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“The ancient clock in the Land of Dreams struck thirteen, and the dreams, now free, soared back to Earth under first vesper’s light …" And so begins “The Thirteenth Hour,” a tale about dreams and wishes, wild hearts and childhood promises, and the quest to find the unsung hero that lies in all of us. It's also a story for everyone who has been told to get their heads out of the clouds and stop daydreaming. In this fairy tale for adults, a young man named Logan goes on a quest accompanied by ...
 
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A new assessment of the health of shark and ray populations in Australian waters has found that 39 species are at risk of extinction and researchers are worried lesser-known species could disappear. The first-ever complete census of shark and ray populations has found that 12 per cent of species are at risk of extinction.…
 
Australia's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, George Brandis, will appear before a parliamentary committee that's examining whether Britain should introduce Australian-style offshore immigration detention. It comes as several European countries are adopting a tougher approach on asylum seekers.…
 
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has gambled his political future by calling a vote two years earlier than necessary, in the hopes of capitalising on his government's response to the pandemic.But polls indicate he's in a very tight race against his nearest rival, conservative leader Erin O'Toole.
 
Scott Morrison is about to arrive in the US for a series of meetings with world leaders but he has "a lot of work to do" to get European leaders back onside after Australia abruptly terminated a French submarines contract.The chief political correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age David Crowe joins RN Breakfast to discuss the latest…
 
The Victorian Government has shut down the state's construction industry after a violent protest against mandatory worksite vaccines at the CFMEU's headquarters in Melbourne. The Union's State Secretary, John Setka, says the protest was hijacked by professional protesters and anti-vax extremists and he's defended the union's record at trying to kee…
 
Australia is bracing for a trade backlash from the European Union, as France continues to fume over Canberra's cancellation of its multi-billion dollar submarine contract. Paris is reportedly calling on its EU allies to freeze Australia out of the free-trade deal which it has been negotiating since 2018.…
 
As lockdowns and restrictions continue in some states, community sporting clubs are being added to a growing list of COVID casualties. A new national research study by the Australian Sports Foundation has revealed that 70,000 community sports clubs are facing serious concerns in financial stability, declining participation and numbers of volunteers…
 
The Thirteenth Hour Podcast #319: Toymaking Updates and Reading The Howard the Duck Movie Novelization Part 7 https://archive.org/download/podcast-319/Podcast%20319.mp3 This past week, I’ve made some toy progress: 1.) on my Alumilite resin experiment – just finished this translucent metallic blue Rocketeer (Pledge Floor Polish really helps to bring…
 
Shadow Foreign Minister Penny Wong has likened the decision to dump the $90 billion contract with France to build Australian submarines to the Prime Minister's announcement that he wanted to shift Australia's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Penny Wong says the angry response from France about the dumped subs is deeply alarming; she's posed the ques…
 
Trade Minister Dan Tehan will be dispatched to Paris to try and repair the damage caused by Australia's bombshell decision to dump the $90 billion contract to build the new generation of attack submarines. The Trade Minister says he looks forward to sitting down in Paris to talk through the decision, which he says was taken in Australia's sovereign…
 
Australia's decision to scrap a $90 billion submarine deal with France and in favour of a nuclear subs pact with the US and UK has enraged France, which slammed Australia's actions as a "betrayal" and recalled its ambassador in protest.French ambassador Jean-Pierre Thebault says France felt angry and fooled by the AUKUS deal, given France was commi…
 
Calls are growing louder for a review of the Reserve Bank's monetary policy settings and whether inflation targeting is appropriate for dealing with any future shock such as climate change. Former Reserve Bank board member Professor Warwick McKibbin has backed the OECD's recommendation to review the current 2 to 3 per cent inflation target and the …
 
The French and American presidents will speak on the phone in coming days to try to stem the angry fall out from the AUKUS alliance between the U-S, U-K and Australia, which saw Australia scuttle a 90-billion-dollar submarine deal, in favour of nuclear powered subs from either the U-S or the U-K.But what difference does it make whether the submarin…
 
France has escalated its submarine dispute with Australia and the US by recalling its ambassadors and accusing Britain of acting in an opportunistic manner over the deal, warning it will have repercussions for the future of NATO.Lord Peter Ricketts, former British Ambassador to France, says France thought they were building a strategic alliance wit…
 
