PM - Individual Items

PM - Individual Items


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


Push for pharmacies to have more private consultation rooms  

Pharmacists around the country are being given an increasing set of responsibilities, ranging from sick notes to vaccinations. Yet it's estimated only two in five have private consulting rooms. Now there's a push to better promote privacy at the pharmacy counter.

Extremist violence claims more than 55 lives in Quetta  

Nearly 60 people are dead after an attack in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan, after several militants allegedly belonging to the militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi stormed a police training barracks.

One Nation's Rod Culleton pleads guilty to car key theft, but will stay in Senate  

West Australian One Nation Senator Rod Culleton has pleaded guilty to larceny over the theft of keys from a tow truck in northern New South Wales. Despite admitting guilt he'll be able to stay in the Senate because the magistrate presiding over the case dismissed it. Outside the court, Senator Culleton conceded he may have been foolish and now wants to move on.

Drones to be trialled as medical transporters  

Australia's flying doctor system - with a tradition dating back to 1928 - could soon be using aerial drones. CASA, the aviation regulator, is supporting a trial,using remotely controlled aerial drones for dispatching all kinds of medical supplies to even the remotest corners of the continent. Angel Drones, as they're to be known, hold the promise of vastly reduced travel time.

Japan's return to so-called 'scientific' whale hunt high on IWC agenda  

Japan's recent return to its so-called 'scientific' whale hunt will be a key agenda item at the biennial International Whaling Commission this week. Eighty-eight nations are at the meeting, which began in the town of Portoroz in Slovenia overnight. Australia will attempt to bring new scrutiny to the process of scientific whaling permits issued by Japan to Japanese whalers.

CO2 concentration exceeds 400ppm levels in 2016  

The United Nations World Meteorological Organisation has announced that the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere last year peaked at the 400 parts per million level. Even more worryingly, it says that this year that concentration won't fall below that old threshold.

Victorian CFA dispute headed for Fair Work showdown  

The dispute between volunteer and paid fire-fighters in Victoria appears to be going to the Fair Work Commission. Volunteers have withdrawn a court challenge to an industrial agreement for paid staff, saying a federal intervention addresses their concerns. Each side says a Fair Work Commission ruling is likely to go their way.

King's School Headmaster admits catastrophic failure over abuse of student in 2013  

The headmaster of one of Australia's oldest and most prestigious schools has faced a stream of criticisms from former students who've accused him of putting the reputation of the school ahead of the welfare of students who were abused during their time at The King's School, in Parramatta. The child abuse Royal Commission inquiry has heard about a culture problem within the boarding houses and on school camps which tolerated physical bullying, sexual humiliation, intimidation and painful initiation rituals at the hands of fellow students. Witnesses have told the inquiry that the school's current headmaster Tim Hawkes has prioritised the school's image and the school didn't have the money to help former students who had been sexually assaulted.

Turning router on and off could have prevented Census website meltdown  

IBM has admitted it should have turned a router on and off during testing before the Census - something it says could have prevented the website's two day shutdown. Appearing at a Senate inquiry in Canberra, the technology company and the Australian Bureau of Statistics have apologised for the August 9 meltdown, but also attempted to shift a lot of the blame. The online portal was taken down after struggling with unwanted traffic from Singapore. IBM says one of its suppliers did not switch on geoblocking technology that would have prevented the denial of service of attacks.

Four dead in Dreamworld nightmare  

Four people are dead after something went terribly wrong on a ride at the popular Gold Coast theme park, Dreamworld, this afternoon. They were on the Thunder River Rapids Ride and were crushed by its conveyor belt.

Number of Zika cases in Australia now at 76  

The number of cases of Zika virus detected in Australia is now up to 76. The latest figures from the Federal Health Department show travellers arriving from countries including Fiji, Tonga and Mexico have tested positive to the virus. There's now been at least seven cases in far north Queensland, where local mosquito populations have the potential to spread the illness. Despite this, health authorities say there's been no recorded cases of it spreading between people in Australia.

Company denies reports of power plant closure  

The French owner of Australia's highest-polluting power station has denied reports it has decided to shut the plant. Local leaders in Gippsland say ongoing rumours about the Hazelwood plant are difficult to deal with.

As Iraqis fall in fight to reclaim Mosul, some question lack of coalition air support  

In the thick of the offensive on Mosul, a Kurdish Peshmerga military commander is asking what's happened to the coalition air support his troops need. Mansour Barzani is the Commander of Peshmerga Special Forces - as well as being the son of the Kurdish regional President Masoud Barzani. As his men fight and die in the effort to push towards Mosul, he wants to know why his appeals for air cover from coalition warplanes have been going unheeded.

Noose closing in on so-called Islamic State in city of Mosul  

The noose is closing in on the so-called Islamic State in the major city of Mosul. Iraqi and Kurdish forces are getting closer in the north, east and south of Mosul. But to get there, the anti-Isis forces have to take a belt of mostly abandoned and heavily-mined villages. Last week, the town of Dabiq fell - a hugely symbolic place for IS. Historian and academic Robert Manne has written a book, The Mind Of Islamic State. He speaks to PM about the history of IS's split with Al Qaeda and its leadership, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri.

More Year 12s seeking exam assistance as they battle anxiety, depression  

Hundreds of students across the nation are seeking special help in completing their year 12 exams, as anxiety and other mental health issues take a toll. Figures from South Australia and New South Wales show an increase in students needing rest breaks, extra time and other provisions to ensure they get through.

ACOSS concerned about welfare policy direction  

The Australian Council of Social Service is concerned about the direction the Federal Government is taking with its welfare policy. In a speech tonight the Human Services Minister Alan Tudge will outline plans to tighten the rules for job seekers and increase penalties for those who fail to follow them. But ACOSS says Australia already has one of the tightest welfare compliance systems in the world.

Property boom to ultimately bite NSW, Victoria on the backside: economist  

A new reports highlights just how dependent the Australian economy is on the housing market. According to Commsec's State of the States report, New South Wales remains on top of the economic performance rankings. At the bottom of the list are Western Australia and the Northern Territory, both of which are experiencing declining property markets. The big question is whether the economic growth currently being enjoyed by Australia's south eastern states is sustainable.

Morrison details house price problem, but not solution  

The Treasurer's delivered a speech about high house prices, saying they can 'seem unfair' to first home owners, while declining to detail what more the Government intends to do about the issue, beyond continuing to pressure the states over red tape surrounding building approvals. Labor's calling the speech a 'hoax', accusing the Government of only pretending to care about first-home buyers.

Australia's second highest law officer Justin Gleeson resigning  

Australia's second highest law officer, Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson, is resigning after his very public stoush with the Federal Attorney-General George Brandis. The two high-flying lawyers clashed over Senator Brandis' direction that all requests for the Solicitor-General's advice go through him first. Mr Gleeson fired a parting shot in his resignation letter, rejecting 'every attack and insinuation' from the Government against him and saying the pair's relationship was 'irretrievably broken'.

Human rights groups accuse Cambodian leaders of complacency, 25 years on  

This Sunday marks 25 years since a historic agreement to end decades of war and bloodshed in Cambodia. But human rights groups say the country's leaders are doing little to honour it and the situation is getting worse. They've accused the international community of turning their back on Cambodia, and they're pointing the finger squarely at Australia.

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