ABC News Daily
ABC News Daily
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ABC News Daily is the podcast that helps you understand the issues affecting your world. Every episode, host Samantha Hawley walks through one story with the help of an ABC colleague or expert in under 15 minutes. When you want coverage you can trust, listen to ABC News Daily.
He wants to be seen as a peace broker in the Ukraine war, but is that really why Chinese President Xi Jinping is rubbing shoulders with Vladimir Putin in Moscow? Today, Bates Gill from the Asia Society Policy Institute on China's ambitious plans and whether they should worry Australia. Featured: Bates Gill, Executive Director of Asia Society Policy Institute's Center for China Analysis
At the height of the pandemic, many Australians found themselves with less work and struggling to make ends. Because of that, and with lots of uncertainty about the months ahead, many jumped at the chance to access their retirement savings early, as part of a federal government change. Now, we know a lot more about what those who withdrew spent the money on: a new study suggests gambling was high on the list. So was allowing people access to their own super for cash during a crisis the right idea? Today, we speak to one of the co-authors of the study, economist Dr Steven Hamilton, and we chat to two Australian women who will now have a lot less in their super funds for when they retire. Featured: Dr Steve Hamilton, economist, George Washington University, Washington DC
When you're sitting on a bus or train and watching people with their heads in their phones, there's a fair chance many of them are watching videos on TikTok. The platform, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, is currently the most downloaded app in the world, and nations including the US are increasingly worried about how its algorithm works, and where all the data it's collecting might end up. Today, tech and privacy reporter for Vox.com, Sara Morrison, on the TikTok bans sweeping the world. Featured: Sara Morrison, senior reporter, Vox.com
As we move into winter this year, if you live on the east coast you’re about to be slugged with a huge spike in your power bills once again. Today, an energy expert explains why prices just keep going up and when it will end. Featured: Alison Reeve, Climate Change and Energy Deputy Program Director, the Grattan Institute
In as little as four years' time, US nuclear-powered attack submarines will be deployed to Australia, the government says to keep us safe. They're the length of a rugby pitch and can cruise through the water in almost complete silence, and the price tag is mind-blowing too: up to $368 billion over the next 30 years. Today, the ABC's political editor, Andrew Probyn, on how fear of China has driven us to the biggest defence investment in our history. Featured: Andrew Probyn, ABC political editor
When you cruise the aisles at the supermarket, you would have noticed almost everything is more expensive. Coles and Woolworths blame inflation, but is that really all that’s at play? Today, the ABC’s Business Editor Ian Verrender on why company profits are soaring while households struggle to make ends meet. Featured: Ian Verrender, ABC Business Editor Subscribe to ABC News Daily on the ABC listen app.
Three years into the pandemic, most of us have had at least one bout of COVID. While it’s usually not that pleasant, we recover. But for hundreds of thousands of Australians the symptoms can last for months. Today we visit a long COVID clinic. Featured: Dr Anthony Byrne, St Vincent's Hospital Paul, long COVID patient
Imagine the distress you'd feel if you were told, out of the blue, that you owed the federal government thousands, or even tens of thousands, of dollars. That's the anguish the former coalition government inflicted on 400,000 Australians when it tried to illegally claw back welfare payments. Public hearings in the Royal Commission investigating who's to blame for the deeply flawed Robodebt scheme end this week. Today, ABC reporter Rachael Mealey walks us through the key evidence. Featured: Rachel Mealey, ABC national affairs reporter
In Australia, the law says we're meant to work a 38 hour week. In reality though, many of us do a lot more than that. So how many extra hours is reasonable? That's a question being tested in court, in a high profile case involving the teal independent MP Monique Ryan and her former staffer, the activist Sally Rugg, who says she worked up to 80 hours a week. Today, an expert in employment law on why Australians are working too much, and what the case could mean for employees across the nation. Featured: Dr Giuseppe Carabetta, senior lecturer in employment law, University of Technology Sydney
