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'The Rare Privilege of Medicine: Women Anaesthetists in Australia and New Zealand'

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:44:00 +1000

A new exhibition at the Geoffrey Kaye museum of Anaesthetic history in Melbourne looks at the lives of some pioneer female doctors in this part of the world.The exhibition looks at the history of women in medicine. (Pixabay: public domain)

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Panel: Should Australia legalise recreational marijuana?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:06:00 +1000

Labor, the Coalition, and the Australian Medical Association have warned the Greens' plan to legalise cannabis would push users towards more potent drugs and increase mental health conditions.Should the government give up the war on drugs? (Pixabay)

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Australia needs to embrace circular economy to solve waste crisis, Queensland Environment Minister says

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:51:00 +1000

Many Australian councils and waste companies are struggling with increased costs, after China tightly restricted the amount of contaminated waste it would accept from Australia.Where will our waste go if council's stop kerbside recycling? (7.30 Report)

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Politics with Alice Workman

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:47:00 +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.The House of Representatives in Parliament House (Timothy Stevens/ABC News)

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Frydenberg confident ahead of NEG meeting

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:36:00 +1000

Frydenberg said the Australian people have asked for energy certainty, so the government proposes no changes to the emissions target as part of the National Energy Guarantee.Will the states and territories sign onto the NEG? (ABC News: Jed Cooper)

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Sport with Warwick Hadfield

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:34:00 +1000

RN Breakfast's Sports Commentator Warwick Hadfield joins Fran Kelly to bring you news from the world of sport.Warwick Hadfield brings RN Breakfast news from the world of sport. (Pixabay: public domain)

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Banking Royal Commission: Increased fines, jail time amid corporate misconduct crackdown

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:51:00 +1000

Banks and other financial institutions found guilty of serious misconduct will face hefty penalties and harsh sentences, under new measures announced by the Treasurer Scott Morrison today.The Federal Government is cracking down on corporate misconduct. (ABC Newcastle: Robert Virtue)

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The Michael Cohen raids explained in six minutes — World News with Matt Bevan

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:44:00 +1000

Cohen is yet to be charged with any crime, although the investigation reportedly centres on payoffs made to a number of women who allegedly had affairs with US President Donald Trump — including adult film actress, Stormy Daniels.Will Michael Cohen cooperate with prosecuters? (Getty Images/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

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NASA launches new telescope to find planets that support life

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:35:00 +1000

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS for short, is embarking on a two-year mission to scan the sky for planets orbiting other stars.The launch of NASA's TESS telescope. (News Video)

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Syrian medics subjected to 'fear and intimidation' to stay silent on suspected chemical attack

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:11:00 +1000

Medics have reportedly received direct threats from Syrian regime officials, including threats to their families.Medics have reportedly smuggled evidence of chemical attacks out of Syria. (Getty Images/Louai Beshara)

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Off to the movies with Jason Di Rosso

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:54:00 +1000

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

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The untold history of Indigenous choirs singing Baroque hymns

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:45:00 +1000

The tradition has endured in the desert for more than 140 years.The Indigenous choir performing in the documentary 'The Song Keepers'. (Supplied)

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Australia has the responsibility to lead on human rights, Human Rights Watch says

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:35:00 +1000

"Our concern has really been that Australia is behind some of its peers in respect to bilateral pressure on the Burmese military.""If Australia maintains these military ties with the army ... that really undercuts the pressure being sent by other western countries." (Getty Images/Hindustan Times)

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Tech with Ariel Bogle

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:25:00 +1000

Russia has become notorious for spreading disinformation across the globe, through bots and fake profiles, but it's also having online troubles of its own.Russia is experiencing some Internet troubles of its own. (TheDigitalWay: public domain)

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Concern privatisation is creating port monopolies

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:17:00 +1000

Many of Australia's largest ports have been privatised, and automation has led to a massive reduction in the labour force.(Ian Sanderson/ BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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Doctors find cure for Thalassaemia, the world's most common genetic disorder

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:05:00 +1000

Thalassaemia is a blood disease passed through generations — it can damage the heart, the liver and increase the risk of infections and bone deformities.Doctors used gene therapy to find the cure for thalassaemia. (ABC RN: Tiger Webb)

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CSIRO sets sail to learn more about the East Australian Current

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:53:00 +1000

The East Australian Current is wide and powerful and plays a crucial role in our east-coast climate and ocean ecosystems — but there are gaps in what scientists know.The EAC impacts the surrounding ocean ecosystems. (Felix_Broennimann: public domain)

