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RN Drive takes you behind the day’s headlines, with an engaging mix of current affairs, analysis, arts and culture from across Australia and around the world.
RN Drive - Separate stories podcast


RN Drive takes you behind the day’s headlines, with an engaging mix of current affairs, analysis, arts and culture from across Australia and around the world.


What will Indonesia look like if Jokowi wins a second term?

Apr 15, 2019 00:04:41


The Presidential incumbent has had to contend with the rise of identity politics and pressure to compromise from within his own ranks.

Cutting through the spin of health care claims this election

Apr 15, 2019 00:08:17


As the election campaign unfolds, health care is increasingly in the spotlight.

Country Drive: NT regional funding, Indigenous health and European wasps in WA

Apr 15, 2019 00:08:13


RN Drive's Country Drive ploughs through some of the most important news of the week from rural and regional Australia.

Australian students prep for Asian Physics Olympiad

Apr 15, 2019 00:07:46


The next summer Olympics are more than a year away, but a competition of a different kind is coming to Australia next month.

How diverse will our next parliament be?

Apr 15, 2019 00:06:38


A new report says that based on the current pool of candidates, our next parliament will not be representative of the population when it comes to things like gender, ethnic backgrounds and physical abilities.

Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie on health costings, climate change and Israel Falou

Apr 15, 2019 00:12:44


The Coalition is claiming there's a $6 billion hole in Labor's cancer treatment plans, citing Health Department costings as evidence.

Economic Panel: Andrew Leigh & Nicki Hutley

Apr 15, 2019 00:14:01


A report from Deloitte Access Economics has suggested that Labor's revenue measures could lower economic growth.

My Feed — Steph Tisdell

Apr 12, 2019 00:09:19


Comedian Steph Tisdell takes RN Drive through her favourite social media picks from the week.

Let's Get Quizzical — Gillian English vs Kirsty Webeck

Apr 12, 2019 00:19:35


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

Julian Assange facing extradition to the US

Apr 12, 2019 00:11:48


The Wikileaks co-founder is wanted by the US for the 2007 release of hundreds of thousands of classified documents relating to the Iraq War.

The Wrap — Elections, Assange and catfishing

Apr 12, 2019 00:19:43


'The Wrap' is RN Drive's summary of the biggest stories of the week, plus some you may have missed.

The safety concerns with the Boeing 737 Max

Apr 11, 2019 00:07:32


The 737 Max came on the market in 2017, but many of its features are 52 years old.

World's largest democratic exercise: Indians head to the polls

Apr 11, 2019 00:04:17


Starting today, 900 million eligible voters in India head to the polls in the country's general elections.

Research filter – new species of human, flying cars and robot uterus transplants

Apr 11, 2019 00:05:41


RN Drive's Research Filter sifts through some of the most interesting science news of the week, and sorts fact from fiction.

Geoffrey Rush wins defamation case

Apr 11, 2019 00:07:24


Rush, despite being pleased with the outcome, said outside the court, "there are no winners in this case".

Israel Folau fired over homophobic comments

Apr 11, 2019 00:04:11


It's not the first time he has made comments along the same lines.

Labor promises to deliver on jobs, health and climate change

Apr 11, 2019 00:13:30


The Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, chose to deliver his first campaign speech from the Victorian seat of Deakin, held by Liberal MP Michael Sukkar on a margin of 6.5%.

Could the world benefit from hearing more Aussie accents?

Apr 11, 2019 00:05:59


The producers of popular children's programme, Bluey, want the characters to retain their Australian accents when broadcast overseas.

Greens aim to win Senate balance of power

Apr 11, 2019 00:07:19


Greens Leader Richard Di Natale is already calling the election for Labor, but he wants control of the Upper House.

Scott Morrison fires the starting gun on #AusVotes19

Apr 11, 2019 00:09:49


The phony campaign has ended, and the real one is off and running ...

Sexual assault in nursing homes on the rise

Apr 10, 2019 00:10:43


It's the aged care scandal nobody is talking about.

Tech Head: Deceased Facebook accounts, Watch Party and Twitter bots

Apr 10, 2019 00:08:02


Facebook's "inadvertent algorithmic cruelty" has caused extra grief for bereaved users on the social media platform.

High Court says Victorian, Tasmanian abortion clinic laws are valid

Apr 10, 2019 00:06:16


It's ruled the legislation, which prohibits anti-abortion protests within a 150 metre radius, served a legitimate purpose.

Should school kids openly hand out party invites?

Apr 10, 2019 00:05:08


Should invitations be handed out covertly so children don't feel rejected?

Labor confirms revenue raising measures would start almost immediately

Apr 10, 2019 00:15:03


Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen spoke at the National Press Club today.

AG proposes tough new anti-protest laws

Apr 10, 2019 00:14:56


Those who use the internet or a carriage service to disclose information used to incite trespass will face up to a year in jail.

Employable Me returns for second season

Apr 9, 2019 00:06:30


The show follows nine people with disabilities in their search for employment.

Sir Michael Marmot on tackling world health inequality

Apr 9, 2019 00:07:11


Sir Michael believes the mark of a good society is the health of its people.

Business and Finance – Crown Casino, house prices and Youpla rebrand

Apr 9, 2019 00:15:45


The share price of James Packer-backed company Crown Resorts have surged following news it could be subject to a take over by casino giant Wynn Resorts.

Labor's 50% electric car goal: too ambitious or not ambitious enough?

Apr 9, 2019 00:05:55


Wiebe Wakker, who drove from Amsterdam to Sydney, in an electric car says it's the latter.

How can Virtual Power Plants integrated into the electricity grid help us?

Apr 9, 2019 00:04:24


A Virtual Power Plant integration trial will look at how energy from small-scale rooftop solar panels and battery systems can be fed into the electricity grid.

Should smacking your children be illegal?

Apr 9, 2019 00:07:04


A law professor says the risks associated with physically punishing children are too great to allow it to continue.

Environment Minister approves Adani groundwater management plan

Apr 9, 2019 00:11:11


The decision was always going to be controversial, but the very public pressure placed on her by National Party MPs has Labor and the Greens asking if she was bullied.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne on foreign interference and Israel

Apr 9, 2019 00:09:18


Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is demanding Scott Morrison deal with fresh allegations of foreign interference by Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo.

Chinese investment in Australia falls by nearly $5 billion

Apr 8, 2019 00:08:16


A new report by KPMG and the University of Sydney says Chinese investment in Australia declined by around 36 per cent, from $13 billion in 2017 to $8.2 billion last year.

Rwanda marks 25 years since the genocide

Apr 8, 2019 00:06:52


Rwanda has begun a week of ceremonies to commemorate the lives murdered during the genocide that began 25 years ago.

Country Drive: Nucoal, Murray Darling and a rosemary retirement

Apr 8, 2019 00:04:41


Country Drive: Nucoal, Murray Darling and Sprigs of rosemary

Did the vegan protests changed your mind?

Apr 8, 2019 00:14:28


Animal activists formed a human chain around the Melbourne Aquarium, halted traffic at a busy city intersection, and staged a sit in at an abattoir.

Two more measles cases in NSW

Apr 8, 2019 00:06:44


The state is having its worst measles outbreak in five years, with two more people diagnosed with the infectious disease.

Nationals MP Darren Chester says Adani approvals must run their course

Apr 8, 2019 00:11:34


Members of the Queensland Liberal National Party believe Environment Minister Melissa Price is dragging her feet in signing off on the mine's groundwater management plan.

Joel Fitzgibbon on the #veganprotest

Apr 8, 2019 00:10:45


Protestors shut down one of Melbourne's busiest intersections during peak-hour this morning, others broke into abattoirs and farms where they released animals and threatened farmers.

My Feed — Fury

Apr 5, 2019 00:08:14


Fury is a writer, a poet and author of a new graphic memoir, I Don't Understand How Emotions Work.

Let's Get Quizzical — Michael Hing vs. Demi Lardner

Apr 5, 2019 00:13:01


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

The Wrap — budget, valedictory speeches and concerns about Trump

Apr 5, 2019 00:23:19


Political reporters Melissa Clarke and Stephanie Peatling recap some of the big news stories of the week.

WikiLeaks says Ecuador embassy will expel Assange

Apr 5, 2019 00:06:03


The whistle-blowing website says Julian Assange could be kicked out from the embassy in London within "hours to days".

PM officially announces a royal commission into the abuse of people with a disability

Apr 5, 2019 00:09:16


The three-year royal commission will be based in Brisbane and will examine violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation within the disability sector.

Italian chef Massimo Bottura on cooking and food waste

Apr 4, 2019 00:11:15


Many describe him as the the mastermind behind modern Italian cuisine. This is a conversation with the chef patron of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy.

"Reiwa" — Japan names upcoming imperial era

Apr 4, 2019 00:05:07


The announcement comes as Japan's Emperor prepares to abdicate.

Research Filter: Scientifically dissecting the budget is there methane on Mars?

Apr 4, 2019 00:03:56


RN Drive's Research Filter sifts through some of the most interesting science news of the week, and sorts fact from fiction.

Mark Dreyfus on new social media laws

Apr 4, 2019 00:07:59


A chorus of critics say the laws are badly written and will have unintended consequences.

Arthur Sinodinos on Adani coal mine, Budget

Apr 4, 2019 00:08:58


A delegation of Queensland MPs are concerned the Environment Minister has not yet signed off on the Adani coal mine.

Get elected, says Ruth McGowan

Apr 4, 2019 00:06:38


The former Mayor of Baw Baw Shire has written a step-by-step guide on how to run for public office.

Mark Scott on digital media and the ABC

Apr 4, 2019 00:12:52


The former ABC boss on why Aunty's new Managing Director needs to be Editor-in-Chief.

Opposition finance spokesman Jim Chalmers on Budget reply

Apr 4, 2019 00:08:05


With an election coming up, the Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's Budget reply speech will be seen as Labor's pitch to voters.

Canada's Trudeau expels former ministers amid Liberal Party crisis

Apr 3, 2019 00:05:39


He says he can no longer trust the former Attorney-General, Jody Wilson-Raybould and former Treasury Board Minister, Jane Philpott.

Selling the pre-election Budget

Apr 3, 2019 00:09:42


The Morrison Government hopes its multi-billion dollar tax package will win over voters.

Tech Head: Budget automates welfare reporting & blocking robocalls

Apr 3, 2019 00:07:41


Plus legislation supporting the big stick approach to social media platforms allowing the dissemination of terrorist content.

Does the Federal Budget flag an Indigenous voice to Parliament?

