PM - Individual Items

PM - Individual Items


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


Residents prepare for Cyclone Debbie  

From Townsville down to Mackay, residents are bunkering down in preparation of what's tipped to be the worst cyclone to hit north Queensland since Yasi in 2011. But as tropical cyclone Debbie charts its way further south, authorities have just issued a fresh warning and evacuation orders for residents of Mackay. Debbie, now a category three cyclone, is now tipped to cross the coast as a category four between Bowen and Mackay. It's due to hit in the morning, coinciding with a tidal surge.

Tropical Cyclone Debbie looms closer to the North Queensland coast  

The rain has started pouring down, as Tropical Cyclone Debbie looms closer to the North Queensland coast. Reporter Annie Guest has the latest from the town of Bowen.

Government's business tax cuts faces final, biggest hurdle  

This afternoon, the Government passed its bill to cut business taxes to 25 per cent through the Lower House. But there's still no sign that it's got enough support from the Senate crossbench for it to become law. Meanwhile, as the Prime Minister tries to keep attention on the Government's efforts to rein in electricity prices, the Opposition has used Question Time to probe whether the Treasurer Scott Morrison still has the support from his colleagues.

Child abuse Royal Commission begins final case study public hearing  

The child sexual abuse Royal Commission chairman Peter McClellan has announced the inquiry's 57th case study public hearing will be its last. Justice McClellan said even though public hearings couldn't be held into all the institutions where abuse is alleged to have occurred, he believes all the types of institutions have been examined. The commission heard today that 64 per cent of the 6,500 Australians who have attended a private session at the commission were men.

Indigenous animated kids' TV series to debut on Australian TV  

From April, an Indigenous animated kids' TV series will be on our screens - in a first for Australia. The program's called Little J and Big Cuz, and is targeted towards Indigenous children under six years of age. The voices of Deborah Mailman and Miranda Tapsell star in the new show on NITV.

Bangladesh activist tells shoppers not to abandon her country  

In our a fast paced world of shopping, it's easy to forget about the people who have made the clothes you're buying. Bangladesh now has the second largest garment industry in the world second to China, and one of the most prominent garment worker activists in Bangladesh is in Sydney to receive a Human Rights Watch award. She's also here to remind shoppers and clothing companies that garment workers in her country need fair wages.

Former Don Dale manager denies 'macho' culture at youth detention centre  

A former manager at the Don Dale youth detention centre says he wasn't told that a guard filmed a detainee eating faeces, despite the incident occurring on his watch. James Sizeland has given evidence at the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory today. He also told the inquiry he didn't accept claims Don Dale had a 'macho' culture.

Unclear when Chinese authorities will release UTS Professor  

A lawyer for one of Australia's top China academics says it's not clear how long Chinese authorities will continue to force his client to remain in China. Professor Feng Chongyi from the University of Technology in Sydney was visiting China for research. He was detained by state security agents before he could return home on the weekend as planned.

GenY using tech expertise to gain a financial leg-up  

As property prices soar on the east coast, there's fresh evidence that millennials are diving into the sharemarket, and buying up international stocks, such as Google and Facebook. But while they may know more about these companies, experts warn that international share trading is fraught with risks.

AFL reviews the success of its inaugural women's league  

The AFL is celebrating the success of its inaugural women's season, which it says has exceeded expectations. The all female Aussie Rules competition had a cautious start, but now there's talk of expanding the game further. And the Australian Sports Commission expects the voice of women in sport will only grow stronger.

Labor says Tony Abbott's Hazelwood intervention undermines Malcolm Turnbull  

Federal Labor says that Tony Abbott is at war with his own party, following his calls for Victoria's Hazelwood Power station to remain open. The former prime minister says that the Federal Government should throw a multi-million dollar lifeline to keep Hazelwood open until other energy supplies come online. But Malcolm Turnbull has dismissed Mr Abbott's suggestion, while the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce says that the closure of Hazelwood is the State Government's responsibility.

Nervous wait for job seekers and local businesses as Hazelwood closure looms  

The Hazelwood plant in Victoria's LaTrobe Valley will become the ninth coal-fired power generator to close its doors in five years. Built in the 1960s, Hazelwood isn't considered the marvel of modern technology it once seemed. But with hundreds of job losses, what will the ripple effect be to the broader region?

Town of Waubra divided over wind energy  

Livelihoods in the tiny Victorian town of Waubra once relied on spuds and livestock, but now wind is a major source of income for many farmers. The town of about 500 people has 128 wind turbines, making it one of the largest wind farms in the southern hemisphere. The town's allegiance to wind has split the town, turning neighbours and friends against each other. And it's also become a magnet for anti-wind farm campaigners, who have labelled a so-called illness that comes with living near turbines, Waubra disease.

Lock the Gate critical of proposed CSG royalties scheme  

As politicians grapple with how to prevent the looming gas shortage, farmers are under more pressure than ever to allow gas wells on their properties. South Australia has a plan to pay farmers 10 per cent of mining royalties, if they allow extraction to go ahead. The Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby has praised that plan, but new analysis from anti-mining group Lock the Gate suggests farmers in Queensland would earn less than $1000 per well under that particular scheme.

Tasmanian Govt trying to open land in tourism boom area for potential logging  

Mountain Bike Tourism is transforming the small town of Derby in North East Tasmania. But the success story of Derby's mountain bike boom could be overshadowed by the contention created by the Tasmanian Government's decision to open up forest around the trails for potential logging.

China's Premier dismisses suggestions Beijing militarising in South China Sea  

China's visiting Premier has dismissed suggestions that Beijing is militarising the waters of the South China Sea, but concedes defence equipment placed on disputed islands is to help maintain freedom of navigation. Premier Li Keqiang discussed regional security concerns during formal talks with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Canberra, before unveiling new trade agreements.

NT Royal Commission: 'brutish, bullying culture' at Don Dale sidelined female detainees  

The Northern Territory's youth detention royal commission has been told females inside Don Dale weren't given access to education and activities available to the males. Today, the commissioners heard from a panel of former Don Dale guards about their time at the centre. This ends a week of evidence from former Don Dale guards, including claims bad management and a macho culture led to Don Dale's downhill spiral.

Hillsong takes zero tolerance approach to paedophiles, Royal Commission hears  

At the child sexual abuse Royal Commission, the leader of the Hillsong Church has given evidence that his organisation has a 'no tolerance' approach to paedophiles. Brian Houston's evidence follows the Royal Commission's finding that he'd failed to notify the authorities that his father, also a church pastor, had been accused of child abuse offences.

Should 'skimpies' be banned?  

It's a racy issue: are so-called 'skimpies' empowered women taking control of their bodies or glorified barmaids allowing themselves to be objectified by men? Activist group Collective Shout wants an end to scantily clad barmaids in WA, saying it leads to violence against women. But those behind the bar say women have a right to choose how they earn a living and how much flesh they bare.

London attacks: Flowers laid at scene in tribute  

Police in the UK and authorities around the world are coming to terms with the latest terror attack on the streets of London. Five people were killed and about were 40 injured, after a man ploughed his car into pedestrians and fatally stabbed an officer inside the gates of Parliament. The attacker was one of those killed, and now, police are investigating his motivations.

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