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Impacts of 9/11 Continue 19 Years On

INTRO: On September 11, 2001, at 8:45 a.m. a plane crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. The impact left a burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping more more in higher floors. As the evacuation got underway, cameras broadcast images of what initially appeared to be a freak accident. Then, 18 minutes after the first plane hit, a second plane hurled into the south tower near the 60th floor. Shortly after, a thir

Aussie invention could make coal stations emissions-free

As climate change worsens, the debate around the issue and how to proceed with energy storage raged. But a new energy storage technology invented in Australia could enable coal-fired power stations to run entirely emissions-free. The invention has been proven in the lab, and now the team is now moving to the next phase of proving it in the real world. The Daily was joined by Dr Alex Post, Chief Technical Officer of MGA Thermal, one of the minds behind this invention to explain exactly what it i

Farmers get their gear off for good cause

“It takes guts to get your gear off and it takes guts to talk about mental health.” That’s the slogan for The Naked Farmer organisation which was founded by Ben Brooksby. It all started as a social media campaign to promote farming but has ended up as a not-for-profit organisation with a huge following online. The cheeky, but tasteful nude pictures show the men and the women on the land in their element. To talk about how this project was born and how we can support the cause, The Daily was jo

Research shows rural aged care shortfall

A lot of media coverage in recent weeks has surrounded nursing homes, but a lot of that has tended to focus on metropolitan locations. But a recent study has found that rural aged care needs to be made more accessible. La Trobe University researchers have submitted a report to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety outlining some of the shortfalls of aged care markets in rural and regional areas. The Daily was joined by Dr Clare Wilding, one of the authors of the submission, to

#LetUsSpeak Fights for Sexual Assault Survivors

A Victorian law change that came into effect in February introduced a requirement for victims of sexual assault to seek permission from the court before going public, if charges were pending or if there had been a conviction. Now, the state is seeking to introduce amendments before the end of 2020 to “urgently” fix the legislation. This latest development is largely due to the work of the #LetUsSpeak campaign, the creator of which said survivors who want to self-identify in the media should not

Bill could see phones confiscated from immigration detainees

What would you do if your phone was taken off you? Safe to say, you would be extremely outraged that you had been stripped of your connection to the world – which is even more crucial right now. Well, a bill that could see mobile phones confiscated from Australian immigration detainees will be considered by parliament this week, with advocates warning the law would cut asylum seekers and refugees off from the outside world. The Daily was joined by Jana Favero, Director of Advocacy and Campaigns

Fallout and Recovery of the Beirut Blast

It’s been more than three weeks since an accidental explosion rocked Beirut’s port, killing 154 people and injuring thousands more. With heartbreaking and terrifying footage and photos of the tragedy circulating on social media and news channels, it was the current event on everyone’s minds. But as the story fades from mainstream news channels, residents of Beirut have been left to cleanup while grieving their loved ones. The Daily was joined by Antoun Issa, freelance writer on foreign policy a

NSW-Victoria border rules eased

Two cities, one community. Residents in Albury and Wodonga have been struggling due to a tough border closure that has impacted health services, businesses and the flow between the heavily-impacted cities. NSW Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, announced yesterday that in the next 10 days travel restrictions for residents on the NSW-Victoria border will be eased. So what does this look like? The Daily was joined by Andrew Cottrill, regional manager for Business NSW, to discuss the latest developmen

How will we predict hazardous weather in the future?

Australia experiences a range of hazardous weather events, like storms, floods and fire weather, which have enormous societal and economic impacts. This was clearly demonstrated by events in 2019 and 2020. Experts warn that as the climate changes, many of these hazards will increase in frequency and intensity. So how will we predict these hazardous weather events in the future? The Daily was joined by Dr Claire Vincent, a lecturer of atmospheric science at the University of Melbourne, to discus

BushFires: What's the update on the recovery effort?

The world watched on in horror as Australia battled deadly fires during summer. Lives were lost, and homes were destroyed But the Aussie spirit shined as organisations and volunteers rallied to lend a hand in anyway they could. BlazeAid is a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia post natural disasters and have been in action ever since the bushfires ravaged the country. Kevin Butler, Founder and President of Blaze Aid joined us to update us on t

New Program to Identify Human Remains

There are an estimated 500 sets of unidentified human remains in mortuaries, labs and police stations across Australia, with some unidentified bones dating back more than 50 years. Now, Australia’s first National DNA Program by The Australian Federal Police aims to make it possible for final goodbyes, and for the remains to at last be laid to rest. The program will be directed by Associate Professor Jodie Ward, a forensic DNA identification specialist from the AFP’s National Missing Persons Coo

Failing First Year Students Could Lose FEE-HELP

A new proposed bill could see university students who fail half their subjects in their first year lose access to government subsidies and loans. The scheme forms part of a crackdown on excessive enrollments and HELP debts that are not being repaid. Education Minister Dan Tehan said these measures will ensure students can’t take on a study load they won’t complete, leaving them without a qualification but a large debt. The Daily was joined by Andrew Norton, professor of higher education policy

The $4.5bn Cost of Australia’s Cannabis Industry

Cannabis use is costing Australia $4.5 billion a year according to a new report from drug and alcohol researchers. The National Drug Research Institute in Perth calculated more than 2 million people used marijuana in the study period 2015-16. This led to $4.4 billion in direct tangible costs, including criminal justice, health-care costs, and reduced productivity AND a further $100 million in intangible costs due to the premature death of 23 people, mostly through cannabis-related road traffic a

Is Islamic State making a resurgence?

It can seem that at the moment, all that is happening in the world is coronavirus, but some countries are still the victims of horrific terror attacks. Islamic State claimed responsibility for a multi-approach attack by a suicide car bomber and multiple gunmen against a prison in eastern Afghanistan, that left at least 29 people – including civilians – dead. It has been named by some as the most ambitious attack mounted in the country. So what happened, and is the militant group making a resurge

Breaking down barriers in sport for Indigenous women

It’s been an amazing year for women’s sport in Australia, especially considering Australia and New Zealand will be hosting the 2023 Women’s World Cup. But, sport is not accessible for all. In 2012, only 23.3 per cent of Indigenous women played a sport, walked for fitness or leisure, or were physically active in the previous 12 months. This compares with two-thirds of non-Indigenous women. More recent research is hard to come by according to Dr Michelle O’Shea, Senior Lecturer in Sport Manageme

Australia to Force Google, Facebook to Pay for News

Do you think Google and Facebook should pay for Australian content from commercial news businesses that is used on their platforms? Well, the Federal Government does. In a world-first, Australia plans to force Facebook and Google to pay for news. But the ABC, SBS and community radio stations will be excluded from the remuneration process. So how exactly is this going to work, and now that we have seen a draft code released what are the next steps? Rob Nicholls, Associate professor in Business

Border Communities Struggle with NSW-Victoria Lockdown

Two cities, one community- that’s how the NSW and Victorian border cities Albury and Wodonga describe themselves. With services and businesses interlinked, a harsh border lockdown has profoundly impacted the area. The local business chamber reports that about 15,000 workers cross the border every day to work and approximately 3,000 of these live or work outside of the current constricted bubble, and as such cannot attend their place of work. On Thursday, Victoria announced a horrifying spike i

Fight to raise age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 continues

What were you doing when you were 10 years old? Well, while some of us would have been playing dress-up or backyard cricket with some mates, other children were facing jail time. On Monday, the council of Attorney Generals met to discuss raising the age of criminal responsibility because children as young as ten can be held criminally responsible for their actions. It’s garnered a lot of attention in the media in the recent days with #raisetheage being used on social media. To discuss the latest
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