Apr 3, 2019 00:06:19


The Budget allocates $7.3 million dollars to "co-design options" for an Aboriginal advisory body that could be enshrined in the Constitution.

Budget promises 30 new Headspace centres

Apr 3, 2019 00:04:15


National boost for youth mental health services and suicide prevention.

Do we need better education around pornography?

Apr 3, 2019 00:06:34


A new documentary explores the different perspectives around how to educate young people on pornography and its effects.

Linda Burney on the Budget's $1.6bn boost from NDIS underspend

Apr 3, 2019 00:11:06


Advocates say the National Disability Insurance Scheme is failing to deliver on its promise.

The Treasurer on Federal Budget 2019

Apr 3, 2019 00:13:19


Josh Frydenberg joins RN Drive, after a long day spruiking The Budget.

Budget 2019: Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly discuss

Apr 2, 2019 00:29:36


Fran Kelly joins RN Drive after a day spent in the Budget lock-up.

Turkey's ruling party loses control over Ankara, Istanbul

Apr 2, 2019 00:04:03


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party and its Islamist predecessors have been in power in both cities for 25 years.

What next for Brexit?

Apr 2, 2019 00:04:13


The British Prime Minister Theresa May will hold cabinet meetings to discuss how to avoid a no-deal Brexit on April 12th.

Business and Finance – Digital wallets, Ian Narev and interest rates

Apr 2, 2019 00:07:07


Eftpos is calling on the Reserve Bank to regulate digital wallets.

Rescuing zoo animals from Gaza

Apr 2, 2019 00:05:29


When war and violence breaks out, people flee for their lives. But often times, zoo animals get left behind.

Kimberley Land Council wants action on suicide prevention among Indigenous Australians

Apr 2, 2019 00:08:23


CEO Nolan Hunter joins RN Drive ahead of the Budget and Election 2019.

Labor weighing up Government's social media crackdown laws

Apr 2, 2019 00:05:45


Under the proposal, social media companies could face multi-million dollar fines and their executives could face jail time if the material is not taken down fast enough.

Tax cuts, infrastructure and a return to surplus — Federal Budget 2019

Apr 2, 2019 00:07:31


The Government is promising that Tuesday's budget will return Australia to surplus.

"Disregard for basic humanity": Simon Birmingham rebukes Fraser Anning over free speech

Apr 2, 2019 00:14:18


Senator Anning was handed a stinging rebuke today in the chamber, courtesy of Trade Minister Simon Birmingham.

Radio Australia's Caroline Tiriman hangs up her headphones after 40 years

Apr 1, 2019 00:12:02


Her mother wanted to her to get married at 16, but Caroline had other plans.

Country Drive: A Budget preview for regional Australia

Apr 1, 2019 00:06:44


What's in it for regional voters ahead of the Federal Election?

Vietnamese suspect in Kim Jong-Nam murder escapes death penalty

Apr 1, 2019 00:02:38


A Vietnamese woman accused of killing the North Korean leader's half-brother has escaped the death penalty after Malaysia prosecutors downgraded the murder charge against her.

Senate Inquiry into ABC political interference recommends changes

Apr 1, 2019 00:08:40


The inquiry was established following revelations former ABC Chairman Justin Milne had told former Managing Director Michelle Guthrie to sack journalists Emma Alberici and Andrew Probyn.

Meet the world's number one teacher

Apr 1, 2019 00:08:12


2019 Global Teacher Prize winner Brother Peter Tabichi joins RN Drive.

Labor's climate change policy dissected

Apr 1, 2019 00:09:43


Will any of these policies have a real impact on the bigger project of reducing the effects of climate change?

Labor unveils climate change policy on budget eve

Apr 1, 2019 00:11:52


The plan includes a cap on emissions for the nation's 250 biggest polluters, emissions standards for the transport industry and an electric car target.

My Feed — @nazeem_hussain

Mar 29, 2019 00:12:32


The star of Orange is the New Brown talks comedy, Fraser Anning and sugar-free diets.

Let's Get Quizzical — Guy Montgomery vs DeAnne Smith

Mar 29, 2019 00:20:48


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

The Wrap — One Nation, Facebook, Federal budget

Mar 29, 2019 00:22:52


'The Wrap' is RN Drive's summary of the biggest stories of the week, plus some you may have missed.

Christchurch memorial service two weeks since attacks

Mar 29, 2019 00:06:16


Thousands of people gathered for a national remembrance service for the 50 people killed in the Christchurch terrorist attack.

Jonathan Haidt on fragility, helicopter parenting and identity politics

Mar 28, 2019 00:11:34


In 2015 he wrote an article calling out the 'safetyism' that he believed was pervading American colleges.

Research Filter: Do we create new brain cells all our lives?

Mar 28, 2019 00:06:27


New research from Spain suggests we make new brain cells throughout our lives. We run that and other research news past our expert.

Brexit: Theresa May offers to resign if parliament supports her deal

Mar 28, 2019 00:06:47


UK Prime Minister Theresa May has offered to resign in a bid to save her Brexit deal.

How will One Nation preferences affect the election?

Mar 28, 2019 00:05:45


Arguments about whether and where to preference One Nation have become a major point of contention.

The school that doesn't award first prize

Mar 28, 2019 00:05:06


Instead, kids compete against themselves to achieve a "personal best".

'It's another layer of conspiracy theories': Labor MP Tony Burke on Pauline Hanson

Mar 28, 2019 00:12:05


One Nation's Pauline Hanson says the Australian media has been 'blinded' by its hatred for her party, and that her comments about the Port Arthur massacre were heavily edited.

Woman who helped Edward Snowden granted asylum in Canada

Mar 27, 2019 00:08:02


The woman was a refugee from the Philippines; she and her daughter have now arrived in Montreal.

Thailand's main opposition says it's formed a 'democratic front' with other parties

Mar 27, 2019 00:08:01


Three days after the Thai election, ballots are still being counted but the main opposition Pheu Thai party says it's formed a coalition that gives it enough seats to form government.

Tech Head: social media big stick, AI challenges and rebooting retro games

Mar 27, 2019 00:09:06


The fourth instalment in a popular 90s video game series is set for release, 25 years after the last one!

European Union Parliament passes controversial Internet copyright law

Mar 27, 2019 00:05:21


The European Union Parliament has passed a controversial new directive that Google says could "change the web as we know it".

'A pair of bogans on a pub crawl': David Ettridge on James Ashby and Steve Dickson

Mar 27, 2019 00:09:59


The One Nation co-founder says their behaviour was disappointing, but doesn't believe it will lose the party any votes.

Indigenous AFL players name and shame racist footy fans

Mar 27, 2019 00:07:17


The 2019 AFL season is only entering round two, but already Indigenous stars have been the targets of racial abuse.

Greens abandon "death tax" policy

Mar 27, 2019 00:07:31


Taxation isn't generally associated with edge of your seat excitement, but it is shaping up as a key battleground in the federal election.

Katter's Australia Party largest recipient of gun lobby donations

Mar 27, 2019 00:09:18


A report from the progressive think tank, the Australia Institute, shows that - per capita - our gun lobby is as large and spends as much money as the National Rifle Association.

Should Australia change its narrative on China?

Mar 26, 2019 00:08:47


Former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and the former head of the Defence Force Mark Binskin weigh in.

Business and Finance – Superannuation, free trade deals and Xi Jinping in Europe

Mar 26, 2019 00:07:35


And China's President Xi Jinping is wrapping up a tour of Europe, where Italy signed a Memorandum of Understanding over China's Belt Road Initiative.

Why time speeds up as you age

Mar 26, 2019 00:04:29


A Professor of Mechanical Engineering says it's all to do with physics and ageing.

Labor unveils plans for a living wage

Mar 26, 2019 00:09:17


Labor would legislate to force the Fair Work Commission to make living standards the key factor it's its wage deliberations.

Barnaby Joyce on the Government's feasibility study

Mar 26, 2019 00:08:51


The Prime Minister has confirmed there will be a feasibility study into a proposal to build a new coal-fired power station in North Queensland.

Government takes big stick approach with social media platforms

Mar 26, 2019 00:08:52


The Government has announced that it will establish a taskforce to address the problem of terrorist material on social media platforms.

One Nation responds to Al Jazeera foreign funding and gun law story

Mar 26, 2019 00:06:04


In the secret footage, recorded by Al Jazeera, One Nation appear to seek millions of dollars worth of foreign political donations from the NRA.

Trump calls Mueller report a "complete exoneration"

Mar 25, 2019 00:08:55


Special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election did not find the President committed a crime, but also did not exonerate him, according to the summary released this morning.

Country Drive: wild winds, avo smashing hail and foreign-owned water entitlements

Mar 25, 2019 00:06:04


Australia has seen some wild weather across the country this week, with Cyclone Veronica and Cyclone Trevor.

Political battle lines drawn on health policy

Mar 25, 2019 00:05:34


The Federal Government has announced $80 million towards a facility in Melbourne which will provide access to a new kind of cancer treatment.

Shooters, Farmers & Fishers eye federal poll

Mar 25, 2019 00:09:07


Several of the significant losses for the Nationals in the New South Wales election came at the hands of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers.

Backpackers packing disease carrying mosquitos

Mar 25, 2019 00:05:44


If you're returning home from South East Asia or the Pacific Islands, you might be giving a free ride to disease-carrying mosquitos and their eggs.

Acknowledging racism and Islamophobia in New Zealand

Mar 25, 2019 00:09:46


Auckland University Sociologist Dr Louise Humpage wants her country to confront homegrown xenophobia.

National Party processing implications of the NSW loss

Mar 25, 2019 00:12:14


The Liberal vote held up well in New South Wales at the weekend, but it was a different story for the National Party.

My Feed: @SushiDas1

Mar 22, 2019 00:09:54


Medevac Fact Check, Scott Morrison on The Project and #IStandWithEggBoy.

Let's Get Quizzical — Beverley Wang vs Benjamin Law

Mar 22, 2019 00:21:43


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

The Wrap — Christchurch aftermath, One Nation preference deals and NSW election

Mar 22, 2019 00:19:47


This week's guest commentators are The Guardian's Amy Remeikis and The Monthly's Nick Feik.

Voters in NSW head to the polls

Mar 22, 2019 00:10:16


Can Liberal Premier Gladys Berejiklian deliver a third term in government for the Coalition, or will Labor's Michael Daley unseat her?

NZ cartoon questions "This isn't us"

Mar 21, 2019 00:05:39


A comic questions the "This isn't us" line and says there are undercurrents of racism in New Zealand that should be addressed.

NZ leader Jacinda Ardern announces gun law reforms

Mar 21, 2019 00:09:13


The sale of assault rifles and military style semi-automatic weapons has been restricted, while new laws banning them are expected to be passed within the next three weeks.

