• Minister breaks ranks on Indonesia spying issue MP3

    Just as the Prime Minister is moving to mend the diplomatic rift with Indonesia, a senior Government Minister has broken ranks, and all but confirmed that Australia attempted to tap the phones of the Indonesian President and his wife. During an interview with the ABC this morning, the Trade Minister, Andrew Robb, ignored the 'neither confirm nor deny' approach that the Federal Government has been taking on the issue.

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  • States push hard for changes on GST threshold MP3

    Consumer groups are today urging the Federal Government not to buckle to pressure from established retailers, and impose the GST on overseas online sales worth more than $1000. State governments have joined major retailers to push for the threshold for the tax to be reduced or removed.

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  • Gonski panelist urges Minister to end politics, re-read report MP3

    One of the members of the expert panel that reviewed the education funding system is Dr Carmen Lawrence. A former Federal Labor minister and a former Premier of Western Australia, she's today calling on the Education Minister, Christopher Pyne, to re-read the Gonski report, saying she fears he's basing his decisions on politics rather than good policy. She joins The World Today to outline her concerns that Mr Pyne is...

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  • Gonski states say they won't let Coalition walk away from signed agreements MP3

    State Treasurers this morning met with the Federal Treasurer in Parliament House to voice their concerns about the Federal Government's refusal to honour the education funding deals they signed with the Commonwealth. The Education Minister, Christopher Pyne, is still insisting the Government hasn't broken its election promise on school funding, and that it will deliver the same amount of Commonwealth funds as promise...

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  • New handbook to help parents deal with their child's sexuality MP3

    Beyond Blue has put together a handbook for Australian parents whose children tell them they aren't heterosexual. It's hoped the online guide will help parents handle the situation better, and support their child's often difficult decision.

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  • Calls for independent prisons monitor to address crisis in Vic system MP3

    Lawyers in Victoria are calling on the Napthine Government to appoint an independent Inspector of Custodial Services, as the prison population grows at the rate of 100 inmates a month. They say Victoria should follow New South Wales and Western Australia in adopting an independent prisons monitor to address what they describe as a crisis in the sector.

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  • Australia's richest town lacking in services, say residents MP3

    In Australia's most recent census, the West Australian mining port of Dampier was declared the richest town in the country, with nearly a quarter of households reporting they earn more than $4000 a week. However, locals say the 'richest town' label is a false one for a town that's lacking in basic services including a bank, a post office, and a medical centre.

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  • Devils stealing hiking boots on Maria Island MP3

    Tasmanian Devils have beeen stealing hiking boots from campers on Maria Island. The devils have been sent to Maria Island on the state's east coast to protect them from a facial tumor disease that's sending the animals towards extinction. The devils are settling in so well on Maria that there are plans to set up more disease free wild populations in the state.

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  • Sandy Hook investigation fails to find motive for 20yo shooter MP3

    The investigation into one of the United States' deadliest mass shootings has failed to find a motive for the gunman who killed 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in December last year. The Connecticut state attorney has released the official report into the shooting by 20-year-old Adam Lanza, saying the case is now closed and no charges will be brought.

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  • Syria peace talk brings hope .. but disagreements remain MP3

    There's hope in Syria that peace talks announced for next January may succeed in ending the country's civil war, in which more than 100,000 people have been killed, and a third of the population driven from their homes. But while some analysts say the chances of negotiating a peace deal have improved, the disagreements about the future of the president, Bashar al-Assad, and whether key regional players Iran and Saudi...

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  • RBA warns against complacency on living standards MP3

    The Reserve Bank has warned that the 'sweet spot' of the resources boom has passed, and that the nation's current high living standards shouldn't be taken for granted. The RBA's deputy governor, Philip Lowe, has also fuelled the debate on productivity, saying businesses need to become more efficient to succeed in the post-boom era.

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  • Victorian Parliament resumes .. and the drama continues MP3

    The Victorian Parliament resumes today after its extraordinary closing down earlier this month. The Liberal-turned-Independent MP, Geoff Shaw, who sparked the acrimony, does not appear to have warmed to the Speaker, despite the efforts of his former Liberal colleagues. Labor meanwhile is vowing once again to challenge the authority of the Speaker on the floor of the house this afternoon.

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  • Myanmar family goes to court to stay in Australia MP3

    Members of a family from Myanmar seeking asylum in Australia are appearing before the Federal court in Brisbane, asking to stay here with their newborn baby. Lawyers for the family say they should be allowed to stay because their baby boy was born in Australia, and is sick.

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  • Higher qualifications for SA teachers MP3

    The South Australian government is looking at changes to improve the standards of teaching. It's proposing students complete a five-year course to qualify as a teacher which would include a Masters degree. Teaching associations say they support the plan, but that higher standards of training should also attract better salaries.

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  • Govt stands firm on Gonski re-think MP3

    The stand-off between the Federal government and the states over education funding is continuing today. During the election campaign, the then Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, said he was on a 'unity ticket' with Labor over the Gonski education changes. Now, Mr Abbott's Education Minister has confirmed the Coalition government won't commit to the six-year funding deals signed between the previous Labor government and ...

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  • Webber ends F1 career second to Vettel... again MP3

    Australian driver Mark Webber has ended his Formula One career with a second place finish in Brazil behind his team mate and four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel. The 26-year-old German finished this season by winning nine races in a row. Motorsport watchers say Vettel has had the edge on Webber, and the Australian would have needed a bit of luck to take out a world championship against him. Webber's compatriot...

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  • Uni exam chaos a 'typhoon in a tea cup', says Dean MP3

    Students and faculty members at Sydney University Law School are engaged in a dispute over what to do about an exam that was interrupted by a fire alarm. Some students want the entire test to be reheld, but the university is wary of the inconvenience it would cause. Now the Dean of the Law School has angered students with a public letter in which she described their complaints as a 'typhoon in a tea cup'.

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  • Shark cull debate reignited after fatal attack in WA MP3

    The debate on whether to cull sharks in Western Australia has been reignited, after a surfer was killed in a weekend attack off Gracetown in the state's south-west. Beaches in the area remain closed today, as government officers try to catch the animal. The man's death has local surfers calling for large sharks to be killed to prevent future attacks, but others say that's not the solution.

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  • Study reveals apprentice chefs 'drinking dangerously' MP3

    The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction has surveyed first-year apprentice chefs about their drinking and drug use, and found 65 per cent of them are drinking at dangerous levels. Researchers say work stress and irregular hours are contributing to the problem.

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  • Homeless Blue Mountains residents frustrated by government delays MP3

    Blue Mountains residents who lost their homes in last month's bushfire say they're still waiting for the NSW government to clear their properties. They've compared the state government's response to the clean up effort after fires in Victoria and Tasmania, where demolition contracts were issued within days.

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