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The Briefing

A news show that serves you the latest headlines each morning. Plus, we go deeper and 'brief' you on one topic per day via interviews. Hosted by Tom Tilley (former presenter of Triple J's Hack) with regular rotating co-hosts Jan Fran (from


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Season 1

The symbol that sparked Pete Evans’ downfall

We'll explain the meaning of the symbol in the neo-nazi cartoon that cause Pete Evans fall from grace two weeks ago. We’ll find out what this means for Pete Evans future, and find out where the black sun symbol comes from, what it actually means, and how it relates to the cartoon.   Our guests today are Andrew Horney from the Sydney Morning Herald and Andrew Jakubowicz, a professor of sociology at University of Technology.   In today's headlines: Defence moves to expel 10 SAS soldiers Freed academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert expected to arrive home today Victoria on the brink of COVID-19 elimination Federal govt considers Aussie show quota for streaming giants   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU     


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26 Nov 20

Robodebt: When a billion dollar settlement isn’t enough

Robodebt is the automated process that wrongly calculated millions of dollars of Centrelink debt for Australians. Hundreds of thousands were impacted, and in 2019 they sued the government in a class action.    Last week the case was settled in the largest class action payout in the country, with $1.2 billion given back to victims. But many of those victims are not happy with the settlement and on today’s Briefing you’ll find out why $1.2 billion is not as good as it sounds.    If you need help regarding Robodebt you can go to Legal Aid or other community legal centres in your state, or if Kath’s story brought up issues for you please call lifeline for support 13 11 14 In today's headlines: Developing: Australian academic reportedly released in Iranian prison swap Convicted terrorist Abdul Nassar Benbrika stripped of citizenship Meghan Markle reveals miscarriage The big winners of 2020’s Virtual ARIA awards   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU     


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25 Nov 20

Could Trump overturn the US election result in court?

It’s three weeks since the US Presidential election and Donald Trump is continuing court challenges and still refusing to concede defeat.   His fight against the result started long before the election when he began questioning the legitimacy of mail in ballots, and he continued with these allegations on election night when he appeared to be losing.   On today’s episode we find out how President Trumps legal fight to overturn the election is going and whether his legal avenues are about to close.    We’re joined by Adam Klasfeld, investigative reporter with Law & Crime news.   In today's headlines: Every Australian could be vaccinated by September 2021: CSIRO QLD expected to open to Victoria Qatari officers charged over invasive searches Biden Presidential transition begins   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU   


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24 Nov 20

What are Australia’s alleged war crimes in Afghanistan?

A four-year investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan by Australian special forces was made public by the Chief of Defence Angus Campbell.   The key revelation from the report include the alleged unlawful killing of 39 Afghan civilians and prisoners by Australian troops between 2009 and 2013.   19 of those soldiers have been referred to the Australian Federal Police for prosecution over their war crimes charges.   In this briefing, we are joined by David Kilcullen, an Australian author, strategist, and counterinsurgency expert to explain what has happened in this dark chapter of Australian military history and how to stop it from ever happening again.   In today's headlines: Oxford vaccine at least 70% effective as Qantas CEO confirms vaccine mandatory Allegations NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian failed to isolate after COVID-19 test More than 100 former Republican officials demand Trump concession   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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23 Nov 20

What Facebook moderators see … so you don’t have to

Facebook moderators are the 15,000 people around the world whose job it is to decide what content stays, what gets flagged with a warning, and what gets deleted. They are watching the worst stuff on the internet so you don’t have to, and now some of them are fighting back against the tech giant and winning.   In recent years thousands of moderators have come forward saying they now suffer from depression, nightmares and PTSD because of what they were made to see on the job. We're joined today by Chris Gray, a former Facebook moderator and Dave Coleman, Coleman Legal.   In today's headlines: Scott Morrison talks vaccine distribution, international travel at virtual G20 SA officials defend brief lockdown with worrying modelling Couple praised for pulling shark attack victim from water Facebook, Google must pay for news, say Australian media companies   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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22 Nov 20

The Weekend Briefing with Mary Trump uncut

In this special edition of The Briefing we give you Mary Trump uncut, an extended episode of Tom Tilley’s compelling interview with Donald Trump's niece.   You’ll hear Mary’s fascinating insights into her uncle, who she refers to as ‘the worlds most dangerous man’.   With a PHD in psychology, Mary’s helps us understand more about the man, his mind, and what he might do next as he continues to deny the reality that he’s lost the election.   In the lead up to the election Mary published a book Too Much and Never Enough - how my family created the world’s most dangerous man.   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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20 Nov 20

What football is doing to player's brains

There’s a growing awareness about the damage hard core contact sports is doing to our players, and in today's briefing we go deep on what football is doing to player’s brains and what should be done about it.    In Australia five players have been diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). This is a brain disease caused by repeated knocks to the head. It doesn’t cause immediate symptoms and is degenerative so it happens over time affecting the thoughts, moods and behaviours of those who have it.    In September this year Former AFL player Shaun Smith received an historic 1.4million dollar insurance payout that acknowledged the permanent damage caused by repetitive concussions while playing. Shaun joins the Briefing along with player agent Peter Jess and Associate Professor Michael Buckland who set up the Australian Sports Brain Bank to research CTE.   In today's headlines: Scott Morrison says alleged war crimes will be dealt with seriously South Australia records no new Covid-19 cases Australia fires back at China’s list of “grievances” Australians making more money but not as happy, survey finds   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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19 Nov 20

‘He’s freaking out’: Mary Trump on the end of Uncle Donald

What’s is going through Donald Trump’s head right now? It's more than two weeks since the US Presidential election and Donald Trump has still not publicly conceded. To understand more about the man his mind and what he might do next, we’re joined by his niece, Mary Trump.   In the lead up to the election Mary published a book ‘Too Much and Never Enough - How my family created the world’s most dangerous man’. In today’s episode Tom Tilley goes deep with Mary Trump to find out:   What is going on in his head right now?  Will he just bat this loss away like he has with so many other of his problems? Will this be the downfall of Donald Trump? Major media has turned on him and called out misinformation, how will that be affecting him? Where does she see things going from this point forward? How does she feel about what’s happened personally? Does she want to see him go down? Would she like to see him broken by this loss? Would she like to see him in jail as a result of the legal problems he might face? With 73 million Americans voting for him, why does Mary think he holds so much appeal to so many Americans?     In today's headlines: South Australia has entered day one of 6 day hard lockdown China outlines official list of reasons to be angered with Australia A redacted report into alleged war crimes by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan is due to be made public today A glimmer of normality, with sports stadiums filling up.. And now live music return announcements. President Trump has fired his top election official Christopher Krebs … via Twitter!   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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18 Nov 20

China’s export ban: Can we stop the downward spiral?

Australia’s Trade Minister Simon Birmingham joins this episode of The Briefing as we look at the growing trade tensions between Australia and China, and what Australia is going to do to fix it.   This year after our political leaders called for an independent inquiry into the origins of COVID-19 China announced restrictions on some of our key exports including Barley wine, timber, coal, copper ore, sugar and seafood, all of which are now on the banned list by China Customs.   So how bad is our relationship with China right now? How did we get here? Who is at fault? Is this a coordinated act of punishment out of Beijing? And has Australia been too outspoken for our own good? We’re also joined by Geoff Raby AO, an Australian economist and diplomat and former Ambassador to China.     In today's headlines: More sponsors ditch Pete Evans over cartoon featuring neo-Nazi symbol Adelaide cluster continues to grow as thousands forced to isolate Australia and Japan agree 'in principle' to historic defence pact   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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17 Nov 20

Financial abuse - the hidden epidemic

Financial and economic abuse is a form of domestic or family violence. It can be really hard to identify and to escape from as money is often used as a powerful tool for control or exploitation.   The Commonwealth Bank and the UNSW’s Gendered Violence Research Network have looked into this in a new report for financial institutions so they can better support people impacted by economic and financial abuse. So what exactly does this form of abuse look like and what can we do to aid those caught up in it?   To help us answer these questions we're joined by Professor Jan Breckenridge, Head of School, School of Social Sciences and Co-Convener, Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN) and Natasha Janssens, the founder of Women With Cents.   In today's headlines: US biotech firm says its Covid-19 vaccine is 94.5% effective Defence force to be deployed to South Australia amid potential second wave Robodebt victims to receive $1.2 billion settlement Pete Evans dropped by publisher after sharing image with neo-Nazi symbol   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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16 Nov 20

Oregon has decriminalised all drugs: Should Australia follow suit?

Oregon has become the first US state to decriminalize the personal use of all drugs. The "Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act" will allow people arrested with small amounts of hard drugs to avoid going to trial, and possible jail time, by paying a $100 fine and attending an addiction recovery program.   In today's episode we find out how Oregon got here, and how Australia’s drug reform advocates have been pushing for a similar harm minimisation approach here when it comes to drug use and criminal punishments. Our guests today are Kate Chatfield  - Director of Policy with The Justice Collaborative a non-profit advocating law reform in America and Reverend Simon Hansford - Head of the Uniting Church Australia.   In today's headlines: Donald Trump comes close to admitting Joe Biden won the election WA shuts door on South Australia amid hotel quarantine outbreak Vaccine factory to be built in Melbourne under $1.8b deal   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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15 Nov 20

The hidden psychology driving us to distraction

What could you accomplish if you knew how to improve concentration and overcome distractions? What if you had the power to stay focused and become “indistractable?” In today's Briefing we're going deep on distractions.   Nir Eyal is a behavioural scientist and former marketing lecturer at Stanford University and he’s written a number of books on technology and talks us through his groundbreaking new book Indestractable.   In today's Briefing we discuss: What is distraction? Our internal and external distraction Triggers The 4 steps to becoming indistractable  How to master our internal triggers and hack back external triggers Getting the best out of technology, without letting it get the best of us   In today's headlines: Prime Minister warns Australians to brace for “difficult” and “disturbing” news about soldiers  Hottest years will feel cool in coming decades, says CSIRO WA’s hard border is softening from midnight   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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12 Nov 20

Is the Pfizer vaccine our pathway back to normal life?