Research Filter: twin gender politics, strontium mapping and sensing the magnetic field

Mar 21, 2019 00:06:58


Science says female twins are worse off in life, if they shared the womb with a male.

Tensions ease over Turkish President Erdoğan's ANZAC comments

Mar 21, 2019 00:06:01


Turkey's government says the President was taken out of context and Gallipoli pilgrims are welcome.

The impact of trolls and hate content on social media moderators

Mar 21, 2019 00:09:10


Real people are employed by tech companies to watch through disturbing materials posted online.

Polls tighten in NSW State election

Mar 21, 2019 00:12:45


A win or a loss on Saturday could come down to the Coalition's junior partner, The Nationals.

Largest cyclone since Tracy bears down on NT

Mar 21, 2019 00:05:10


A state of emergency has been declared as the territory braces for the passing of Cyclone Trevor.

Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek on Turkey, Scott Morrison & Fraser Anning

Mar 21, 2019 00:12:31


And praise of AFLW star Tayla Harris for taking on internet trolls.

Can lawsuits help stop online bullies and hate speech?

Mar 20, 2019 00:06:46


New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is warning of the dangers of online hate speech in the wake of the Christchurch mass-shooting.

NZ farmer surrenders semi-automatic rifle following Christchurch attacks

Mar 20, 2019 00:05:18


The mass-shooting in New Zealand has prompted the Government to announce plans for tougher gun laws.

Tech Head: Google Stadia, MySpace and online fakes

Mar 20, 2019 00:05:05


Google launches Stadia, MySpace loses music and online fakes abound.

NSW State election panel

Mar 20, 2019 00:08:03


This Saturday in New South Wales, it's the main event. A state election where both major parties are neck and neck in the polls.

The Greens call for a Multicultural Act

Mar 20, 2019 00:08:45


In the wake of the Christchurch mass-shooting, the Greens are proposing a range of measures aimed at tackling extremism and promoting tolerance.

AFLW star Tayla Harris responds to online trolls

Mar 20, 2019 00:07:11


The Carlton star says she was subjected to "sexual abuse on social media" following publication of a picture of her kicking the ball during a match.

Australian PM offended by Turkish Presidents comments

Mar 20, 2019 00:06:48


Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he does not accept excuses offered by the Turkish ambassador following comments by the country's President.

The Federal Government unveils cuts to immigration

Mar 20, 2019 00:13:12


The Government is proposing to reduce the permanent migration intake from 190,000 to 160,000 and require roughly a quarter of skilled migrants to settle outside major cities like Sydney and Melbourne.

Panel: Rising white supremacy, politicians and the media

Mar 19, 2019 00:11:50


A conversation about racism, Islamophobia, social media and how our politicians are dealing with white supremacy.

Business and Finance - Westpac job losses, Deutsche Bank concerns

Mar 19, 2019 00:05:45


Westpac will no longer provide personal financial advice following an overhaul in its management structure, resulting in 900 job losses.

Giant composting "hamster wheel" wins the Victorian Design Challenge

Mar 19, 2019 00:05:57


Studio Periscope won the award for their hot composting system, the "Rollie".

Pollies debate over climate policy modelling

Mar 19, 2019 00:08:36


Federal politicians are arguing over the reliability of modelling the Government is using to argue Labor's climate policy is unaffordable.

Countering Islamophobia in Australian media and politics

Mar 19, 2019 00:07:58


In the aftermath of the Christchurch terror attack, one former Sky News employee has written about her decision to quit her job.

Will a cap on migration ease congestion?

Mar 19, 2019 00:07:07


Emeritus Professor of Demography at ANU, Peter McDonald, says it won't.

Mark Dreyfus on the Christchurch attack, social media and dog-whistle politics

Mar 19, 2019 00:12:34


The major political parties are under growing pressure to back a Greens motion to suspend independent far-right Senator Fraser Anning.

Arthur Sinodinos and Louise Pratt — Christchurch, Fraser Anning and white supremacy

Mar 18, 2019 00:11:10


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is moving to tighten gun laws in New Zealand.

Country Drive: QLD rainfall and dairy farmers speak out on milk prices

Mar 18, 2019 00:04:22


Gold Coast rains drenched the first round of the NRL.

As NZ reviews guns laws, the debate hits the NSW Election

Mar 18, 2019 00:08:31


Ex-Howard Advisor Grahame Morris on the legacy of the 1996 gun reforms.

The terrorist threat of extremist white nationalism

Mar 18, 2019 00:07:20


And why we need to re-examine a perception of terrorism largely as a threat posed by Islamic extremism.

The legacy of Edmund Capon

Mar 18, 2019 00:04:40


Edmund Capon has died after a battle with cancer at the age of 78.

Bipartisan push to censure Senator Fraser Anning over anti-Muslim policies

Mar 18, 2019 00:12:57


Senator Mathias Cormann will bring the censure motion with Labor's Penny Wong

NZ Opposition Leader promises cooperation on gun law reform

Mar 18, 2019 00:12:13


The New Zealand government has moved to tighten gun laws in the wake of the mass shootings at two mosques on Friday.

My Feed — @nattencic

Mar 15, 2019 00:11:31


Nat Tencic, host of The Hook Up on Triple J, talks about what she's seeing on her social media radar.

Let's Get Quizzical — Ketan Joshi and Terri Psiakis

Mar 15, 2019 00:13:06


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

The Wrap — Craig Laundy retires, coal debate, school strike

Mar 15, 2019 00:22:46


Angela Lavoipierre and Gina Rushton talk about the other big news stories this week.

How do you explain mass murder?

Mar 15, 2019 00:10:10


After an attack like Christchurch, people ask — why and how did this happen? What motivates mass killers?

Around 40 people killed in Christchurch terrorist attack

Mar 15, 2019 00:05:26


NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says about 40 people are believed to have been killed in the shooting attack.

British MPs vote against exiting the European Union without a deal

Mar 14, 2019 00:05:47


British MPs have voted against the UK crashing out of the European Union without a negotiated trade deal, after they rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's deal on Tuesday.

Australian students among global school strike over climate action

Mar 14, 2019 00:07:02


Thousands of children around the world will walk out of their schools on Friday March 15, striking to demand action on climate change.

Research Filter: inactive drug ingredients, solar eruptions and CO2 conversion

Mar 14, 2019 00:07:11


Turns out medications are not all painkiller and filler.

Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Whatsapp outage causes human interaction

Mar 14, 2019 00:07:21


We will rebuild.

Tasmanian child protection services in crisis

Mar 14, 2019 00:07:32


Figures reveal a backlog of 280 cases yet to be assigned to Child Protection Officers.

The joy of death metal

Mar 14, 2019 00:07:41


A new report says listening to violent music doesn't make you more susceptible to violent behaviour.

UN report warns of surging drug production in Southeast Asia

Mar 14, 2019 00:08:09


As Australia debates the merits of pill testing, a new report warns that drug production is surging in Southeast Asia, posing fresh challenges for authorities here.

Should ISIS brides be allowed to return to Australia?

Mar 14, 2019 00:10:37


A woman, believed to be 24-year-old Zahra Duman, says her two young children are sick and she wants to bring them back to Australia.

What next after second Brexit deal rejected by UK parliament?

Mar 13, 2019 00:10:09


For a second time, the UK parliament has voted against Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan, raising the risk of a no-deal departure from the European Union.

Tech Head: Wizards Unite, genderless voice assist and Facebook sues

Mar 13, 2019 00:06:55


Are you ready for a Harry Potter take on Pokémon Go?

NZ Pike River mine disaster — re-entry date announced

Mar 13, 2019 00:06:01


29 men were killed in an explosion in the coal mine in November 2010.

How are the gut and brain connected?

Mar 13, 2019 00:11:05


RN Drive speaks to medical researcher Martin Stebbing about the connection between the brain and gut.

Federal Government now pushing for a Royal Commission into abuse in the disability sector

Mar 13, 2019 00:06:41


Advocates have welcomed the terms of reference and say any thorough process will be complex, and they expect would run for several years.

Survivors' lawyer responds to Pell conviction

Mar 13, 2019 00:09:44


Dr. Vivian Waller represented the surviving victim of sexual abuse by George Pell.

George Pell sentenced to six years in prison

Mar 13, 2019 00:10:14


Cardinal Pell maintains his innocence and is appealing the conviction and the sentence.

Lawyer says woman who was accused of killing Kim Jong-nam was a scapegoat

Mar 12, 2019 00:05:20


An interview with the lawyer of Siti Aisyah, who was accused of killing the North Korean leader's half-brother at KL Airport in 2017.

Venezuela blackout continues into fifth day

Mar 12, 2019 00:05:59


The blackouts are adding pressure to a country already suffering from hyper-inflation, food shortages and a political crisis.

Business and finance - trailing commissions, NAB business survey, and Carnegie Clean Energy

Mar 12, 2019 00:05:39


The Federal Government has backflipped on its promise to ban trailing commissions for mortgage brokers.

Indonesia prepares for upcoming elections

Mar 12, 2019 00:07:31


As Indonesia's political climate moves further towards conservatism and religious fundamentalism, how will the two countries maintain a good working relationship?

How safe is the Boeing 737 MAX 8?

Mar 12, 2019 00:04:09


The Boeing 737 MAX 8 is facing further scrutiny, in the aftermath of Sunday's disaster.

10-year-old boy sends Qantas CEO a letter

Mar 12, 2019 00:07:29


Rumours of a new airline entering the Australian market have been confirmed by the boss of Qantas, Alan Joyce.

Coalition dumps plan to end trail commissions for mortgage brokers

Mar 12, 2019 00:10:13


ACCC boss Rod Sims spoke with RN Drive about the decision.

Labor calls for an increase to the minimum wage

Mar 12, 2019 00:12:19


As Coalition MPs try and head off their latest internal fight over coal, Labor is calling for an increase to the minimum wage.

Political Panel: Craig Kelly and Kristina Keneally

Mar 11, 2019 00:14:53


Craig Kelly and Kristina Keneally join RN Drive for a political discussion about the news of the day.

Country Drive: Relaxed visas, sheep shearers and scrap metal.

Mar 11, 2019 00:07:57


Country Drive takes a look at what's making news in rural and regional Australia.

New Zealand measles outbreak — 25 confirmed cases

Mar 11, 2019 00:04:27


Authorities are warning that the number of cases could increase.

Malaysia drops murder charge against Kim Jong-nam murder accused

Mar 11, 2019 00:04:49


An Indonesian woman who was accused of killing the North Korean leader's half-brother has been released from custody in Malaysia, after the murder charge against her was dropped.

