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This is a daily news podcast for young people in Australia. Join The Daily Aus team every weekday morning as we cover the news in your language. We’re a newsroom of young journalists, delivering news for young people. TDA is completely independent. We are not owned by any larger media company.
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A podcast about Gemini Observatory and its role in the Era of Multi-Messenger Astronomy. Featuring news related to multi-messenger astronomy (MMA), time-domain astronomy (TDA), our visiting instrument program, and more through interviews with astronomers, engineers, and staff both here at Gemini (North and South) and abroad.
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We have a massive federal election coming up. But before we engage young people in some big policy debates, we have to go on a journey to understand what’s at play. From The Daily Aus - creators of the viral news page, podcast and newsletter followed by over 350,000 Australians on social media - comes No Silly Questions. It's the podcast that will arm young people with everything they need to get involved in dinner table conversations ahead of the next federal election. The series will featu ...
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New research has found that labia surgery has become one of the fastest growing cosmetic procedures amongst young people in Australia and worldwide. That’s according to a new report by Women’s Health Victoria, which also found that nearly a quarter of Australian women aged 18 to 24 feel anxious or ashamed about their labia. And this is all largely …
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South Australia could soon become one of the first places in the world to ban political donations in state elections. The announcement from the state government this week has reignited a national debate about how our political parties are funded, what donors want from their donations, and how else we could model the system. In today’s podcast, we’l…
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Subscribe to TDA's sport newsletter here This week, millions of Australians have tuned in to watch the Swimming Australia trials, as athletes compete for a spot on the Aussie Olympic and Paralympic teams. There have been record-breaking swims, inspiring returns to form, and outpourings of emotion from the stands and the pool. But we’ve also seen di…
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Global levels of peace deteriorated at historic rates over the past year, according to new data from the Institute for Economics & Peace. The independent think tank compared levels of peacefulness across 163 countries for its annual Global Peace Index, finding global conflicts have reached their highest rate since World War II. But how do you defin…
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Australia’s two major political parties are arguing over climate change. Over the weekend, you may have seen headlines that Opposition Leader Peter Dutton was planning to pull out of the Paris Agreement if the Coalition is voted in at the next election. However, Dutton then clarified that this is not true. Nevertheless, he has said he will scrap La…
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Yesterday, the Federal Government launched the first-ever nationwide anti-vaping ad campaign. It's called ‘Give Up For Good’ and comes after a rapid surge in the number of young people who vape. Rates of vaping among 18 to 24-year-olds have quadrupled since 2019. The Government is taking a new messaging approach with its new campaign, aimed at effe…
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The peak body for unions in Australia has launched a nationwide campaign to scrap junior wages and give 18-20 year olds the same minimum wage as everyone else. In case you didn’t know, Australia’s laws legally allow young workers - meaning those under 21 - to be paid less than their older co-workers, even if they are performing the same job. Unions…
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It is just about to be tax-time. So we're here to answer all of your questions. Like, are second jobs taxed more? What actually are tax deductions? And can I still get my tax return money from a couple of years ago? You'll find the answers in today's podcast! Use the tax cut calculator to estimate you annual tax cut. Hosts: Sam Koslowski and Billi …
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Over the last few weeks, almost two billion people have voted in elections, as part of what some are calling the biggest year for democracy ever. In today’s deep dive, TDA fact checker Lucy Tassell joins us to recap the biggest elections of the last month, and preview what’s next. Hosts: Sam Koslowski and Lucy Tassell Audio producer: Annabelle Nico…
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Over 7 million Australians use Buy Now Pay Later accounts, like Afterpay or Zip, and young people are the main adopters of this new form of credit. But now the government is keen to apply the same rules that govern our credit cards or loans to these services - in one of the biggest changes to The Credit Act in years. The government hopes the new la…
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Subscribe to the TDA Sport Newsletter For the first time in U.S. history, the son of a sitting President is facing trial and potential jail time. The trial of Hunter Biden, the son of current President Joe Biden, has begun in the US state of Delaware this week. He stands accused of illegally buying and owning a handgun while using drugs. It’s anoth…
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Want more sport news from The Daily Aus? Sign up to our sport newsletter here! Australia’s workplace dispute tribunal, the Fair Work Commission, has delivered a ruling in the case between journalist Antoinette Lattouf and the ABC.It ruled that Lattouff was indeed sacked by ABC, which had been disputed by the public broadcaster. This ruling paves th…
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Australia is currently the only Western democracy without a national human rights act. Last week, a parliamentary committee recommended to the Federal Government that this change. It could mark a significant turning point in how rights are recognised and enforced across the nation. On today’s podcast, we sat down with Professor Justine Nolan, Direc…
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It’s been a big few weeks for Donald Trump, whose first criminal case has just wrapped up after a five-week trial. The trial centred on Trump’s alleged cover-up of a ‘hush money’ payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. In today’s deep dive, we’ll cover what happened during the trial and what it mea…
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The country has been rocked by another story of men’s violence against women after a Perth man killed a mother and daughter on Friday. It’s believed the man, a licensed gun owner, was looking for his ex-partner at the time of the incident. In the wake of the incident, the shooter’s daughter has issued a public statement about what she says is a fai…
