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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 Health Report with Norman Swan

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:49:00 +1100

A quarter of a million Australians have epilepsy, and while anti-epileptic drugs can be quite effective, there have been concerns about the risk they pose to unborn babies — including causing autism.Scandinavian researchers have looked into the effectiveness of folic acid in protecting unborn babies. (Pixabay: public domain)

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US companies cut ties with the NRA after customer backlash

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:43:00 +1100

The National Rifle Association is facing a corporate backlash in the aftermath of last week's school massacre in Florida with many businesses ending their partnerships with the gun advocacy group.Businesses are boycotting the NRA. (Skitterphoto: public domain)

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Double J: Album of the Week

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:26:00 +1100

Imarhan are from the Ahaggar Mountains region in southern Algeria and their music has gained international recognition.Imarhan hail from the Ahaggar Mountains region in southern Algeria. (Public Domain: Derek Truninger)

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Celebrating Australian design

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:18:00 +1100

The 60th annual Good Design Awards are being held at the Sydney Opera House in May.Pedestrian traffic lights are an Australian design. (ABC News: Andie Smith)

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ACCC details scope of Facebook, Google probe

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:06:00 +1100

Under investigation will be the "bargaining power" of the Internet behemoths and whether that's affecting the quality and range of news supplied to Australian consumers.Sims said the probe will be broad. (1 News Express)

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Is the Gold Coast ready for the Commonwealth Games?

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 07:52:00 +1100

Officials and locals are bracing themselves for an influx of almost 700,000 visitors and some business owners are worried they won't be able to capitalise on the crowds if road closures and diversions keep staff and suppliers away.The Gold Coast's Commonwealth Games kick off on 4 April. (Wikimedia commons: public domain)

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Politics with Michelle Grattan

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 07:47:00 +1100

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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Michael McCormack will be an effective Deputy Prime Minister, Cormann says

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 07:36:00 +1100

The Veterans Affairs Minister has replaced Barnaby Joyce as the new leader of the Nationals Party.Mathias Cormann said the Liberal Party were unaware of the sexual harassment allegations made against Barnaby Joyce. (ABC News: Jed Cooper)

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Monday Finance with David Bassanese

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 06:50:00 +1100

The recovery in global stocks continues with Australia's main benchmark index the ASX 200 set to break back above the 6000 level today.(ABC TV)

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China to scrap Presidential term limits — World News with Matt Bevan

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 06:45:00 +1100

Nobody has served as Chairman or President of China for longer than 11 years but it looks like that constraint isn't going to apply to China's current leader, Xi Jinping.China's leader Xi JinPing has a great deal of influence. (Global Panorama/ BY-SA 2.0)

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Nationals to elect Barnaby Joyce's replacement

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 06:35:00 +1100

Michael McCormack is set to become the new leader of the Nationals Party, and the Deputy Prime Minister, after the Nationals vote this morning.Andrew Broad (ABC News: Nick Haggarty)

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Fighting resumes in eastern Ghouta despite UN ceasefire resolution

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 06:15:00 +1100

Syrian government forces reportedly launched a new ground and air offensive to retake the besieged rebel enclave near the capital Damascus.Bombing has resumed in Eastern Ghouta despite a UN ceasefire resolution. (Getty Images/Hamza Al-Ajweh)

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Morning political briefing with Alison Carabine

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 06:11:00 +1100

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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Augie March release new album 'Bootikins'

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:45:00 +1100

Augie March's song 'One Crowded Hour' won APRA Song Of The Year and was the number one track on Triple J's Hottest 100 for the year 2006 — they're back with a new album.Australian singer songwriter and Augie March frontman Glenn Richards. (Carlie Devine)

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'Dark web' making it easier to buy illegal drugs

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:36:00 +1100

The drug reportedly taken by seven boys at a private school on the Gold Coast this week was outlawed only this month.How do we deal with illegal drugs? ( Andrea (CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0))

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Could Tara Costigan's murder have been prevented?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:24:00 +1100

The murder continues to confront our definition of domestic violence because despite a pattern of verbal aggressions, Rappel had never previously physically abused Costigan, the mother of his child.Tara Costigan holding her and Marcus Rappel's baby daughter. Days later Rappel killed Ms Costigan as she cradled their week-old baby. (Supplied)

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Is hosting the Olympics economically viable?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:18:00 +1100

The economics of the Olympics is becoming problematic, with fewer cities expressing the desire to host the Games going forward.Is hosting the Olympic Games economically viable? (Department for Digital, Culture, Media/ BY 2.0)

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Nothing guaranteed at Turnbull Trump meeting