Anxious dog? Your neurotic personality could be to blame.

Mar 11, 2019 00:07:38


A new study suggests our personalities affect the character traits of our canine companions.

Racial segregation at Alice Springs hotel

Mar 11, 2019 00:08:58


Concerns about racial segregation in hotels.

Barnaby Joyce and Deputy PM battle over Nationals leadership

Mar 11, 2019 00:10:27


Leadership tensions are once again brewing in the Nationals.

My Feed — @wendy_harmer

Mar 8, 2019 00:10:52


Conspiracy theories, political advertisements and self-made billionaires; ABC Radio Sydney presenter Wendy Harmer takes us through her favourite social media picks from the week.

Let's Get Quizzical — Lawrence Gunatilaka and Ruby Cornish

Mar 8, 2019 00:15:16


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

Thailand court disbands opposition political party

Mar 8, 2019 00:05:15


Thailand's Constitutional Court has ordered an opposition party to be dissolved, saying its nomination of the King's sister as a Prime Ministerial candidate was "hostile to the monarchy".

The Wrap — Manafort sentenced, Turnbull's BBC interview and other stories

Mar 8, 2019 00:30:10


Guest commentators Sara James and Monica Attard join Patricia to discuss the news of the week.

What is it like to be a spy in Australia?

Mar 7, 2019 00:06:13


An exhibition in Western Sydney reveals the personal stories of secret agents and the history of espionage in Australia.

Syrian children singing marks eight years of war

Mar 7, 2019 00:05:35


UNICEF is releasing an album of songs by children from Syria and neighbouring countries to mark eight years of conflict.

Research Filter — Brian Cox on dark matter and black holes

Mar 7, 2019 00:06:47


RN Drive's Research Filter sifts through some of the most interesting science news of the week, and sorts fact from fiction.

Indigenous perspectives to be included in Australian school curricula

Mar 7, 2019 00:14:26


Soon all Australian teachers will be able to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in their classes — across all learning areas.

Pussy Riot on alleged persecution of LGBTIQ Chechens

Mar 7, 2019 00:07:07


The controversial Russian punk band and art collective protested in Adelaide this week.

Huawei sues US Government over equipment ban

Mar 7, 2019 00:04:46


The Chinese telecommunications giant says the ban is unconstitutional.

A "living wage", the slowing economy, coal power and electricity prices

Mar 7, 2019 00:14:11


Shadow Employment & Workplace Minister Brendan O'Connor joins RN Drive.

Syrian sarin attack survivor speaks out

Mar 6, 2019 00:09:24


Kassem Eid survived the attack and soon after he picked up a gun and joined the Free Syrian Army.

Tech Head: multi-factor authentication and self-driving car problems

Mar 6, 2019 00:06:36


Some self-driving cars don't recognise certain skin tones. Are they racist?

Anne Summers on gender equality

Mar 6, 2019 00:07:33


Prominent feminist author and journalist Anne Summers discusses gender equality in Australia's Parliament.

Bye Felipe creator talks online dating

Mar 6, 2019 00:05:11


The popular Instagram account calls out men for hostile behaviour. But how does it help?

Should we stop listening to Michael Jackson?

Mar 6, 2019 00:06:52


Documentary, Leaving Neverland, aired in the US overnight, detailed allegations of child sexual assault made by two men who spent time with Jackson in the 1990s.

AMA backs Labor's reproductive health policy

Mar 6, 2019 00:06:47


Under the $9.3 million plan, Labor would link public hospital funding to the provision of reproductive health services.

GDP figures show economic growth slowing sharply

Mar 6, 2019 00:14:50


Gross Domestic Product for the December quarter came in at 0.2 %, well below what economists and the Reserve Bank had predicted.

Natasha Stott Despoja on violence

Mar 5, 2019 00:11:45


The problem of domestic violence is endemic in this country, but how do we stop it?

Business and Finance - NAB executive arrested, China and interest rates on hold

Mar 5, 2019 00:03:51


A National Australia Bank executive has been charged with 56 offences relating to an alleged $40 million fraud.

Vatican to unseal archives on Pope Pius XII, accused of Holocaust silence

Mar 5, 2019 00:06:22


Pope Francis has announced the Vatican will unseal its secret archives on Pius XVII, who was Pope during World War Two.

Senate committee resumes inquiry into alleged political interference in the ABC

Mar 5, 2019 00:07:18


Triple J's content manager says former chairman Justin Milne told him to "take one for the team" amid concerns about changing the date of the Hottest 100 countdown.

Labor changes tack on Indonesia Free Trade Agreement

Mar 5, 2019 00:09:20


Labor was threatening to tear up and renegotiate the Free Trade Agreement with Indonesia, but is now indicating that might not be necessary.

Robert Richter QC quits George Pell's legal team

Mar 5, 2019 00:05:40


Top barrister Robert Richter QC has quit Cardinal George Pell's legal team ahead of his sentence and appeal, saying he is too emotional and angry about the guilty verdict handed down by the jury.

Federal government announces record domestic violence funding

Mar 5, 2019 00:17:20


The Prime Minister is seeking to elevate domestic violence to national security status, announcing on Tuesday an additional $328 million in funding for prevention and frontline services.

International Court of Justice rules UK to cede Chagos Islands "as rapidly as possible"

Mar 4, 2019 00:05:36


People were forcibly removed to make way for a US military base and have not been permitted to return since the island was separated from Mauritius in 1968.

David Dungay death in custody inquest resumes

Mar 4, 2019 00:06:44


A coroner's inquest into the death of an Aboriginal man in custody has resumed in Sydney today.

Country Drive: cheap cheese, the FTA, and WA bushfires

Mar 4, 2019 00:05:44


If you thought $1 milk was undercutting farmers, wait until you hear about cheap cheese.

George Pell's cousin wins LGBTI Faith award

Mar 4, 2019 00:08:36


Former nun Monica Hingston has been recognised for her political activism and for standing up to her conservative cousin, Cardinal George Pell.

An update on several blazes burning across Gippsland

Mar 4, 2019 00:04:44


CFA's Luke Heagerty delivers the latest on south-eastern Victoria's bushfires

Do inspirational leaders undermine innovation?

Mar 4, 2019 00:06:35


Inspirational leaders can bring harmony to a workplace, but a new study suggests it could undermine innovation by making people complacent.

Linda Burney on domestic violence funding and Indigenous massacres

Mar 4, 2019 00:08:52


The Opposition has pledged $60 million to create a fund to support families fleeing domestic violence situations.

Australia and Indonesia sign Free Trade Agreement

Mar 4, 2019 00:14:11


Indonesia put FTA talks on hold last year after Prime Minister Scott Morrison suggested Australia's embassy in Israel could be shifted to East Jerusalem.

My Feed: Tahlea Aualiitia

Mar 1, 2019 00:10:53


Tahlea Aualiitia, the host of Pacific Mornings on ABC Radio Australia takes RN Drive through her favourite social media picks from the week.

Let's Get Quizzical: Zan Rowe vs Myf Warhurst

Mar 1, 2019 00:15:50


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

The Wrap — politics, George Pell verdict and renewable energy

Mar 1, 2019 00:05:42


'The Wrap' is RN Drive's summary of the biggest stories of the week, plus some you may have missed.

Veteran journalist Mike Willesee passes away

Mar 1, 2019 00:05:42


We revisit Patricia's interview with Mike Willesee in 2017.

Nicola Gobbo revealed as Lawyer X

Mar 1, 2019 00:05:37


Nicola Gobbo, the niece of former Victorian Governor Sir James Gobbo, has represented some of Victoria's highest profile underworld figures including Tony Mokbel.

Two more Cabinet ministers to quit politics

Mar 1, 2019 00:06:00


Christopher Pyne and Steve Ciobo are both expected to announce they'll retire at the May election.

Tough new rules for NRL players

Feb 28, 2019 00:07:28


The NRL will stand down players facing serious indictable offences on full pay while they are before the courts.

Research Filter: cannabis beer, Buddhist robot and Brazil's beached humpback

Feb 28, 2019 00:05:59


Genetically-modified cannabis made from beer yeast, anyone?

Why did Trump and Kim cut their talks short?

Feb 28, 2019 00:08:56


The two leaders ended their talks in Vietnam earlier than scheduled after being unable to reach an agreement on N. Korea's denuclearisation.

George Pell's lawyer apologises for 'plain vanilla' statement

Feb 28, 2019 00:05:30


In a statement, Robert Richter says he spent a sleepless night "reflecting on the terrible choice of a phrase" and can see why it caused great offence to many people.

Ever heard of semi-identical twins?

Feb 28, 2019 00:04:42


Australia's first set of semi-identical twins are only the second to be reported in the world.

Ita Buttrose appointed as new ABC Chair

Feb 28, 2019 00:08:02


Ms Buttrose takes over from Justin Milne, who resigned during the public fallout from the board's decision to sack MD Michelle Guthrie last year.

Second US-N. Korea summit ends early with no agreement

Feb 28, 2019 00:08:55


US President Donald Trump says the talks were positive but "sometimes you have to walk".

Pakistan says it has shot down two Indian jets

Feb 27, 2019 00:08:51


Cross-border tensions and violence escalate as Pakistan says it's shot down two Indian warplanes and captured a pilot.

Tech Head: seat-back cameras, the Size-Stream Scanner and Google's wind power

Feb 27, 2019 00:06:43


August's Sarah El-Atm joins RN Drive.

Peer program connecting young and old LGBTI Victorians has federal funding cut

Feb 27, 2019 00:07:26


Out and About is a peer service connecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people across Victoria, across generations.

Cardinal Pell verdict: the appeals process in Victoria

Feb 27, 2019 00:07:34


"An appeal has already been lodged to be pursued following sentence" — Cardinal Pell's legal team.

New study examines sleep deprivation of new parents

Feb 27, 2019 00:06:07


Apparently even after the child settles into a sleep routine, parents have trouble going back to regular sleeping habits.

Trump's former lawyer calls him a 'racist', 'conman' and 'cheat'

Feb 27, 2019 00:07:25


He will also say Donald Trump knew ahead of time that WikiLeaks was going to release emails damaging to Hillary Clinton.

Cardinal George Pell headed to prison after his bail is revoked

Feb 27, 2019 00:13:15


Australia's most senior Catholic cleric is appealing his conviction for sexually assaulting two choirboys when he was head of the Melbourne Archdiocese in the mid 1990s.

African coalition oppose EU's migrant processing plan

Feb 26, 2019 00:05:35


A coalition of African countries is trying to block a plan by the European Union to process asylum-seeekers on African soil.

