been a couple of big news stories involving Australian sports stars and online trolls. Both Carlton forward Tayla Harris, and West Coast player Liam Ryan have been the subject of abusive messages that many say come from trolls. So, what are trolls and what’s the best way to deal with them? Gambling in Games Last week the Victorian government launched a program designed to reduce the risk of kids being exposed to gambling through popular video games. It comes after a study showed that almost half of Australia’s top games have features that could be called gambling. Exo-Planets A team of international astronomers who are putting together an encyclopaedia of exo-planets has just announce that their list of alien worlds just tipped 4001! That’s exciting news, especially given that less than 30 years ago we didn’t know if there were any planets outside of our solar system. We take a look at what exo-planets are and why astronomers are so keen on tracking them down. Lent Right now, thousands of Christians in Australia are in the middle of an important religious festival. It’s called Lent and it usually involves fasting or giving something up for 40 days. We talk to some kids who are observing Lent to find out more about it and why it’s important to them.

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