A study in the journal Nature has described a huge bloom of algae that appeared in the Southern Ocean after the Black Summer bushfires.Plus, as Australian states and territories start to make progress towards various COVID vaccination targets, there's talk of when - and if - we're going to need booster shots.…
 
Margaret River in WA is famous for it's good wine and great surf, but when writer, musician and reporter Sam Carmody started looking into his family background in the region, he stumbled on a little-known history of violence.What he found out has implications not just for his family, but for the entire region, where his ancestors have a statue in t…
 
The new AUKUS security partnership with the US and the UK will have big implications for Australia and the region.The agreement not only paves the way for a nuclear-powered Naval submarine fleet, but widens the ANZUS Treaty's Pacific Ocean focus to encompass the Indo-Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
 
Australia's security pact with the US and the UK and the arrangement to build nuclear-powered submarines is still a "blank sheet" but will embed a deeper cooperation in the region.The host of Insiders on ABC TV David Speers joins RN Breakfast to discuss the latest developments in federal politics.
 
A Tamil family fighting to stay in Australia have had a minor victory with the government agreeing to let them stay in the community in Perth for another three months.The family, including their Australian-born daughters Kopika and Tharunicaa, remain in the midst of a complex legal battle to avoid deportation.…
 
China has been quick to hit back at a new defence partnership between Australia, the US and the UK, saying the three nations need to "shake off their Cold-War mentality".But Finance Minister Simon Birmingham says that "strategic competition" is increasingly prominent in the Indo-Pacific and a technological edge is needed to keep Australia well-posi…
 
China has criticised the nuclear submarine pact between the US, UK and Australia, calling it an "irresponsible act" that will damage stability in the Asia-Pacific. The pact was described as a "forever partnership" by Prime Minister Scott Morrison but Adam Bandt, leader of the Australian Greens, says it escalates tensions in the region and "makes Au…
 
Medical authorities in Trinidad and Tobago have been forced to dispute claims by popstar Nicky Minaj that COVID-19 vaccines could provoke swollen testicles.Nicki Minaj tweeted an anecdote about her cousin's friend, which was picked up and amplified by Fox News in the US.
 
The Morrison Government has been accused of ignoring another recommendation of the landmark Respect at Work report.Working Women's Centres were singled out by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins as an essential service for providing support for victim-survivors of sexual harassment, but the future of two centres - in the Northern Territory…
 
China and France have reacted angrily to the new security deal between Australia, the United States and the UK in the Asia Pacific, in what's seen as an effort to counter Beijing.But Britain's Foreign Affairs Committee Chair, Tom Tugendhat, says the pact will help Australia defend itself, in turn helping Britain defend itself.…
 
National Cabinet is expected to discuss vaccine passports when it meets tomorrow, with Australia inching closer to the 70 and 80 per cent targets needed for border closures and lockdowns to end. It comes as two of the most influential businesses groups in NSW and Victoria call for an end to their respective state border restrictions.…
 
A major review has found many of us will keep working from home after the COVID-19 pandemic, with the potential benefits to productivity and flexibility likely to lock in the trend.The new Productivity Commission paper says the portion of Australians working from home has jumped from 8 per cent to around 40 per cent, staying high even as lockdowns …
 
Australia has joined the United States and the United Kingdom in announcing its enhanced national security pact, but should prepare for blowback from Beijing. Peter Van Onselen joins RN Breakfast to discuss the latest developments in federal politics.
 
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says a security pact with the US and UK will make the Indo-Pacific safer, but one expert in strategic policy says it's an "escalation" in response to China's assertiveness in the region.Hugh White, Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University, says that in the "new Cold War" in Asia, Australia i…
 
It's been announced that Australia will enter the club of nations with nuclear powered submarines, after scrapping a $90 billion deal with a French company.Australia has a long history of difficulties acquiring submarines, and has long contemplated the shift to nuclear propulsion.
 
Australia is entering into a new security pact with the United States and the United Kingdom, which could see Australia dump its $90 billion submarine contract with France's Naval Group and instead switch to a nuclear submarine fleet.Independent Senator Rex Patrick, a former Navy submariner, says nuclear submarines are not necessarily better than c…
 
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