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:06:00 +1100

"Everyone will be hoping that the meeting goes well and that they really put that awful first phone call fully in the rear-view mirror."Trade, business tax cuts, terrorism and China are all the agenda for the Turnbull and Trump meeting. (Angela N/ BY 2.0)

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Friday Politics Panel

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:49:00 +1100

The Prime Minister has again declined to offer support to Barnaby Joyce who is now facing an open revolt to his leadership.The House of Representatives in Parliament House (Timothy Stevens/ABC News)

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Could a cut to company taxes help boost pay packets?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:36:00 +1100

This week the latest wages update showed workers still aren't seeing any meaningful growth in their pay packets, but the leaders of our biggest businesses say the Federal Government's company tax cut plan will help reverse that trend.Will company tax cuts result in wage growth for workers? (ABC)

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War crimes being committed in Eastern Ghouta, Amnesty International says

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:50:00 +1100

"The act of conducting a siege of a civilian population is a violation of international humanitarian law and it must be stopped immediately."Many children have been injured during the Eastern Ghouta seige. (Getty Images/Amer Almohibany)

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Survivors meet face-to-face with politicians on gun control — World News with Matt Bevan

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:44:00 +1100

Students, parents and teachers have confronted politicians about their experience in the mass shooting last week, and asked what the leaders going to do about it.Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School spoke directly to political leaders. (Getty Images/Don Juan Moore)

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Oldest-known cave art painted by Neanderthals

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:35:00 +1100

The cave art was recently discovered in Spain and is estimated to be about 65,000 years old.This ladder shape painting has been dated to around 64,000 years. (Supplied: CD Standish, AW Pike and DL Hoffman)

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Will anything change US gun law?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:18:00 +1100

"Even if there were 100 massacres next week the Congress would not move on any major measure," said gun policy expert, Robert Spitzer.Activists and students attended a rally to address gun control. (Getty Images/Don Juan Moore)

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Politics with Phil Coorey

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:11:00 +1100

The Chief Political Correspondent with The Financial Review, Phil Coorey joins RN Breakfast to discuss the latest developments in federal politics.Phil Coorey, Chief Political Correspondent, Australian Financial Review (Twitter)

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Off to the movies with Jason Di Rosso

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:52:00 +1100

RN's resident film critic Jason Di Rosso joins RN Breakfast for his take on the latest film 'Finding Your Feet'.What's coming up at the movies? (Noom Peerapong: public domain)

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'Digger': Teaching Australian children about our history

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:46:00 +1100

The book tells the story of a very important part of European and Australian history — the World War One Battle for Villers-Brettoneux in France in April 1918.'Digger' is a children's book about a World War One battle. (Aaron Burden: public domain)

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'There were clearly a number of mistakes and errors going into the UK', says Wesfarmers

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:36:00 +1100

Wesfarmers announced yesterday a massive 87 per cent hit to its half-year profits, dragged down by its ongoing price war with Woolworths as well as its disastrous foray into the UK hardware market.Wesfarmers owns Coles, Bunnings and Kmart. (Darren.notley/Wikimedia Commons)

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Tech with Ariel Bogle

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:27:00 +1100

The Federal Government's notifiable data breach scheme will come into force today meaning companies that are hacked or lose personal data will now have to notify their customers.Data security has been a big issue in recent years. (Luca Bravo: public domain)

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Club Arak: Sydney's underground queer Arab dance party

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:17:00 +1100

Part of a 10-part series called 'Love Bites', a mini-documentary explores a safe space for LGBTQI Arabs to celebrate their cultural identity.Club Arak provides a safe space for queer Arab Australians. (Isabelle Mendes: public domain)

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What impact does Trump's unpredictable approach to international affairs have on the Asia-Pacific Region?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:05:00 +1100

"If the President’s going to change his mind, week by week or day by day, the costs for allies in backing a US position are much higher," says David Kilcullen.David Kilcullen (7.30 Report)

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Do parents value education less than they used to?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:53:00 +1100

Former NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli says 25 years of unbroken economic growth has made parents too complacent.Unidentified school students use laptops, date unknown. (7.30)

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Politics with Phil Coorey

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:49:00 +1100

The Chief Political Correspondent with The Financial Review, Phil Coorey joins RN Breakfast to discuss the latest developments in federal politics.Phil Coorey, Chief Political Correspondent, Australian Financial Review (Twitter)

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TPP a 'win, win' for everyone, Ciobo says

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:36:00 +1100

"Everyone recognises a trade deal that sees common rules, lower barriers to trade, lower barriers to investment is ultimately going to provide a more prosperous future, stronger economic growth and more jobs.""I remain hopeful that we can provide a compelling case for the US to come back to the table." (ABC News: Ross Nerdal)