After Pfizers exciting announcement this week, the reaction from experts around the world has been positive. We’ve already learnt some important things about the vaccine, and in today’s Briefing we’re going to dig deeper and find out how it might speed up our path back to normal life? How it will be rolled out? Who gets it? And how will it change travel?   Dr Mary-Louise McLaws is an epidemiologist from NSW University who’s been part of World Health Organisation COVID-19 advisory panel talks us through this possible pathway back to life as we knew it.   In today's headlines: Five million Australian vaccinations could happen from March President Trump’s first formal public appearance since election defeat NSW smashes QLD sending State of Origin to a decider   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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11 Nov 20

The COVID-19 vaccine: Your questions answered

A vaccine being produced by Pfizer may be 90 per cent effective in stopping the transmission of COVID-19 which has created a lot of excitement about getting the deadly virus under control and getting our lives back to normal. The Pfizer trial is one of four potential vaccines the Australian Government has signed an agreement to purchase if it is successful. Pfizer have announced they could produce 50 million doses by the end of this year and 1.3 billion by the end of next year.    In today’s Briefing topic we ask Dr Norman Swan about some of his concerns about the trial and what it means from here. We’re also joined by Dr Sheryl Recinos, a Californian doctor who was part of this very vaccine trial.    In today's headlines: Pfizer vaccine reportedly being fast-tracked for Australian approval Jobseeker supplement extended but reduced Prime Minister won’t take disciplinary action after Four Corners report   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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10 Nov 20

Do deradicalisation programs work?

Last week, four innocent people died in a terror attack in Vienna, Austria. The 20-year-old perpetrator had already been in jail after trying to join ISIS and was made to participate in a deradicalisation program during his sentence time. There were reports he was showing signs of a turn around and was subsequently released early from his 22-month sentence. He’d served less than half of it.   We’re going to find out more about how these deradicalisation programs work and whether they should be used in early release decisions? Joining the show are guests Johannes Saal, an expert in Austrian extremism at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland and Labor MP Dr Anne Aly.   In today's headlines: Major breakthrough: Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine “90 percent effective” US President-elect Joe Biden announces new Covid-19 task force Australia’s Attorney-General considers “legal options” after Four Corners Floor cleaner that’s less effective than water named and shamed in 2020 Shonky Awards   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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9 Nov 20

Where to from here: The US election

Joe Biden is officially the US President-elect. Biden called for unity and calm in his victory speech in Delaware yesterday, but the challenges facing America will be very divisive. First and foremost, bringing COVID under control and managing the economic recovery from the pandemic. He’s also pledged to re-join the Paris agreement, and then there’s the extreme racial division… In this Briefing topic, we’re going to ask where to next for Biden’s America. Matthew Knott, is the SMH and The Age Washington correspondent   Headlines: President-elect Joe Biden promises to unify America Donald Trump refuses to concede Victoria becomes “whole again” after incredible Covid-19 results Covid-19 vaccine production begins in Australia   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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8 Nov 20

America on a knife edge: The latest on the US Presidential Election

We bring you the latest on the US Presidential Election as it plays out. With Joe Biden insisting every ballot be counted and Donald Trump launching legal action, American voters are anxious and exhausted. Hugh Riminton joins us from Washington as the US election race continues.   In today's headlines: US election count update “Stop the count”: Armed guards protect American voting centres from angry protesters NSW Premier “shocked” after QLD Premier rubs in State of Origin win Mardi Gras parade cancelled, moved to the SCG   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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5 Nov 20

The US Presidential election: How will this play out?

We cross to David Lipson in Washington during the most divisive election in decades, to find out what’s behind the results so far, and how will this super tight election play out? David has spent the last year living and reporting in the US through COVID, civil unrest and a drama-packed election campaign. How likely is it the election will be called today? Do you think its Joe Biden mostly likely to win a path to victory? What has he seen in Washington over the last 24 hours? Why are these remaining states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania so key to this election? Where did Trump do well that had his opponents taking deep breaths? What have we learned about which messages have worked with the American people? The reaction to Trump and Bidens speeches Trump has threatened a supreme court challenge. If that case is to go ahead what would it actually be deciding on?     In today's headlines: Tight election race continues after Donald Trump falsely claims victory QLD debutants stun NSW in State of Origin NSW to become the only state to open to the rest of the country   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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4 Nov 20

The left and right of politics explained

In contemporary Australian politics the Coalition (Liberal and National) is considered centre-right and the Australian Labor Party is considered centre-left.   So what exactly are the origins of the political terms 'left' and 'right'? and is there something intrinsic in us that means we align with either of these two lablels?   Dr Zareh Ghazarian is a political scientist and leading commentator on Australian Politics and joins us on todays episode to explain: What is left, what is right and how have they changed? Where did they come from? And how did we end up with this binary way of defining politics? What does progressive mean? Why do we still use these terms as relevant today?   In today's headlines: It begins: the US election is underway Melbourne Cup win marred by euthanasia Islamist terrorist who was granted early prison release behind Austrian terror attack Reserve Bank expects record low rates to remain for years   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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3 Nov 20

Planning 'The Cup' in a pandemic

Despite two World Wars, the Great Depression, and the Spanish Flu, the Melbourne Cup - the race that stops the nation - has never been stopped. But there was a moment back in March where it looked like Covid-19 would halt the Melbourne Cup for the first time in 160 years.     Today, the race will run with no crowds, no stilettos in the mud, no celebrities shoulder to shoulder in the Birdcage. Fashions On The Field will turn online as fashions in people’s front yards. No roar from the stadium full of people, just the sound of horses’ hooves and jockeys’ voices.    In this Briefing, you’ll find out how the race was saved and just how different it will be in this bizarre pandemic year.  Our guests are VRC Executive General Manager of Customer Experience Caroline Ralphsmith and Emma Freedman.     In today's headlines: Polls narrow for Trump on election eve Johnny Depp loses court battle Australia Post CEO resigns after Cartier watch saga House prices rise ahead of anticipated rate cut   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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2 Nov 20

The future of the Royals

We’re joined by Australia’s most famous lawyer Geoffrey Robertson who shares his thoughts on the future of the Royal Family. Geoffrey Robertson AO QC is a Barrister, author and one-time host of Geoffrey Robertson’s Hypotheticals on the ABC.   Geoffrey worked on a case against Princess Diana in the mid 90s, he socialises with members of the Royal Family including Prince Charles and Meghan Markle. He is also the founder of the London legal chambers where Amal Clooney works. Geoffrey will be on stage in Australia next year with ‘It’s no longer hypothetical’ where he talks about post truth, Trump, Brexit and the Royal family. Tickets on sale via   In today's headlines: UK returns to lockdown as Australia boasts no community transmission Premier Palaszczuk back to work after historic QLD election win Original James Bond Sean Connery has died, aged 90. US election: Biden, Trump blitz battleground states on election eve   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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1 Nov 20

The Weekend Briefing with special guest Magda Szubanski uncut

In this special weekend edition of The Briefing we give you an extended version of our interview with Magda.   She’s one of Australia’s most loved comedians however Magda Szubanski was recently targeted by a coordinated “avalanche of hate” from rightwing extremists and COVID deniers after appearing in a Victorian government ad encouraging mask use.   As you’ll hear this is a subject Magda knows a lot about, and is really passionate about.    We find out: Why Magda thinks she was a victim of “brigading”.  Why people are more tribal/aggressive during the pandemic and social media enables pile-ons.  Whether she considered asking for the ads to be taken down after the pile-on.  Why Magda sometimes feeds the trolls and what she wanted to achieve by replying to them.  The reasons she felt it was important to call out Covid-19 deniers.  Why marriage equality has shaped the way she has responded to Covid-19 deniers When she finally understood the impact of trolling.  Why “report and support” is the best approach and why she wouldn’t recommend other people taking on trolls.    Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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30 Oct 20

How Magda Szubanski became the target of right-wing extremists

Australia’s much-loved comedian Magda Szubanski was recently targeted by a coordinated “avalanche of hate” from rightwing extremists and COVID deniers after appearing in a Victorian government ad encouraging mask use. Australia’s e-safety commissioner Julie Inman-Grant reported Magda was subjected to ‘volumetric cross-platform online abuse’ which is commonly organised in closed groups on Facebook or other platforms.   Magda’s joins The Briefing to share her story: Did she ever expect the campaign would come with this much backlash? What was it about her involvement that really triggered them? What is it about the pandemic that has brought the abuse and attacks out? Was there any point where she regretted being part of this campaign or even considered asking for the ads to be taken down? Why did she take the approach of calling out the attacks?   In today's headlines: Developing: France on high alert after terror attack NRL backs down on plan to ditch national anthem Australia Post CEO accuses Prime Minister of “humiliating” her Border news: QLD, WA decide futures as early as today   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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29 Oct 20

The Aussie scientist who defied China and told the world about COVID

Today's episode is about the rebellious act of an Aussie Professor. Professor Edward Holmes is the Aussie scientist who defied China and shared the genome sequence for COVID-19 with the world.   When the first signs of the pandemic emerged in January Chinese scientist Professor Yong-Zhen Zhang sequenced the gnome of this coronavirus and shared that information with Eddie. The Chinese government had told them not to publish the information. However Eddie Holmes was adamant the world needed the information ASAP. So he defied the Chinese authorities and hit publish.   Eddie was recently awarded NSW scientist of the year.    In today's headlines: Qatari government “regrets distress” over invasive searches Kevin Rudd “blindsided” by revelations of Epstein’s think tank link Nation’s largest cybercrime squad investigating school exam bomb threats “Friends wasn’t funny either”: Kanye slams Jennifer Aniston over voter push     Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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28 Oct 20

The most powerful passport in the world

What makes a passport powerful? and has the pandemic had any long-term impacts on where a passport might rank compared to others?   The current global health crisis might have crippled global travel, but what makes a passport truly powerful is showing consistency amid volatile times. On today’s episode we find out which passports have gone up and which have gone down during the pandemic.   We’re going to find out the power of the Aussie passport, and where that little blue book comes in compared to New Zealand.   In today's headlines: Melbourne officially open for business Recession may already be over, suggests Reserve Bank Jobseekers can expect payment to be above pre-pandemic levels next year Amy Coney Barratt confirmed to the US Supreme Court as Joe Biden forgets Trumps name     Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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27 Oct 20

Will COVID-19 change footy forever?

