• Military leaders convene in Washington to review IS strategy MP3

    The US president Barack Obama has met with military leaders from countries including Turkey and Saudi Arabia to review the strategy to counter Islamic State militants. The meeting comes as the United States faces increasing pressure to do more to stop the militants' advance.

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  • P-Tech model does not mean turning over teaching to industry: principal MP3

    One part of the Federal Government's innovation policy is to trial a P-Tech school, likely to be in Geelong. Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the school will be based on the one he visited in Brooklyn recently. Founding principal of that school Rashid Davis says the partnership with IBM does not mean teaching and learning is being turned over to industry.

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  • Chief scientist says Govt industry strategy a good start MP3

    Australia's chief scientist, Ian Chubb, says the Federal Government's new industry investment strategy is a step in the right direction. Doctor Chubb has said the strengths identified by the Government for investment are appropriate, and will naturally lead to investment in other fields.

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  • Tech research boss says Govt should focus on potential, not strengths MP3

    The director of industry and skills transformation at Australia's largest technology research operation, Simon Kaplan, says that he applauds the Government's focus on science and technology, though he is concerned that it is concentrating on the existing strengths in our economy rather than on the future potential.

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  • Australia's writing fraternity celebrates Booker win MP3

    The Australian creative writing industry is heralding Richard Flanagan's Booker Prize win as a fitting recognition for the author of six novels. Some are claiming that it represents an acknowledgement that Flanagan is, not just a great Australian, but a great writer as well.

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  • Australian author takes out Booker Prize MP3

    Britain's prestigious Booker literature prize has been won by Australian author, Richard Flanagan, for his sixth novel. The Booker is awarded each year for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the UK. The judges described "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" as a literary masterpiece which beat out what jury chairman Anthony Grayling said was a strong short-list of six boo...

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  • Olympian appeals to Parliament to expand ASADA's powers MP3

    The Federal Parliament is considering granting ASADA greater powers in the wake of the AFL and NRL supplements doping scandal. The changes would allow the anti-doping agency to work more closely with police and intelligence agencies and ban athletes from working with sports professionals who've been involved in doping. Two-time Olympian Kim Crow says the need to protect the 'clean' athletes trumps concerns about impi...

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  • Victorian emergency services chief promises heat wave plan MP3

    The head of Victoria's emergency services has vowed to introduce a plan to manage devastating heat waves before summer hits. More than 500 people have died in the state as a result of two prolonged heat waves in the past five years. The state's auditor general has warned authorities aren't prepared for the threat of more extremely hot weather, but the emergency management commissioner Craig Lapsley says this summer w...

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  • WA health authorities issue alert as Perth runs out of mental health beds MP3

    Western Australia's mental health authorities declared an emergency on Monday when Perth ran out of beds for acutely mentally unwell patients. At the peak of demand, 26 people were in urgent need of a bed, but one couldn't be found for them.

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  • Convictions quashed for homosexuals convicted under Victoria's antiquated gay laws MP3

    In an effort to put an end to years of discrimination, the Victorian Parliament has voted to overturn old criminal convictions recorded against consenting homosexuals. Homosexuality was decriminalised in that state in 1980, but those who were prosecuted on indecency charges before that date have suffered the on-going burden of a criminal record.

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  • Future Fund plays down fears of violent market correction MP3

    The managing director of the Future Fund has played down comments from the Reserve Bank that financial markets are heading towards a "violent correction". The Fund's managing director David Neal told business editor Peter Ryan that there would only be a crisis if the US Federal Reserve makes a mistake when it eventually starts moving interest rates from the current low levels.

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  • 'Comet of the century' vanishes on journey around sun MP3

    A large block of ice and rock dubbed the Comet of the Century has vanished while closely circling the sun. Astronomers say the comet, officially known as ISON, probably has not survived its journey. This particular comet was extremely interesting to sky watchers, because it had come from far away in the solar system.

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  • Study reveals 20-year-high increase in new AIDS cases MP3

    This Sunday is World AIDS Day, and one of the focuses of this year's event is encouraging testing for HIV. The need for people to act on the message has been highlighted by a 20-year-high increase in new cases in Australia. The World Today speaks to Professor Sharon Lewin, Director of the Department of Infectious Diseases at The Alfred Hospital, about this development.

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  • Morning-after pill may be ineffective in larger women MP3

    The French manufacturer of a morning-after pill sold over the counter in Australia is changing its advice to women who weigh more than 75 kilograms, after research suggested it was largely ineffective in women of this weight.

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  • Scientists urge more support for local stem cell research MP3

    In the past 15 years, there's been an explosion of stem cell technologies, but scientists say more work has to be done to keep Australia at the forefront of innovation. Doctors and researchers are among those meeting in Sydney today to discuss how to build a strong stem cell industry. They say one challenge will be realising the full value on Australia's investment in the technology.

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  • Volunteer firefighters furious at compo cover MP3

    Volunteer firefighters in South Australia say they're being treated like second class citizens when it comes to new cancer compensation laws. Last night, a Bill passed the state parliament allowing career firefighters to access compensation for certain cancers, without proving there's a work-related link. However, only some volunteer firefighters will have similar access to the scheme.

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  • Education ministers furious over federal funding plans MP3

    No matter what their political party, the state and territory education ministers are furious with the Federal Minister's decision not to honour the agreements they signed with the previous Labor government to implement the Gonski schools funding model. After meeting Mr Pyne, the ministers said they had even less clarity on what he was planning, and fear government schools would be the losers.

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  • Work at Rio's Gove refinery suspended MP3

    Rio Tinto has suspended operations at a major alumina refinery at Gove in the Northern Territory, blaming low commodity prices, the high exchange rate, and a series of financial losses in recent years. While a bauxite mine also operated by Rio Tinto will continue, the announcement has raised doubts about the jobs of 1400 people who currently work at the refinery.

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  • Farmers welcome decision to not sell Graincorp MP3

    Australian grain producers have welcomed the Federal Government's decision to not sell Graincorp. Some growers say famers had serious concerns about the sale, and that many would have taken their business elsewhere if Graincorp had gone to foreign ownership.

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  • Queensland lobby group divided on Graincorp decision MP3

    Grain growers across the country are digesting the ramifications of the Federal Government's decision. Wayne Newton is a farmer on Queensland's Darling Downs, and he's also the grains president of the Queensland farm lobby group AgForce, which has been holding its annual general meeting today in Toowoomba in the state's south-east. He tells The World Today the announcement came as a big surprise to some members.

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