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Sri Lankan asylum seeker to be deported despite torture fears

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:51:00 +1100

A Sri Lankan asylum seeker who claims to be a former Tamil Tiger leader says he'll be tortured and possibly murdered if he is deported by the Australian Government back to his home country today.The UN Committee Against Torture withdrew a request to stop the man's deportation. (ABC Rural: Jennifer Nichols)

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Evangelist preacher Billy Graham dies at 99 — World News with Matt Bevan

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:47:00 +1100

The religious leader was the confidante of every US president from Truman to Obama, meaning there are few people who have had more political influence for such a long period of time.Billy Graham (R) with his son Franklin Graham (L). (Paul Walsh/ BY-SA 2.0)

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Company tax cuts would bring 'benefits across the board', BHP says

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:35:00 +1100

BHP's Chief Executive Andrew Mackenzie said the Government's proposed company tax cuts would provide opportunity for more investment and more jobs.Will the proposed company tax cuts bring more investment and more jobs? (ABC: Michael Pritchard)

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UN calls for immediate halt to Eastern Ghouta attacks

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:17:00 +1100

The UN says intense shelling, rocket attacks and air strikes have killed at least 340 people as pro-government forces, backed by Russia, intensify their efforts to retake the last major rebel stronghold, near the capital Damascus.There are fears many bodies, including those of children, are still trapped under rubble. (Getty Images/Abdulmonam Eassa)

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'Black Divaz' celebrating First Nation drag queens

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:50:00 +1100

'Black Divaz' goes behind the wigs and glitter and paints intimate portraits of the contenders of the competition Miss First Nation.(Guillaume Paumier/ Commons)

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Pope Francis to sign bishop deal with China

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:45:00 +1100

The deal with China that might allow the Church to operate more openly in the communist state.Pope Francis (Martin Schulz/ BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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Is Australia a nation of 'business bashing'?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:34:00 +1100

The Business Council of Australia says while the US has "opened the door" to business but there's room for improvement in Australia.Chief executive, Business Council of Australia Jennifer Westacott (ABC News)

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Jade Bird's in Australia to promote 'Lottery'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:19:00 +1100

British singer songwriter Jade Bird has made the BBC shortlist of artists to watch in 2018(Vladyslav Dukhin: public domain)

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Drought forcing Queensland graziers to sell off cattle

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:15:00 +1100

Graziers are having to sell off thousands of head of cattle as they stare down their sixth year of drought.Drought is putting pressure on graziers in Queensland. (ABC News: Nicole Bond)

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Australia 'slipping behind the world' in aerial skiing

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:06:00 +1100

Ian Chesterman said Australia's disappointing Pyeongchang performance is because Australia doesn't have our own aerial skiing training facility.Lydia Lassila missed out on the final. (Getty Images/Cameron Spencer)

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CEFC launches first large-scale farm deal to cut emissions in agriculture

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:54:00 +1100

As we wait for the Coalition to come up with a workable energy policy through its new National Energy Guarantee, there are growing calls for more work to be done to cut Australia's emissions in other sectors like transport and agriculture.The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is announcing its first equity investment in the agricultural sector. (Pixabay: public domain)

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Politics with Peter Van Onselen

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:48:00 +1100

Contributing Editor with The Australian and Professor of Politics at the University of Western Australia Peter Van Onselen joins RN Breakfast from our Parliament House studio to discuss the latest developments in federal politics.The Senate in Parliament House (ABC News/Timothy Stevens)

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Berejiklian to encourage US investment in NSW on delegation trip

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:37:00 +1100

"What I'll be spruiking over there is the opportunity to have global brands form the US increase their footprint in NSW or else set up shop to increase jobs growth."NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian will encourage US investment in NSW. (Getty Images/AFP Contributor)

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New laws mandate users be in informed of data breaches

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:51:00 +1100

The scheme will ensure both the Federal Government and individuals are told of privacy breaches that cause "serious harm".New laws will mandate users be in informed of data breaches. (Lukas: public domain)

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New charges laid in US Special Counsel Russia investigation — World News with Matt Bevan

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:46:00 +1100

London-based lawyer, Alex Van der Zwaan is charged with lying to FBI agents about his contact with Paul Manafort and Rick Gates.Alex Van der Zwaan is expected to plead guilty. (Getty Images/Anadolu Agency)

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'The American public on the whole recognise gun bans don’t work', says NRA member

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:36:00 +1100

After fielding criticism from survivors of the deadly Florida school shooting, US President Donald Trump will today hold a "listening session" with students and teachers as the protests against gun violence gather momentum.Would tighter gun control prevent mass shootings in the US? (Getty Images/The Washington Post)

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