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RN Breakfast daily stories separated out for easy listening. RN Breakfast is the program informed Australians wake up to. Start each day with comprehensive coverage and analysis of national and international events, and hear interviews with the people who matter today—along with those who'll be maki…

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    'Great Southern Land' turns 40

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 7:19

    Icehouse has announced a national tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their classic single 'Great Southern Land'. Formed by Iva Davies, the band achieved 28 Platinum albums, eight Top 10 albums and over thirty Top 40 singles.

    Background Briefing: How a conspiracy and a question led to 18 years jail

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 6:07

    The September 11 attack led to the creation of a tough regime of counter terrorism legislation in Australia, with more than 5,000 pages of new powers and offences. Background Briefing has been exploring how the Holsworthy barracks terrorist plot in Sydney became the first real life test case for how these laws would work in practice and how it marked a sharp departure from the way crimes had previously been prosecuted.

    Friday Poem: Maxine Beneba Clarke reads 'Home to Biloela'

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 1:48

    Award winning poet and author Maxine Beneba Clarke has released a collection of poems exploring how events like the Me Too Movement, the Christchurch Massacre and the Australian bushfires have shaped our lives. She reads her poem, 'Home to Biloela'.

    Choir goes al-fresco as lockdown restrictions ease

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 6:40

    While life is slowly getting back to normal after lockdown, choirs are still required to wear masks when rehearsing indoors and many venues won't allow choirs to rehearse. So one Sydney choir, the Mooncatchers, has moved their practice sessions outdoors in the search of the perfect harmony.

    Will Australia restore relations with France? - Politics with David Speers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 5:16

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has spoken to French President, Emmanuel Macron for the first time since Australia announced it would scrap a $90 billion contract for French submarines in favour of nuclear-power submarines as part of the AUKUS agreement. Emmanuel Macron has told Scott Morrison that it is up to Canberra to repair relations. David Speers joins RN Breakfast to discuss the latest developments in federal politics.

    Opponents reject federal government plan to make voters show ID

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 6:44

    The government's Senate leader, Simon Birmingham, says a bill to make voters show ID is needed to improve public confidence in the electoral system. But opponents warn it could suppress votes by disenfranchising Indigenous Australians, those fleeing domestic violence and people experiencing homelessness.

    Is it safe to reopen Australia's international borders?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 11:22

    Australia's international border is reopening on Monday, allowing fully vaccinated travellers to leave the country without an exemption for the first time in almost 600 days. Double-vaccinated passengers coming into NSW, Victoria and the ACT will no longer need to quarantine.

    Airports gear up for return of international travel

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 9:54

    On Monday Australians will be allowed to travel overseas without an exemption for the first time in nearly 600 days and returning travellers flying into NSW and VIC won't have to go into quarantine. There are rules though - you'll need to be double vaccinated and only citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families can return home at this stage.

    Spanish court rules on dog custody - The Backstory with Max Chalmers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 5:24

    A Spanish court has handed down what's being hailed as a pioneering ruling, in a case looking at how a couple should share custody of their dog after they got divorced. Other countries have also been looking at whether our furry friends should be treated as family or furniture.

    Rising prostate cancer deaths prompts call for screen guideline overhaul

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 11:22

    Leading doctors around the country are calling for an urgent review of the guidelines for prostate cancer screening as the death toll from the disease continues to rise. They warn the guidelines are based on outdated data and need to be scrapped.

    Former Premier Gladys Berejiklian to take the stand at ICAC

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 6:17

    The Independent Commission Against Corruption is investigating whether former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian breached public trust or encouraged corrupt conduct during her relationship with former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire. Yesterday during Mr Maguire's testimony, the ICAC was played explosive recorded phone calls between the pair, which raise further questions about her role in facilitating several multi-million dollar grants in his electorate.

    Denmark considers re-imposing coronavirus restrictions as cases surge

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 9:22

    About six weeks since it lifted all coronavirus restrictions, Denmark is poised to reintroduce some, as new infections surge. More than 82 per cent of all Danes over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated, but cases have risen to around 1,000 a day, prompting fears about the impact on the hospital system.