UK Labour says it will back second Brexit referendum

Feb 26, 2019 00:08:24


It's a surprising about face from Jeremy Corbyn, who's battling growing opposition to his leadership within Labour ranks

Business and Finance - housing correction, Blackmores and the sharemarket

Feb 26, 2019 00:05:37


The housing correction has started to show up in associated construction industries.

Scene set in Hanoi for Trump Kim summit

Feb 26, 2019 00:06:45


The city will form the backdrop for the second ever face-to-face meeting between North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un and United States President Donald Trump.

Liberal candidate for Wentworth Dave Sharma on climate change

Feb 26, 2019 00:08:18


Dave Sharma wants the Coalition to do more to show it's serious about tackling climate change ahead of the Federal Election.

Survivors of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests reflect on the Pell verdict

Feb 26, 2019 00:09:24


RN Drive speaks to survivors of historical sexual abuse perpetrated by other Catholic priests.

Pell conviction sends shockwaves through The Vatican

Feb 26, 2019 00:04:23


News of George Pell's conviction broke as a Vatican summit on how the Catholic Church should respond to child sexual abuse within its ranks wrapped up in Rome.

Cardinal George Pell found guilty of child sexual abuse

Feb 26, 2019 00:11:23


Australia's most senior Catholic cleric Cardinal George Pell has been convicted of historic child sexual abuse.

Cubans vote in referendum on new constitution

Feb 25, 2019 00:06:07


Thousands of Cubans have voted in a referendum on a new constitution.

Green Book wins Best Picture at 2019 Oscars

Feb 25, 2019 00:06:26


In a surprise win, Green Book was awarded Best Picture despite significant controversy around the films interpretation of a true story.

Country Drive: climate policy for farmers, Gippsland drought and bogong moth decline

Feb 25, 2019 00:08:42


The Prime Minister announced his Climate Solutions Package today, saying the Emissions Reduction Fund is investing in farmers.

Saudi Arabia appoints first female Ambassador

Feb 25, 2019 00:05:46


The appointment of Saudi Arabia's first ever female Ambassador is being met with caution by human rights advocates.

Ita Buttrose reportedly frontrunner for next ABC chair

Feb 25, 2019 00:07:08


Despite the fact that her name wasn't on the original shortlist, the Prime Minister described her on Monday as "an extraordinary Australian".

Press Council rules Serena Williams cartoon did not breach standards

Feb 25, 2019 00:09:04


The Australian Press Council has ruled that a cartoon of tennis player Serena Williams did not breach its standards of practice.

Political Panel: Wayne Swan & Nick Greiner

Feb 25, 2019 00:10:47


The Federal President of the Liberal Party and the ALP National President discuss the PM's new climate policy, asylum seekers and Newspoll.

Labor announces $650 million bank "fairness fund"

Feb 25, 2019 00:07:19


Labor plans to double the number of financial counsellors from 500 to 1,000 and quadruple the compensation limit for victims of misconduct to a maximum of $2 million.

My Feed — @Twitchathon

Feb 22, 2019 00:08:18


Sean Dooley is a birder and a tweeter! He takes RN Drive through his favourite social media picks from the week.

Let's Get Quizzical — Alan Duffy and Nina Omaya

Feb 22, 2019 00:17:57


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

The Wrap — politics, Jussie Smollett and companies caring about climate change

Feb 22, 2019 00:22:10


'The Wrap' is RN Drive's summary of the biggest stories of the week, plus some you may have missed.

Chinese-Australian businessman wins defamation case against SMH

Feb 22, 2019 00:03:44


The Sydney Morning Herald'S new owners, Channel Nine, have been ordered to pay $280,000 in damages after the Federal Court ruled a 2015 article defamed Chau Chak Wing.

Scott Morrison meets NZ leader Jacinda Ardern

Feb 22, 2019 00:08:00


Issues of migration and perceptions of fairness were the focus of talks on his first visit to NZ as Prime Minister.

The Pacific island with a serious rat problem

Feb 21, 2019 00:05:27


The island of Reiono on the atoll of Tetiaroa has had a long-standing rat problem, so much so that it attracted a team of eradication experts.

Rival aid concerts on Venezuelan-Colombian border

Feb 21, 2019 00:07:32


Richard Branson and Nicolas Maduro organise rival concerts along the border, while the opposition leader Juan Guaido insists foreign aid will enter the country this Saturday.

Research Filter: horses dressed as zebras, abstinence sex ed and illicit drug use

Feb 21, 2019 00:07:11


RN Drive's Research Filter sifts through some of the most interesting science news of the week, and sorts fact from fiction.

One of India's biggest gas companies involved in data leak

Feb 21, 2019 00:05:57


The incident has added to the already-heated debate over privacy laws in India.

Federal Politics: Julie Bishop resigns and the Helloworld travel saga

Feb 21, 2019 00:08:15


Annika Smethurst joins RN Drive from Parliament House.

Great white shark DNA decoded, offers hope for cancer treatment

Feb 21, 2019 00:06:41


Scientists have fully decoded the entire genome of the great white shark — what they've learnt could help with treating cancers and age-related diseases among humans.

Queensland, northern NSW on alert for Cyclone Oma

Feb 21, 2019 00:03:28


The weather bureau says there's a serious risk of costal erosion and flooding, as Tropical Cyclone Oma approaches Australia's east coast.

Simon Birmingham on Julie Bishop, Helloworld and other political news

Feb 21, 2019 00:13:57


The former Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has announced her retirement from federal politics.

Australian Govt questioned over weapons exports to Saudi Arabia

Feb 20, 2019 00:11:32


The Australian Government has been questioned for providing millions of dollars to a defence company that's exporting a weapons system to Saudi Arabia.

Tech Head: 5G, Parliament hacked and smart speakers

Feb 20, 2019 00:06:49


The upcoming Mobile World Congress, cyber attacks at Parliament House and smart speakers are taking off.

Should spinal manipulation on babies be outlawed?

Feb 20, 2019 00:06:05


A Melbourne Chiropractor is being investigated for practicing spinal manipulations on a two-week-old baby, including on its neck and tailbone.

Franking credits explained

Feb 20, 2019 00:10:26


Labor says the changes will not affect pensioners, but the Coalition disagrees. So where does the truth lie?

The disturbing soundtrack of a woman walking alone at night

Feb 20, 2019 00:06:43


Streaming audio designed to help men understand what it's like to feel unsafe after dark.

Political Panel: Arthur Sinodinos and Ed Husic

Feb 20, 2019 00:19:59


It was the Federal Government's turn to be on the back foot today, following more developments in the affair the Opposition is calling 'Chumgate'.

Sick refugees to be sent to Christmas Island — Gillian Triggs and Dr Sarah Mares

Feb 19, 2019 00:11:52


Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said he didn't have a problem with the move.

Business and Finance: ASIC, Labor's Royal Commission Bills & Coles sales figures

Feb 19, 2019 00:08:09


ASIC reveals how it's becoming a tougher cop on the beat after Banking Royal Commission.

US border wall: 16 states to sue over Trump emergency declaration

Feb 19, 2019 00:07:33


A coalition of 16 US states are challenging the US President in court after he declared a national emergency to obtain money to build a wall on the Mexican border.

Should we broadcast Aussie reality TV to our regional neighbours?

Feb 19, 2019 00:05:24


Married At First Sight, My Kitchen Rules, The Block, The Bachelor/Bachelorette are some of Australia's most popular TV shows.

Anthony Albanese defends Labor shift on Christmas Island

Feb 19, 2019 00:11:40


Bill Shorten says treating sick asylum seekers and refugees on Christmas Island is acceptable, as long as the care is available.

Christian Porter on Cormann, cyber security and Christmas Island

Feb 19, 2019 00:14:54


A sudden change of stance on the re-opening of the Christmas Island detention centre saw Labor on the back foot on Tuesday.

Independent report says not enough water in the Darling system

Feb 18, 2019 00:05:04


Over the summer, confronting scenes of millions of dead fish in the Darling River sparked a serious conversation around the state of the Murray Darling Basin.

Vatican to host summit on sexual abuse crisis

Feb 18, 2019 00:08:17


Senior bishops from around the world will travel to the Holy See.

Country Drive: melioidosis, milk prices and dairy farm clash

Feb 18, 2019 00:08:44


Another three people have contracted the potentially fatal disease melioidosis after the north QLD floods.

Major sporting codes sign up to close gender pay gap

Feb 18, 2019 00:07:51


Think about your favourite male and female Australian athletes. Do you think they are paid equally?

Scale of Parliament House cyber attack widens

Feb 18, 2019 00:07:50


The Prime Minister says there doesn't appear to have been any interference in our political system, but with an election due in a matter of months, how alarmed should we be?

How do trees talk to each other?

Feb 18, 2019 00:05:23


How exactly does the "wood-wide web" work, and how does this communication help trees?

Home Affairs officials questioned over Paladin security contract for Manus Island

Feb 18, 2019 00:07:34


How did Paladin, a small, relatively-unknown company land federal government contracts — worth hundreds of millions of dollars — to provide security services on Manus Island?

Mark Dreyfus on Paladin, cyber attack and the disability Royal Commission

Feb 18, 2019 00:10:52


Department of Home Affairs officials have been answering questions in Senate Estimates about the awarding of a $420 million contract to provide services for asylum seekers on Manus Island.

My Feed - Lisa Leong

Feb 15, 2019 00:10:28


Lisa Leong from This Working Life takes RN Drive through her favourite social media picks from the week.

Let's Get Quizzical - George McEncroe vs Dan Ilic

Feb 15, 2019 00:13:25


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

The Wrap — blood on the door, Scott Morrison, Christopher Pyne, Sonia Kruger

Feb 15, 2019 00:23:47


'The Wrap' is RN Drive's summary of the biggest stories of the week, plus some you may have missed.

Royal Commission into Lawyer X scandal commences

Feb 15, 2019 00:07:07


It has heard up to seven other possible police informers may have breached their legal professional privilege.

Closing the Gap results worse than previous years

Feb 15, 2019 00:08:09


Just two of the report's seven indicators, year 12 attainment and early childhood education, are on track.

Helping young people with depression navigate music choices

Feb 14, 2019 00:07:58


New app encourages listeners to take note of how a song makes them feel.

Government shelves energy "big stick"

Feb 14, 2019 00:08:36


Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce says the Coalition remains determined to pass legislation to lower power prices.

Research Filter: sleeping off infection, cocktail party problem and violent video games

Feb 14, 2019 00:07:28


The Australian Science Media Centre's Lyndal Byford joins RN Drive.