As the saying goes: all that glitters is not gold. And at the Perth mint, which is in the business of selling the precious metal, that's certainly the case at the moment. An ABC investigation has found that holes in the mint's compliance regime could have left it a target for criminals trying to launder money. Today, ABC TV Four Corners reporter, Angus Grigg, on why that could end up costing taxpayers millions of dollars. Featured: Angus Grigg, ABC TV Four Corners reporter
With the growing cost of living, we'd all love to pay less in income tax. So why is there a growing number of people arguing against the so-called 'stage 3 tax cuts'? Today, the host of ABC Radio National Breakfast, Patricia Karvelas, explains the biggest shake up to income tax in decades, and how the wealthier you are the better you'll do. Featured: Patricia Karvelas, host, ABC Radio National Breakfast
Since the war began in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has threatened to use nuclear weapons. Now, he's backing out of a nuclear agreement with the United States which limits the amount of nuclear warheads both nations can stockpile. But why? Today, the former US chief negotiator of New START on why Putin's decision could spell the beginning of a new arms race. Featured: Rose Gottemoeller, former NATO deputy secretary and former chief US negotiator, New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
Superannuation was set up to be your ticket to a comfortable retirement. But over the years, the richest Australians have done a lot better out of it than everyone else. Today, ABC 7.30's chief political correspondent, Laura Tingle, on the Albanese government's surprise move to target the wealthy with a tax hike on some of their super. Featured: Laura Tingle, ABC 7.30 chief political correspondent
In a suburb in the NSW city of Wollongong, residents want to shake things up by electrifying their homes, all at the same time. The hope is, if the residents of postcode 2515 can get rid of gas and coal from their lives, they'll show the rest of Australia how easily it can be done, and why it's a huge part of reducing our carbon emissions. Today, ABC TV Australian Story producer, Olivia Rousset, on how the plan works, and the man who's helping the community make it happen. Featured: Olivia Rousset, producer, ABC TV Australian Story
Fifty years ago, psychedelic drugs were successfully used to treat mental illness; that is, until politicians stepped in and banned them. But soon, Australia will lead the world in legalising the use of drugs like MDMA and psilocybin, which is found in magic mushrooms, to treat patients suffering depression and PTSD. Today, a leading researcher on the incredible success of the drugs in trials, and how they work. Featured: Dr David Nutt, professor of neuropsychopharmacology, Imperial College London
The war in Ukraine is seen as Vladimir Putin's war. So should we really punish Russians by stopping their athletes from competing internationally? Australia is the latest nation to demand such a ban from next year's Olympics in Paris. Today, host of The Ticket podcast, Tracey Holmes, on the dilemma when sport and politics collide. Featured: Tracey Holmes, host, The Ticket podcast and senior reporter, ABC Sport
How would you feel if a bank made you guarantee in writing that you would move back in with your mother if you couldn’t pay your home loan anymore? It’s the sort of agreement people are being forced to make as the Reserve Bank continues to raise interest rates. Today, ABC business editor, Ian Verrender, on the incredible profits the banks are making as hundreds of thousands of people struggle to make ends meet. Featured: Ian Verrender, ABC business editor
To some, he's a god of brain surgery: a doctor willing to push the boundaries to save lives. To others, he's a risk taker, and he goes too far. This week, Charlie Teo has been appearing before a medical disciplinary commission in relation to the deaths of two of his patients. Today, we speak to journalist Isobel Roe, who's been covering the hearings, and we delve back into Charlie Teo's past. Featured: Isobel Roe, ABC journalist Dr Simon Chapman, Emeritus Professor, School of Public Health, University of Sydney
When Vladimir Putin started his war in Ukraine, he said it was all about fighting 'Nazis'. But if you've been listening to his speeches or spent any time watching Russian state TV lately, you'll notice the scope has widened dramatically. Now, the war is apparently about protecting Russians from perversion, paedophilia, and even the British children's cartoon character, Peppa Pig. Today, ABC TV Foreign Correspondent's Eric Campbell on Putin's bewildering propaganda, and the journalists who've escaped Russia and are now trying to counter his lies. Featured: Eric Campbell, reporter, ABC TV Foreign Correspondent
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