It was the weekend we didn’t think would happen: grand final weekend. Earlier in the year, coronavirus threatened to cancel the 2020 seasons of AFL and NRL, but luckily for sports fans, the games went ahead – a remarkable feat for the footy codes. This weekend saw historic grand final matches being played in Brisbane following a season of fake crowd noises, travel bubbles, completely revised fixtures and a lot of challenging COVID-19 protocols.    So let’s find out how the codes got there and whether the games have suffered any lasting damage due to this season? Collingwood President Eddie McGuire joins The Briefing to discuss what the future of the games look like.   In today's news headlines: After 111 days in lockdown, Melbourne is opening back up “Grossly disturbing”: Australia demands answers after women searched in Qatar Northern Territory police officer to face murder trial over death of Indigenous teenager Thousands of Australia Post offices threaten to shut over watch saga   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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26 Oct 20

Why US Supreme Court appointments are so controversial

The appointment of US Supreme Court judges is one of the most intense election issues, and as early as tomorrow US congress will vote to approve a new supreme court judge Amy Coney Barrett.    If she’s sworn in she’ll take the place of the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg who died in September 2020.   Michael Macagnone is a US Politics reporter and joins us to explain why supreme court judge appointments are so controversial in the US.   In today's news headlines: Grand Final glory for Melbourne with Storm and Richmond crowned winners Hopes Melbourne’s restrictions could be eased today after cluster testing blitz Qatar Airways accused of forcibly examining 13 Australian women Emergency surgery for man critically injured in Queensland reef shark attack   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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25 Oct 20

How private pollie lives can make national headlines

The Gladys Berejiklian secret relationship scandal has made national headlines, and on todays episode we explain what happened. There’s been a huge debate about whether or not the NSW Premier should resign. So far she’s toughed it out but as you’re about to hear, it’s not over yet.    Telegraph reporter Linda Silmalis who’s been covering the story joins us to explain.   In today's news headlines: Drones to monitor Melbourne footy fans as nation gears up for AFL, NRL grand finals Australia Post CEO stands aside over luxury watch scandal Vulnerable Australians board first Qantas flight to Darwin Countdown to the final Presidential debate as Trump accused of running country “like a reality show”   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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22 Oct 20

A road trip through Trump territory

We take you on a road trip through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa and Illinois, and find out the one thing that locals say when asked why they vote for Trump. When we watch America through our own media we get a perspective on the US through New York, Washington and California, but these others states up in the Mid North East offer a different view all together. Almost all of them voted for Trump in 2016 with some of them being crucial to his victory because they were expected to go the other way.    So understanding the people in these states will be pivotal in helping to understand the result we’ll see unfold in the election which is now only two weeks away. Australian journalist Jacob Greber is the Washington Correspondent for the Australian Financial Review, and joins us on this episode to the share the findings of the 4000km road trip he took through these states.   In today's news headlines: Covid-19 alert for Bathurst 1000 after virus found in wastewater Push for pre-Christmas travel plan as nation loses $319 million a day Extremists targeted Magda Szubanski, says eSafety Commissioner Pope Francis endorses same-sex civil unions for the first time   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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21 Oct 20

The plan to make cigarettes prescription only

Almost 1 in 9 Australians smoke, and the government have set a goal to bring down our smoking rate to 1 in 10 by 2025. In a new plan to wipe out smoking in Australia, smokers could be made to buy cigarettes with a prescription or at a pharmacy. But is this fair?   Cigarettes already cost $40 a packet, so if people really want to spend that amount of their own money should they be free to do that?  This idea has come from a University of Queensland lead group Centre for Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame (CREATE) and we’re joined on todays episode by Professor Billie Bonevski to explain the prescription model.   In today's news headlines: New emails suggest top Victorian health official knew about hotel security guards  President Trump not a fan of plan to mute microphones during final debate AFP investigates potential corruption in $30 million land deal   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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20 Oct 20

Superannuation: Should our contributions be increased or is it better to have the money in our pocket now?

Unlike a lot of other western countries, Australia has a forced saving system called superannuation. When the system was introduced back in 1992, 3% of your income went to your super, which is only accessible at the age of 66. Nowadays, that percentage is 9.5%, but there are plans to increase it so that by 2025, 12% of your pay will be put into your super.   Should more of our money be put into super? Or would you rather have it now to buy a house? Senator Andrew Bragg and Executive Director of Per Capita Emma Dawson join The Briefing to discuss the opposing sides to the super increase.   In today's news headlines: Western Australia delays easing restrictions after bulk carrier cluster Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry hones in on Brett Sutton NRL’s Dally M awards overshadowed by embarrassing leak UK accuses Russia of planning cyber-attack on the Tokyo Olympics Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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19 Oct 20

Conspiritualism: What is it and should we be worried?

Conspiritualism is a blend of two words: Conspiracy and spiritualism and it describes a strange phenomena that you might have noticed on your social media feeds. It describes the wellness bloggers and influencers who’ve taken up the same causes as conspiracy theorists.   This wellness community and QAnon conspiracy theorists have previously seemed worlds apart but according to Sarah Wilson they have quite a lot in common, and she joins us on this episode to explain. Sarah’s latest book ‘This One Wild and Precious Life’ is about coming together in a world determined to keep us apart.   In today's news headlines: Melbournians regain some freedoms but retail, hospitality to wait Federal government told to do more after New Zealanders leave travel bubble states Jacinda Ardern’s caucus to meet after landslide election win   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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18 Oct 20

Could your name make it harder to get a job?

What’s in a name when you’re applying for a job? Does your name impact your hire ability?   In 2012 researchers conducted an experiment sending out fictional applications for real jobs. On some they used English-sounding names and on others they used names that sounded stereotypically Indigenous, Italian, Chinese and Middle Eastern. They found that these applicants were less likely to score an interview than those with English sounding names. Other research has found that when employers were presented with otherwise identical resumes, women were at least 30 percent less likely to be interviewed than men.   So what can be about it? How do we take race and gender out of recruitment and out of the workplace - to ensure that everyone gets treated fairly and gets to be who they are?   In today's news headlines: Top WHO scientist warns young, healthy people may not get vaccine until 2021 Discussions on plan to bring more stranded Aussies home delayed Victoria nudges Australian jobless rate up to 6.9 percent  Biden, Trump field questions from voters in lieu of second debate   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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15 Oct 20

The death of the mall: Can it survive COVID-19?

Will COVID-19 be the ‘great accelerator’ in the death of the shopping mall? The mall has gone from the height of the social scene to struggle street in only a couple of decades, and the closing of shops amid the pandemic is leading to fears the “dead mall” phenomenon seen in the US could be in store for Australia.   More than a third of all shopping is expected to be online by 2030 and big retail chains here in Australia are struggling.  So in today’s Briefing, we ask: Is the mall dead? And is Covid-19 the final nail in its coffin? We speak to Gemma Acton, an economist for 7News who’s been watching retail trends very closely, and we find out what it’s been like to work at a mall and in retail during Covid.   In today's news headlines: Queensland, ACT rush to trace Covid-19 case as NSW delays easing restrictions Revamped Virgin could become a budget airline Inquiry warns acquiring Aboriginal flag copyright sets “dangerous precedent”   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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14 Oct 20

You're not the first one to survive a pandemic

It’s easy to feel like we’re the first ones to go through a pandemic like this, and that the deprivations and constant state of underlying anxiety is unique to our generation. But while this is a once in a generation pandemic, Australians have lived through difficult times before and survived. And some of them are still alive to tell us about it.   86 year olds Dorothy McRae-McMahon and Val Reily have lived through and survived pandemics, recessions and moments of global upheaval and in this episode they share their wisdom and experience, and reassure us that we will get through the years that lie ahead.   In today's news headlines: Hopes more states will join the trans-Tasman bubble days before launch “I’ll kiss everyone”: Donald Trump’s first campaign rally since contracting Covid-19 Two Australian Premiers face no confidence votes in just two days   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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13 Oct 20

Why people are calling for JK Rowling to be cancelled

J.K. Rowling is one of the most famous authors in the world. The Harry Potter book series have sold more than 500 million copies across 80 languages. Potter isn’t just a series, it’s a phenomenon.   Back in June, J.K. Rowling retweeted an opinion piece that used the phrase “people who menstruate”. Rowling -- who has over 14.2 million of followers on Twitter -- publicly took issue with the story not simply using the word ‘women’.  “People who menstruate” is a commonly used term in the transgender community and many felt Rowling was mocking people who identify as a different gender to the sex they were born. She’s since compared hormone therapy to conversion therapy and expressed concern that young trans people are being pushed towards gender surgery against their best interests, prompting Twitter to “cancel” her.   So what does this moment mean for trans people who love the Harry Potter series? Can you love the books while taking issue with their author? To answer these questions we speak to Dr Lauren Rosewarne (University of Melbourne's School of Social and Political Sciences) and Hayden Moon (he/they), author of A Letter To J.K. Rowling From A Young Transgender Person Who’s Sick Of Her S--- for Junkee.    In today's news headlines: NSW Premier “stuffed up in her personal life” but refuses to resign Reported spike in dating app sex assaults Fake blood, fruit hurled at Scott Morrison in Queensland   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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12 Oct 20

The Aussies fighting for a Bali memorial site

Eighteen years ago today 202 people including 88 Australians were killed in a terror attack in the tourist district of Bali. A powerful car bomb, hidden inside a white Mitsubishi van, was detonated by a suicide bomber right outside the Sari Club, a renowned open-air thatch-roof bar in the Kuta district.   The blast site itself has lain dormant for almost 20 years, and the question of what to do with it is at the centre of a bitter dispute. A group of Aussies are pushing for a permanent memorial in the form of a peace park or museum, instead of plans by landowners to redevelop the site into a five storey commercial complex of restaurants and bars.   Carmen Jaques is one of those Australians. She’s also a researcher from Edith Cowan University who’s looking into the impacts of terrorism on communities. We’re also joined by Australian man Damien Murnane Australians who was in Bali that night.   In today's news headlines: President Trump says he is “immune” to Covid-19 Big names want trolls locked up Search for Esperance shark attack victim called off High Court bid to end Melbourne’s lockdown   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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11 Oct 20

Is fast fashion destroying the planet?

Fast fashion is the rise of cheap, trendy, affordable and accessible clothes that turn catwalk trends into bargain buys in a matter of weeks. And while more fashion choices might seem like a good thing for consumers, it’s a bad thing for the planet. The average Australian buys 27 kilograms of clothes every year, and we throw away 23 of those, so 85 percent of what we buy ends up in landfill.   On today's Briefing we ask: Just how much is fast fashion destroying the planet and what can we do about it? To help answer this question we speak to Clare Press – Sustainable fashion expert and presenter of the Wardrobe Crisis podcast and Lucianne Tonti, founder of sustainable fashion showroom and consultancy Le 31.   In today's news headlines: Trump refuses second debate, labelling his Covid diagnosis “a blessing from God” Labor’s budget reply has big focus on women, families and blue collar workers Senator Jacqui Lambie refuses to support increase in Uni Degree Costs   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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8 Oct 20

Why owning your own home could be easier than you thought

Homeownership in Australia is declining, with the biggest drop happening for young people. But the good news to come out of the Federal Budget this week is that the Government has added an extra 10,000 places to its First Home Loan Deposit Scheme which allows singles or couples to buy their first home with a deposit of only five per cent and the government acting as guarantor for the loan. This gets rid of the need for lender's mortgage insurance.   Today we’re joined by Federal Minister for Housing Michael Sukkar to talk us through how the scheme works, and Brendan Coates from The Grattan Institute on whether he thinks the scheme will be enough to get young people into the housing market   In today's news headlines: Labor throws support behind tax cuts Some Uni course fees set climb after a minor party signed off on planned reforms Spike in Overseas Covid cases, while new cases in NSW cast doubt on QLD border to be reopened.   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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7 Oct 20

The federal budget explained

The federal budget is usually handed down in May, but this year it was delayed while the government focused on the coronavirus outbreak and rethought their approach to an economy in big trouble. The government has now released its plans to reboot the economy in what is reported to be one of the most important federal budgets in Australia’s history.   So how does the government intend on spending our taxpayer dollars over the next four years and what does it mean for young people? Former Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan weighs in.   In today's news headlines: The Federal Budget has been handed down overnight, with a big focus on young people and small business Tax Cuts for 11 million Aussies Job Maker – Cash for bosses hiring unemployed workersMore help for First Home Buyers Donald Trump has stepped out of hospital    Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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6 Oct 20

Has Sweden’s controversial coronavirus plan worked?