Manus refugee receives international human rights award

Feb 14, 2019 00:14:12


The Messenger podcast's Abdul Aziz Muhamat is the 2019 Laureate for the Martin Ennals Award.

NSW bushfires continue for third day

Feb 14, 2019 00:05:01


In Tabulam, a woman has been charged with starting a fire by setting rubbish alight during a total fire ban.

NASA calls time on Mars Opportunity Rover "Oppy"

Feb 14, 2019 00:05:39


NASA's Opportunity Rover transformed our understanding of Mars.

Closing the Gap report shows targets slipping

Feb 14, 2019 00:08:55


Only Year 12 attainment and early childhood education indicators are on track, a result the Prime Minister described as unforgivable.

Greens push for Royal Commission into abuse in the disability sector

Feb 14, 2019 00:06:04


The first sitting week of the year ended in chaos as the Government pulled out all the stops to avoid losing another vote in the House of Representatives.

Glenn Greenwald on Brazil and US politics

Feb 13, 2019 00:11:52


The award winning reporter joins RN Drive to talk world politics.

Tech Head: filter bubbles, Twitter mea culpa and exploding phones

Feb 13, 2019 00:05:57


Technology reporter for The Australian David Swan joins RN Drive.

Treating mental illness with psychedelic drugs in Australia

Feb 13, 2019 00:08:08


Mind Medicine Australia to begin clinical trials with St Vincent's Hospital.

Christmas Island Shire Council not warned about detention centre reopening

Feb 13, 2019 00:05:40


President Gordon Thomson has told RN Drive, he's stunned by the announcement.

Would you "feed your ex" to a Meerkat?

Feb 13, 2019 00:06:10


One zoo's solution for the brokenhearted this Valentine's Day

Prime Minister Scott Morrison orders Christmas Island detention Centre to reopen

Feb 13, 2019 00:13:20


The Prime Minister Scott Morrison has ordered the immigration detention centre on Christmas Island to reopen in anticipation of medical transfers and increased boat arrivals.

Medivac Bill passes the Senate

Feb 13, 2019 00:09:40


Those same amendments passed the House yesterday, dealing the federal government an historic defeat.

Call to prioritise early learning for Indigenous children

Feb 12, 2019 00:06:31


Starting primary school can pose difficulties and challenges for many children.

Tentative deal to avoid another US Govt shutdown

Feb 12, 2019 00:06:31


Negotiators in the US Congress have reached a tentative deal on border security to prevent another government shutdown.

Business and Finance — NAB changes rates forecast, housing lending down and Clive Palmer

Feb 12, 2019 00:08:04


NAB has changed its interest rate forecast, predicting they will hold for an extended period.

Hakeem Al-Araibi is back in Australia

Feb 12, 2019 00:06:40


Refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi has thanked the Australian government and people for their support, after he was released from a Thai prison.

Report: Sydney's night life could be earning $16bn more a year for national economy

Feb 12, 2019 00:06:28


And it's not just about pubs and clubs.

Powerful new sports integrity body to tackle cheating and corruption

Feb 12, 2019 00:05:00


In the wake of high-profile cases like the Essendon supplements saga, and the men's cricket ball-tampering scandal, Australian sport is getting an integrity overhaul.

Fed. Govt loses asylum-seeker medical evacuation bill

Feb 12, 2019 00:19:15


The Federal Government has lost a vote on a contentious bill on medical evacuations of asylum-seekers.

Myanmar clashes force villagers to flee to Bangladesh

Feb 11, 2019 00:04:26


Recent clashes between Myanmar's military and ethnic Rakhine rebels have forced dozens of people to flee into Bangladesh in recent days.

Iran, 40 years on from Revolution

Feb 11, 2019 00:07:36


What was the legacy of the Revolution? What challenges does the Islamic Republic now face?

Country Drive: floods, wine & horses

Feb 11, 2019 00:08:17


Flooding in north Queensland has delivered a catastrophic blow to cattle producers, but further south the drought is making good wine.

Growing support for Indigenous reconciliation

Feb 11, 2019 00:06:46


Reconciliation Australia says 95% of Australians believe it's important for First Nations people to have a say in matters that impact them.

Grammys 2019 — winners and highlights

Feb 11, 2019 00:07:23


Who won big at the 61st annual Grammy Awards ceremony?

PM announces $78m for domestic and family violence services

Feb 11, 2019 00:05:36


Scott Morrison spoke at The National Press Club about keeping Australian safe.

Tony Mokbel stabbed in prison

Feb 11, 2019 00:04:29


Drug kingpin Tony Mokbel is in a serious condition after being stabbed at Victoria's maximum security Barwon Prison.

Labor to decide on proposed changes to asylum seeker amendments

Feb 11, 2019 00:14:42


Politicians are gearing up for a showdown on controversial changes to asylum seeker policy when Parliament resumes for 2019.

My Feed — @imerincook

Feb 8, 2019 00:07:45


Journalist Erin Cooke tells us about the Thai princess entering politics and other interesting stories on social media.

Let's Get Quizzical — Mark Humphries vs Tegan Taylor

Feb 8, 2019 00:17:35


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

Whitlam biographer loses bid to have 'Palace Letters' released

Feb 8, 2019 00:05:25


The Full Federal Court says correspondence between Queen and Governor-General in the lead up to Whitlam Govt dismissal are "personal", not Commonwealth records.

The Wrap — Banking royal commission, NSW politics and the franking credits inquiry

Feb 8, 2019 00:20:30


With guest commentators Tom McIlroy from the Australian Financial Review and Alexandra Smith, state political editor at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Australian officials investigate Parliament House cyber-attack

Feb 8, 2019 00:07:08


Australia's security agencies are investigating a cyber breach of the Federal Parliament's computer network.

Hawai'i considers bill to raise smoking age to 100

Feb 7, 2019 00:06:53


Concerned about the dangers of cigarettes, one lawmaker is trying to gradually phase out smoking.

June Oscar on WA Coroner's report

Feb 7, 2019 00:06:47


The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner calls for urgent government action following a report on young Indigenous people in WA.

Research Filter — gut bacteria, depression, colonisation and climate change

Feb 7, 2019 00:03:50


RN Drive's Research Filter sifts through some of the most interesting science news of the week, and sorts fact from fiction.

Ten years on from Victoria's Black Saturday bushfires

Feb 7, 2019 00:07:44


Remembering the 173 Victorians who lost their lives.

Federal politics — Phelps, Royal Commission and Buchholz apologises

Feb 7, 2019 00:08:01


Parliament doesn't sit until next week, but that hasn't stopped the flow of political news from Canberra.

Period emoji among new symbols unveiled by Unicode Consortium

Feb 7, 2019 00:08:24


Other new emojis include wheelchairs, guide dogs, mechanical arms and interracial couples.

Inquest into Indigenous suicides in WA blames intergenerational trauma

Feb 7, 2019 00:10:52


The WA Coroner has 42 recommendations following an inquest into the deaths of more than a dozen young people in the Kimberley region in 2017.

NAB Chairman and CEO step down after Royal Commission report

Feb 7, 2019 00:09:01


Three days after the release of its final report, the Banking Royal Commission has claimed two high profile scalps.

The US tattoo parlour helping to "erase the hate"

Feb 6, 2019 00:06:31


A Mississippi tattoo parlour is offering to cover up the hate symbols tattooed on reformed white supremacists free of charge.

Vic Legal Aid takes on robodebt

Feb 6, 2019 00:04:55


Madeleine Masterton is taking on the landmark case with Victoria Legal Aid, who will argue that Centrelink's processes for calculating debt are unlawful.

Tech Head: Optus fined $10m, cryptocurrency passwords and Facebook turns 15

Feb 6, 2019 00:04:25


Tegan Jones from Gizmodo Australia joins RN Drive.

Shocking new details on Lawyer X affect royal commission into police informants

Feb 6, 2019 00:06:23


There are shocking new details about the lawyer whose work as an informant for Victoria Police led to a royal commission.

Donald Trump's State of the Union speech

Feb 6, 2019 00:07:25


What were the key points in the President's speech, and will he gain bipartisan support for the wall?

Crunching the numbers on chronic stress among working Mums

Feb 6, 2019 00:07:50


UK researchers measure the difficult task of working full time while raising young children.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne welcomes US-N.Korea meeting

Feb 6, 2019 00:10:54


US President Donald Trump has announced he'll meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Vietnam at the end of this month.

Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus on Huang Xiangmo, asylum bill and Tim Wilson

Feb 6, 2019 00:12:46


Huang Xiangmo has donated some $2.7 million to both Labor and the Coalition through his businesses, but has previously denied the donations were aimed at securing foreign policy outcomes.

Controversial draft bill prompts backlash from Indonesian music scene

Feb 5, 2019 00:05:40


A segment of the bill calls for a ban on music with blasphemous or pornographic content, as well as "negative foreign influences".

Australian charged with war crimes in Croatia

Feb 5, 2019 00:08:21


An Australian man is facing charges of crimes against humanity in Croatia.

Business and Finance - Banking RC, RBA rates remain and the retail slump

Feb 5, 2019 00:07:12


Leaders in the banking sector respond to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry's final report. 

Eight dead, 30 injured in Paris high-rise apartment fire

Feb 5, 2019 00:03:34


Authorities fear total casualties will be higher.

First two fatalities confirmed in Townsville floods

Feb 5, 2019 00:03:01


Two bodies were found in floodwaters in the suburb of Aitkenvale

Are doctors who write medical guidelines disclosing links to drug companies?

Feb 5, 2019 00:04:23


The health outcomes of millions of patients is effected by what specialist doctors write into guidelines for the medical industry.

Should facial recognition technology replace the roll call in schools?

Feb 5, 2019 00:06:00


It sounds like a sci-fi film, but it's actually a trial that's been underway in some Victorian schools.

Labor slams "banking day of shame"

Feb 5, 2019 00:13:37


Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten is calling on the government to schedule more parliamentary sitting days to implement the recommendations of the banking royal commission.

Banking RC: Did the banks escape too lightly?

Feb 5, 2019 00:09:31


It's 24 hours since the Royal Commission's final report into misconduct in the the banking and financial services industry was made public, and the fallout is really only just beginning.

How to support your child through cyber-bullying

Feb 4, 2019 00:07:32


Why are children unlikely to talk to their parents about cyber-bullying?

Pope's historic visit to the United Arab Emirates

Feb 4, 2019 00:08:09


Why the Pope's visit to the UAE is significant and what's expected to come out of it.

Country Drive: Bushfires, Murray Darling and Tuna Tossing

Feb 4, 2019 00:07:02


Port Lincoln celebrates Tunarama Festival with a traditional tuna-tossing competition (but no tuna were harmed).

