Behind the News

Behind the News

Dual Citizenship/Guam/Backburning/Moonhack Record/Guide Dog Training
ABC ME  |  August 22, 2017
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Dual Citizenship
A little-known constitutional requirement is causing big problems in Australia's federal parliament. Federal parliamentarians cannot be dual citizens, yet quite a few have now turned out to be just that. And the latest victim is one of the biggest names in the House of Representatives - Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. We'll take a look at the issue and find out why the constitution would have included that rule in the first place.

Guam
This week, North Korea threatened to hit the island of Guam with a nuclear weapon. But why this tiny nation, out of all others on earth? We'll find out, and in the process, meet some of the kids that call Guam home.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography:
The geographical diversity of the Asia region and the location of its major countries in relation to Australia Year 6

Differences in the economic, demographic and social characteristics of countries across the world Year 6

Australia's connections with other countries and how these change people and places Year 6

The world's cultural diversity, including that of its indigenous peoples Year 6

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 and 6

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines

HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Civics and Citizenship:
The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6

Backburning
NSW's Rural Fire Service has started preparing for bush fire season with a series of burn-off's in the southern Highlands. Burn-off's are designed to help prevent serious fires during summer. And it's something that Australia's Indigenous people have been doing for thousands of years. We'll take a look at how they were done then, and find out if the process has changed much today.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography:
The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places Year 5

The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them Year 5

The impact of bushfires or floods on environments and communities, and how people can respond Year 5

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Year 6

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Analysing:
Interpret data and information displayed in a range of formats to identify, describe and compare distributions, patterns and trends, and to infer relationships Year 6

Moonhack Record
Science Week was held in Australia this week, and a big part of the festivities was Moonhack, a world record coding attempt for kids. We'll check in with one of the schools that took part to find out what's involved and whether a record was set.

Guide Dog Training
Some students in New South Wales are taking part in what could be one of the best school activities ever held. Their job is to teach a bunch of puppies some important skills before they go off for Guide Dog training. We'll tag along during one of their 'lessons' next week.

Dual Citizenship
A little-known constitutional requirement is causing big problems in Australia's federal parliament. Federal parliamentarians cannot be dual citizens, yet quite a few have now turned out to be just that. And the latest victim is one of the biggest names in the House of Representatives - Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. We'll take a look at the issue and find out why the constitution would have included that rule in the first place.

Guam
This week, North Korea threatened to hit the island of Guam with a nuclear weapon. But why this tiny nation, out of all others on earth? We'll find out, and in the process, meet some of the kids that call Guam home.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography:
The geographical diversity of the Asia region and the location of its major countries in relation to Australia Year 6

Differences in the economic, demographic and social characteristics of countries across the world Year 6

Australia's connections with other countries and how these change people and places Year 6

The world's cultural diversity, including that of its indigenous peoples Year 6

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 and 6

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines

HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Civics and Citizenship:
The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6

Backburning
NSW's Rural Fire Service has started preparing for bush fire season with a series of burn-off's in the southern Highlands. Burn-off's are designed to help prevent serious fires during summer. And it's something that Australia's Indigenous people have been doing for thousands of years. We'll take a look at how they were done then, and find out if the process has changed much today.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography:
The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places Year 5

The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them Year 5

The impact of bushfires or floods on environments and communities, and how people can respond Year 5

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Year 6

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Analysing:
Interpret data and information displayed in a range of formats to identify, describe and compare distributions, patterns and trends, and to infer relationships Year 6

Moonhack Record
Science Week was held in Australia this week, and a big part of the festivities was Moonhack, a world record coding attempt for kids. We'll check in with one of the schools that took part to find out what's involved and whether a record was set.

Guide Dog Training
Some students in New South Wales are taking part in what could be one of the best school activities ever held. Their job is to teach a bunch of puppies some important skills before they go off for Guide Dog training. We'll tag along during one of their 'lessons' next week.

