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Jimmy Buffett's 'Margaritaville' tour coming to Australia

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:48:00 +1100

Jimmy Buffett's 'Margaritaville' is a very different world—one inhabited by 'Parrotheads' dressed in outrageous tropical outfits and headgear.Jimmy Buffett's coming to Australia (Wikimedia Commons)


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Questions over police use of tasers

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:44:00 +1100

The National Children's Commissioner has urged police to avoid using tasers to constrain and apprehend children.CCTV vision of the tasering of a 12-year-old boy in the NT (ABC TV)


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Animals: friend or food?

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:22:00 +1100

Why do we eat some animals and protect others?We're socialised to eat some animals but not others (AgriLife Today/flickr.com/CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0)


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Penalty rate cuts to have knock-on effect to economy: Plibersek

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:06:00 +1100

Labor is demanding the Coalition intervene to reverse the decision by the Fair Work Commission to cut Sunday rates for up to 700,000 workers on award wages.Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek (ABC News: Luke Stephenson)


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Relationship between China and North Korea under strain

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:52:00 +1100

The assassination of Kim Jong-nam has sent shockwaves through China, where he was said to have had strong connections.North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (Prachatal/flickr.com/CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0)


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Politics with Paul Bongiorno

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:47:00 +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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Barnaby Joyce on sugar dispute and One Nation

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:35:00 +1100

Polling this week showing the seemingly unstoppable rise of One Nation in Queensland has sent shockwaves through the Liberal and National Parties.Barnaby Joyce during Question Time. (ABC News: Adam Kennedy)


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Asylum seekers caught in legal log jam

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:51:00 +1100

The federal government has set a 60 day deadline for asylum seekers on the mainland seeking protection.Immigration Minister Peter Dutton (ABC News: Nick Haggarty)


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Bush weighs in on Trump: world wrap with Matt Bevan

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:47:00 +1100

In the US, a familiar Texas drawl has re-entered the national discussion.Bush has weighed in on President Trump (The Bush Center/flickr.com/CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0)


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Political fight around energy making situation worse for business: Willox

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:36:00 +1100

According to a survey of CEOs released by the Australia Industry Group this morning, rising energy costs and a lack of reliability were now the key issues keeping business leaders up at night.Innes Willox, chief executive of the Australian Industry Group (News Online Brisbane)


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And the Oscar goes to ... the wrong film

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:17:00 +1100

It's the Oscars moment that will go down in pop culture history when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced La La Land as Best Picture instead of Moonlight. So what happened?La La Land producer Fred Berger speaks while production staff consult behind him over the mistake in presenting the Best Picture award (Getty Images/Kevin Winter)


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Morning political briefing with Alison Carabine

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:12:00 +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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Government puts launch of national cervical cancer screening program on hold

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:52:00 +1100

The program, which was expected to begin in May, aims to introduce new technology that would allow women to undergo pap smears every five years instead of two.Abnormal cells from cervical cancer screening. (ABC News: Jessica van Vonderen)


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Trade to benefit from warming relations with Indonesia

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:45:00 +1100

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull pledged to seal a trade deal by year's end during the President's lightning two-day visit.Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Indonesian President Joko Wikodo meeting in Australia on February 26, 2017. (ABC News: David Spicer)


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Craig Kelly denies involvement in or knowledge of so-called 'deplorables'

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:37:00 +1100

'The deplorables' reportedly conspired to attack PM Malcolm Turnbull on a range of policy fronts such as free speech and marriage equality Liberal MP Craig Kelly in the House of Representatives chamber at Parliament House (AAP: Alan Porritt)


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Sugar industry turns to psychology to boost efforts to save reef

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:19:00 +1100

Behavioural science is the latest tool in the battle to save reef.Changing the practices of cane growers could help save the reef


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Campaign to buy back copyright of Namatjira's images

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:05:00 +1100

For many years, Namatjira's descendants have not been the recipients of earnings from reproductions of his work.Albert Namatjira, 1950 (Supplied: Northern Territory Library)


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Australia's chances at the Oscars

