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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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Citizen 'bill' for parliamentary war vote

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:51:00 +1100

A Victorian man is walking to Canberra to deliver a bill that would require the Australian government to get parliamentary approval for committing troops to war.Michael Smith (ABC Central Victoria: Larissa Romensky)

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Sue Neill Fraser's murder conviction to go back before courts on appeal

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:37:00 +1100

In 2010, 56-year-old Sue Neill Fraser was found guilty of the murder of her long-term de facto partner, radiation physicist Bob Chappell. Six years on, under new appeal legislation the case is about to go back before the courts.(ABC: Damien Carrick)

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Getty Images' quest for Aussie pictures

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:24:00 +1100

In a world where smartphones make visual content shareable, social and—at times—viral, how do traditional stock photo agencies stay relevant?Dawn Airey in Rio de Janeiro (Supplied: Getty Images)

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Cox Plate set for classic clash between Winx and Hartnell

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:14:00 +1100

Last year's winner, Winx, is the favourite but she's got stiff competition in dashing import Hartnell, which recently won the Turnbull Stakes.Hugh Bowman and Winx in full flight at the George Main Stakes at Randwick racecourse (Australian Turf Club)

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Deaths in custody families unite to protest Indigenous treatment in justice system

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:06:00 +1100

A street protest is being staged in Adelaide to draw attention to recent Aboriginal deaths in custody around Australia.Protesters march through Geraldton over Julieka Dhu's death in custody (ABC News: Gian De Poloni)

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Shooters MP says Adler shouldn't be reclassified to more restricted category

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:52:00 +1100

Robert Borsak, a NSW MP with the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party, says the Adler shouldn't be reclassified from a category A gun, which also includes air rifles.An Adler shotgun (7.30 Report)

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Politics with Michelle Grattan

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 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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Who governs Mosul after ISIS if the city is taken?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:36:00 +1100

Iraqi-led forces advancing on the city of Mosul have engaged in the most intense day of fighting yet. But if they take the city—then what?A Kurdish peshmerga soldier fires a machine gun at an ISIS position as part of the push towards Mosul (Getty Images/Carl Court)

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Questions remain after Ausgrid sold to 'all-Australian' bidders

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:48:00 +1100

One of Australia's biggest power distribution networks, Ausgrid, has been sold after a contentious process that revived debates about foreign ownership and xenophobia. But now questions are being asked about whether taxpayers have been dudded.Premier Mike Baird with Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian announcing the sale of half of Ausgrid to two Australian companies (ABC News: Sarah Gerathy)

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Science with Chris Smith: using your nose cartilage to fix your knees

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:35:00 +1100

Using cartilage extracted from the noses of 10 test subjects, Swiss doctors have successfully grown a patch of regenerated nasal cartilage that can be surgically inserted into a person's knee.Your nose could be key to fixing your knees (James Mutter/

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US presidential debate: Trump won't commit to accepting poll result

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:18:00 +1100

In the final debate against Hillary Clinton, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump refused to commit to accepting the election result if he loses. Was that his biggest blunder?Trump says he will accept the result of the election if he wins (Michael Vadon/

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Benefit concert for original Aussie 'rock chick'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:51:00 +1100

Singer-songwriter Carol Lloyd, dubbed Australia's 'wild woman of rock', is being honoured by fellow musicians at a tribute concert in Brisbane.Carol Lloyd (Joel Devereux)

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Off to the movies with RN's resident film critic

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:45:00 +1100

RN's resident film critic Jason Di Rosso joins RN Breakfast to talk about the latest films, including Boys in the Trees and Shin Godzilla.What's coming up at the movies (Noom Peerapong: public domain)

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Sculpture by the Sea celebrates 20 years

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:37:00 +1100

Sculpture by the Sea started as a one-day event, run out of David Handley's lounge room. Now it's celebrating its 20th year.Founder of Sculpture by the Sea, David Handley (James Morgan)

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Tech review with Peter Marks: speech recognition

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:26:00 +1100

Fran Kelly is joined by RN Breakfast's Technology Editor, Peter Marks to discuss machine learning and speech recognition.Speech recognition is a growth area for tech companies (Pexels/Giles Lambert/CC0)

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The good, the bad, and the ugly of putting your home up for rent online

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:17:00 +1100

Short-term accommodation websites like Airbnb, Stayz and Owners Direct have been around for years—but there's still a lot of conflicting information about how legal it is and the risks involved.These days, people expect their Airbnb to be as tidy as a hotel (J. Stephen Conn/