While countries like China, Italy, France, Spain were taking strict lockdown measures when the Pandemic struck, Sweden went out alone with a very different approach. People were still out in cafes, children were still going to school and there were very few facemasks.   Initially that seemed to be a disaster compared to their neighbouring countries, as their infection rate was high, their death rate was high and their economy went backwards. But six months down the track Sweden is not seeing the second wave that some other European countries are experiencing. So is the Swedish long game starting to pay off? Has their controversial pandemic plan worked?   To find out we're joined by Peter Lindgren, the managing director of the Swedish Institute for Health Economics and Lily, an Australia journalist who moved to Sweden several years ago.   In today's news headlines: Josh Frydenberg to hand down the Federal Budget tonight. Covid-positive Donald Trump could be discharged from hospital as soon as today, but some critics believe he’s sicker than he’s letting on. Cardinal George Pell’s lawyers call for an investigation after claims Vatican funds were used to pay lawyers for damning evidence   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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5 Oct 20

Is it time to ditch daylight saving?

On today’s episode we get the latest sleep science on daylight saving. A peak medical body says daylight saving is bad for us, and the EU has voted to stop doing it from 2021. So is it time for Australia to get rid of it?   Last month the US American Academy of Sleep Medicine changed its position on daylight saving, coming out against it citing new research the health impacts of moving the clocks forward.  In Australia we’re already divided on it WA, NT and QLD don’t do it. while the rest of the country does.   So how damaging is it for our heath? Dr. Kannan Ramar President of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Scientist Gemma Paech from the Sleep Foundation help explain.   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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4 Oct 20

What Trump’s tax returns reveal

Donald Trump reportedly claimed $US70,000 in haircuts as part of millions in business expenses that have helped reduce his federal tax bill to just a few hundred dollars. An investigation by the New York Times exposed two decades of the Presidents tax returns, revealing he paid just $750 US in both 2016 and 2017, and paid no income tax in 10 of the past 15 years.   Trump's critics hope the leaked taxed returns will hurt the President’s chances when Americans go to the polls next months. It’s already come up as an issue in the first debate, but will it have any impact at the ballot box? We’re joined by Dr David Smith, Senior Lecturer in American Politics at the University of Sydney to find out why Trumps taxes are a big deal.     In today's news headlines: Trans-Tasman bubble inching closer Aged care royal commission: federal government’s Covid-19 response was “insufficient” Google to pay $1.4 billion after local news stoush   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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1 Oct 20

Who is Lawyer X? And why might she spend the rest of her life in hiding?

Today we find out about the woman at the centre of one of the biggest crime scandals in Australian history. Last year it was revealed that Lawyer X was Nicola Gobbo: a prominent Melbourne lawyer who represented some of Melbourne’s biggest criminals and at the same time was giving information about them to the police.   The Lawyer X scandal could see some of Australia's most notorious criminals released from prison, and there’s concern that they might want Lawyer X dead, and that’s why she might have to spend the rest of her life in hiding. To explain this story we’re joined by Anthony Dowsley: the journalist who first broke the story for the Herald Sun in 2014.   In today's news headlines: Presidential debate format to be changed after “dumpster fire” spectacle $1.5 billion to boost Australian manufacturing Facebook to integrate Instagram, Messenger, Whatsapp   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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30 Sep 20

Do private schools have a culture problem?

What’s going on inside some of Australia’s most expensive schools? What kind of culture is being promoted? Should private schools review their culture? Are the high marks, fancy uniforms and big gymnasiums really worth it?   The recent muck up day scandal re-opens some of the debates about the problems with private schools elitist attitudes to people less fortunate, and unhealthy outdated attitudes towards women.  One voice that’s stood out in the public vs private school debate is Rob Sturrock who joins us on this episode. Rob is a former Shore student and author of Man Raises Boy: A revolutionary approach for fathers who want to raise kind, confident and happy sons.   In today's news headlines: PM flags international quarantine change Wet and stormy end to 2020 expected on Australia’s east coast Joe Biden and Donald Trump face off in the first Presidential debate   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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29 Sep 20

What caused Australia’s worst mass whale stranding?

For the last week, there has been an epic struggle of life and death on a remote wild part of the Tasmanian coast. 470 long-finned pilot whales were discovered beached around Macquarie Harbour and Ocean Beach near the Tasmanian town of Strahan. The tragic event stands as the largest whale stranding in Australian history.   Rescuers have managed to save 110 whales but sadly the rest are dead and are currently being disposed of. In this Briefing, we dive deep into why this mass beaching has happened and why we have intervened in this natural occurrence. Our guests are Dr Wally Franklin (Adjunct Fellow - Southern Cross University and Marine Scientist with The Oceania Project) and Tom Mountney (a salmon fisherman who’s been assisting with the rescue).   In today's news headlines: Police investigate after bushfire-ravaged town defrauded by conman Victoria’s case numbers fall to single digits Dreamworld convicted, fined $3.6 million for 2016 tragedy George Pell reportedly returning to the Vatican   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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28 Sep 20

Why Julian Assange could be facing a 175 year sentence

175 years in a US prison: that’s the sentence Australian Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could be facing. Julian is currently in London with legal proceedings underway to decide whether or not he is extradited to the US to face espionage charges. In this episode we get you up to speed on Julian’s story so far, going back to 2010 when he and Wikileaks made headlines for the release of almost 400,000 classified US documents about the war in Iraq.   Today we find out what’s going on for Julian right now when we speak with Jen Robinson, his Australian lawyer in London who’s been working on the case the whole time. She joins us in the midst of the evidential stage of the extradition hearing.   We find out: His emotional and psychological state.  What is the argument they are making in this case? What would it take and what hope do they have of getting this UK court to refuse the US extradition order?  What happens if the UK refuses extradition what happens to Julian, and if they don’t what happens?  How does he want the Australian government to intervene?  Is there any hope that Trump could pardon Assange?  The timeline of the extradition and what the next few years look like for Julian and his legal team.   In today's news headlines: Restrictions ease in Melbourne Federal budget "bent, not broken" as JobKeeper wound back Trump’s US Supreme Court pick named   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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27 Sep 20

Should China be stripped of the Winter Olympics?

On today's episode we look at the global campaign to strip Beijing of the Winter Olympics asking: Should a country have the privilege to host the Olympic Games if the government of that country is doing something harmful to its citizens?   Hosting the Olympics is a privilege and often a very positive PR moment for the host nation, however a group of human rights activists have delivered a joint letter to the International Olympic Committee calling for Beijing to be stripped of the Games over its crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong and the detention of Uighurs, a Muslim minority. Should China be stripped of the games? Or is it too late given they were awarded back in 2015?   To answer this question we're joined by Sir Iain Duncan Smith (former leader of the British Conservative Party and founder of the The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance On China), Craig Foster (former Socceroos coach turned human rights activist), Dr Steve Georgakis (Senior Lecturer of pedagogy and sports studies, University of Sydney) and Federal MP Dave Sharma.   In today's news headlines: Victorian Premier to front hotel quarantine inquiry WA’s notorious Claremont serial killer found guilty New plan to slash home loan approval times   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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24 Sep 20

Why are Aussies are having to pay business class fares to get home?

There are 25,000 Australian’s wanting to come home from overseas and our Prime Minister wants them home by Christmas. But with limits on the number of people allowed home and into quarantine each week the airlines that are still flying can only bring in a fraction of the passengers they used to, so passengers are being charged first and business class tickets and those with economy seats are being bumped.   We’re joined by Aviation expert Neil Hansford to explain why that is happening, how will this situation change, and whether the 25,000 Australians be home by Christmas? We also speak to Nadine, an Aussie who came back from Portugal after forking out $15,000 for business class seats.   In today's news headlines: Charges laid in Breonna Taylor case Millions of Australians to get faster internet through NBN upgrade Sydney principal defends elite boys school after shocking scavenger hunt list   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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23 Sep 20

Is happy an attainable goal? Turia Pitt thinks so.

Turia Pitt was 24 years old when she was caught in a grassfire while competing in an ultramarathon. She tried to outrun the flames but couldn’t. She suffered burns to 65% of her body and wasn’t expected to survive her injuries.   But Turia is proof that with the right mindset anything is possible. On today’s episode we find out what Turia’s tragedy taught her about happiness and why she‘s  happier now than she was before her accident.   Turia’s new book’s called Happy and other Ridiculous Aspirations couldn’t have come at a better time for many of us. Turia explains how we can use the challenges of 2020 to work out what actually makes us happy rather than what we thought made us happy, or what we thought defined our life.   In today's news headlines: SA opening to NSW from midnight tonight as QLD expands border bubble New international deal for Covid-19 vaccine Far-right terrorism now about a third of cases, ASIO says Australia’s Technology Roadmap for reducing carbon emissions   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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22 Sep 20

Everything you need to know about the Breonna Taylor case

The horrifying video of George Floyd being killed by a Minneapolis police officer in May sparked massive Black Lives Matter protests in America and around the world, including here in Australia. But another death that actually happened before that of Floyd’s, the police shooting of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, continues to fuel BLM protests.   Who was Breonna Taylor? How has her death impacted the BLM movement? And why did the Louisville City Council pay her family a US$12m settlement last week? To answer these questions we speak to Michael Trautmann, investigative journalist with Kentucky’s Courier Journal paper to tell you what you need to know about this case.   In today's news headlines: Ellen DeGeneres returns after allegations of toxic workplace environment Accused paedophile principal cleared for extradition to Australia Most Victorians support Premier Daniel Andrews, poll finds Billions to reduce carbon emissions but no targets, federal government announces   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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21 Sep 20

Children of Isis fighters: Is it time to bring them home?