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An expert panel has handed the Government a list of recommendations, aimed at reducing eating disorder rates in young people. It comes after eating disorder survivors and support advocates met with politicians and social media bosses in September last year. Now, they’re calling for legislative reform and changes to the way young people use social m…
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In the last week, there have been two major incidents of turbulence hitting commercial flights, causing injury. On Sunday, 12 were injured on a Qatar Airways Doha to Dublin flight while in the air over Türkiye. In today’s podcast, we talk to Professor Dr Jason Middleton, the Head of UNSW's Department of Aviation between 1995 and 2017, about why we’…
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News Corp and OpenAI, the tech company that created ChatGPT, have signed a multi-year content deal. Under the new partnership, News Corp’s content will be used to respond to ChatGPT user questions. News Corp CEO Robert Thomson said the deal will “set new standards for veracity, for virtue and for value in the digital age”. In today's deep dive, we'…
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Should kids under the age of 16 be banned from social media? A new campaign called 36 Months is calling for the age at which young people can sign up to social media to be pushed from 13 to 16. The organisers believe that the 36 months between the two ages are vital, and that “Kids need more time to develop healthy and secure identities before they…
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Over the last month, we have brought you a number of episodes about the rising rate of men’s violence against women in Australia. We have spoken about specific cases, about new statistics and about roundtables being convened to discuss the issue. For today’s podcast, we wanted to go straight to the person responsible for making sure this rate comes…
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The International Criminal Court’s lead prosecutor has announced he’s applying for arrest warrants for three Hamas leaders, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Defence Minister Yoav Gallant. Today on the podcast, we’ll explain what this all means and what could happen now. Hosts: Lucy Tassell and Emma Gillespie Audio producer: Emmeline …
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Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian have died in a helicopter crash. The helicopter crashed in mountainous terrain in northern Iran amid heavy fog, triggering a large-scale search. While little is known about what comes next, Iran’s Vice President is expected to temporarily take over the Presidency. In today…
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Three A-League players were arrested in Sydney on Friday morning over an alleged corrupt betting scheme. A-League is the highest level of professional men's soccer in Australia - and this has the potential to be one of the biggest scandals to hit Australian football in decades. In today’s podcast, we’re going to go through what we know about what h…
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You may have seen that it is currently Fashion Week. It’s an exciting time for Australia’s fashion industry - showcasing the talents of some of the country’s best homegrown designers. But with fashion trends coming and going faster and faster, we're seeing more textiles going into landfill and becoming a problem for the environment, our health and …
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For the first time, someone has been imprisoned in relation to Australia’s alleged war crimes. His name is David McBride. But he didn’t commit those crimes; he was the whistleblower for a 2017 report by the ABC that investigated alleged war crimes committed by Australian forces in Afghanistan. And this week, McBride was sentenced to nearly six year…
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The Government, led by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, had two big decisions to make: what to spend money on, and where to get that money from. In today’s podcast we are going to focus on what it announced for young people. Listen to our episode Why your HECS is changing Hosts: Billi FitzSimons and Zara Seidler Audio producer: Emmeline Peterson Do…
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The Federal Government has announced a plan to ban the export of live sheep from Australia. It comes after an independent panel urged the Government to introduce a ban. In today’s podcast, we’ll discuss what the issue is, how this ban came to be, what the fallout has been. Hosts: Zara Seidler and Sam Koslowski Audio producer: Emmeline Peterson Do y…
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Algorithms, child abuse, domestic violence, scams, extremist material, mis and disinformation, and the availability of good journalism on social media - these are all areas identified by the government for investigation as part of a new parliamentary committee investigating the influence and impacts of social media on Australian society. In today’s…
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This week, a Western Sydney Council voted to remove material about same-sex parenting from its library shelves. In the days following the announcement, the NSW Government threatened to reduce its funding for libraries in the area, amid calls to reverse the ban. On today’s podcast, we’ll dive into the headlines you’ve been seeing about the book ban …
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In a major development in the Israel-Hamas war, Israeli forces have entered the southern Gazan city of Rafah, in an operation they say is aimed at destroying Hamas targets. For the 1.4 million people in Rafah, this presents yet another major challenge, with many having nowhere to go. In today’s podcast, we discuss Rafah’s significance in the broade…
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Australian brothers Jake and Callum Robinson, and their American friend Jack Carter Rhoad have been confirmed dead in the Mexican state of Baja California, days after their family first raised the alarm that they were believed missing. Police allege they were murdered, possibly because thieves wanted their car tyres. In today’s deep dive, we’ll run…
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The Federal Government has announced it will wipe $3 billion in student debt and offer payments for some students undergoing mandatory placements. These announcements come a week before the Federal Budget and in the wake of recommendations made to the Government about how to reform the sector. On today’s podcast, we’ll explain what the changes to H…
