ABC radio news and current affairs afternoon program reporting on Australia and the world.


  • Film set tragedy as Alec Baldwin fires prop gun

    22/10/2021 Duración: 30min

    Families are reunited, and public life resumes as Melbourne's latest painful lockdown ends, we'll bring you the joy and the heartache of the day. Tragedy on a US film set when actor Alec Baldwin fires a prop gun, a cinematographer is dead and the director is also hurt, we'll speak with a veteran armourer for the Australian film industry. And we discuss what's known as "Geo-Engineering”, a theoretical response to climate change, but one that carries big risks.

  • Australia’s rising vulnerability to heat

    21/10/2021 Duración: 30min

    The Nationals are finalising their demands so Scott Morrison can announce a a net zero climate commitment. A warning that Australia is out on a limb, with no national plan to help adapt Australian life to the health impacts of climate change. And as Melbourne prepares to emerge from its latest lockdown with near record daily COVID cases, health workers fear what's coming next.

  • Baird reflects on Berejiklian’s relationship

    20/10/2021 Duración: 30min

    Mike Baird was ‘incredulous’ when he heard of Glady Berejiklian’s secret relationship, the former New South Wales premier gives evidence at a corruption hearing. Australia's COVID success story, the 70 per cent vaccine target is reached nationally marking a major turnaround for what was a troubled program. And another step forward for Australia's space industry, soon home to a powerful radar to track satellites.

  • When will Australians return to Bali?

    19/10/2021 Duración: 30min

    Bali, one of Australia's favourite travel destinations is still off the cards, we'll ask the Indonesian Tourism Minister about the plan. What's the hold up in the Queensland town that - at current rates - won't its 80 per cent vaccination target for eight months? And the celebrated US military and political figure, General Colin Powell, has died at 84, we'll look at his complex legacy, particularly over the war in Iraq.

  • COVID-free Queensland to open borders

    18/10/2021 Duración: 30min

    Queensland will be open by Christmas to vaccinated travellers from interstate COVID hotspots.  A parliamentary inquiry finds deficient safeguards and calls for an overhaul of Australia's Aboriginal heritage laws after the Juukan Gorge destruction. And coalition tensions deepen with no deal yet despite a second day of National Party climate talks, so what price in taxpayer dollars will they extract for their support?

  • No quarantine for NSW travellers

    15/10/2021 Duración: 30min

    Overseas holidays are on the cards for people in New South Wales, without quarantine on return, but the new Premier's plan to bring back foreign tourists too has hit a snag. Scott Morrison will attend the Glasgow climate talks after all - we’ll discuss the politics around climate policy with Insiders’ host David Speers. And will bikies with face tattoos be forced to wear make up in Western Australia?

  • Vaccine shots go to waste

    14/10/2021 Duración: 30min

    Pharmacists forced to tip vital doses of the Moderna vaccine down the sink, should they be used as booster shots instead? Vaccination rates for indigenous communities continue to lag the rest of Australia, we'll go to Yarrabah in far north Queensland where health workers are going door to door. And organisers of an Australian Facebook event featuring the Taliban cancel it after blowback from the Afghan community.

  • COVID hit family speaks out on vaccines

    13/10/2021 Duración: 30min

    An urgent message on vaccines from a Victorian teenager and her family who battled COVID. The government's trying to settle new climate targets, but at the same time, there's international scrutiny of Australia's terrible extinction and habitat loss record. And could Australia's moon rover mission eventually see our resources sector mining the lunar landscape?

  • Should we rush to vaccinate younger children?

    12/10/2021 Duración: 30min

    COVID cases will surge as restrictions are lifted, but there's a call for caution before a vaccine is approved for younger children. Papua New Guinea is in the depths of a new COVID crisis and just one per cent of the population is immunised, we go to Goroka, the Eastern Highlands capital. And tributes for Eddie Jaku – a holocaust survivor known for his great happiness - he's died in Sydney aged 101.