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:52:00 +1100

It's been a big year for Australia at the Oscars—with Australian contenders racking up a record 14 nominations in total.Could Lion upset La La Land at the Oscars? (Supplied:)


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Politics with Michelle Grattan

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:46:00 +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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Finance Minister Mathias Cormann on penalty rate cuts

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:36:00 +1100

Federal parliament is back this week, with the Turnbull government under pressure on a number of fronts.Mathias Cormann in the RN Breakfast Parliament House studio (David McMeekin)


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Monday Finance with Michael Janda

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:51:00 +1100

This week sees the December quarter figures released, and will determine whether Australia fell into a technical recession.(ABC TV)


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Changes to government in Azerbaijan: world wrap with Matt Bevan

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:45:00 +1100

CNN is reporting that last week, the President appointed the first ever VP of Azerbaijan—and has given the job to his wife.President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev (IAEA Imagebank/flickr.com/CC-BY-SA-2.0)


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Greens will introduce bill to combat penalty rate cuts

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:35:00 +1100

The controversial decision to cut some weekend penalty rates will play out in parliament this week.Adam Bandt says the Greens will introduce a bill to protect the wages of Australia's lowest-paid workers (ABC News: Marco Catalano)


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Kim Jong-nam killed by VX nerve agent poisoning

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:16:00 +1100

The Malaysian Health Minister says it's likely Kim Jong-nam died within 15 to 20 minutes, after being exposed to the banned nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur International Airport almost two weeks ago.Media reporting on the death of Kim Jong-nam (News Video)


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Morning political briefing with Alison Carabine

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 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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Les Poules à Colin perform live in the studio

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:48:00 +1100

The connection to folk music in Canada's second most populated province, Quebec, goes way back.Les Poules à Colin (Supplied)


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Culture and governance in the spotlight in Seven West Media affair scandal

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:36:00 +1100

An affair between an executive assistant and the chief executive of the owner of Channel Seven, Seven West Media, has descended into a public slanging match on social media and an ugly court battle.A journalist at work in the Seven West media newsroom. September 16, 2016 (ABC News: Rebecca Turner)


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No shelter at the showground

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:25:00 +1100

The homeless are a familiar sight in Australian cities, but the housing affordability crisis means the problem is trickling down to country towns.A homeless man sleeps on a bench (ABC News: Giulio Saggin)


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Dame Marie Bashir named ambassador for Mental Health Service Awards

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:16:00 +1100

In any year, one in five adult Australians, and one in seven children will experience some form of mental illness.Dame Marie Bashir (702 ABC Sydney: Lawrence Champness)


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Eileen Piper meets with Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne over daughter's suicide

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:05:00 +1100

After waiting more than 20 years since her daughter died, 92-year-old Eileen Piper has met with the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart.Stephanie Piper a week before she died, in 1994. (Supplied: Eileen Piper)


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Young workers in retail, hospitality routinely underpaid

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:52:00 +1100

The Fair Work Commission has cut Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for full and part-time workers in the hospitality, retail and fast food industries.Workers in hospitality have had their Sunday and public holiday pay cut (ABC News / Sam Ikin)


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Politics with Alice Workman

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:46:00 +1100

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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‘We are concerned about heat stress on the GBR’: Frydenberg

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:35:00 +1100

‘Real progress’ on reef says Josh Frydenberg, despite warnings of an ‘elevated and imminent risk’ of widespread coral bleaching across the Great Barrier Reef again this year.Federal Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg (ABC News/Nicholas Haggarty)


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Government failing to address threat of climate change to Great Barrier Reef: report

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:50:00 +1100

With declining coral cover, poor water quality and the impacts of climate change, the future of the Great Barrier Reef has been under close scrutiny in recent years by the World Heritage Committee.A diver checks out coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef in February 2016.  (Supplied: The Ocean Agency / XL Catlin Seaview Survey)


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Trump meets with manufacturing leaders: world wrap with Matt Bevan

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:43:00 +1100

Donald Trump, Rex Tillerson and Steve Bannon have all been out in front of the cameras making news overnight.President Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore/flickr.com/CC-BY-SA-2.0)


