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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 making news tomorr

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'The Dark Side': Examining Mark Standen

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:50:00 +1000

The New South Wales Crime Commission's latest annual report conceded that organised crime in NSW was effectively out of control.New South Wales Crime Commission assistant director Mark Standen was arrested on June 2, 2008 over his alleged involvement in a global drug trafficking ring. (ABC)

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Is it time to negotiate with Al Qaeda?

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:45:00 +1000

A key European negotiator says Al Qaeda is splintering and there may be an opportunity to engage with elements that want to relinquish violenceShould the West negotiate with Al Qaeda? (Al Jezeera English/ BY-SA 2.0)

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Australian Professor on cusp of allergy prevention

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:36:00 +1000

They're are looking at how the Helicobacter bacterium can help prevent allergies and eczema.One quarter of Australian babies are diagnosed with eczema each year, and more than 50 per cent of them will later develop a food allergy. (C.K Koay/ BY-NC 2.0)

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Talking TV with Dan Barrett

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:25:00 +1000

RN Breakfast's resident TV critic Dan Barrett joins Fran Kelly.Talking TV with Dan Barrett. (Pixabay)

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Global ransomware attack hits Australia

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:15:00 +1000

The global law firm DLA Piper told staff here systems have been taken down to contain the situation.How can you protect your computer from the recent cyber attack? (Axonite: Public domain)

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Greens to decide Lee Rhiannon's fate

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:05:00 +1000

The Greens will hold a party room meeting today to discuss whether to expel the NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon.Yesterday, Lee Rhiannon told RN that she was feeling "bullied and harassed". (ABC News: Alexandra Beech)

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The psychology of staying

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:53:00 +1000

Why do people stay in when told to evacuate?Why do people stay in their homes when ordered to evacuate? (Bas Bogers/ BY-NC-2.0)

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Morning political briefing with Alison Carabine

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:48:00 +1000

A look at all of the latest developments in federal politics with RN Breakfast's Political Editor Alison Carabine.(ABC News/Timothy Stevens)

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Five Eyes network tackles encryption

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:36:00 +1000

"Encryption can severely undermine public safety if it's by impeding lawful access to the content of communications during investigations into serious crimes."George Brandis told RN the government doesn't want to resort to coercive powers. (ABC News: Matt Roberts)

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Lateral violence among Indigenous Australians

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:49:00 +1000

A Victorian indigenous health service has received national recognition for the work it's doing to tackle lateral violence which is considered a factor in preventing gains in closing the gap.The Aboriginal flag (Michael Coghlan/ BY-SA 2.0)

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The world's most trusted leader — World news with Matt Bevan

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:45:00 +1000

Can you guess which leader Australians voted as the most trustworthy?Can you guess which cpuntry's leader came out on top among the Australians? (Penn State/ BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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Bill Shorten vows to roll back penalty rate cuts if elected

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:36:00 +1000

On July 1, around 700,000 low-paid workers in retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacies are about to get a pay cut, on the same day as high income earners will see their tax bills shrink with the end of the deficit repair levy.Brendan O'Connor joined RN to talk about the Labor Government's pledge to fix wages in Australia. (ABC News: Matt Roberts)

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Yemen battles world's worst cholera outbreak

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:19:00 +1000

The number of cholera cases in war-torn Yemen has exceeded 200,000.Children make up one quarter of the deaths from cholera in Yemen. (Getty Images: Mohammed Huwais)

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US Supreme Court revives part of Muslim travel ban

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:51:00 +1000

The court ruled foreigners with business or relationships in the United States would not be prohibited from entering the country, but others wouldn't be able to enter.The revival of some of the Muslim travel ban is a small win for Donald Trump. (Michael Vadon/ creative commons)

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The future of gambling in China after Crown employee sentencing

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:45:00 +1000

The trial of the Crown resort employees provided a clear signal of what practices are accepted in China — but will it deter the operators?Nineteen Crown employees pleaded guilty to gambling-related crimes in a Shanghai court yesterday and were handed sentences of up to 10 months' jail. (Paola Rosa/ BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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Final Climate of the Nation report

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:37:00 +1000

The latest Climate of the Nation report shows strong support amongst Australians for renewable energy and frustration with current government policies.The latest report by the Climate Institute shows most Australians support renewable energy. (ABC News: Giulio Saggin)

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NT Royal Commission looks at mistreatment of juvenile offenders

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:20:00 +1000

Could the answer to the mistreatment of juvenile offenders come out of the US?There's three days left of public hearings into the Northern Territory's Royal Commission into Child Protection and Detention. (ABC News)