  • Sydney emerges from COVID lockdown

    11/10/2021 Duración: 30min

    Public life roars back across Sydney, PM visits the pub where knock off drinks are back and visit the city's south-west where the COVID outbreak was worst. The battle for staff - why are businesses adamant there's a labour shortage that requires foreign workers? And more wage underpayment accusations at the Commonwealth Bank, the Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker joins PM to discuss the broader issue.

  • Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Taiwan lashes out against China

    08/10/2021 Duración: 30min

    Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Taiwan - lashes out against China in a speech set to create waves in Beijing. Vaccine booster shots on the way for hundreds of thousands of immuno compromised Australians And Nobel Prize winner Professor Peter Doherty outlines the risks as the nation starts to open - even for those double-dosed

  • New South Wales' new premier changes the COVID plan

    07/10/2021 Duración: 30min

    New South Wales new premier changes the state's pathway out of lockdown -- and he's criticised for jettisoning the careful work of his predecessor. Also Mining magnate Gina Rinehart tells students at her former school that climate change is just "propaganda"... And as thousands of Australians remain desperate to get back home Kylie Minogue's PR machine promises she's returning for good.

  • Home finance set to get harder to raise

    06/10/2021 Duración: 30min

    Borrowing to buy a house is set to get harder but is the plan just tinkering and how will you be affected? Eight years on, Australia quietly puts an end to the much-criticised regional processing of asylum-seekers in PNG.; and the Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to scientists whose work formed the earliest climate modelling a half a century ago.

  • Another terrible record for Victoria

    05/10/2021 Duración: 30min

    Victoria's recorded the worst daily case numbers of any day of the pandemic in Australia.

  • Another resignation from the NSW Government

    04/10/2021 Duración: 30min

    The deputy NSW leader the latest to resign, as the state Liberals ready to nominate a conservative as leader. The latest expert advice on keeping children safe at school and in daycare as we reopen. And what do the Taiwanese people think as China ramps up pressure for reunification?

  • Premier quits amid ICAC probe

    01/10/2021 Duración: 30min

    The New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian quits as a corruption commission cloud swirls around her.   We’ll hear from voters in the Premier’s electorate, the former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and ABC Investigations reporter Sean Rubinzstein-Dunlop. And international travel could resume sooner than we thought, delighting ex-pats who miss family and friends.

  • Victorian ‘rule breakers’ behind COVID surge

    30/09/2021 Duración: 30min

    A big spike in new COVID cases found across Victoria after the AFL Grand Final long weekend, illegal house parties are being blamed - so is the roadmap to reopening at risk? The UN security council set to meet after North Korea claims a successful test launch of a hypersonic missile, it's designed to evade existing defences so there’s a warning of a arms race. And recruitment industry insiders tell us of dirty tactics that hinder, rather than help people into a job.

  • Victoria charged over hotel quarantine safety

    29/09/2021 Duración: 30min

    WorkSafe Victoria lays charges against the state's own health department over the first troubled iteration of hotel quarantine, they say staff were put at risk of serious illness or death. A helping hand into the property market is just the start for some children, more parents are now gifting them a share portfolio, it’s a stepping stone to financial security for some, but what about those struggling to get by? And international media heavyweight CNN blocks Australians from its Facebook page as a High Court ruling on defamation law disrupts the media landscape.

  • Will Rapid Antigen Testing change our pandemic lives?

    28/09/2021 Duración: 30min

    Rapid covid tests have been approved for home use - will they become a daily ritual for workplaces and perhaps even social occasions such as weddings?

  • Social isolation for unvaccinated in NSW

    27/09/2021 Duración: 30min

    New South Wales’ roadmap to reopening is released, showing two more months of social isolation for the unvaccinated. Could trips overseas resume this year? Gladys Berejiklian is keen, but there's more to consider than simply finding the passport. And why is there so much secrecy around the National Cabinet meetings and is it even legal?

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