Hakeem al-Araibi to spend further 60 days in Thai prison

Feb 4, 2019 00:05:54


The Melbourne-based refugee will remain behind bars after his bail application was rejected in a Bangkok court.

Townsville declared disaster zone following floods

Feb 4, 2019 00:04:55


The area has been declared a disaster zone after record-breaking rain fell over several days, opening the Ross River flood gates.

Is frugality the new fashion?

Feb 4, 2019 00:05:47


Serina Bird is hoping to make frugality fashionable again, with her new book The Joyful Frugalista.

Labor responds to the Banking Royal Commission report

Feb 4, 2019 00:12:11


The Royal Commission received some 10,000 submissions, and 12,000 additional people made contact with the Commission during the hearings.

Banking and Financial Services Royal Commission delivers its final report

Feb 4, 2019 00:11:53


Commissioner Kenneth Hayne's report contains 76 recommendations, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the government will act on all of them.

My Feed — @KetanJ0

Feb 1, 2019 00:09:33


Science communicator and technology commentator Ketan Joshi takes RN Drive through his favourite social media picks from the week.

Let's Get Quizzical — Tory Shepherd and Rhys Nicholson

Feb 1, 2019 00:16:40


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

The Wrap — Josh Butler and Melissa Clarke

Feb 1, 2019 00:27:59


'The Wrap' is RN Drive's summary of the biggest stories of the week, plus some you may have missed.

Flooding in Far North Queensland

Feb 1, 2019 00:05:59


Houses are being evacuated and more rain is expected in Townsville over the weekend.

Deadly freeze across US Midwest

Jan 31, 2019 00:05:30


A deadly cold snap is sweeping across the US Midwest, with millions experiencing sub-zero temperatures.

Bangkok smog forces hundreds of schools to close

Jan 31, 2019 00:06:29


More than 400 public schools in the Thai capital are closed today and tomorrow because of a toxic smog covering the city.

Research Filter: sore throats, breakfast and Jenga-playing robots

Jan 31, 2019 00:07:11


RN Drive's Research Filter sifts through some of the most interesting science news of the week, and sorts fact from fiction.

National Irrigators' Council on the Murray-Darling report

Jan 31, 2019 00:06:30


The SA Royal Commission has delivered a scathing assessment of the multi-billion-dollar water-sharing agreement.

Federal politics — Julia Banks, Murray-Darling Basin Plan and the Uluru Statement

Jan 31, 2019 00:07:09


It's only January but politics is heating up again, and it looks to be an intense and divisive year ahead.

If parents can't agree on the surname of their child, who gets the final say?

Jan 31, 2019 00:07:26


A Melbourne woman lost her bid to give her child a double-barrelled surname.

Murray-Darling Basin Plan slammed by SA Royal Commission

Jan 31, 2019 00:09:25


South Australian Premier Steven Marshall joins RN Drive.

Rio Tinto & BHP endorse Uluru Statement from the Heart

Jan 31, 2019 00:09:54


Mining giants put aside competition in joint statement on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament.

Former Starbucks boss considers a run for the White House

Jan 30, 2019 00:06:05


Howard Schultz won't be a Republican or Democrat, but an independent candidate.

Petition calls for end to US interference in Venezuela

Jan 30, 2019 00:07:08


The US and Australia are among many countries that now recognise Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's legitimate leader.

Tech Head: MyKi Mobile Trial, Facebook merging apps and Farm Simulator

Jan 30, 2019 00:07:26


Cloud computing expert Georgie Guy joins RN Drive.

Animal abuse allegations amid Victorian horse racing arrests

Jan 30, 2019 00:05:04


Police have not charged the three men, including Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir.

Calls for a national electric vehicle strategy

Jan 30, 2019 00:07:05


Sales of electric cars are growing rapidly in Europe, Asia and North America, but their uptake in Australia has been slow.

Early birds less likely to suffer from mental illness

Jan 30, 2019 00:07:52


Those who are genetically-programmed to wake up early have a lower risk of depression and schizophrenia, according to new research.

Human Rights Commission says proposed citizenship laws "too broad"

Jan 30, 2019 00:08:15


A Parliamentary Committee examining new powers to strip suspected terrorists of their Australian citizenship has heard the laws are too broad and won't make us safer.

Louise Adler and over half Melbourne University Press board resigns

Jan 30, 2019 00:13:06


The move comes in response to tension between Melbourne University Press and Melbourne University over the type of work they should be publishing.

Is surviving a horrific event the key to long life?

Jan 29, 2019 00:06:00


Trauma can have a big impact on health, but new research suggests that the resilience developed by survivors can overcome those health problems.

Afghan peace framework - a sign of hope?

Jan 29, 2019 00:06:35


After six days of talks in Qatar, negotiators for the US and Taliban have agreed on a draft framework for a peace deal.

Business and Finance: Healthscope, TPG, Huawei and BankingRC

Jan 29, 2019 00:08:00


Private hospital company Healthscope is likely to be taken over by the Brookfield Group.

Call for joint action on obesity, undernutrition and climate change

Jan 29, 2019 00:07:00


A new report has highlighted what the three biggest threats to humanity are.

Facebook's plan to fight fake news ahead of European election

Jan 29, 2019 00:06:40


Vice-President Nick Clegg has announced a new "war room" to be based in Dublin.

Could shark bite-resistant wetsuits soon be a reality?

Jan 29, 2019 00:05:24


Flinders University tests new material against actual shark teeth.

US charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei

Jan 29, 2019 00:07:29


The US Justice Department has filed charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei.

PM Scott Morrison pledges to create 1.25 million new jobs

Jan 29, 2019 00:12:12


With both major parties already in campaign mode, the Prime Minister Scott Morrison has begun road testing his pitch for re-election.

Australia recognises Juan Guaidó as interim Venezuela president

Jan 28, 2019 00:09:54


Mr Guaido is calling for further anti-government protests across Venezuela to demand fresh elections.

Menindee sees third mass fish kill in Darling River

Jan 28, 2019 00:07:03


NSW Department of Primary Industries confirms another spate of fish deaths in the Darling River near Menindee.

Industry backlash over Govt's "big stick" approach to bring down energy prices

Jan 28, 2019 00:10:38


Australian Energy Council warns Senate Committee of higher energy prices and decreased investment.

GPs raise fresh concerns about the legal risks of My Health Record

Jan 28, 2019 00:07:18


Independent MP for Wentworth, Dr Kerryn Phelps, says their concerns are legitimate.

Outgoing MP Nigel Scullion says Tony Abbott would be a good Indigenous Affairs minister

Jan 28, 2019 00:17:49


As the Federal Election draws closer, the exodus of ministers from the Morrison Government is gathering pace.

Preparing your mind for the school year — My Feed

Jan 25, 2019 00:08:49


Psychologist Dr Addie Wootten gives RN Drive some advice about getting your mind ready for the school year.

Let's Get Quizzical — Jan Fran vs Jo Lauder

Jan 25, 2019 00:20:12


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

The Wrap: Nick Feik & Jennine Khalik

Jan 25, 2019 00:23:20


The politics of heat, Aya Marsawe, and Hakeem al-Araibi

Fires continue to burn in Tasmania

Jan 25, 2019 00:05:21


The fire services in Tasmania are keeping a close eye on 59 active fires across the state.

Trump delays State of the Union as Democrats announce White House bids

Jan 24, 2019 00:11:27


California Senator Kamala Harris is one of 9 Democrats to announce a bid for the Presidency so far, with more expected.

Research Filter: weedkiller in water and solar panels

Jan 24, 2019 00:08:00


Can weedkiller damage male fertility and could solar panels cause cancer?

Senator Lucy Gichuhi opens up about her abusive marriage

Jan 24, 2019 00:04:47


Her news book, Behind The Smile, details her journey from Kenya to the benches of federal parliament.

Adelaide records hottest day on record

Jan 24, 2019 00:04:47


Temperatures in the South Australian capital reached 46.6 degrees.

Being the world's Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist

Jan 24, 2019 00:08:16


Gordon Hendricks has us all shook up!

Thai Amb: Al-Araibi's lawyers must prove torture if he's returned to Bahrain

Jan 24, 2019 00:08:12


Nantana Sivakua, Thailand's Ambassador to Australia, joins RN Drive.

Arrest of Australian writer in China "a warning" to Canberra

Jan 24, 2019 00:10:00


Yang Hengjun was a blogger and a vocal critic of the Chinese Communist Party, but it's unclear why he was arrested.

The contraceptive pill and why you don't need to bleed

Jan 23, 2019 00:08:15


The NHS has released some new guidelines for the UK, and they've advised that there is no medical benefit to taking the 7 days of non-hormonal, placebo pills each month. So why do they exist?

What does the Pacific want to see on telly?

Jan 23, 2019 00:06:13


During his state visit to Fiji and Papua New Guinea, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a $17.1 million initiative to broadcast Australian commercial television to the Pacific.

Tech Head: body scanning, encryption and Microsoft Fonts

Jan 23, 2019 00:07:30


Lizzie O’Shea, Lawyer and Board Member of Digital Rights Watch talks us through some of the biggest stories in the world of technology.

International football community steps up efforts to free Hakeem al-Araibi

Jan 23, 2019 00:05:37


The soccer player was arrested on his honeymoon in Bangkok, after Bahraini authorities issued an interpol red notice which has since been cancelled.

Tasmania braces for dangerous weather conditions as fires continue to burn

Jan 23, 2019 00:03:57


With strong winds, dry lightning and temperatures expected to reach almost 40 degrees in some areas on Friday, the public is being told to stay out of remote areas until the long weekend is over.

Who got snubbed in this years Oscar nominations?

Jan 23, 2019 00:07:48


The Favourite and Roma tied for most nominations, with 10 each. And Black Panther made history as the first ever superhero film to be nominated.

Warren Mundine to stand for Liberals in Gilmore

Jan 23, 2019 00:10:54


A new battle is brewing in the Liberal Party over the decision to parachute the former ALP National President Warren Mundine into the seat of Gilmore on the NSW south coast.

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen on Labor's economic plan

Jan 23, 2019 00:13:53


With a federal election just a few months away, the economy and how best to manage the downturn many experts believe is coming will be key

Is BREXIT motivating the "New IRA"?

Jan 22, 2019 00:05:54


Terrorism resurgent in Northern Ireland

Indonesia reviewing decision to release Bali bombings mastermind

Jan 22, 2019 00:06:34


The Indonesian government is reconsidering its decision to release Muslim Cleric and spiritual leader to Jemaah Islamiyah Abu Bakar Bashir on humanitarian grounds.

