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Each week, Squiz Shortcuts gives you the backstory to the big news stories. In the usual Squiz tone, we'll keep it short and sharp, and opinion-free. If you're interested in the news but sometimes find there is a whole lot of assumed knowledge which makes it confusing and time-consuming to get across - Squiz Shortcuts is for you. The Squiz is your shortcut to being informed.

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Each week, Squiz Shortcuts gives you the backstory to the big news stories. In the usual Squiz tone, we'll keep it short and sharp, and opinion-free. If you're interested in the news but sometimes find there is a whole lot of assumed knowledge which makes it confusing and time-consuming to get across - Squiz Shortcuts is for you. The Squiz is your shortcut to being informed.

    Your Shortcut to... The life and death of Prince Philip

    Your Shortcut to... The life and death of Prince Philip

    Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was described by his wife Queen Elizabeth as “my strength and stay”. He died on Friday at 99yo, just a couple of months short of his 100th birthday. In this episode of Squiz Shortcuts, we take you through his early years, the bumpy transition to the Queen's consort and the formalities around his funeral. Squiz Shortcuts is your backstory to the big news stories.
     
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    • 13 min
    Your Shortcut to... What's happening in Taiwan

    Your Shortcut to... What's happening in Taiwan

    The Chinese Government sees Taiwan as a breakaway province that will eventually be part of the country again. While some Taiwanese think this could eventually happen, others now feel that they are very much a separate nation. This dispute has caused friction and a constant threat of a violent flare up. In this episode of Squiz Shortcuts we'll take you through the background on how Taiwan came to be, it’s complicated history with China, and Beijing's recent moves to take control over it. Squiz Shortcuts is your backstory to the big news stories.
     
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    • 14 min
    Your Shortcut to... What's going on with property prices

    Your Shortcut to... What's going on with property prices

    With a global pandemic on our hands and Australia’s first recession in almost 30 years, some analysts thought property prices would collapse… but they’re booming. So whilst the topic is hot, this episode of Squiz Shortcuts will take you through the late 80s and 17% interest rates, how that period compares to now and the factors that influence a person’s ability to buy a place to call home.
     
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    Graphs, graphs and more graphs - an almost kinder way to see the numbers
    A year on from the smashed avo column, Bernard Salt writes about the reaction (paywall)
     
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    Your Shortcut to... Making the Tokyo Olympics happen

    Your Shortcut to... Making the Tokyo Olympics happen

    The Tokyo Olympics have already been postponed once and questions about whether they will happen this year have been highly speculated on. So in this episode of Squiz Shortcuts, we take you through why the Olympics are such a big deal anyway, the impact of postponing them, and how organisers are now planning to pull it off.


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    Cathy Freeman's famous 400m sprint at the 2000 Sydney Olympics
    Nikki Webster's performance at the 2000 Sydney Olympics
    'The Odd Couple: Roy and HG' - Australian Story
     
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    • 13 min
    Your Shortcut to... China's tightening grip on Hong Kong

    Your Shortcut to... China's tightening grip on Hong Kong

    It was back in August 2019 when we launched Squiz Shortcuts with our very first topic being Hong Kong and its relationship with China. At the time, China was making moves to increase control over Hong Kong, and pro-democracy demonstrations had been ongoing for some months. Now, it’s 18 months on and whilst many Hong Kongers have rallied against China, it's control over the territory has only tightened. In this episode of Squiz Shortcuts, we step through the complicated history between China and Hong Kong, the territory’s historic protest movement, and where things are at now.


    Squiz recommends:
    Hong Kong on Edge. It’s a good look into the causes of the unrest in the territory, and possible solutions to the crisis.


    BBC’s The Documentary episode Hong Kong at a Crossroads. It’s about Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters who are facing that difficult decision on whether to stay and fight or take the opportunity to flee to the UK.


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    • 11 min
    Your Shortcut to...freeing Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert

    Your Shortcut to...freeing Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert

    Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert is a 33yo British-Australian who until her arrest in Iran in 2018 was a lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne. She recently spoke out about her time in Iranian prison, as well as our government’s handling of her case, her release and the lasting effects of her 804-day detention. In this episode of Squiz Shortcuts we explain what hostage diplomacy is, why Moore-Gilbert found herself caught up in it, what happened to her, and how her case was handled by the Australian government.


    Squiz recommends:
    Kylie Moore-Gilbert Sky News interview. It’s behind a paywall but those who have Foxtel can watch it.
    BBC article on Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. The British-Iranian is another high profile victim of hostage diplomacy. She was an aid worker and was arrested in Iran in 2016, and since then she's been in and out of prison.
     
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