We look at the children and wives of the Australian men who went to fight with ISIS. 47 of their children and 20 ISIS brides are still alive and stuck in refugee camps in Syria that hold people displaced by Islamic State. Their families have been pleading with Australian government to bring them home, and so far they’ve been refused, despite other Western countries having taken their ISIS brides and their children home.   Laws were introduced that allowed Australia to take away the citizenship of someone who joined ISIS, plus other terror laws which means if these women return home they could potentially face hefty penalties. So should we bring them home and try them under those laws rather than leave them in Syria?   To help answer this question, we're joined by Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill, Professor of Law at UNSW and Acting Director of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law. Our other guest is Matt Tinkler - Deputy CEO of Save the Children, an organisation working with women and children in the refugee camps.   In today's news headlines: Victoria “ahead of schedule” after 14 daily cases “Road to nowhere”: Labor lashes Scott Morrison for rejecting 2050 emissions target Two Republican Senators won’t back pre-election Ruth Bader Ginsberg replacement TikTok saved at the 11th hour, but another app is still being banned today   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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20 Sep 20

What are we learning from Europe’s second wave?

At beginning of the pandemic in March we were hearing a lot about Europe, then in the following months the continent seemed to have the virus under control. Residents appeared to be enjoying the summer, travelling freely between countries. So have these lax attitudes contributed to Europe’s second wave? Last week the EU and Britain announced 41,000 fresh cases a day on average, however medical teams managing to keep the death rates lower during this second wave.   On today's episode we find out what has caused this second wave, how widespread mask use is in Europe, Sweden's approach to not lockdown and compare Australia’s approach to Europe. We’re joined by Martin McKee, professor of European public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and also the former chair of the World Health Organisation’s European Advisory Committee on Health Research.    In today's news headlines: Jobless rate falls, defying all expectations Telehealth and home medication deliveries extended into next year Man charged with threatening to kill QLD Premier, Chief Health Officer Woman in her 20s wins entire $60 million Powerball   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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17 Sep 20

OnlyFans: what is the platform booming during the pandemic?

Subscription-based social media site OnlyFans is booming during the pandemic with over 24 million users. So what exactly is it? and how does it work?   Being a new combination of porn and social media where subscribers pay a small monthly fee and content creators keep 80% profits, we find out whether it comes with some dangers. In this episode we’re joined by Renee Gracie, the former V8 racer who wasn’t making enough money in the sport, and is now making hundreds of thousands a month on OnlyFans posting explicit content.   In today's news headlines: Bid to bring more stranded Aussies home on track Renewables in line for federal funding boost, but there’s a catch Confirmed: illness that paused Oxford vaccine trial “unlikely” to be from shot   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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16 Sep 20

What we can learn from being alone: A crucial lesson from your 20s

Loneliness and learning to be happy alone are important things to work out in your 20s. 2020 has given many of us a chance to reflect on our lives. What decisions did we make as twenty-somethings to get us here and were they right?   The hosts of the pop culture podcast Shameless, Michelle Andrews and Zara McDonald, join us on todays episode to discuss why learning to be happy alone is one of life’s important lessons. They’ve written a book called The Space Between which is all about living in your 20s, figuring out who you are now and who you want to be, and the challenge of being alone.   In today's news headlines: Stranded Aussies could quarantine on Christmas Island Officer who stomped on man’s head stood down JK Rowling accused of Transphobia   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


EP116 - S1

15 Sep 20

20 years after the Sydney Olympics, is the golden age of sport over for good?

On this day 20 years ago, the world was watching Sydney for the Olympic Opening Ceremony.  Today on The Briefing, we’re reliving the Sydney Olympic glory including some of the most iconic moments across the Games.   The Sydney 2000 Olympics were our biggest ever medal haul to date, so we ask if our sporting heyday is behind us? And how do we get back to our former sporting best? To answer these questions we're joined by Andrew Gaze (basketballer and flag bearer) and Kerri Pottharst (gold medalist in beach volleyball).   In today's headlines: Scott Morrison backs gas to bring down power bills SA to reopen to NSW, ACT as early as today QLD Chief Health Officer says death threats have taken an “enormous toll” Dad of three in an induced coma after alleged police head stomp   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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14 Sep 20

Going deep on COVID deep cleans

COVID deep cleaners are on the forefront of the fight against the virus spread. We take a deep dive into deep COVID cleaning and how it works. How does it differ to a regular clean? How long does a germ last? And what is turbo fogging? More importantly, we look at how deep we need to go to properly stop contamination.   To answer these questions we’re joined by Associate Professor Paul Griffin from the University of Queensland (Infectious Diseases Physician and Microbiologist) and Sandra Pankhurst, a trauma cleaner and owner of STC Services.   In today’s news headlines: Freedom closer for Victoria as restrictions ease After blaming Peter Dutton, revelations QLD requested Tom Hanks’ return California a “warzone” as wildfires ravage the state   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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13 Sep 20

Class of 2020: will COVID make it easier to get into university?

Year 12 is looking a bit different this year. Formals have been cancelled in Victoria and severely restricted in other states and territories. The official Schoolies on the Gold Coast has been canned and travel restrictions mean overseas gap years aren't possible.     On top of the social aspects of high school, academics have been hugely disrupted affecting students’ futures after graduation. To discuss Year 12 in this COVID nightmare we talk to a current student and Catriona Jackson (Universities Australia CEO) joins us to discuss how to make university entrance fair given everyone’s been affected differently.     In today's headlines: More than $200,000 raised to help dying Brisbane dad say goodbye to his kids Queensland Premier accuses Prime Minister of “worst bullying I’ve seen” Family of Australian men on capsized livestock ship plead with federal government to launch search Key Victorian MP calls for curfew to be dumped after revelations it was the Premier’s decision   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


EP113 - S1

10 Sep 20

Is Victoria’s lockdown the best way to suppress the coronavirus?

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews announced on Sunday harsh measures for the state’s pathway out of lockdown. Resentment to the strict approach is growing beyond protesters and is beginning to be questioned by those who accept the science, including our epidemiologists.   We talk to Federal Liberal MP and medical researcher Dr. Katie Allen about the lockdown roadmap and Victoria’s contact tracing, while epidemiologist Professor Catherine Bennett weighs in on the gaps in the state’s modelling scenarios.   In today's news headlines: Oxford University’s promising vaccine trial put on hold QLD accused of double standards after Tom Hanks return Large tiger shark caught in nets could be behind fatal Gold Coast attack Prime Minister tells TikTok to do better after viral death video   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


EP112 - S1

9 Sep 20

The Recession… Explained

Last financial quarter, Australia experienced its biggest economic drop since the Great Depression, officially plunging the country into a recession. But what exactly does a recession mean and what impact does it have on our lives?   Economist writer Jessica Irvine joins The Briefing to explain the ins-and-outs of a recession and whether we should be worried.   In today's news headlines: Young people warned to stay off TikTok after disturbing video goes viral Two Australian journalists rushed out of China as Australian TV anchor charged Man killed in suspected great white shark attack on the Gold Coast WA nurse helping with Melbourne outbreak contracts Covid-19   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


EP111 - S1

8 Sep 20

How to bounce back after a job loss

12 per cent of people in their 20s have lost their jobs in the COVID crisis, and many more are reassessing their career choices. So how do you turn a career low point or a complete job loss into a positive? What can you do to get a competitive edge in the current job market?   Businesswoman and author of You’ve Got This, Bec Brown, educates The Briefing on how to successfully navigate a profession pivot in a recession and find the silver linings of a career catastrophe.   In today's news headlines: “Worst case scenario”: federal officials pan Victoria’s lockdown roadmap Novak Djokovic issues apology after hitting line judge with a ball Data from 186,000 customers stolen in Service NSW hack Prime Minister to push ahead with new laws despite Facebook threat to block local news   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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7 Sep 20

Our Top 10 Pandemic Google Searches

During the pandemic we’ve been more hungry for information than ever before. So how different are the questions you’re asking to the rest of the country? Are your google searches weirder than everyone else’s? Are you responding differently to this moment than most people? What is the most googled question in this pandemic?   On today's episode we take a look at the most googled search terms over the last six months, and find out what they say about us. We’ve gone straight to Google and asked what are the top ten questions of the last six months in Australia? Google’s Data editor Simon Rogers counts them down with us.   In today's headlines: Victoria’s roadmap revealed: Melbourne to be in the world’s longest lockdown Free Covid-19 vaccines available from next year if trials prove successful More than half of mortgage-holders still deferring payments as deadline looms   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


EP109 - S1

6 Sep 20

The Weekend Briefing with special guest former PM Kevin Rudd

Welcome to a special weekend edition of The Briefing with Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. In today's episode we catch up with Kevin Rudd, the 26th Prime Minister of Australia serving from 2007 to 2010 and again in 2013.     What would his approach to be managing the tension between Australia and China? Does he think Australia should have led the inquiry into the origins of Coronavius? Does Kevin think Joe Biden will be the next President of USA? How was Covid handled by the Trump administration? The last time he got recognised in the street and what they said to him The most common things kids ask him to do  Why he’s the king of handball, and why its helping Aussie kids in lockdown     Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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4 Sep 20

The fight between Facebook and the government explained

In a bombshell this week Facebook threatened to block the sharing of Australian news content. It means media companies and everyday users won't be able to share news on Facebook or Instagram. This threat from Facebook is in response to a new code developed by the ACCC that would require Facebook and Google, which also owns Youtube, to share a portion of their ad revenue with Australian media organisations and newspapers.   So who is going to win? Will Facebook really stop doing news in Australia? Or will the Australian government be able to force them to agree on a revenue deal? On today's episode we break it down for you with the help of Dan Van Boom, editor of tech site CNET.   In today's news headlines: PM to push for open borders at National Cabinet, but some states have already refused Two Australians among ship crew missing feared dead after Typhoon off Japan Australian arrested in Bali on drug charges Facebook cracks down on US ads before election   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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3 Sep 20

Music Festivals in the COVID Era

Music festivals in 2021. What will they look like, if they can even go ahead at all?   COVID has decimated the festival scene around the world. So is there any way festivals can happen in cities where there’s still high community transmission? Can you have thousands of people in one place, sharing a drink, dancing and listening to the bands they love but also keep them socially distanced? Will a COVID safe festival kill the vibe for both the audience and the performers?   Blues Fest in Byron Bay is planning to go ahead next Easter and on today’s episode we’re joined by its promoter Peter Noble to explain how it will work. Tash Sultana has sold out major arenas and headlined the world’s biggest festivals. Tash joins us to explain the future of festivals from the artists' perspective and the decision to be part of Bluesfest 2021. What’s it like to play to a seated crowd? Is Tash going to have to change the show up in any way and adapt?   In today's news headlines: It’s official: Australia is in its first recession in 28 years AFL officials thank the QLD government for keeping footy alive Police warn TV personality Sam Newman against lockdown as video of pregnant mum’s arrest goes viral     Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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2 Sep 20

Bushfires: Are we any better prepared than we were last year?