Iran Deal
One of the biggest news stories of the week was US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of an international agreement with Iran. It was made back in 2015 because lots of countries were worried that Iran was trying to make nuclear weapons. While many world leaders said the deal was the best way to bring about peace, others said it didn't do enough to stop Iran making weapons. We find out why ditching the deal is a really big deal for the US and the world.

Hawaii Volcano
One of the world's most active volcanos has been causing havoc in Hawaii. Mt Kilauea has been spewing out ash and rivers of lava which has destroyed homes and property. We find out more about the volcano and meet some local kids who live in the shadow of the volcano.

Aussie Space Agency
This week's federal budget contained an exciting announcement for space enthusiasts. The government is planning to put $41 million into the space industry and, for the first time, the country will get its very own space agency! We find out what Australia's future role in space might look like and why so many countries put money into exploring the cosmos.

Young Archies
We meet nine-year-old James, who is one of the finalists of this year's Young Archie competition. It's the junior version of Australia's most famous portrait prize, the Archibald, and it asks kids to draw or paint someone who's important to them. We find out more about the Archibald and meet the art teacher who inspired James to paint his masterpiece.

BTN Investigates: Toilet water
BTN viewer Pollyanna asked us to find out where toilet water goes, so we decided to investigate! Amelia goes on a fascinating, but slightly smelly tour of a waste water treatment plant to find out what happens when we flush the loo.

Behind the News: Iran Deal/Hawaii Volcano/Aussie Space Agency/Young Archies/Toilet water

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:26
Iran Deal One of the biggest news stories of the week was US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of an international agreement with Iran. It was made back in 2015 because lots of countries were worried that Iran was trying to make nuclear weapons. While many world leaders said the deal was the best way to bring about peace, others said it didn't do enough to stop Iran making weapons. We find out why ditching the deal is a really big deal for the US and the world. Hawaii Volcano One of the world's most active volcanos has been causing havoc in Hawaii. Mt Kilauea has been spewing out ash and rivers of lava which has destroyed homes and property. We find out more about the volcano and meet some local kids who live in the shadow of the volcano. Aussie Space Agency This week's federal budget contained an exciting announcement for space enthusiasts. The government is planning to put $41 million into the space industry and, for the first time, the country will get its very own space agency! We find out what Australia's future role in space might look like and why so many countries put money into exploring the cosmos. Young Archies We meet nine-year-old James, who is one of the finalists of this year's Young Archie competition. It's the junior version of Australia's most famous portrait prize, the Archibald, and it asks kids to draw or paint someone who's important to them. We find out more about the Archibald and meet the art teacher who inspired James to paint his masterpiece. BTN Investigates: Toilet water BTN viewer Pollyanna asked us to find out where toilet water goes, so we decided to investigate! Amelia goes on a fascinating, but slightly smelly tour of a waste water treatment plant to find out what happens when we flush the loo.
Budget 2018
Next Tuesday is budget day - when the federal government outlines how it's planning to spend Australia's money. It's one of the biggest days of the year for Aussie politicians but it's also an important day for ordinary Aussies, because the budget affects us all. We find out what the budget is and why keeping everyone happy can be a difficult job.

Korea Talks
Over the past few weeks there's been some good news about North and South Korea. For the first time in a decade the leaders of the two countries have met and they say they're working towards a peace treaty. We find out why that's a big deal by having a look at the history of North Korea and South Korea.

Free Range Eggs
For a long time there's been debate in Australia about chickens and eggs - that is - how chickens are farmed and how eggs are labelled. Many customers are willing to pay more for eggs that are "free range", but there's been some confusion about exactly what free range means. Now some new laws have come in which aim to clear that up. We visit an egg farm to find out more about the news laws and how they could affect Aussie farmers and Aussie breakfasts!

Bionic Builder
We find out about a year 8 student from Melbourne who challenged herself with a Christmas holiday school assignment. She looked into bionic technology and 3D printing and managed to build a bionic arm from scratch!

Ask a Reporter: Why Do We Listen to Music?
BTN viewer Isabelle asks is the intriguing question; "Why do people like music so much?" Jack goes on a musical journey to find out more about the story of song and why the tunes that we love get our toes tapping.

