PM - Individual Items

PM - Individual Items


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


PNG landowners threaten 'chaos' unless Govt honours gas project deal  

Landowners at Papua New Guinea's biggest resources project are threatening to create 'chaos' if the Papua New Guinea Government doesn't honour a deal to give them equity. The PNG Government has withdrawn an offer to help finance the purchase of four per cent of the PNG LNG project. Landowners complained it was unfair. The Government now says landowners need to find more than a billion US dollars before the equity option expires at the end of this month.

Are we seeing the end of magazines?  

How much longer will the humble magazine be lining the shelves of Australian newsagencies? After 48 years in print, Dolly is ceasing its print edition and will become a solely online publication. Australian Property Investor magazine is also winding up after 20 years - the current issue is its final edition.

Broome's outdoor cinema Sun Pictures turns 100  

After surviving cyclones, floods and two world wars, Broome's outdoor cinema Sun Pictures is about to turn 100.

Scientists build app to save platypus  

Scientists have joined forces with Sydney's Taronga Zoo and the tech giant Google, to build an app that allows Australians to gather information about one of our most unique and elusive animals, the platypus. It's not clear how many platypuses are living in the wild, but conservationists say the star of the 20 cent coin is facing an uncertain future due to urban sprawl and river pollution.

Trump chooses retired general James 'Mad Dog' Mattis for defence secretary  

The US President-elect Donald Trump says he'll nominate retired general James Mattis to be his defence secretary. General Mattis only retired from his post as commander of the US Central Command in 2013, which means that Congress will have to act to bypass a law that bars retired military officers from becoming defence secretary within seven years of leaving active duty. In a new Lowy Institute Paper published by Penguin Random House, Professor of History at Sydney University, James Curran, has been trying to get the measure of the US-Australian relationship in the Trump era.

David and Goliath battle over 'Radio Adelaide' name  

A community radio station in Adelaide believes it has a strong legal case against the ABC, over claims the public broadcaster is planning to use its name. Radio Adelaide is outraged over the ABC's plans to rebrand in Adelaide as ABC Radio Adelaide, part of a national rollout across all ABC capital city stations. Radio Adelaide's chairman has labelled the move 'breathtakingly arrogant', and says the station is preparing for a battle.

Call for greater awareness around links between asthma and allergies  

An Asthma Australia survey has found that four in 10 people who experienced asthma symptoms during last week's Melbourne thunderstorm hadn't been diagnosed with the condition before. However, early results from the online survey also found that a majority of victims had previously suffered from hay fever and other allergies. Asthma Australia says more needs to be done to raise awareness of the relationship between allergies and asthma and that the dangers of the latter should never be underestimated.

Remote work-for-the-dole scheme failing Indigenous communities: report  

A new report has found the Federal Government's remote work-for-the dole scheme is failing Indigenous communities. The Australian National University researchers have described the Community Development Programme as a policy disaster. They say more people are receiving financial penalties under the scheme, rental arrears are increasing and people are struggling to feed their families.

State treasurers can't convince feds to change negative gearing  

The state treasurers came to Canberra today, with many hoping to convince Scott Morrison to look at ways the feds can help make buying a house more affordable. The Federal Treasurer said there was some agreement on making rental accommodation more accessible, but Scott Morrison said he had no plans to change the Government's position on negative gearing. Labor and Liberal states have been urging the Commonwealth to consider it as a way to make it easier for people to get into the housing market.

Timor-Leste midwives want training to deal with alarming domestic violence rates  

Midwives from Timor-Leste say they want better training to deal with the alarming rates of domestic violence they see in their work. A survey of Timorese midwives suggests they're best placed to tackle domestic violence, but lack the skills and knowledge to do this. The research is expected to form part of a new curriculum for midwives and other health workers in Timor-Leste.

Indian Supreme Court orders national anthem be played before the start of films  

India's moviegoers will be getting a fresh dose of patriotism after the Supreme Court yesterday ordered the national anthem be played before the start of films. The decision comes amid growing nationalist sentiment in India and worsening relations with long time rival Pakistan. In its judgement, the court said the move will help instil a sense of patriotism and nationalism.

Calls to allow compensated surrogacy in Australia  

A study in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has found almost 60 per cent of survey respondents thought the current ban on commercial surrogacy in Australia was unjustified. Australian law allows for altruistic surrogacy but prohibits compensation of surrogates beyond their expenses, and bans the use of professional surrogacy agencies. Lawyer and surrogacy law expert Stephen Page says the results highlight how Australia should have uniform national surrogacy rules, as the current system is driving potential parents overseas to make illegal surrogacy arrangements.

With the ABCC returning, a look back at the building watchdog's history  

It was the trigger that prompted the last federal election, and dissolved both houses of parliament. Now the bill to reinstate the Australian Building and Construction Commission has passed the Senate, getting over the line yesterday with the help of the cross-bench. But just what is the ABCC - and what was it all about in the first place?

Real possibility Australia's economy went backwards in third quarter  

Despite record low interest rates, there's a real possibility the Australian economy went backwards in the September quarter. The latest official figures show business investment - a key contributor to growth - fell by 4 per cent. It's a blow to the Reserve Bank, which has been hoping for a faster transition to non-mining investment led growth. Meanwhile, private figures show a small crack starting to appear in Australia's east coast housing market.

Officials in Jakarta brace for more rallies over Governor Ahok controversy  

The Christian governor of Jakarta, Basuki 'Ahok' Purnama, has been arraigned in court on charges of insulting Islam. Ahok, who's ethnic Chinese, has been at the centre of a storm of protest by fundamentalist Muslims because he quoted a verse from the Quran. Last month, more than 100,000 people poured into central Jakarta calling for Ahok to be prosecuted for blasphemy and there are fears further rallies could spark a repeat of the anti-Chinese riots which swept the capital after the fall of Suharto in 1998.

Abuse inquiry told that laws should be strengthened to protect children  

Law experts are pushing for reforms to the justice system to ensure that every child sex offender is put before the courts. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been warned that the safety of children cannot be guaranteed under current laws.

Backpacker tax and protests dominate final day of Parliament  

The brinkmanship over the backpacker tax dominated the debate in Question Time on the final parliamentary day for 2016. Both houses of Parliament have also approved another round of security upgrades, which will see new fences and CCTV cameras installed around the building. For the second day in a row, a group of refugee advocates demonstrated at Parliament, with two abseilers unfurled a banner over the front of the building.

Farmers accuse major parties of political point-scoring over backpacker tax  

Farmers say the backpacker tax debacle has shown that the major parties are more concerned about political point-scoring than protecting Australian agriculture. But they say that may well come back to bite the Coalition and ALP at the ballot box.

Greens seal a deal with Government on backpacker tax  

The Federal Government's scored a late win on the last day of Parliament for the year, with a breakthrough on the backpacker tax. The Greens, who'd been holding out for a rate of 10.5 per cent, have now agreed to support a 15 per cent backpacker tax. With their support, the Coalition now easily has the numbers to get the bill through the Senate. While it's certainly a victory for the Coalition, it wasn't without considerable cost to the bottom line.

Push to extend age young people exit out-of-home care  

The peak body for children in out-of-home care is also pushing to have the age young people must leave their carers extended to 21. The idea was discussed with young people who've been through the care system at a meeting of people from the sector in Darwin. Panadura Rosas and Jewell Wheeler, both formerly in care, support extending the age, but under certain conditions.

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