As bushfire season approaches, hazard reduction burning is happening in parts of Australia, and hopefully making us safer.   But the smell of smoke is also bringing back memories of the horror Black Summer many of us faced.   Recent findings from a NSW inquiry and some interim observations from the Royal Commission have come through this week. So what did we learn from these findings? And are we any better prepared for this year’s summer... than we were last year?   On todays episode we’re joined by one of the key people leading the bushfire response this summer Acting Deputy Commissioner at the NSW RFS Peter Mckechnie.   In today's news headlines: Facebook threatens to block Australian news Changes to JobKeeper pass parliament: What does it mean for you? AFL Grand Final expected to be moved to Queensland   In today's Briefing we ask: What is the bush fire smoke we're smelling in many areas of the country? What is the difference between control burning and back burning? Have we done anything differently this year? Are we doing more controlled burning? Does a wetter spring mean we wont see fires as early? or will there be more fuel to burn? Have we changed our approach to responding to fires as soon as they start, even if they're hard to access? What can we do from a human response to deal with bushfires? Will some of the Covid restrictions put us at more risk of bushfire danger? Will the quarantine restriction on state borders make it a hard to get firefighters from other states or countries to come in and fight the bushfires?   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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1 Sep 20

Survivor’s guilt: How do you unpack it? Can it be transformed into inspiration?

On todays episode we look at twists of fate, and the survivor’s guilt of avoiding a tragedy. We hear the of real life sliding doors stories of people who’ve narrowly avoided death by chance or intuition and then lived with the survivors guilt that comes from it.   Tyla Harrison-Hunt was meant to be in the Christchurch mosque where the deadly shooting happened last year, he prayed there every Friday, however this particular day he was in Melbourne for a weekend away. We also hear the story of our Producer Claire - she was supposed to take a job in Christchurch but something told her not to, and if she had she would have died in an earthquake. We’re also joined by Clinical Psychologist Kim Felmingham  - an expert in trauma who explains what survivors guilt is, how debilitating it can be, and the concept of Post Traumatic Growth.    In today's news headlines: Australian TV anchor detained in China Interim bushfire report recommends national bushfire warning system Victorian roadmap out of stage four to be released Sunday $563 million aged care support package unveiled   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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31 Aug 20

Kevin Rudd knows about leading in times of crisis

What is it like being the person at the top in times of crisis? Is there a breaking point? How do you sleep? Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has lived the answers to those questions as the person that led Australia through the Global Financial Crisis, the Black Saturday Bushfires and the threat of Swine Flu.   Six months into the coronavirus pandemic, we are in unprecedented times - which means an unprecedented number of press conferences for our State and territory leaders, as well as the PM. They’ve been working day in and day out. In Victoria, Premier Dan Andrews is about to front his 60th daily press conference in a row.    Today on the show, former PM Kevin Rudd is our special guest.   In today's news headlines:  Most Aussies back border closures, poll finds Queenslanders urged to wear masks amid new restrictions Australia’s emissions fall to lowest levels since 1998   In today's Briefing we ask Kevin Rudd: Should our leaders take some time off? Why does he recommend a couple of hours a day of ‘thinking’? What are his music recommendations? What did his day to day look like during the GFC? With the Black Saturday Bushfires, why did prayer and meditation helped get his own headspace in order? How did he stop himself from blubbering on national TV? Who are the everyday Aussies he stays in touch with? What advice does he have for other PM’s wanting to take a break? What is his advice for Dan Andrews? How has the role of PM impacted his mental health?      Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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30 Aug 20

Our healthcare workers getting infected with Covid

Are we doing enough to protect our healthcare workers from getting Covid at work? To look after those who look after us? Nurses, doctors and allied health professionals are ending up in intensive care because of what they say is inadequate infection control.     2700 workers have tested positive since the beginning of the pandemic with more than 100 hospitalised and sadly one death. So are we doing enough to protect our health workers while they’re on the job? And how can we expect them to look after us, when we can’t first, keep them safe at work?   On today’s episode we speak with Emily Morris, an Emergency Department nurse at The Royal Melbourne Hospital where she works with Covid patients every day, and contracted Covid herself last month. We’re also joined by Dr Michelle Ananda-Raja, a consulting physician in infectious diseases who has spoken to more than 400 Victorian health workers about their experiences.   In today's news headlines: Christchurch shooter sentenced to life in prison without parole China lashes Australia again over federal bill to kill problematic state, local agreements with foreign powers 20,000 shifts filled: chief nurse reveals the impact of Victoria’s second wave on aged care On National Equal Pay Day, experts warn pandemic will make gender pay gap worse   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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27 Aug 20

The Aboriginal flag Copyright controversy explained

In recent headlines you might have seen the Aboriginal Flag caught up in a copyright controversy. On today’s episode we get you up to speed, looking at why the flag is copyrighted, who can use the flag and for what purpose, and who should own the Aboriginal flag? For example, did you know that if you get a tattoo of the Aboriginal flag you're technically breaking copyright laws?   We speak with Professor Isabella Alexander an expert on all things copyright, and Gunditjmara woman Laura Thompson who found out the threat is real when she received a 'Cease and Desist' notice last year. That legal threat prompted her to start a campaign to free the flag from copyright.   In today's headlines: Victoria’s 12 month state of emergency extension dead in the water Senior Chinese diplomat says Australia “betrayed” Beijing Two people killed during US protests over latest police shooting   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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26 Aug 20

“If he was a human I would ask why?” The Christchurch survivor facing the gunman man that tried to kill him

In 2019 year the single largest massacre in New Zealand was perpetrated by a 28-year-old man from Grafton NSW. His sentencing is currently underway, with Christchurch’s High Court hearing from surviving victims and their families. The man has plead guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one charge of committing a terrorist act.    Our guest, Hisham Al Zarzour, is one of more than 60 people who survived the attack and who’s victim impact statement will be read to the court and to the gunman who killed 51 of his fellow worshippers.    In today's news headlines: Hundreds of travelers moved from Sydney Travelodge which was found unfit for hotel quarantine More job losses for Qantas and major fashion retailers NSW inquiry into summer bushfires that killed 33 Australians handed down WA’s court border battle win over Clive Palmer     Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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25 Aug 20

Post-pandemic cultural shifts: Will Covid kill the bra?

Recessions, depressions, wars and pandemics change what we value, the way we relate to one another and how we express ourselves. They also change our day-to-day lives including what we eat, how we work and what we wear.    Will this economic downturn keep up in bleak, darker colours? What will happen when this is all over? Will there ever be corporate attire if we all work from home? To find out a bit more about what the pandemic and recession might do to the way we dress, eat, work and play we’ speak to Associate Professor Jordan Williams, who is a cultural critic specialising in creativity and trauma.   In today's headlines: Top doctor defends vaccine after religious leaders raise "ethical concerns” Victoria’s state of emergency could be extended for another year President Donald Trump formally renominated for “the most important election in our history” KFC drops its iconic slogan because of Covid-19   In today's Briefing we ask: What is Covid going to change about the way we dress? How we live? Will Covid kill the bra? What changes will we see in the way we present ourselves? What interior styles do we see coming in? Will it change the way we eat and buy produce? Will there be a renaissance period where the arts will be put on a pedestal?   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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24 Aug 20

The William Tyrell detective fighting to save his reputation

The disappearance of 3 year old William Tyrell is one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in Australian history. If you’re someone who’s followed that case, you’ll probably know the name Gary Jubelin.    Earlier this year NSW detective Gary was found guilty of unlawfully recording conversations with a suspect and was fined $10,000. An appeal is underway, but it ended his 34 year career in the police force. Since his conviction Gary has released a book telling his side of the story it’s called ‘I catch Killers: The Life and Many deaths of a homicide detective’    Gary Jubelin joins us today to explain why he’s fighting to save his reputation.   In today's news headlines: Second TV show shut down after Masked Singer Covid-19 outbreak QLD races to get on top of Covid-19 outbreak Christchurch terrorist sentencing begins today TikTok to sue the Trump Administration   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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23 Aug 20

The Weekend Briefing: How can we tackle climate change amidst a pandemic?

Welcome to The Weekend Briefing. In this bonus episode, Australians experienced a horrific summer with devastating bushfires, drought and floods – all which have been intensified due to climate change.   At the peak of fires, Australia rallied for our government to acknowledge climate change and to take action.   Since COVID-19, the national discussion on climate change has taken a back seat, so how can we continue to tackle climate change amidst a pandemic and what is our government doing about it?   Tom talks to climate activist Jean Hinchliffe  


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21 Aug 20

A message from a young person with Covid

If you think Coronavirus is just an old person’s disease then think again. Older people might be more likely to die from COVID 19 but it’s actually people in their 20s who are the most likely to contract and spread the virus.   Today we hear the harrowing story of Marcus Tomoff, a 28-year-old from Florida who contracted Covid-19 in June and is still dealing with really serious health and neurological problems. Marcus also infected his parents. He has a message that he hopes will get through to his fellow young people. We're also joined Dr Sora Park from the News and Media Centre at the University of Canberra.   In today's news headlines: Prime Minister asks state leaders to resolve border closure crisis Qantas sheds 6000 jobs as profits plunge 91 percent Hillary Clinton, Billie Eilish, Barack Obama and Kamala Harris urge voters to kick Trump out   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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20 Aug 20

Will Kamala Harris be the key to defeating Trump?

Whether you love or hate Donald Trump, you’ll need to know about the new player on the block that could take him down in November’s election. Last week Kamala Harris was announced as the Democrats' Vice Presidential candidate, who will stand with presidential candidate Joe Biden to try and defeat Trump.    So given Harris will be critical to taking on Trump, on todays episode we find out who she is and whether she could make the difference for the Democrats and be key to defeating the current President of the United States. Our guest is Maya King – US POLITICO journalist.   In today's news headlines: Confusion over Prime Minister’s comments about whether or not Covid-19 vaccine will be mandatory “No evidence” Sydney hotel quarantine guard who caught Covid-19 did anything wrong Joe Biden officially endorsed as Democratic Presidential candidate as Julie Gillard gives advice to Kamala Harris Police slam “disgusting” national puppy scam   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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19 Aug 20

Are you ‘vaccine hesitant’?