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Sign up to the TDA Sport newsletter Last week, we learned the federal government will trial age verification measures aimed at blocking children from watching explicit adult content online, as part of a range of measures designed to lower the rate of gender-based violence in Australia. ‘Porn passports’ aren’t a new idea, either here in Australia or…
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Student protests over the Israel-Hamas war have intensified across U.S. college campuses and have now spread to universities here in Australia. Protesters are calling for an immediate ceasefire, and for their universities to ‘divest’ from (stop investing funds in) companies linked to Israel. According to CNN, more than 1,000 students have been arre…
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The Prime Minister has announced several new measures to combat domestic violence. It comes after new data this week revealed the rate of women killed by a partner in Australia increased by nearly 30% in 2022/23 compared to the previous year. Today on the podcast, we unpack yesterday’s announcement and explain what the Government’s national plan to…
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This week, a hate speech trial against One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson has begun in the Federal Court. It comes after Hanson was accused of racially discriminating against Greens Deputy Leader Mehreen Faruqi in a social media post from 2022. Hanson and Faruqi have both faced questioning so far in the hearing. On today’s podcast, we’ll explain what…
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With the federal budget just over two weeks away, the economy is set to come roaring back into focus on your newsfeed. So, we thought we'd get you up to speed well in advance. How are we going with inflation and the cost of living? What should you expect from HECS and HELP debt indexation this year? And what early clues do we have about this year's…
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It’s been labelled Australia’s ‘national shame' - so far this year, 27 women have been killed in acts of gender-based violence. Now, the country’s Domestic Violence Commissioner is convening a crisis meeting of leaders from across the country to figure out what comes next. It comes as thousands marched in rallies over the weekend calling for strong…
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In a first for Australia, two people have launched an independent campaign to win a single seat at the next federal election. Bronwen Bock and Lucy Bradlow hope to run together for the same seat of Higgins and share the responsibilities of a federal politician. Today on the podcast, we speak to Bronwen and Lucy to ask them all our questions about h…
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Earlier this week, the Victorian Government announced it would not proceed with plans to open a second supervised injecting room in Melbourne. On today’s podcast, we’re going to look at why the Victorian Government backflipped on its commitment, what the context of the decision is and how the community has responded. Listen to our episode 'Could Ti…
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When Elon Musk bought Twitter, he promised to make the social media platform a haven for free speech. Tonight, that commitment will be challenged in court by the Australian Government, as the eSafety Commissioner has demanded footage of last week’s Sydney church stabbing to be removed from the platform. On today's podcast, we’ll explain the controv…
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In the hours following the tragic murder of six people in Sydney’s Bondi Junction, families of some of the victims issued statement requesting that media remove images that were being circulated online. At the time, one victim’s family said that having those unauthorised photos being republished by the media was causing their loved ones “extreme di…
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Iran and Israel have long been adversaries, with tensions between the two Middle Eastern countries developing over decades. However, this month marks the first time either country has launched a direct attack on the other. In today's deep dive, we’re going to look at why direct conflict between these two nations is so significant, the context of ge…
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It’s been a week of really heavy news so for today’s episode of the podcast, we thought we’d bring you a round up of some of the uplifting stories from the week. From the arts, to sport and scientific innovation, we’ve got a wrap in today’s deep dive to take you into the weekend feeling a bit better about the state of the world. Hosts: Zara Seidler…
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This week, Donald Trump has become the first U.S. President to face a criminal trial. It relates to the alleged cover-up of payments used to silence adult film star Stormy Daniels in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election. In today's podcast, we speak to Planet America host Chas Licciardello about what the trial means, why it's important, an…
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Just two days after the traumatic events of Saturday’s mass stabbing in Bondi Junction, another major event unfolded in Sydney on Monday night, when a Bishop was stabbed in a church in the city’s west. Yesterday, NSW Police declared the event a terrorist act. On today’s podcast, we’re going to look at what happened, what actually constitutes an act…
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Yesterday, Justice Michael Lee handed down his judgement in the defamation case Bruce Lehrmann brought against journalist Lisa Wilkinson and Network Ten, finding that it was more likely than not Lehrmann raped fellow Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins in 2019 and therefore wasn’t defamed. In today's podcast, we'll explain the outcome of the civil cas…
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Over the weekend, Australia was rocked by the killing of at least six people at the Bondi Junction Westfield shopping centre in Sydney’s east. At the time of recording, there are a number of victims who remain in a critical condition, and it’s possible the death toll could rise further. On today’s podcast, we’ll update you on what happened, how the…
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Play our game Picture This In the age of fast fashion and on-demand expectations of clothing, a new trend is emerging: renting. More and more people are looking to borrow clothes or rent their own clothes out, both for sustainability and financial reasons. Today on the podcast, we speak to Dr Lisa Lake, Director of UTS’ Centre of Excellence in Sust…
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A transgender woman is suing a social media app for discrimination in the Federal Court. Roxanne Tickle launched legal action against 'Giggle for Girls' after she was removed from the app in 2021, and claims she was discriminated against unfairly because of her gender. The creator of the app denies any wrongdoing, and has repeatedly denied that Tic…
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