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NDIA board shake up will bring corporate heavyweights to agency

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:05:00 +1100

The Minister for Social Services Christian Porter is purging the current National Disability Insurance Agency board, which oversaw the rollout of the biggest social policy reform since Medicare.The board of the NDIA is being shaken up (Kevin McShane/

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Former Bank of England official warns Australia must do more to address climate risks

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:52:00 +1100

A former top official at the Bank of England says Australia is falling behind when it comes to addressing the financial risks of climate change.What knock-on financial impacts may climate change have? (Wikimedia: Patche99z)

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Politics with Paul Bongiorno

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:49:00 +1100

The Ten Network's 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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Treasurer Scott Morrison says Adler shotgun ban remains in place, but classification ultimately determined by the states

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:35:00 +1100

Treasurer Scott Morrison says 'it's for the states and territories to set the classifications around firearms, and then that's a matter for the government once they've made a decision'.Treasurer Scott Morrison says the government needs to implement the rest of its budget savings measures (ABC News: Matt Roberts)

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Women, evangelicals and Mormons behind Trump slide in red states

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:46:00 +1100

Some of the reddest of the 'Red States', which have voted Republican for decades, may be turning 'blue'.Support for Donald Trump in traditionally 'red states' is starting to slide (Getty Images/Branden Camp)

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PM's Science Prize winner helping native species survive cane toad invasion

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:35:00 +1100

Professor Rick Shine, winner of the 2016 Prime Minister's Prize for Science, is helping predator species like snakes, lizards and quolls survive cane toad invasions.Rick Shine (ABC News: James Purtill)

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Fernando Manrique may have tried to buy voluntary euthanasia handbook

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:19:00 +1100

Fernando Manrique, Maria Lutz and their two autistic children Elisa and Martin were gassed in their home earlier this week. Police suspect it was a murder-suicide.Philip Nitschke (ABC News: Felicity James)

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Churches disappear as religion declines across Britain

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:55:00 +1100

By 2020, up to 4,000 churches could close across Britain.Churchgoing is set to decline (David Skinner/

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Birdwatchers get busy in their own backyards

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:49:00 +1100

This week is bird week, and BirdLife Australia is running its annual 'Backyard Bird Count'. The count is a citizen science project that gets people to record the birds they see outdoors in a special app or online.What can you spot in your backyard? (Armin Nehzat/Flickr)

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Cyndi Lauper talks Trump and writing the songs for 'Kinky Boots'

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:37:00 +1100

Over the past few years, Cyndi Lauper has enjoyed somewhat of a career change—writing the songs for the acclaimed Broadway musical 'Kinky Boots', which has gone on to win Tony and Grammy awards.Cyndi Lauper at the London opening night of Kinky Boots (Getty Images/David M. Benett)

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Talking TV with Dan Barrett

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:26:00 +1100

RN Breakfast's resident TV critic Dan Barrett joins Fran Kelly to discuss historical dramas in the wake of Downton Abbey.(Pixabay)

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Canada's new euthanasia law holds lessons for Australia

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:16:00 +1100

An eminent end-of-life law scholar who paved the way for Canada's new euthanasia law says there are lessons for Australia.The debate over euthanasia could be informed by Canada's laws (ABC News/Nic MacBean)

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Farmers, sporting shooters want 'reliable, efficient' Adler shotgun: Coulton

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:05:00 +1100

Member for the rural seat of Parkes in New South Wales, Mark Coulton, says the Adler shotgun should be allowed into Australia.A promotional shot of the Adler A110 lever-action shotgun. (Supplied:

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What does the backlash against free trade mean for developing nations?

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:50:00 +1100

Populist trade policies are gaining momentum in many advanced economies, with the rise of Donald Trump, the UK's Brexit vote and the return of Pauline Hanson in Australia. But what does this mean for developing economies?Have developing countries benefited from looser trade restrictions? (16:9clue/

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Politics with Michelle Grattan

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:45:00 +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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Xenophon team hold keys to passage of ABCC through the Senate

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:35:00 +1100

The three votes commanded by the Nick Xenophon Team are likely to determine the fate of the ABCC bill. So when it comes to the Senate crossbench—how much negotiation will the government get into?South Australian senator Nick Xenophon (ABC News: Luke Stephenson)

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Older homeless women, the new face of poverty in Australia.