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Lee Rhiannon says she's 'feeling bullied and harassed'

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:06:00 +1000

"I'm deeply committed to the Greens and to progressive politics, and I'll continue to do my work as effectively as I can."Senator Lee Rhiannon said she's feeling bullied and harassed. (ABC News: Alexandra Beech)

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Energy markets commission recommends overhaul of grid stability rules

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:53:00 +1000

The body that sets the rules for the national energy markets has released a new set of guidelines to prevent major blackouts.The Australian Energy Market Commission is working to stabilise the energy grid as power is increasingly generated by renewable energy. (ABC Rural: Tom Nancarrow)

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Politics with Paul Bongiorno

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:49:00 +1000

Columnist with The Saturday Paper, Paul Bongiorno, joins RN Breakfast from our Parliament House studio to discuss the latest developments in federal politics.Paul Bongiorno, RN Breakfast Political Commentator (ABC RN/Elliot Dunn)

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Abetz calls on Liberals to support marriage equality plebiscite

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:35:00 +1000

"'The Liberal position is clear... we'd put the question whether the definition of marriage should be changed to a plebiscite"Liberal senator Eric Abetz calls on his colleagues to ensure they faithfully support what we took to the election one year ago, a marriage equality plebiscite. (ABC News: Gregor Salmon)

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How did the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station impact the local community?

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:46:00 +1000

Hazelwood Power Station turned off its generators three months ago this week.The Hazelwood Power Station in Victoria's Gippsland has been decommissioned. (ABC News: James Manolis)

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Trump's travel ban moves to Supreme Court — World News with Matt Bevan

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:41:00 +1000

Nine justices of the Supreme Court agreed to allow a limited version of the ban to come into place.Arguments for and against the travel ban will be heard in the Supreme Court in October. (Christina B. Castro/

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UN rules in favour of Australian transgender woman

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:36:00 +1000

The Australian transgender woman wanted change the gender on her birth certificate — but Authorities in NSW declined to make to change.The transgender discusses why she had to go to the UN to get her birth certificate changed. (sanjitbakshi/

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Theresa May makes over £1 billion deal with DUP

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:16:00 +1000

A Tory-DUP deal has been made after weeks of negotiation.Will Theresa May receive backlash after the deal made with the DUP? (Getty Images: Carl Court)

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Morning political briefing with Alison Carabine

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:11:00 +1000

A look at all of the latest developments in federal politics with RN Breakfast's Political Editor Alison Carabine.The House of Representatives in Parliament House (Timothy Stevens/ABC News)

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Jimmy Webb is touring Australia

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:47:00 +1000

Jimmy got his first gold record at just 18, and his songs have been recorded by the best in the business.Jimmy Webb is performing live across Australia. (Supplied: Sasa Tkalcan, via

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New statistics on breast cancer gene

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:42:00 +1000

About five to 10 per cent of women who develop breast cancer have inherited a gene which increased their risk.For the first time there are now reliable statistics — and it seems there's more to it than just carrying the mutated gene. (Supplied: BreastScreen Victoria)

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New website to help young people with severe allergies

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:35:00 +1000

Did you know Australia leads the world when it comes to the number of people with severe allergies?A new web-resource has been released to help young people living with severe allergies. (Supplied: EpiPen)

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Carnaby's cockatoos in danger north of Perth, as more habitat is cleared

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:18:00 +1000

Populations of the endangered black cockatoo have halved in five years, as pine plantations are cleared on the Northern Swan Coastal Plain.A Carnaby's black cockatoo. (Supplied: Steven Castan)

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Australian 'rights at work are broken': Union

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:06:00 +1000

Unions are stepping up their fight against penalty rate cuts, which will start to take effect from this week.Sally McManus, the secretary of the ACTU told RN Breakfast Australian's rights at work are broken. (ABC News)

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Federal Government takes the last community TV stations off air

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:53:00 +1000

For more than 20 years, community TV stations across Australia have been a proving ground for young talent, and a vital outlet for lo-fi local stories.The future of community television now lies entirely online. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)

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Politics with Michelle Grattan

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:47:00 +1000

The Conversation's Michelle Grattan joins RN Breakfast from our Parliament House studio to discuss the latest developments in federal politics.Michelle Grattan, RN Breakfast Political Commentator (ABC RN/Elliot Dunn)

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Government will force tech companies to share information on suspected terrorists

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:36:00 +1000

The government's top priority is the problem of encrypted messaging services.The government is preparing to make changes that would force technology companies to hand over more information about suspected terrorists. (Christiaan Colen/ creative commons)

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Monday Finance with Michael Janda