    Baker Boy and Uncle Jack team up for new track

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 8:46

    Baker Boy has fast become a household favourite in the Australian music scene, with his fun, infectious and energetic tunes racing up the charts and with regular radio play. You may have first heard of Danzal Baker when he was announced as Young Australian of the Year in 2019, for many, its been a long wait for his debut album, GELA.

    Pressure on Australia to reduce methane output by 2030

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 5:57

    Australia might be going to Glasgow with a net-zero target but we're not signing up to another environmental pledge to cut fossil fuel pollution. The United States and Europe are calling for countries to reduce their methane output by 30 per cent by 2030 but Australia is arguing the impact on the agriculture and mining sector would be too great.

    China and Russia veto proposed Antarctic marine parks

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 9:36

    China and Russia have vetoed an international push to establish three new marine protected areas in Antarctic waters, at a meeting in Hobart this week. The three areas are home to millions of penguins, seabirds, fish, and whales, and as well as safekeeping that biodiversity, their protection would contribute to the fight against climate change.

    From Kabul to Sydney, one Afghan woman tells her story

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 10:59

    Young Afghan woman Marwa Moeen is finally living in Sydney after escaping Afghanistan with 15 girls when the country fell to the Taliban. RN Breakfast followed her journey from her hideout in Kabul to her escape to Islamabad to her arrival in Australia

    What is COP26 and why is it important?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 8:18

    The countdown is underway for one of the most important climate change conferences in history. More than 25,000 people, including world leaders, from countries big and small will descend on Glasgow, Scotland for the United Nations' COP26.

    Prime Minister heads to G20 in Rome before climate summit- Politics with Peter Van Onselen

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 4:35

    The Prime Minister takes off this evening for the G20 in Rome and then on to Glasgow where he'll present Australia's net zero commitment to the UN climate summit. Peter Van Onselen joins RN Breakfast to discuss the latest developments in federal politics.

    ATAGI prepares to issue recommendations on Pfizer booster shots

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 11:46

    The federal government's vaccine advisory body ATAGI is expected to issue guidelines on Pfizer booster shots, after the Therapeutic Goods Administration approved their use for Australians over the age of 18. Those vaccinated first, including aged care residents and healthcare workers are expected to be first in line when the rollout begins early next month.

    Government rejects criticism of voter identification laws

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 8:44

    The Morrison Government wants voter identification laws in place for the coming federal election. It has rejected criticism that many vulnerable people could be disenfranchised - saying it is a sensible and non controversial reform that will safeguard the sanctity of the electoral roll.

    How green is the Queen? - The Backstory with Max Chalmers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 5:39

    Global climate talks in Glasgow next week will open with an address from Prince Charles, after doctors advised the Queen not to travel to the event. The Royal Family has been using its huge global influence to push for more ambitious climate commitments in recent years.

    Concerns that people are going to extreme lengths to avoid getting a COVID vaccine

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 8:57

    While nearly three quarters of Australians aged 16 and over are now double vaccinated, there is a minority who are refusing to get their jab. GPs are reporting an increase in abuse, threats and even bribery from patients pressuring them to provide medical exemptions.

    Farmers fear crops will rot due to a shortage of international workers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 7:05

    With international backpackers locked out of the country, a coalition of farming lobby groups is pleading with government to fast-track more workers from the Pacific. But there's not much hope that help will arrive in time, and farmers fear they'll be leaving crops to rot in the ground and on the vine.

    US challenges Assange extradition in UK court

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 8:49


    The United States has begun its appeal against a British judge's decision to block the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing military secrets. The two-day hearing began overnight at London's High Court.


    The story of the Yothu Yindi musical revolution

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 11:22

    Thirty years after the protest song 'Treaty' took Australia by storm, a new authorised biography offers an insider's account of Yothu Yindi and the musical revolution they spawned. 'Writing in the Sand' is the epic story of one of Australia's most original bands and how 'Treaty' gave voice to Indigenous Australia's hard-fought struggle for recognition.

    Religious violence in Bangladesh - Religion and Ethics

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 5:03

    Two men have appeared in court in Bangladesh after posting a photo of the Holy Quran being reportedly desecrated as well as posting a Facebook status critical of Islam. Police say the pictures triggered one of the biggest waves of communal violence in the country's 50-year history, inspiring hundreds of Islamic extremists to go on a rampage targeting the Hindu minority. At least 10 people have died and about 120 Hindu temples desecrated in the violence.