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:49:00 +1100

There's an urgent need for affordable housing solutions to the growing crisis of homelessness for older women.Older women are at particular risk of becoming homeless (Cinty Ionescu/

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UN expert recommends national action plan on human rights

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:35:00 +1100

A visiting UN expert has placed an Australian bill of rights back on the political agenda as a way of re-building trust in civil society on issues such as immigration, security, environment and Indigenous rights.Michel Forst (right) is recommending a bill of rights for Australia (Community of Democracies/

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Legal challenge to Brexit an attempt to derail split altogether: Brazier

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:18:00 +1100

Conservative British MP Julian Brazier says the legal challenge is an attempt to stop Brexit from happening.Theresa May wanted to activate Article 50 by the end of March next year (Getty Images/Carl Court)

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Feral cat population over-estimated

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:52:00 +1100

Australia's feral cat population is estimated to be between 2.1 to 6.3 million, depending on seasonal conditions. But its impact on Australia's fauna is devastating.A feral cat in the bush (Supplied: Tim Doherty)

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Kaldas 'would seriously consider' return to NSW Police as Commissioner if called on

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:37:00 +1100

'I've always had a passion for serving New South Wales and I've absolutely had a passion for helping the men and women of New South Wales police', former NSW deputy police commissioner Nick Kaldas says.Nick Kaldas says he would seriously consider returning to the NSW Police Force (ABC News: Jessica Kidd)

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Prime Minister's Science Prize to be awarded in Canberra

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:25:00 +1100

A former recipient of the award—or at least its precursor, the Australia Prize—was a young scientist by the name of Alec Jeffreys. We've dug into the archives to bring you his 1998 interview with The Science Show.Scientists have created an encyclopedia of our genes (Peter Alfred Hess/

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Unidentified synthetic drugs a major concern for health and law enforcement authorities

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:18:00 +1100

A leading clinician says we should brace for a summer of multiple unknown drug overdoses.Dr David Caldicott says there will be more unknown drug overdoses ('Boodoo' / Source: Flickr)

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New York Times on the move to Australia

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:10:00 +1100

Though the pool of advertising money is getting smaller, the number of media outlets fighting over it is getting bigger—and there's another one on the way. The New York Times.The New York Times is on the move (samchills/

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Politics with Paul Bongiorno

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:05:00 +1100

The Ten Network's 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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Turnbull flatly rejects Amnesty International's claims of deliberate cruelty and torture on Nauru

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:35:00 +1100

The Prime Minister says while he knows the Coalition's policy is tough, 'the alternative is what we had under Labor. 50,000 unauthorised arrivals and 1200 voices that were silenced, that cannot go on Four Corners ... because they drowned at sea'.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull flatly rejects Amnesty International's accusations of deliberate cruelty and torture (ABC News: Matt Roberts)

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Mental trauma on Nauru worse than war zones: Neistat

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:48:00 +1100

Anna Neistat says the levels of mental trauma she saw on Nauru were higher than war zones she'd been in like Syria and AfghanistanMisbah (left) and Shamim (right) appeared on Four Corners (ABC News: Morag Ramsay)

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Clinton's emails and claims of a rigged US election: world wrap with Matt Bevan

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:43:00 +1100

Hillary Clinton has managed to make her way to the top of the news websites for the first time in a while.Clinton's emails are under continuing scrutiny (Gage Skidmore/

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Why China is cracking down on gambling companies

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:36:00 +1100

Sex, drugs and money laundering are driving the Chinese government focus on gambling companies.Macau is a gambling haven (ABC)

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More than a million people set to flee Iraq's Mosul

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:20:00 +1100

As the operation to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State gets under way, the fate of more than a million civilians hangs in the balance.A woman and children at a refugee camp housing Iraqi families who fled fighting in the Mosul area (Getty Images/Delil Souleiman)

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Morning political briefing with Alison Carabine

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 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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50 years of PNG art

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:50:00 +1100

Half a century of contemporary PNG art is celebrated in the new major exhibition 'No.1 Neighbour: Art in Papua New Guinea 1966-2016' at the Queensland Art Gallery.An artwork by John Siune featured in the new exhibition (Supplied: Queensland Art Gallery)

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Screening processes for cervical cancer to radically change

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:44:00 +1100

From next year, cervical cancer screening will undergo a radical change with the starting age for screening pushed back to 25 years of age.A pap smear (Dr. Lance Liotta Laboratory/ US Government)

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Four Corners: Forgotten Children

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:36:00 +1100

Tonight's Four Corners puts the spotlight again on the children on Nauru—we'll hear from the children and teenagers in detention in their own words.Batol, one of the forgotten children on Nauru (ABC News: Morag Ramsay)

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