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Politics with Phil Coorey

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:47:00 +1000

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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NEG emissions reduction targets too low, Victorian Energy Minister says

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:35:00 +1000

"The cheapest and the quickest way of achieving abatement in terms of emissions is to tackle emissions within the electricity sector. This is where the Federal Government is very weak."Will all the states sign off on the NEG at the meeting tomorrow? (Fre Sonneveld: public domain)

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Sport with Warwick Hadfield

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:33:00 +1000

RN Breakfast's Sports Commentator Warwick Hadfield joins Fran Kelly to bring you news from the world of sport.Warwick Hadfield brings RN Breakfast news from the world of sport. (Pixabay: public domain)

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Wayne Swan joins economic big-wigs fighting global tax cuts

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:50:00 +1000

The former treasurer has been added to an elite group pushing against lower taxation rates.Wayne Swan has been added to an elite group pushing against lower taxation rates. (ABC News: Matt Roberts)

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CIA director in talks with Kim Jong-un ahead of Trump meeting — World News with Matt Bevan

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:45:00 +1000

Trump told reporters Pompeo had a "great meeting" with Kim Jong-un and "got along with him really well, really great".Mike Pompeo made a secret trip to North Korea. (Getty Images/Mark Wilson)

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Melbourne University researchers discover what ex-prisoners' health looks like

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:36:00 +1000

People released from prison who have both mental illness and substance use problems are up to 12 times more likely to suffer physical injury compared to the general community.How do we care for ex-prisoners with mental health and substance abuse issues? (ABC Newcastle: Robert Virtue)

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German police bust human trafficking ring in country's 'biggest ever' operation

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:19:00 +1000

Police say the raids have smashed an organised crime ring suspected of trafficking hundreds of women and transsexuals from Thailand for prostitution.What will happen to the women detained in the raids? (Getty Images/Boris Roessler)

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Podcast Review with Zoe Ferguson

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:53:00 +1000

On RN Breakfast, we usually bring you recommendations for TV shows, movies, music — but how about podcasts?What podcast are you listening to this week? (Patrick Breitenbach/ BY 2.0)

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Is Pope Francis softening the church's stand against abortion?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:49:00 +1000

In his latest papal statement, the Pope argues that the rights of the poor, refugees and victims of human trafficking are as sacred to the church as the rights of the unborn.Is Pope Francis softening the church's stand against abortion? ( Emily Hopper)

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Couch surfing as harmful as sleeping rough, research shows

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:36:00 +1000

The Brisbane Youth Service and the Griffith Criminology Institute in Queensland have found that young couch surfers have higher rates of suicide risk and self-harm.Homelessness among young people often begins with "couch surfing" between the homes of friends and relatives. (Wokandapix/Public Domain)

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Ethical Fashion Guide: Ending the exploitation of garment workers

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:24:00 +1000

The latest Ethical Fashion Guide says at least 11 fashion companies operating in Australia were not paying their garment workers in the developing world an adequate wage.Do you know where your clothes come from? (Pixabay: public domain)

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Banking RC: AMP concedes it's uncomfortable it gave ASIC an 'independent' audit report

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:16:00 +1000

AMP's head of advice, Anthony Regan, was asked why a supposedly independent audit sent to the corporate regulator, ASIC, needed to be signed off by the board.AMP's Jack Regan. (News Video)

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Why the $6 billion subsidy to the private health insurance industry isn't working

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:05:00 +1000

Researchers at Macquarie University say it could be stifling innovation.How do we improve health care in Australia? (Pixabay: public domain)

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Indigenous families appeal to NT Government to keep young people out of detention

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:50:00 +1000

A series of violent Northern Territory youth detention incidents, including the alleged rape of a detainee by another detainee last year, have been revealed in documents obtained by the ABC under Freedom of Information laws.How do we make Youth detention safe for employees and detainees? (ABC News: Jane Bardon)

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Politics with Peter Van Onselen

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:45:00 +1000

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

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Government's corporate tax cut argument 'just doesn't cut it', Centre Alliance says

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:36:00 +1000

"Unless government can magic up some serious data from credible sources we'll continue to oppose it."Stirling Griff said Nick Xenophon will not return to federal politics. (ABC News: Nick Haggarty)

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Sport with Warwick Hadfield

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:33:00 +1000

RN Breakfast's Sports Commentator Warwick Hadfield joins Fran Kelly to bring you news from the world of sport.Warwick Hadfield brings RN Breakfast news from the world of sport. (Pixabay: public domain)

