Most talked about Australian Broadcasting Corporation News stories

Prison cost-cutting meant no-one was watching — Three years ago, 28 year old minor offender Mark Payne was put on 24 hour suicide watch in Adelaide's Yatala Labour Prison, but Mr Payne had almost an hour alone and unobserved in which to take his own life.
Oct 30, 2014

Max security failure RT@amworldtodaypm Mark Payne's last call from jail. Mum says cost-cutting cost her son's life:

Wollongong Coal 'confident right decisions will be made' over plan to keep mine float — Posted October 31, 2014 09:08:18 Mining company Wollongong Coal is confident it will be cutting a 400 metre section of coal at the start of the new year despite strong opposition from residents and the community at a public hearing of the state's top planning authority.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @stukhan: Wollongong Coal "confident right decisions will be made" to expand coal mining in Sydney's drinking water catchment.…

ASIO will not chase illegal downloads: Turnbull — The Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull explains to News Breakfast that under new laws, it will be up to copyright agencies, not ASIO or the Federal Police to chase people who 'illegally download Game of Thrones'.
Oct 30, 2014

.@TurnbullMalcolm on why the data retention plans aren't about chasing people who illegally download Game of Thrones…

'Plenty' of love for vegetables — Chef and restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi joins News Breakfast to talk about his unique take on cooking with vegetables and his passion for Middle Eastern flavours.

Sarah Ferguson to host the 2014 Walkley Awards — The ABC is pleased to announce that journalist Sarah Ferguson will present this year's 59 th Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism on Thursday, December 4. As the official Walkleys Broadcast Partner, the ABC will broadcast the gala dinner, live on ABC iview at 7pm AEDT.

ZDNet's Josh Taylor explains metadata and how it will be used for proposed data retention laws — The Communications Minister has moved to quell fears that the government's proposed data retention laws could be used to crack down on internet piracy.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @ABC_NewsRadio: ZDNet's Josh Taylor @joshgnosis explains #metadata and how it will be used for proposed data retention laws #auspol

Four ETS reports and counting — Updated October 30, 2014 13:35:30 The Abbott Government has won Clive Palmer's support for its Direct Action plan on the proviso it begins an 18-month inquiry into the feasibility of an Emissions Trading Scheme.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @ABCenvironment: MT @ABCthedrum: The proposed #ETS inquiry will follow 4 previous reports. Read what Howard's 2007 report suggested:

Selfish politics means a rocky road to reform — The reforms around the GST, ETS and fuel excise will inevitably come, but thanks to the self interest of politicians on both sides, it will be via a very long and rocky road.

ABC commemorates centenary of ANZAC Albany — November 1st 2014 will mark 100 years since the departure of the first convoy that carried Australian and New Zealand troops from Albany, WA to the First World War. For many ANZACs, this was the last time they saw Australia.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @mscott: A big weekend of coverage: the centenary of the sailing of the ANZAC fleet from Albany, live on @ABCTV and @ABCNews24…

Australia sets bizarre field against Pakistan in failed bid for breakthrough on day one of second Test — Posted October 31, 2014 07:09:01 Michael Clarke says his bizarre field settings in the second Test against Pakistan were forced on him by the lifeless Abu Dhabi pitch. Australia used eight bowlers on a flat batting track on day one as Pakistan reached an imposing tally of 2 for 304 on Thursday.
Oct 30, 2014

Clarke's field settings criticised as Pakistan dominates day one… @ABCNews_qld @612brisbane

Primary Health Care investigated over claims it offered incentives to radiologists that may have led to over-servicing — Posted October 31, 2014 07:21:58 The Federal Government has launched an investigation into whether a leading healthcare company potentially broke laws that ban offering incentives for doctors to over-service. The ABC has obtained an email that shows Primary Health Care made an offer of company share options to two of its radiologists in 2010, which it indicated ended in April 2015.
Oct 30, 2014

Primary investigated over claims it offered incentives to radiologists… via @abcnews

PNG free health care likely to make a 'dire' situation worse, say researchers — Updated October 30, 2014 20:09:22 Researchers say the "dire state" of Papua New Guinea's primary health system will likely only get worse under the country's free healthcare policy, as many clinics do not receive government subsidies and depend entirely on patient fees to survive.
Oct 30, 2014

#PNG free health care to make 'dire' situation worse: research via @liam_cochrane @RAPacificBeat

Direct Action passes the Senate with support of Palmer United Party — Updated October 31, 2014 02:10:30 The Federal Government's $2.5 billion climate change policy has passed the Senate. The Government's climate change policy provides financial incentives to businesses to reduce their emissions. The bill was passed with the support of the Palmer United Party (PUP) and independent senators Nick Xenophon and John Madigan 31 votes to 29.

Director Roman Polanski freed by Polish authorities after being questioned over US extradition bid — Posted October 31, 2014 00:28:25 Film director Roman Polanski has been questioned by Polish prosecutors over a US request to have him extradited over a sex crime involving a 13-year-old girl. Polanski presented himself to the district prosecutor's office in the city of Krakow where he was questioned over the extradition request, state media reported, quoting a spokesman for the prosecutor.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @abcnews: Director Roman #Polanski freed by Polish authorities after being questioned over US extradition bid

Simon Crean accepts live export role, saying ban on Indonesia trade was a mistake — Updated October 30, 2014 15:41:51 Former federal Labor minister Simon Crean, the new chair of the Australian Livestock Exporters Council, says he felt an obligation to assist the industry after his government suspended the Indonesian cattle trade.

Triguboff puts $10b price tag on Meriton empire — Posted October 30, 2014 14:37:22 Billionaire Harry Triguboff has put a price tag on his property development empire. "It should be in the vicinity of $10 billion," he told The World Today. Mr Triguboff is in negotiations with a Chinese company about buying Meriton, the business he set up he set up in 1963.
Oct 30, 2014

Meriton's Triguboff questions why young people would buy when prices have gone up so much but rents haven't followed…

Oct 30, 2014

Interested in Australian real estate? Listen to @pjmcgrth talking with Meriton's Harry Triguboff, audio in this story…

Oct 30, 2014

Triguboff tells @pjmcgrth that negative gearing makes Meriton more valuable… Says Chinese buyers boosting profits.

Fact check: Are de facto relationships more unstable than marriages? — Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews says de facto relationships are more likely to break up than marriages. Mr Andrews is currently overseeing that gives counselling vouchers to married and de facto couples, in an attempt to help curb separation rates. ABC Fact Check takes a look at the success and failure of marriage and de facto partnerships.
Oct 30, 2014

Checks out: Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews claims de facto relationships are less stable than marriages.…

Nova Peris says explicit email leak was part of a blackmail attempt — Federal Labor backbencher Nova Peris has delivered an extraordinary speech to the Senate, claiming explicit emails were used to try to blackmail her. The emails were published in newspapers this week. The Northern Territory Senator and Olympic Gold medallist today rejected suggestions she used taxpayers' money to bring Trinidadian track star Ato Boldon to Australia so the pair could pursue an affair.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @amworldtodaypm: Nova Peris says explicit email leak was part of a blackmail attempt: @jamesglenday -

Warren Mundine talks parenting, life lessons, and fighting his fears — Updated October 30, 2014 20:42:31 Warren Mundine has a big grin and ready laugh. He is also, surprisingly for a man who has been the national president of the Labor Party, an introvert. He fiddles when he is nervous and unconsciously pouts when he is thinking, a habit his family tried to knock out of him.