    NBL's first Indigenous female referee to join the NBA

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 5:59

    Proud Yugambeh woman and NBL Referee, Jacqui Dover, has been selected as one of six referees to participate in the NBA's Referee Development Program. Dover will be an NBA Trainee Referee based in the NBA's New York office, working in the Referee Operations Department.

    Trent Dalton asks strangers about love for his new book 'Love Stories'

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 9:54

    Would you ask a stranger to tell you their love story? That's what award winning author Trent Dalton set out to do this year sitting with an old typewriter in Brisbane's CBD asking strangers to share their stories with him. The product is a new book called Love Stories released today.

    Victorian Parliament debates controversial pandemic legislation

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 10:34

    Legislation has been tabled in the Victorian Parliament that would shift the power to declare a pandemic and issue public health orders from the Chief Health Officer to the Premier and the Health Minister. The laws would also force the government to make public all of it's public health advice, and establish an independent committee to scrutinise decision-making.

    Shadow Climate Change Minister slams Government's net zero plan

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 6:23

    Shadow Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen says the Government's net zero plan is a set of slogans and heroic assumptions which he has summed up as a steaming pile of nothingness. And with economic modelling still to be released, he has questioned what the Government has got to hide.

    Climate a practical pathway to net zero

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 15:03

    Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor has defended the Coalition's climate plan which has been criticised for a lack of detail. He says that the Government already has the runs on the board when it comes to decarbonising the economy while the new plan will forge a responsible and practical pathway to net zero emissions by 2050.

    Crown Casino operator found to be "illegal, dishonest, unethical and exploitative"

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 7:35

    The final report of the Finkelstein review into Crown casino operations in Victoria is scathing, saying operators dodged hundreds of millions of dollars in tax, have links to criminal gangs and have committed multiple breaches of money laundering laws. Despite that Crown will keep its licence for another two years.

    Amnesty forced out of Hong Kong - The Backstory with Max Chalmers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 4:33

    Hong Kong's Beijing-backed Chief Executive Carrie Lam has rejected claims that rights group Amnesty International has been forced to leave the territory because of a far-reaching national security law. Amnesty said yesterday the law meant it could no longer act without fear of reprisals from Hong Kong's government.

    The government's roadmap to net zero emissions by 2050 explained

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 11:29

    After a year of speculation and weeks of fevered negotiations, the federal government has finally released its roadmap for reaching net zero emissions by 2050. But the document itself amounts to a reheating of the government's already announced technology roadmap and while the government is predicting that emissions will fall by 30% to 35% by 2030, it's refusing to commit to that as a target.

    Torres Strait Island leaders launch climate change class action

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 6:40

    Two First Nations leaders from the Torres Strait have launched a class action, arguing the federal government has a responsibility to ensure their families and their culture are protected from climate change. Paul Kabai and Pabai Pabai, from Boigu and Saibai Islands in the Torres Strait, are the taking the Australian government to court.

    US cuts off aid to Sudan after military coup as aid groups warn of humanitarian crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 9:33

    The UN Security Council is meeting to discuss the deteriorating situation in Sudan in the wake of yesterday's military coup. Thousands of demonstrators are continuing to protest, demanding a return to civilian rule after Sudan's prime minister and other officials of the transnational government were arrested by the military. The US meanwhile has frozen 700 million US dollars in aid to Sudan.

    'Moulin Rouge' to finally light up Melbourne's Regent Theatre next month

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 7:18

    Twenty years after Baz Luhrmann's iconic film Moulin Rouge lit up movie screens, the stage performance will finally open in Melbourne next month. The Broadway show has just won an incredible 10 Tony awards including best musical, best director, best actor and best choreography.

    Julian Assange set to appear before High Court in London tomorrow - Law report with Damien Carrick

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 5:28


    Tomorrow Julian Assange is set to appear via video-link from prison before the High Court in London. It's the latest legal chapter in the WikiLeaks founder's fight to stop his extradition to the United States, where he is wanted to face trial on espionage charges. Barrister Jennifer Robinson tells the Law Report's Damien Carrick, the U-S government is seeking to overturn an earlier court decision blocking his extradition on mental health grounds.