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Northern Territory lifts ban on fracking

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:52:00 +1000

Environmental groups have warned shale oil and gas development could increase greenhouse gas emissions and farmers are worried fracking could pollute rivers and bores across the region.What impact will the lift on the Northern Territory fracking ban have the environment? (ABC News: Dan Fitzgerald)

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Russian investigative journalist Maxim Borodin dies after fall from balcony — World News with Matt Bevan

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:46:00 +1000

Borodin was investigating the death of a number of Russian mercenaries who were killed by US forces as they attempted to capture an oil refinery in Eastern Syria.The death of Maxim Borodin remains unresolved. (Igorn: public domain)

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Former FBI Director Comey's explosive book released in US

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:35:00 +1000

Former FBI Director James Comey's explosive new book 'A Higher Loyalty' is out today and it's already flying off the bookshelves given its explosive insights into the Trump administration.Comey described US President Donald Trump as a serial liar. (Getty Images/Chris J Ratcliffe)

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Commonwealth leaders to choose next head after Queen

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:20:00 +1000

Commonwealth leaders are meeting in London this week to discuss whether Prince Charles will take over from the Queen as the next Commonwealth leader.Should Prince Charles automatically become head of the Commonwealth? (Getty Images/Clive Rose)

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Do we need to review space law?

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:51:00 +1000

There is concern space laws have failed to keep up with our activities in space.What laws apply in space? (Skeeze: public domain)

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Flesh-eating ulcer found in Africa is spreading rapidly in Australia, and reaching epidemic proportions in regions of Victoria

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:45:00 +1000

The Buruli ulcer starts as what appears as an insect bite but soon the small lump eats away at the skin and tissue underneath — and without antibiotics can lead to amputation.A picture of the start of a flesh-eating ulcer, or Buruli ulcer, caused by mycobacterium ulcerans (MU) bacteria. (Supplied: University of Melbourne)

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Last year's cyber attacks could be 'pre-positioning to allow for a potential attack on critical infrastructure', expert says

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:36:00 +1000

Russia is being blamed for cyber-attacks last year on several countries, including Australia, the United States and the UK.Is Russia to blame for cyber attacks on a number of countries last year? (Luca Bravo: public domain)

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Talking TV with Michael Bodey

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:23:00 +1000

RN Breakfast's TV critic Michael Bodey joins Fran Kelly.Talking TV with Michael Bodey. (Pixabay)

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Is that a steroid in my supplement: Part 2

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:16:00 +1000

There's evidence that a dangerous sub-set of supplements could be causing serious health problems, including brain damage and organ failure.Is that a steroid in my supplement? (Pixabay: public domain)

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Record spike in NBN complaints, Telecommunications Ombudsman report reveals

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:05:00 +1000

But NBN Co has blamed the retail telcos for dropping the ball on customer service.Are you happy with your Internet service? (ABC News: Nic MacBean)

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Australia swelters through record-breaking Autumn temperatures

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:52:00 +1000

It might be mid-Autumn, but bushfires are still threatening homes and livelihoods across the country.Record temperatures have fuelled Autumn bushfires. (NSW RFS Media Services/ BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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Politics with Paul Bongiorno

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:46:00 +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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Greens launch campaign to legalise recreational cannabis

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:35:00 +1000

"We have an opportunity to regulate it, to control it, to bring it within a health framework, and to make sure that people have access to accurate information if they’re going to make those sorts of choices.""We need to get real about the fact that people are already making this choice despite what governments are telling them." (ABC News: Matt Roberts)

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Sport with Warwick Hadfield

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:33:00 +1000

RN Breakfast's Sports Commentator Warwick Hadfield joins Fran Kelly to bring you news from the world of sport.Warwick Hadfield brings RN Breakfast news from the world of sport. (Pixabay: public domain)

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Australia faces 'recessionary crisis' if we don't raise taxes, Australia Institutes says

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 06:51:00 +1000

The Institute warns if we don't improve the nation's tax take, future governments won't be able to fund the services and infrastructure that the country needs.Should Australian's pay more tax? (ABC News)

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White House puts brakes on new Russian sanctions — World News with Matt Bevan

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 06:46:00 +1000

A White House aide has told the Washington Post that Nikki Haley got ahead of herself and made "an error that needs to be mopped up".Administration officials told the Post it's uncharacteristic of Nikki Haley to make a mistake like that. (United States Mission Geneva/ BY-ND 2.0)

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