You’ve heard of anti-vaxxers, the people who straight up refuse to vaccinate. But have you heard of ‘vaccine hesitancy’? The World Health organisation defines vaccine hesitancy as people who might be sitting on the fence, delaying acceptance that vaccines work, or those who refuse to get it when its freely available. Vaccine hesitaters are considered one of the top ten risks to global health.   If Scientists and politicians are optimistic about their ability to roll out a safe and effective vaccine next year, why will some of us still hesitate? To discuss this our guests are Dr Robin Canniford (University of Melbourne) and Dr Margie Danchin (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute).   In today's news headlines: Australia locks in Coronavirus vaccine deal Jacinda Ardern isn't having Donald Trump's beat up. Research suggests muggy conditions could help mitigate COVID-19   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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18 Aug 20

The downside of an elimination strategy: Is NZ about the pay the price?

New Zealand has postponed their national election because of a COVID-19 cluster which highlights their different approach to the pandemic. They are going for elimination, while Australia is pursuing suppression.     Their elimination strategy had been working well. After a national stage four six week lock down, restrictions were lifted and life seemed to return to normal until last week when the clean streak ended, and restrictions came back into play. So is New Zealand starting to pay a bigger price for the elimination strategy, and how different is their strategy to ours? Is elimination even a reality?   Professor Michael Baker is an epidemiologist on the New Zealand Health Ministry’s COVID19 Technical Advisory Group and joins us to explain if New Zealand’s elimination strategy is about to get a whole lot more difficult.   In today's news headlines: 99% of Victoria’s Covid-19 cases are linked to hotel quarantine, while NSW government apologises for Ruby Princess crisis NZ Pushes Back Election Due To Covid Young Aussies are the target of the latest ad campaign around Covid-19 ad campaign.    Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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17 Aug 20

The appeal of celebrity downfall – with special guest Perez Hilton

There appears to be a new kind of celebrity take down story emerging. One that could only exist in the current social media and cultural climate. Is it fair enough that people are finally calling out celebrities for their bad behaviour or do we just like seeing a really successful person brought down?    For decades Ellen has been one the most popular talk show hosts in the world, her brand is building on kindness and credibility but this year this image has started to unravel. On today's episode we find out what Perez Hilton thinks of the unfolding Ellen story. He’s world’s most infamous gossip blogger and responsible for breaking some of the biggest celebrity stories of all time.    In today's news headlines: The health minister "optimistic" about vaccine in mid-2021 Victoria’s state of emergency extended for another month as cases decline International students flying to South Australia in Australian-first pilot program   Follow Perez Hilton at and be sure to check out his new book "TMI".   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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16 Aug 20

The Beirut crisis explained: Why did the whole government resign after the explosion?

Last week’s deadly explosion in Beirut was one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history. It also sent a massive political shockwave through the already struggling country with protestors calling on the government to resign.   We're going to brief you on why this explosion of ammonium nitrate has brought down the government, and what are the deeper problems causing so much despair in Lebanon? What was happening leading up to the blast that led Lebanon’s government to step down as a result? We're joined by journalist Adam Chamseddine from Beirut.   In today's news headlines: Hope as Victoria records its best case numbers in more than three weeks National unemployment now at a 22 year high Quarantine breach “likely” behind New Zealand Covid-19 outbreak Melbourne man fined for Maskacne   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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13 Aug 20

Could dog disease detectives be the heroes of the pandemic? 🐶

Research shows sniffer dogs can be 100% accurate at detecting Covid! On today’s episode we find out how do they do it? Which breeds are best? And when could our furry friends could be used to save us from Covid?   We’re joined by both Dr Anne-Lise Chaberis and Dr Susan Hazel, from the School of Animal and Veterinary Science at Adelaide Uni who explain the science behind this and when these dogs could be trained and rolled out here in Australian hospitals, airports and aged care facilities.   In today's headlines: New Zealand probes whether frozen freight to blame for coronavirus spread Joe Biden names Senator Kamala Harris as his Presidential running mate Western Australia works to pass emergency legislation to stop Clive Palmer’s $30b lawsuit University students who fail half of first year subjects to lose access to HELP   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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12 Aug 20

What's next in the Jeffrey Epstein story?

It is one year since Jeffrey Epstein died in a New York prison and exposed a dark underbelly among some of the world's most powerful people. For many of us watching on, it was this mysterious death that first brought Epstein to our attention. On today's episode we go back and find out more about what happened up until that point.   We’ll also find out what’s happened since, including Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial and the trial of the two New York prison guards. Adam Klasfeld is a reporter with Courthouse News and takes us through the story of Jeffrey Epstein.   In today's headlines: Russia claims it’s designed the world’s first coronavirus vaccine New Zealand returns to lockdown after first cases in 102 days Canberra slaps down Victorian Premier after claims army help was not offered for hotel quarantine   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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11 Aug 20

The Fun Police: are Covid Marshals ruining weddings?

On todays episode we explore how COVID-19 has impacted our weddings. Classed as 'super spreading events’ Covid Marshals are now required as part of a safety plan at weddings. But does this actually stop the spread of the virus, or is it just as a visual deterrent? These ‘fun police’ are required to ensure safety guidelines are being met which includes no dancing, no mingling, no singing, no embracing or shaking hands. Police have even turned up to do head counts and dancefloor inspections.   So is a wedding with so many restrictions even worth it? And could line dancing be the answer to keep our weddings safe?   Our guests are: John Alten (Sydney MC and event director), Professor Nancy Baxter from the University of Melbourne and Antoinette Lattouf, who was a guest at a covid safe wedding where the police were called.   In today's news headlines: BREAKING: The entire Lebanese government has resigned Australia's aged care death rate among the worst in the world  Covid-19: Victoria’s promising case drop; NSW school cluster grows; teens arrested for skipping quarantine   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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10 Aug 20

Is the pandemic a ‘window of opportunity’ for terrorism?

What are terrorists up to now during the pandemic? Are they more or less of a threat?   Whether it’s Islamic State or right-wing extremists some experts are warning that the pandemic is giving terrorists a unique opportunity to recruit new members online. In this episode we speak with Greg Barton, one of Australia’s leading experts on Islamic Terrorism who says there’s actually been an uptick in attacks in parts of Iraq during this pandemic.   So what does that mean for us here in Australia? How has the pandemic affected the threat of attacks on Western soil? Gary Ackerman, a US terror expert, also joins us to answer the question: How will terrorists pivot in the pandemic?   In today's news headlines: WA family of toddler killed in Beirut to return to Australia Victorian mental health suffers in second lockdown  Top doctor says COVIDSafe app is working well   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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9 Aug 20

Craig Reucassel’s fight for climate change

One of the biggest issues of the last year was climate change. So where is the climate debate now and how has the pandemic affected it?   Best known for his work with The Chaser, Craig Reucassel joins us to talk about his environmental quest. His new show Fight For Planet A raises the question: How much difference we can make as individuals?   In today's headlines: JobKeeper to be expanded amid second lockdown People in their 20s make up the largest proportion of COVID transmissions both in NSW and nationally More pain for Lebanon as Covid-19 cases spike days after deadly blast NRL coach Wayne Bennett sidelined for two weeks over Covid breach   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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6 Aug 20

Do Curfews Work?

A number of countries have used curfews as part of their pandemic lockdown measures including France, Italy, Cyrus, parts of the US, Malaysia, Thailand, South Africa and now our very own city of Melbourne, but have they been proven to work? In this episode we explore the psychological impacts of a curfew, and also get the medical perspective on the impact it’s supposed to have.   We’re joined by Psychologist Eoin Killacky - a senior researcher at Orygen youth mental health service at Melbourne University and Professor John Matthews  - a public health expert who’s advised the Australian Government and also the World Health Organisation.   In today's news headlines: Two week state of emergency declared in Lebanon after horrific Beirut blast QLD shuts out NSW, ACT as man in his 30s dies in Victoria TigerAir to be dumped as Virgin sheds at least 3000 jobs TikTok won’t be banned in Australia, says Prime Minister   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  If you’d like to help those affected by the Beirut explosion there are a number of ways Australians can help fund emergency relief:   Disaster relief campaigns include: Lebanese Red Cross  Human Appeal Australia Muslim Aid Australia Impact Lebanon


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5 Aug 20

The Aussie locked in the world's worst women's prison

Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert is a 33 year old Australian academic convicted of spying, and sentenced to ten years in an Iranian prison. Kylie has always maintained her innocence. After serving two years, she was recently transferred to what’s been described as one of the world's worst women’s prisons, severely overcrowded and rife with coronavirus.   On todays episode we discover the chain of events that led to Kylie’s imprisonment. We speak with one of her biggest supporters Jessie Moritz and Australia’s former Middle East diplomat Dave Sharma. is the website her supporters have created with steps on how you can help.   In today's news headlines: Victorian exercise loophole closed as new $5000 fine introduced Police officer’s face slammed into concrete by mask-dodger “They are dying, it is what it is”: President Trump’s disastrous sit-down interview Christmas Island to be reopened for criminals, non-citizens   Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU 


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4 Aug 20

Coronavirus Q&A: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly facts about Coronavirus you need to know. When the coronavirus pandemic first took hold in March one of the most prominent voices explaining what was happening was the ABC’s Dr Norman Swan. He’s a medical doctor and journalist and has become one of the most trusted voices in the country when it comes to the Coronavirus. Now that it’s almost five months since WHO declared the pandemic Norman Swan is with us to answer some of your burning Coronavirus questions.   In today's news headlines: Most non-essential Victorian businesses to shut as Prime Minister unveils $1500 pandemic payment Property prices continue to fall in the major cities Big spike in Aussies importing illegal, unproven Covid-19 “cure”   In today's Briefing we ask: Why did Dr Norman Swan become a prominent voice in discussing coronavirus in Australia? How does he rate the government response to the pandemic? Are these restrictions the new normal or are they an aberration? What will work to curb the spread of the virus in Victoria? How long will it take to get the case numbers under control? How do the restrictions help stop the spread of the virus? What is known about the effects of the virus long term? How does the pandemic end?


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3 Aug 20

Why more of us are going child-free

Has the pandemic pushed more people not to have kids? By 2030, the number of couples without children will overtake the number of couples with children. Despite initial talk of lockdown love and the ‘the makings of a baby boom’, history tells us that birth rates are likely to drop in the wake of Covid-19 and the recession.   For some people the pandemic, is the final straw, they  won’t be having kids because the world is ‘no place for children’. Joining us today is Anne Hollonds - Director, Australian Institute of Family Studies.   In today's news headlines: Victoria in a state of disaster, Melbourne’s stage four shutdown NSW upgrades facemask policy as QLD traces flight case Telstra backflips on cyberattack claim over mass outage Nick Kygrios slams “selfish” tennis stars while pulling out of US Open   In today's Briefing we ask: Is declaring a fear of a post-Covid world being a reason to not have kids an over-reaction? Will the pandemic mean Australia’s population will go into decline?