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Science with Jonathan Webb: clever bumblebees

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:35:00 +1100

Bees have just demonstrated that they're even smarter than we suspected.Bumblebees may be smarter than we think (Mikael F/flickr.com/CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0)


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Iraqi forces recapture Mosul airport

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:16:00 +1100

The assault began with overnight air strikes by US forces, then armoured columns advanced to the airport's perimeter.Iraqi Emergency Response Division soldiers advance on the Islamic State occupied Mosul Airport in west Mosul (Getty Images/Martyn Aim)


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Off to the movies: Trainspotting 2

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:48:00 +1100

It features the same four characters from the first film, but its 20 years later, and they're coming to terms with the drugs, missed opportunities and mistakes of their youth.Ewen Bremner, Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle reunited in Trainspotting 2 (Supplied: Sony Pictures/Jaap Buitendijk)


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The future of health and supercomputers

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:37:00 +1100

'Doctor Google' is getting better—and now 'Doctor IBM' is getting in on the game as well, as supercomputers begin to surpass human medical specialists in diagnosis skills.Doctor Google causes real doctors problems (Flickr: Alex Proimos)


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Tech review with Peter Marks: low-end laptops

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:27:00 +1100

Demand is hotting up in a new—and somewhat unexpected—segment of the market: low-end laptops.RN Breakfast's Technology Editor Peter Marks (Alex McClintock/RN)


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Green Day's American Idiot musical makes Australian debut

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:18:00 +1100

Australian music legends star in Green Day's American Idiot musical.A scene from the American Idiot musical (Supplied)


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Newspapers get a reprieve as Fairfax Media spins off Domain real estate website

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:07:00 +1100

After much speculation, Fairfax Media has finally confirmed it's bidding farewell its digital rivers of gold by listing its real estate website Domain on the stock exchange.Fairfax Media Chief Executive Officer Greg Hywood (Getty Images/Greg Wood)


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Are Sunday penalty rates about to be phased out?

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:53:00 +1100

A leading labour law expert predicts the Fair Work Commission will order a phased cut to Sunday penalty rates for retail and hospitality workers.Retail and hospitality workers could see their Sunday penalty rates cut (ABC Radio Darwin: Emilia Terzon)


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Politics with Paul Bongiorno

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:47:00 +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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Mother's search for justice from church

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:36:00 +1100

Twenty-three years ago Eileen Piper lost her only daughter Stephanie to suicide. She was 32.St Augustine's Orphanage in Highton, Geelong. Good Catholic Church generic for the Royal Commission. (ABC Geelong)


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Black box recorder may contain important information: Chester

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:48:00 +1100

The Federal Transport Minister will meet the Victorian Premier today as the black box from Essendon Airport crash has been recovered.National Party MP for Gippsland, Darren Chester (ABC/Nick Haggarty)


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Fiery Republican town hall meetings: world wrap with Matt Bevan

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:42:00 +1100

Republican members of Congress and the Senate are in their home districts at the moment, and it's getting heated.Senator Charles Grassley faced a raucous constituency that chanted and interrupted during an hour-long town hall forum (Getty Images/Steve Pope)


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Senate hearing into Perth Freight Link as clearing continues

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:35:00 +1100

There'll be a snap hearing into the Roe 8 highway extension this week, as contractors continue to clear land in the Beeliar Wetlands.A protest camp near clearing work for the Roe 8 highway extension across the Beeliar wetlands in Perth's southern suburbs. January 11 2017 (ABC News: Briana Shepherd)


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Scientists discover seven Earth-sized planets orbiting nearby star

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:12:00 +1100

The US space agency NASA has announced the discovery of a nearby solar system with seven Earth-sized planets.Seven Earth-sized planets have been discovered orbiting a nearby star. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)


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Young women receive SSO brass fellowships

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:51:00 +1100

Gender stereotyping for musical instruments is a real issue, with boys encouraged to take up brass instruments, while girls are pushed at an early age towards flutes, harps and strings.This year the three brass SSO fellowships have gone to women (Dukas Ju/flickr.com/CC-BY-NC-2.0)


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