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:50:00 +1000

RN Breakfast's Business Reporter Michael Janda previews the week ahead in business and finance.(ABC TV)

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Trump starts blaming Obama for Russia hack — World News with Matt Bevan

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:45:00 +1000

In an extensive article published on the weekend, has reported for the first time in detail how the Obama administration responded in the second half of 2016 to information suggesting Russia was attempting to interfere with the Presidential Election.Trump has to started blame Obama for the Russian hack of the US election. (Dcblog/ creative commons)

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Arab nations outline 13-point list of demands for Qatar

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:35:00 +1000

Gulf crisis deepens as Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies give Qatar a 13-point list of demands in exchange for the lifting of a two-week trade and diplomatic embargo.Saudia Arabia and its Arab allies have given Qatar a list of demands in exchange for lifting the embargo. (Marc.desbordes/ creative commons)

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Iraq forces help hundreds of civilians escape ISIS-held Mosul

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:10:00 +1000

Iraqi forces have opened exit routes for hundreds of people to flee Mosul as Islamic State fighters mount a final stand to defend what was once the de facto capital of their self declared caliphate.Many of the civilians trapped in Mosul are women, children and the elderly. (Getty Images/Ahmad Al-rubaye)

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Shadows of the Sheikh: how an Adelaide Imam with a mysterious past became a media star

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:53:00 +1000

He warns we're facing an infestation of radical clerics, and he's called for Islamic schools to be shut down.Imam Tawhidi's media appearances have caused controversy among Australian Muslims. (Supplied: The Islamic Association of SA)

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Little Bugs, Super Powers opening in Melbourne

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:46:00 +1000

His work has won five Academy Awards — four for the Lord of the Rings franchise and one for King Kong in 2005.A Spiny Leaf insect. (ABC Far North: Mark Rigby)

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GPs unprepared for looming ban on over-the-counter sales of codeine

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:37:00 +1000

Overstretched GP's are expecting a big influx of patients seeking prescriptions for painkillers when a ban on over-the-counter sales comes into effect in February.The over-the-counter ban on codeine will start in February. (David Pacey/ creative commons)

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Australian Opera auctioning costumes, memorabilia

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:23:00 +1000

It includes the costume Soprano Kiri Te Kanawa wore when she played Violetta' in the 1978 production of La Traviata.Opera Australia will be auctioning off costumes similar to the ones pictured here. (Anna MacDonald)

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Gonski 2.0 special education Panel

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:06:00 +1000

A key group that needs those extra resources under the Gonski 2.0 package is students who have autism or a disability.Children walking to school (ABC News: Clarissa Thorpe)

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Red tape slashed by governments across the globe

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:53:00 +1000

London's Grenfell Tower fire resulted in an increased focus on the issue of building regulation but this comes in an era of deregulation.Grenfell Tower's fire safety standards were not up to par. (ChiralJon/ creative commons)

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Politics with Alice Workman

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:49:00 +1000

Parliament House Bureau Chief for BuzzFeed News Alice Workman joins RN Breakfast from our Parliament House studio to discuss the latest developments in federal politics.(ABC News/Timothy Stevens)

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South Australia's bank levy a 'cynical' tax that exposes government's 'desperation', says Business Council

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:37:00 +1000

South Australia has shocked the financial sector by revealing in its latest state budget that it will slap a new levy on Australia's four big banks plus Macquarie, duplicating the Federal Government's recently announced bank tax.South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill (ABC News/Nick Haggarty)

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New report warns Paris climate goals 'at risk' with increased reliance on gas

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:50:00 +1000

Is it a good idea to rely on natural gas?The SE state government is proceeding with its plans to build a new $360 million gas-fired power plant but is this the best decision for the future? (Bilfinger SE/ creative commons)

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Comey tapes: World Wrap with Matt Bevan

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:44:00 +1000

Trump confirmed there are no recordings of his conversation with Comey.Trump revealed he doesn't have any tapes of his conversation with Comey. (Getty Images/Scott Olsen)

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Science with Chris Smith: Antibiotic Breakthrough

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:35:00 +1000

'Superbugs' have adapted to resist multiple antibiotics including the 'last-line' drugs.Scientists are looking at how antibiotics are used to treat superbugs. (ABC News: Melanie Vujkovic)

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Who are the DUP kingmakers that could keep Theresa May in power?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:19:00 +1000

On Saturday tens of thousands of women will march on Downing Street in protest against Theresa May's plan to work with Northern Ireland's conservative DUP to prop up her minority government.Arlene Foster, the current Democratic Unionist Party leader, with Theresa May. (Tiocfaidh ar la 1916/ creative commons)

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