ABC News Daily is the podcast that helps you understand the issues affecting your world. Every episode, host Samantha Hawley walks through one story with the help of an ABC colleague or expert in under 15 minutes. When you want coverage you can trust, listen to ABC News Daily.
Russell Brand’s conspiracies and his defenders
Russell Brand built his name on the shock factor, using his sexual exploits as punchlines and making offensive jokes on television and radio for years.
Now, the comedian, presenter and actor has been accused in an investigation by British media outlets of sexual assault and rape between 2006 and 2013.
He denies the allegations, saying the relationships he had were always consensual.
Today, senior contributor at Forbes magazine Dani Di Placido discusses the accusations against Brand, his conspiracy theories and his massive social media fan base.
Dani Di Placido, senior contributor at Forbes magazine
Surviving the extreme heat this summer
Parts of Australia have been experiencing well above average temperatures for this time of year, with alerts for bushfires already being issued.
At the same time, the Bureau of Meteorology has declared the El Nino weather pattern is underway, meaning a hotter and drier summer is likely.
Today, the founder of campaign group Sweltering Cities, Emma Bacon, on who the heat will hit the hardest and how best to prepare.
Emma Bacon, founder of Sweltering Cities
What taking on the tax office cost a whistleblower
Can you imagine if the tax office went into your bank account and retrieved money it says you owe, without your permission?
Well, it can do that and it does.
It’s a practice that distressed ATO employee Richard Boyle so much that he tried to help some taxpayers get around it.
He also became a whistleblower and is now facing charges that could land him in jail for up to 46 years.
Today, investigative journalist Adele Ferguson on his case and how whistleblower laws in Australia are failing all of us.
Adele Ferguson, ABC investigative reporter
What China wants with Australian greyhounds
Australia has a lucrative greyhound racing industry that’s enjoyed by some and loathed by others.
Now it’s been revealed there’s a largely unknown but sophisticated trade in dogs with China, where their welfare can’t be assured.
Today, investigative journalist Paul Farrell on the big money changing hands and the loopholes in Australian laws allowing it to happen.
Paul Farrell, ABC investigative reporter
How 100,000 migrants are testing New York
New York City is struggling to house more than one hundred thousand migrants who’ve arrived in the past year.
Authorities have even set up tent cities because shelters for the homeless have been overwhelmed.
Today, New York City reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Erin Ailworth, on where these people are coming from and the political storm the issue has unleashed.
Erin Ailworth, New York City reporter for the Wall Street Journal
Putin, Kim and the dictators’ deal
They dined on crab dumplings, fish and beef and washed it down with Russian wine.
Vladimir Putin and the North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un toasted Russia’s “sacred struggle” with the West.
So what deal did the leaders really strike during a rare meeting in Russia?
Today, defence strategist Samir Puri on the new era in the relationship between the two nations.
Dr Samir Puri, visiting lecturer in war studies at King’s College London and author of “Russia’s Road to War with Ukraine”.
Great apart from interest rate discussions
Very interesting content. Great show. The only downfall is the discussions around interest rates. The presenter seems to have over leveraged their home loan or something, because every discussion relating to interest rates is sprinkled with some sense the rba are vicious monsters with an agenda to ruin the lives of the public. Future discussions would benefit from a more well rounded understanding of macroeconomics, and the economic disaster that would occur if inflation were out of control.
As a former teacher and school counsellor (psychologist) in the NSW education system, I was very interested to hear the discussion on the topic of school refusal. This is nothing new. It all comes back to the same old issue of the under resourcing of public education and over working teachers and counsellors.
As a counsellor, I was spread over three schools while working part-time for 3 days per week. I had a case load of around 30 students per school and I could never get through the work.
When I first began counselling in 2003, there were funding cuts. So, children with language learning difficulties no longer received in-school support from a teacher’s aide. Also, children with “low average” IQ scores (80 - 89) were in mainstream classes with no additional support.
The localities in which I worked were very high needs and there were children from refugee families, children with English as a second language and children whose parents were not literate in their own language. Teachers were overwhelmed, stressed and sometimes depressed.
There was never enough time to complete everything expected and classroom teachers were not trained well enough to support children with specific learning needs such as autism, apraxia, dyspraxia or specific mental health issues. In NSW, so called medical issues such as epilepsy were not funded. I remember one case where a child was enduring numerous petite mal episodes every day and her mother could not understand why she was not receiving support. She was justifiably angry,
The recent upsurge in school refusal is a symptom of a much deeper and prolonged problem. The fact that it is happening now, after the pandemic, may be because some children have realised that they can learn at home via technology and thus not have to endure being singled out as “different” and to cope with the bullying that often follows.
My suggestion to the mother of the children cited in your segment today, is to approach her MP and to enlist the support of her Parents and Citizens local and state group to begin lobbying governments for better funding and more appropriate training for teachers and all school staff. The Australian Education Union of Victoria may also be able to help. Also, as she would be aware, there are organisations that support children with autism and their parents. They may also be willing to lobby. It is only when governments feel they have a mandate and when issues become noisy and political that change occurs.
Great content; nasty presenter
Wonderful deeper dive into a news topic each weekday. Could be improved by finding another presenter. Sam Hawley is not a nice person, sorry.