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2 Aug 20

We need to talk about ‘Karen’… What does this label really mean?

The label ‘Karen’ has become a new archetype of middle-class white privilege. ‘Karen’ has mostly been used in the U.S as a way of calling out entitled white women who are used to getting their way and who police the behaviour of others.    So today we find out what this label really means... by going back to where it started.   In today's news headlines: Three Queensland women charged with fraud over Coronavirus Victorian restrictions extended after record 723 new cases, 13 deaths Zuckerberg told he may be forced to sell Instagram as Trump considers US TikTok ban   In today's Briefing we speak to: Karen Hopkins, Australian who has no problem with the name Karen - is happy to have a laugh about it. Andre Brock, Association Professor of media studies at Georgia Tech. Dr Benjamin Nickl, lecturer at the University of Sydney. Professor Roly Sussex; emeritus professor of applied language studies at the University of Queensland.


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30 Jul 20

How to stop the next wave: Our mental health crisis

The mental health consequences of COVID-19 are being described as the next wave of the pandemic   The pain of this pandemic could last for years, even if the medical emergency ends soon.   Calls to Lifeline have increased and new research from Sydney University’s Brain and Mind Centre predicts that under a best case scenario rates of suicide will rise by 14 per cent over the next five years.   So how do we try and stop that from happening? On today's episode we speak to Professor Ian Hickie the director of the Brain and Mind centre.   In today's news headlines: Queensland is shutting out all of Greater Sydney after two Covid-19 positive teens sneak in Melbourne police break car window in dramatic arrest of viral Covid-19 sceptic Young Australians incomes’ have actually gone backwards Lorde, Sia, Rihanna sign letter demanding politicians ask before playing songs at rallies   If you're feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping or staying safe. You can call 13 11 14 for confidential one-to-one support with a trained Lifeline telephone crisis supporter. Or visit to find your nearest centre, or go and see your local doctor.


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29 Jul 20

‘House of horror’: Inside Melbourne’s worst-hit aged care home

One of the biggest threats of the pandemic is unfolding right now. The number of old people getting covid-19 in Victoria’s aged care facilities is frightening.    On today’s episode we look at the Covid crisis engulfing the aged care centres in Melbourne, and how this could be happening given the loss and devastation at Newmarch house in Sydney?   Nicholas Barboussas shares his heartbreaking story about his fathers covid death in St Basil’s nursing home in Melbourne, and Thomas Patsakos descrbes whats its like to have a loved one with dementia in the same aged care facility.     In today's news headlines:  Specialist teams rushed in amid Victorian aged care crisis Sydney Black Lives Matter protest over before it began Heartbreaking number: almost 3 billion animals killed or displaced by summer fires Donald Trump Jr restricted by Twitter over anti-masker post   In today's Briefing we ask: what's it like to have family inside an aged care home during the time of Coronavirus? How difficult is it to not be able to visit and not be able to be there in a family members final days? What is the reaction to people refusing to wear masks or the "herd immunity" theory?


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28 Jul 20

Mack Horton: Olympic Swimming Champion and enemy of drug cheats

The Tokyo Olympics were scheduled to open last week before the pandemic pushed them back to next year. Australian Olympic Swimming champion Mack Horton would’ve been racing this week, defending his 400m Gold medal from Rio. It would also have been the first Olympics without a Sun Yang drug cloud hanging over it after the Chinese swimmer was banned for eight years after tampering with a drug test. He joins us on today's show as our very special guest.   In today's news headlines: Three-week-old baby infected with coronavirus in Melbourne NICU cluster Top lawmakers refuse to #RaiseTheAge Black Lives Matter protesters say they’ll cancel today’s rally – on one condition The ACCC’s world-first case against Google   In today's Briefing we ask Mack Horton: How time out of the water was harder than the postponement of the Olympics for him? What was it like not having a pool to train in during lockdown? What's the new sport he’s fallen in love with? What is the physical and psychological impacts of not training? How different the Olympics might look in 2021 in a pandemic world? What was his podium protest really about at the Rio Games?


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27 Jul 20

Why is Australia locking up 10 year olds?

Across Australia children as young as 10 can be arrested by police, charged with an offence, hauled before a court and locked away in youth prisons. We’re one of the only western countries that do that. Today Australian lawmakers will have a historic chance to change that. The Council of Attorneys-General will be looking at raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years in line with UN standards.    On today’s episode we hear the deeply moving story of Keenan Mundine who was first locked up at 14 and then spent 15 years in an out of prison. He is part of the campaign to raise the age, and runs an organisation called Deadly Connections. Roxanne Moore is a Noongar woman and human rights lawyer and is helping drive the #RaiseTheAge campaign.   In today's news headlines: “Anti-maskers” slammed by government, business Premier says Melbourne is “effectively” in stage four already Supreme Court blocks upcoming Sydney Black Lives Matter protest Majority of Australians support legal change to stop putting ten-year-olds in prison   In today's Briefing we ask: what is the impact of being locked up on a young person? How does going to prison at a young age normalise it if it happens in future? What does it take to break out of that system? What is a better way to deal with crime than sending children to detention? What would the impact of raising the age of criminal responsibility be? What percentage of young people who are locked up come back to prison?


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26 Jul 20

The Weekend Briefing with Special Guest Julia Gillard

Welcome to a special weekend edition of The Briefing with guest Julia Gillard.    In today’s episode, we catch up with Australia’s first and only female Prime Minister about her famous misogyny speech of 2012, how ultra macho leadership styles are letting us down during the pandemic, and her new book Women in Leadership.   In today's episode Julia Gillard speaks to us about: The speech that turned her into a feminist hero The fact she never expected her gender to be such a key point in her leadership of the country Her take on some of the more controversial male leaders across the world during the pandemic Whether New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern would ‘make it’ in Australian politics Whether she expected her post-political life to centre around female leadership  Where she thinks the gender equality debate will be after the pandemic What male leaders of today can do to pave the way for a more equal future


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24 Jul 20

Job Keeper Rorts

Today we take a deep dive on JobKeeper rorts and the bosses taking advantage during the pandemic. Common issues include workers being forced to change hours and duties to receive JobKeeper, and workers being pressured into accepting JobKeeper on the employer’s terms. Since the scheme began in March the Australian Tax office has received more than 6168 tip offs about JobKeeper payment issues, and the Fair Work Ombudsman has received 726 requests for assistance.   In today's episode we speak to some workers who fall under JobKeeper's provisions and Giri Sivaraman, a Principal lawyer at Maurice Blackburn.   In today's headlines: A quarter of a million more people will lose their jobs by Christmas Man in his 50s one of five new Victorian deaths as $300 hardship payment introduced Twitter confirms private messages accessed in high profile hack of Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Kanye West Bill Gates “doesn’t know” where Covid-19 microchip conspiracy theory came from   On today's Briefing we ask: Is your employer allowed to force you into a different role or hours on JobKeeper? What should you do if you're being forced to change hours on JobKeeper? What should you do if you're being forced to change duties on JobKeeper? Are you forced to accept JobKeeper?


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23 Jul 20

Shark Attacks: What is behind the recent spate?

Shark attacks are at a ten year high in Australia. We’re only halfway through the year and we’ve already seen 18 attacks, 4 of those in the past 5 weeks. 5 of these attacks have been fatal, when the average is usually 1.8 deaths per year.   On today's episode we're joined by Dr Vanessa Pirotta: wildlife scientist, marine biologist and last week’s shark attack victim who loves sharks. Our other guest is Dr Vincent Raoult, a marine ecologist at the University of Newcastle.    Today's news headlines: Covid-19: We’ll be paying off the budget hit for 30 years More than half of Victorians not isolating while waiting for Covid-19 test results US President Donald Trump asks Americans to wear masks in major backflip   In today's Briefing we ask: Why there has been a spike in shark attacks in Australia? What are the best approaches to deal with this?


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22 Jul 20

Julia Gillard

When Prime Minister Julia Gillard stood up in parliament and gave her misogyny speech in 2012 she had no idea it would become the defining moment of her career.  It went viral with 6 million people watching it on YouTube alone, and it made Julia a feminist hero. She was the Australia’s first and only female Prime Minister, coming to power controversially after the axing of Kevin Rudd in 2010. She is our special guest on the show today.   In today's news headlines: All the new JobKeeper and JobSeeker changes explained Melbourne security guard claims she was recruited on Whatsapp, given no training Charges laid over 2016 Dreamworld deaths Coronavirus bites with eight iconic Aussie magazines axed   In today's Briefing: Julia Gillard has a new book Women In Leadership and joins The Briefing in this episode to talk about what’s unique about female leadership and how ultra-macho leadership styles are letting us down in the pandemic.


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21 Jul 20

Cyber security: What do we have to fear?

Last month our Prime Minister, side by side with the Defence Minister gave us a very strong warning about cyberattacks. Along with that warning here in Australia, there’s been a concerning development in the UK after they accused a Russian hacking group of trying to steal COVID-19 research.   On todays episode we find out what harm these attacks could actually do., and what we really need to worry about. Our guest today is Alastair MacGibbon: Chief Strategy Officer, CyberCX and former National Cyber Security Advisor & Head of Australian Cyber Security Centre.   In today's news headlines: JobKeeper: payments reduced from October, extended to 2021 NSW at a “critical point” as person in their 30s in ICU Major development in UK Covid-19 vaccine trial   In today's Briefing we ask: Why are cyberattacks a threat to us all? How do they really affect our lives? And what harm could these attacks actually do?


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20 Jul 20

How does contact tracing actually work?

On todays episode we interview a disease detective hunting for patient zero and trying to stop the spread of COVID-19. Christian Peut is a Contact Tracer in the Communicable Disease and Control Branch at SA Health. Coronavirus contact tracers or "disease detectives" are the health experts who interview people with COVID-19 to try and work out who they might have got the disease from and who they might have given it to.    In today's news headlines:  Masks mandatory in Melbourne from Thursday More small business support ahead of JobKeeper tweaks Presidential latecomer Kanye West is holding his first rally today   In todays Briefing we ask: How does contact tracing actually work? Is it really possible to track everyone an infectious person has come into contact with? What happens if - or when - the Covid Safe app fails? 


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19 Jul 20

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