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


  • COVID hit family speaks out on vaccines

    13/10/2021 Duration: 30min

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

  • Should we rush to vaccinate younger children?

    12/10/2021 Duration: 30min

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

  • Sydney emerges from COVID lockdown

    11/10/2021 Duration: 30min

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

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

    08/10/2021 Duration: 30min

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

  • New South Wales' new premier changes the COVID plan

    07/10/2021 Duration: 30min

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

  • Home finance set to get harder to raise

    06/10/2021 Duration: 30min

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

  • Another terrible record for Victoria

    05/10/2021 Duration: 30min

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

  • Another resignation from the NSW Government

    04/10/2021 Duration: 30min

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

  • Premier quits amid ICAC probe

    01/10/2021 Duration: 30min

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

  • Victorian ‘rule breakers’ behind COVID surge

    30/09/2021 Duration: 30min

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

  • Victoria charged over hotel quarantine safety

    29/09/2021 Duration: 30min

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

  • Will Rapid Antigen Testing change our pandemic lives?

    28/09/2021 Duration: 30min

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

  • Social isolation for unvaccinated in NSW

    27/09/2021 Duration: 30min

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

  • Nationals wary of 2050 emissions plan

    24/09/2021 Duration: 30min

    Half of Australians aged 16 plus are now fully vaccinated, with New South Wales set to hit the 70 percent target in less than a fortnight. Are the Nationals on board with their government's push for net zero carbon emissions by 2050? Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce wants assurances for Central Queensland. And two Melbourne AFL teams prepare for the season decider in Perth, how the sport has helped Victorians during long months of lockdown.

  • Vaccination hub staff abused

    23/09/2021 Duration: 30min

    COVID cases at a new peak in Victoria while two Melbourne vaccination hubs are shut because staff were threatened and spat at. Building a home or renovating? Prices are already escalating, but there's worse to come as global shortages and cost hikes bite. Ahead of this weekend's AFL grand final, there's rising discomfort about gambling ads from some clubs and players, while a Federal Government MP calls for a ban.

  • Mob takes over war shrine

    22/09/2021 Duration: 30min

    Police storm an unruly mob at Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance, we’ll explain how vaccination uproar is history repeating. Australia's biggest jolt in generations, no widespread damage from Victoria's earthquake, but plenty of shaken nerves. And how Australia's economy, and superannuation funds could be collateral damage if a Chinese property developer collapses.

  • Angry protest rocks Melbourne

    21/09/2021 Duration: 30min

    Chaos on Melbourne's streets and the West Gate freeway, with a second day of angry protest against lockdowns and mandatory vaccination. Relief for parents on the 13th week of Sydney's lockdown, play dates are back, but with lots of rules. And Pfizer says the data's in and its vaccine is safe for children aged two to eleven, but should children also have to wear masks at school? What's the evidence?

  • French still fuming over subs deal

    20/09/2021 Duration: 30min

    Who covered Christian Porter's legal fees? We'll look at the case for disclosure with Transparency International's Serena Lillywhite. French officials still fuming about the scrapped submarine program, an ex-pat chef in Australia shares his hopes that the free trade deal with the EU is still on track and the produce keeps coming. And the price of Australia's most lucrative export, iron ore, is collapsing, what does that mean for you?

  • NSW backs 7-day home quarantine for travellers

    17/09/2021 Duration: 30min

    We look at the future of international travel as New South Wales joins a trial of at-home quarantine, but with only a seven-day period of isolation for the fully vaccinated, will that be long enough?   Also, the fallout from the new defence alliance - the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce joins PM saying it's all about liberty and freedoms and won't increase Australia's risk. And how the lure of the regions could dramatically change Australia's population distribution and the services available away from the coast.

  • Australia’s ‘forever partnership’ to secure nuclear submarines

    16/09/2021 Duration: 30min

    Why does Australia need nuclear powered submarines? PM delves into the partnership with the US and the UK with former Labor Defence minister Stephen Smith. The Greens claim the subs would present a nuclear risk to Australia, we'll look at the facts, and also the opportunities in high tech nuclear science. And we meet the workers caught in the pandemic's no-man’s land, they're out of lockdown, disaster payments have stopped, but work hasn't yet picked up.

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