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Birthday cards for Sandgate girl with Down Syndrome

blogs.abc.net.au — Birthday cards for Sandgate girl with Down Syndrome Turning 18 for many a teenager is about freedom, being legally able to drink and partying. But not so for Hannah Sullivan. She's turning 18 on the 19th September and there's a huge surprise in store for her.

Mary McAleese discusses the fight to uncover and prevent child abuse

abc.net.au — Updated September 02, 2014 09:36:16 Former Irish president Mary McAleese joins News Breakfast to discuss the need for investigation into child sexual abuse within religious and secular institutions Source: ABC News | Duration: 11min 7sec
Sep 01, 2014

RT @BreakfastNews: Fmr Irish President Mary McAleese discusses the fight to uncover and prevent child abuse. abc.net.au/news/2014-09-0…

Andrew Forrest talks philanthropy, welfare reform and ending slavery

abc.net.au — Posted September 02, 2014 08:10:21 Mining magnate Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest joins News Breakfast to discuss his philanthropic work to end slavery and Aboriginal disadvantage. Source: ABC News | Duration: 11min 54sec Topics: community-and-society, charities, charities-and-community-organisations, australia

Celebrating 50 years of ABC Science

abc.net.au — To celebrate the 50th anniversary of ABC Science, we've put together this short clip of some of the highlights. The ABC Science Unit began with radio at a time when television was still in black and white and was yet to arrive everywhere in regional Australia.

Pacific tuna stocks on the brink of disaster, warns outgoing fisheries head Glenn Hurry

abc.net.au — Updated September 02, 2014 07:22:26 The Australian who heads fishery management in the Western and Central Pacific has warned an international agreement is urgently needed to avert disaster for the tuna industry. Professor Glenn Hurry said bluefin and bigeye tuna should no longer be harvested, as stocks were dangerously depleted.
Sep 01, 2014

Pacific tuna stocks on the brink of disaster, warns outgoing fisheries head Glenn Hurry buff.ly/1r7cVhI

Undercover ads (01/09/2014)

abc.net.au — But now let's have a bit of fun. In fact let's go shopping with the Fresh Food People at A Current Affair. VOICEOVER: What are you really buying at the supermarket? Fresh food, or groceries that are 10 months old? BEN McCORMACK: We reveal the truth in this special consumer investigation.
Sep 01, 2014

My housemate watched that ACA segment on the "freshness" of Woolworths, and I wondered if it would make #mediawatch. abc.net.au/mediawatch/tra…

The legal case for Iraq intervention

abc.net.au — Posted August 28, 2014 14:06:31 As military intervention in Iraq and Syria becomes increasingly possible, it's worth looking at the legality of sending jets or troops back into the Middle East, writes Donald Rothwell.

Breaking free from domestic violence

Sep 01, 2014

Surviving domestic violence: Inspiring little animation gem from @abcopen Goulburn Valley: open.abc.net.au/explore/77789

Seeking the cake and not the crumbs

abc.net.au — Posted September 01, 2014 11:33:21 Anorexia can take many things from you: your dignity, your health, your money. For now, I'm just looking forward to enjoying a birthday cake one day, writes Jen Bowles. On the morning of my 21st birthday my mum brought home a cake.

Geoff Shaw returns to Victorian Parliament after three-month suspension

abc.net.au — Updated September 02, 2014 06:34:01 Victoria's controversial balance-of-power independent MP Geoff Shaw will return to Parliament today, ending a three-month suspension triggered by the misuse of his parliamentary entitlements. The Frankston MP was suspended by Parliament in June for allowing his parliamentary car and fuel card to be used by employees of his private hardware business.

The Lucky Country 50 years on

abc.net.au — Donald Horne's hard-hitting critique of Australian parochialism, The Lucky Country, was one of the most influential books in the country's history. So how do its criticisms hold up today, 50 years after it was first published? Roz Bluett reports. In early 1963, Donald Horne decided that Australia was worth a book.
Sep 01, 2014

RT @RadioNational: 50 years after it was first published, how does 'The Lucky Country' hold up today? ab.co/Z4Ujol #abcrn

Queensland bikies High Court challenge against VLAD laws begins today

abc.net.au — Posted September 02, 2014 07:19:13 A challenge against Queensland's anti-bikie legislation begins in the High Court in Brisbane today. The United Motorcycle Council, on behalf of 17 Queensland clubs, wants to overturn the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment laws. The face of the challenge is Stefan Kuczborski, a 44-year-old Hells Angels member and a tattooist with a minor drug possession conviction.
Sep 01, 2014

Queensland bikies High Court challenge against VLAD laws begins today goo.gl/E1A9SR @abcnews #BikieLaws

Lateline - 01/09/2014: Japans gays

abc.net.au — Australian Broadcasting Corporation Broadcast: 01/09/2014 Reporter: Matthew Carney In a society driven by conformity Japan's gay, lesbian and transgender communities are only just starting to emerge from the shadows Transcript EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: In Japan, gay, lesbian and transgender communities are only just starting to emerge from the shadows.

"Where were the classics!?”

abc.net.au — I've never been able to understand it when people go to a concert and then complain that they don't know any of the songs. Surely that's their fault? While in general the word of mouth feedback I've heard about the concerts has been overwhelmingly positive, I have heard few souls complain that they were unfamiliar with some of the numbers on the set list.
Sep 01, 2014

Dylan fans will enjoy this sharp response to a fan who complained at a concert, "Where were the classics?" goo.gl/LIIkwp

Right to Die, or Duty to Die? The Slippery-Slope Argument Against Euthanasia Revisited

abc.net.au — Here I want to leave the theoretical arguments often used to justify euthanasia aside, and focus instead on the problems inherent in implementing it as public policy. Any ethic that attempts to develop virtues as a bulwark against the flawed, sinful nature of human beings - as the Christian ethic does - cannot help but be concerned about the unintended consequences of euthanasia's legalization.
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