Behind the News: Budget 2018/Korea Talks/Free Range Eggs/Bionic Builder/Why Do We Listen to Music?

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:27
Budget 2018 Next Tuesday is budget day - when the federal government outlines how it's planning to spend Australia's money. It's one of the biggest days of the year for Aussie politicians but it's also an important day for ordinary Aussies, because the budget affects us all. We find out what the budget is and why keeping everyone happy can be a difficult job. Korea Talks Over the past few weeks there's been some good news about North and South Korea. For the first time in a decade the leaders of the two countries have met and they say they're working towards a peace treaty. We find out why that's a big deal by having a look at the history of North Korea and South Korea. Free Range Eggs For a long time there's been debate in Australia about chickens and eggs - that is - how chickens are farmed and how eggs are labelled. Many customers are willing to pay more for eggs that are "free range", but there's been some confusion about exactly what free range means. Now some new laws have come in which aim to clear that up. We visit an egg farm to find out more about the news laws and how they could affect Aussie farmers and Aussie breakfasts! Bionic Builder We find out about a year 8 student from Melbourne who challenged herself with a Christmas holiday school assignment. She looked into bionic technology and 3D printing and managed to build a bionic arm from scratch! Ask a Reporter: Why Do We Listen to Music? BTN viewer Isabelle asks is the intriguing question; "Why do people like music so much?" Jack goes on a musical journey to find out more about the story of song and why the tunes that we love get our toes tapping.
Banks Behaving Badly
A royal commission into Aussie banks has put some of our most powerful financial institutions under the spotlight and some seriously dodgy dealings are being uncovered. We'll look at the important role that banks play in the lives of Australians, why the royal commission came about and why its findings have made a lot of people angry.

Villers-Bretonneux Centenary
This Anzac Day marked 100 years since thousands of Australian soldiers fought to free a tiny French town from German occupation during World War I. Its name is Villers-Bretonneux and the battle that took place there is recognised as an important turning point in the war. We find out more about what happened in Villers-Bretonneux and why the town still has a special connection to Australia.

BTN Kids Contribute Survey Results
Recently we asked kids around Australia to tell us how they contribute at home, at school at in their communities. More than 11,000 took part in the survey and now the results are in. This week we'll tell you more about how kids are contributing and how it makes them feel.

Composting Kids
Did you know that next week is International Compost Awareness Week? It might not be on everyone's calendar but experts say composting is a process we should all know more about. We meet some school kids who explain how compost can scrap pollution and build healthier soils.  

Corny Business
We meet Sam, a young entrepreneur, whose popcorn business has taken off since it launched late last year. Sam tells us what it's like to run a business and whether there's any such thing as too much popcorn!

Behind the News: Banks Behaving Badly/Villers-Bretonneux Centenary/BTN Kids Contribute/Composting Kids/Corny Business

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:25
Banks Behaving Badly A royal commission into Aussie banks has put some of our most powerful financial institutions under the spotlight and some seriously dodgy dealings are being uncovered. We'll look at the important role that banks play in the lives of Australians, why the royal commission came about and why its findings have made a lot of people angry. Villers-Bretonneux Centenary This Anzac Day marked 100 years since thousands of Australian soldiers fought to free a tiny French town from German occupation during World War I. Its name is Villers-Bretonneux and the battle that took place there is recognised as an important turning point in the war. We find out more about what happened in Villers-Bretonneux and why the town still has a special connection to Australia. BTN Kids Contribute Survey Results Recently we asked kids around Australia to tell us how they contribute at home, at school at in their communities. More than 11,000 took part in the survey and now the results are in. This week we'll tell you more about how kids are contributing and how it makes them feel. Composting Kids Did you know that next week is International Compost Awareness Week? It might not be on everyone's calendar but experts say composting is a process we should all know more about. We meet some school kids who explain how compost can scrap pollution and build healthier soils. Corny Business We meet Sam, a young entrepreneur, whose popcorn business has taken off since it launched late last year. Sam tells us what it's like to run a business and whether there's any such thing as too much popcorn!
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