    Scientists may have found the first planet outside our galaxy

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 6:51

    Astronomers believe they have found signs of the first planet to be discovered outside our galaxy. Located 28 million light-years away from the Milky Way, the possible planet's discovery has 'huge' implications for the future of space study.

    'How Decent Folk Behave' - New poetry collection by Maxine Beneba Clarke

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 9:23

    In recent years big events like the COVID-19 Pandemic, Black Lives Matter and the Australian Bushfires have shaken our lives and they've also inspired artists around the world. Award winning poet and author Maxine Beneba Clarke has released a collection of poems exploring the way in which these events have not just changed how we live but also provided hope for the future.

    Telstra's Digicel takeover a strategic win for Australia

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 9:49

    Investors and shareholders have welcomed Telstra's takeover of Pacific telecom provider Digicel, which will see Telstra run internet and mobile services in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Nauru, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu. But the deal comes with a hefty 1.3 billion dollars of support from Australian taxpayers.

    Calls for national standards for cosmetic surgery

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 6:49

    Last night's Four Corners program highlighted a major problem with the cosmetic industry- cosmetic surgery is not a speciality and anyone with a medical degree can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon. The Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery has been calling for national standards.

    Regular reviews to assess the impact of net zero policy on the regions

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 12:30

    The Productivity Commission will conduct five-year reviews of the economic impact of the net zero climate policy on regional communities. Finance Minister Simon Birmingham says it will focus the Government's mind on where additional investments might be needed to protect regional jobs and livelihoods.

    Nationals could lose seats over support for net zero

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 10:26

    Nationals Senator Matt Canavan says his party has betrayed its support base with its support for net zero carbon emissions. He says that he will campaign against the policy which he warns could see the nationals lose seats in Queensland at the coming election.

    The woman taking on Facebook - The Backstory with Max Chalmers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 5:18

    A Facebook whistleblower has told British MPs the social media giant is unwilling to give up even small amounts of profit to help protect users. It comes as Facebook struggles to contain the fallout after thousands of internal documents were shared with media outlets around the world.

    Possible wriggle room for unvaccinated tennis players

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 8:24

    Will the world's best tennis players be allowed into Australia even if they haven't got their COVID vaccine? Last week the Immigration Minister told Breakfast that under no circumstances would players be allowed into the country if they're not fully vaccinated, but now a leaked email suggests Tennis Australia thinks they might be able to get around the rules.

    Poorest countries to gain from new climate funding plan to break COP26 impasse

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 8:09

    Britain has unveiled proposals for a climate finance plan to break the impasse between developed and developing countries ahead of COP26. Britain along with Germany and Canada have drawn up the plan to help the world's poorest countries cut emissions and adapt to climate change.

    Sudan's military dissolves civilian government and arrests leaders

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 7:58

    Security forces in Sudan have reportedly fired on pro-democracy crowds protesting against the military takeover, killing three and wounding dozens more. Soldiers have arrested the Prime Minister and members of Sudan's transitional government- a move condemned by the United Nations, the European Union, the Arab League and the United States.

    20 asylum seekers test positive to COVID in detention in Melbourne hotel

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 5:05

    At least 20 asylum seekers have tested positive to COVID-19 while being detained at a Melbourne hotel. The Australian Border Force says those who are unwell have been provided appropriate medical care but refugee advocates who have spoken with asylum seekers in the hotel have raised safety concerns.

    WA police seek car in relation to Cleo Smith disappearance

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 5:09

    Police investigating the disappearance of Cleo Smith have shifted their focus to the family home at Carnarvon, in south west WA. The four-year-old went missing from her family's tent at the Blowholes Campground, north of Carnarvon, just over a week ago, sparking a huge search operation.

    Tax war looming as NSW urges a rethink of the capital gains tax discount

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 7:15

    The New South Wales government has unveiled its plan to increase housing affordability in a submission to a federal inquiry into the issue. It wants the Federal Government to review the capital gains tax discount accessed by property investors and it's also looking at scrapping its own stamp duty.

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