Business and Finance: IMF outlook and Labor's $1bn Hydrogen plan

Jan 22, 2019 00:05:36


Eryk Bagshaw takes RN Drive through the latest business news.

Animal activist group under pressure to remove national farm map

Jan 22, 2019 00:08:33


An interactive map has been created by animal activist group Aussie Farmers which displays the whereabouts and details of farms around the country.

Should Australia's favourite beaches be kept a secret?

Jan 22, 2019 00:07:56


You can count on the beach bums, summer-loving adventurers and explorers of Australia to have a favourite beach.

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale defends pill testing

Jan 22, 2019 00:12:28


A series of overdoses at festivals have prompted calls for pill testing at music events in Victoria and New South Wales, but both State governments have rejected the idea.

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on global growth and Gilmore

Jan 22, 2019 00:12:46


In a speech to the Sydney Institute today, the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the federal government is building buffers that will protect Australia from the gathering storm clouds.

Zimbabwe enters second week of bloody turmoil

Jan 21, 2019 00:07:39


Humanitarian groups say at least 12 people have been killed in violence following protests against high fuel prices.

Country Drive: Menindee, Coles ends drought relief and beef liquidation

Jan 21, 2019 00:05:24


Following the Menindee fish kill, the people of Menindee are concerned their town will run out of water completely.

Zero tolerance or harm minimisation? Experts weigh in on pill testing

Jan 21, 2019 00:15:34


Calls to trial pill-testing are intensifying across the country.

How old is too old to drive?

Jan 21, 2019 00:06:52


Prince Philip was recently involved in a violent car crash, injuring two women.

Labor asks scientists to work out what's wrong with the Murray-Darling

Jan 21, 2019 00:07:39


Australian Academy of Science called in to crack the river system's serious health problems

Who will replace Kelly O'Dwyer in Higgins?

Jan 21, 2019 00:15:36


The Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he wants a woman preselected in Higgins.

China's economic growth hits a 30 year low

Jan 21, 2019 00:15:36


Debt is growing to alarming levels in China, and economists say it's what they can't see that worries them.

Let's Get Quizzical - Adam Spencer and Nina Oyama

Dec 14, 2018 00:16:46


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

Geminid meteor shower to light up the sky

Dec 14, 2018 00:04:18


NASA says it will be the last and strongest meteor shower of 2018.

'The Wrap' up of 2018

Dec 14, 2018 00:30:36


'The Wrap' is RN Drive's summary of the biggest stories of the year, plus some you may have missed.

What to do if you receive a scam phone call

Dec 13, 2018 00:05:57


Many Australians have received automated phone calls claiming to be from the Australian Tax Office.

Rain, flash flooding and Cyclone Owen

Dec 13, 2018 00:05:32


Queensland's south east has been put on flood watch as Cyclone Own intensifies off the Northern Territory.

Research Filters recap best of 2018

Dec 13, 2018 00:19:36


From gene-edited babies to underworld species, AI assistants and wombat poo, RN Drive revisits the biggest - and oddest - science news of the year.

Female-led films do better at the box office

Dec 13, 2018 00:07:05


A new study commissioned by Time's Up makes the case for investing in more films with a female lead.

En Marche's Anne Genetet on Strasbourg attack and yellow vest protests

Dec 13, 2018 00:07:29


RN Drive speaks to a member of Emmanuel Macron's En Marche party about the attack on the French city of Strasbourg and the protests against economic policies taking place across the country.

Shadow Attorney Mark Drefyus: religious freedoms and anti-corruption

Dec 13, 2018 00:12:12


With Parliament safely risen for the year, Prime Minister Scott Morrison today delivered major announcements on religious freedoms and a federal anti-corruption body.

Thai detention extended for Melbourne-based refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi

Dec 12, 2018 00:06:33


Hakeem Al-Araibi, who was granted refugee status in Australia in 2017, is fighting extradition to Bahrain stating that he fears he will be tortured if he is returned.

Tech Heads wrap up 2018

Dec 12, 2018 00:14:32


With the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the passing of encryption laws and the British Police using AI to fight crime, its been a huge year for tech news.

Most popular coffee orders revealed

Dec 12, 2018 00:04:13


The latte accounted for one in every three orders this year, flat whites held their own, while oat milk is tipped to become the coffee craze of 2019.

Closing the Gap refresh

Dec 12, 2018 00:08:52


Indigenous representatives will play a central roll in designing the new Closing the Gap targets and monitoring progress.

Population expert disagrees with slashing migrant intake

Dec 12, 2018 00:08:29


ANU Demographer Peter McDonald spoke at COAG, and has reservations about plans to cut migration.

PM all but confirms a cut to immigration at COAG

Dec 12, 2018 00:08:12


Scott Morrison has foreshadowed that he plans to cut Australia's immigration intake, in his first Council of Australian Governments as Prime Minister.

Poland hosts UN climate change talks

Dec 11, 2018 00:04:32


The Australian Government maintains it's committed to reducing emissions.

Business and finance – wrapping up 2018

Dec 11, 2018 00:15:03


In this final Business and Finance chat of 2018, RN Drive looks back on the year's top stories.

What happens at troll rehab?

Dec 11, 2018 00:05:15


An Austrian counselling program has been rehabilitating social media trolls, including a local politician.

Final Victorian Upper House count determined

Dec 11, 2018 00:03:12


The final vote count has been determined for the Upper House in the Victorian State election.

Meet the fastest female to circumnavigate the world by bike

Dec 11, 2018 00:06:32


Jenny Graham has become the fastest woman to travel around the world on a bike, beating the previous record by 20 days.

Wentworth Liberal Candidate Dave Sharma on #BrexitShambles

Dec 11, 2018 00:08:46


Australian political pundits weigh in on the chaos, as UK Prime Minister Theresa May delays a vote on her proposed Brexit deal.

Labor left faction wants to give rejected asylum seekers a second chance

Dec 11, 2018 00:11:52


Shadow Frontbenchers say refugee policies won't be changed at ALP National Conference.

Bari Weiss on the #metoo movement, Trump and the left in America

Dec 10, 2018 00:13:09


Wherever you sit on the political spectrum, it can often feel like the media - and in particular the internet - is full of people we love to hate.

Country Drive – wrapping up 2018

Dec 10, 2018 00:09:09


In this week's Country Drive, we look back on the year in rural and regional news.

Expanded steel plant to save Whyalla

Dec 10, 2018 00:07:13


British industrialist Sanjeev Gupta's $600 million plan for the Whyalla Steelworks.

The carry on about carry-on

Dec 10, 2018 00:07:05


Australia's airlines to crack down on the luggage carried on board by passengers.

"Unless we can comply with it in this world we are going to go on killing each other"

Dec 10, 2018 00:15:19


Justice Michael Kirby speaks to RN Drive on the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

ACCC takes on Google and Facebook in Digital Platforms Inquiry preliminary report

Dec 10, 2018 00:10:50


Consumer watchdog wants to know how tech giants rank news & advertising content and what they do with our data.

My Feed: Quirky stories from covering the Thai cave rescue

Dec 7, 2018 00:10:57


ABC South-East Asia Correspondent Liam Cochrane joins RN Drive.

Let's Get Quizzical - Terri Psiakis vs Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Dec 7, 2018 00:20:45


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

The secret ingredient this Christmas is insect!

Dec 7, 2018 00:04:53


Bug Christmas cake anyone?

The Wrap: Parliament's chaotic final day for 2018, VIC Libs and LGBT rights in schools

Dec 7, 2018 00:24:57


'The Wrap' is RN Drive's summary of the biggest stories of the week, plus some you may have missed.

Facebook's internal emails reveal a lot about how the company works

Dec 6, 2018 00:08:15


The British Parliament has published over 250 pages of top-secret Facebook documents and executive emails, revealing a lot about how the company shares data and crushes competitors.

Research Filter — cancer test, uterus transplant and NSW dinosaur

Dec 6, 2018 00:05:47


Science communicator, Upulie Divisekera, discusses the biggest news of the week in science, and sorts fact from fiction.

Austrian social media re-education for prominent trolls

Dec 6, 2018 00:05:09


An Austrian politician has been ordered by the courts to undergo a 6-month rehabilitation program for a racist and homophobic Twitter rant. Will it work?

Can Chris Dawson get a fair trial?

Dec 6, 2018 00:06:32


Legal expert Patrick Keyzer explains how the popularity of the Teacher's Pet podcast might impact legal proceedings.

PETA says it's time to stop using 'anti-animal' language

Dec 6, 2018 00:06:40


Instead of bringing home the bacon, perhaps you should try bringing home the bagels.

Kerryn Phelps says 'the government failed the people'

Dec 6, 2018 00:10:51


The Independent Member for Wentworth had proposed a motion to make medical evacuations from offshore processing easier, but Parliament is rising and that's one of the major pieces of legislation it hasn't passed.

Federal Politics: Government avoids historic defeat on final sitting day

Dec 6, 2018 00:11:55


Tom McIlroy helps RN Drive unpack a hectic day in Parliament.

US brings first Panama Papers charges

Dec 5, 2018 00:07:11


Over a year-and-a-half after the massive leak of offshore financial data known as the "Panama Papers", US authorities have laid charges for fraud against four people.

Fallout from separatist violence in West Papua

Dec 5, 2018 00:05:42


Indonesian authorities are blaming separatists for the killing of up to 31 construction workers and an Indonesian investigator in West Papua.

Tech Head — encryption, restoring shortwave radio and Quora hacked

Dec 5, 2018 00:06:18


Software developer and tech commentator Peter Marks unpacks the biggest news from the world of tech.

British MPs to vote on Brexit deal

Dec 5, 2018 00:06:53


British Prime Minister Theresa May insists her model is the only way to prevent a damaging 'no deal' divorce.

What happens after the Government's Assistance and Access Bill passes into law?

Dec 5, 2018 00:09:20


A lawyer and a former AFP officer discuss the potential impacts of opening up encrypted communications.

Students bring climate change protest to Canberra

Dec 5, 2018 00:06:02


After being denied a meeting with the PM, students hold a sit-in at Parliament and demanded action on climate change.

Kristina Keneally on Sexual Discrimination Amendments

Dec 5, 2018 00:12:54


Labor united on PM's private member's bill abolishing the right of schools to expel gay students.

Government proposes conscience vote on LGBTI students protection bill

Dec 5, 2018 00:06:40


Government pushes for sexual discrimination amendments that it says would allow schools to uphold their values.

Qatar to withdraw from OPEC and focus on natural gas

Dec 4, 2018 00:04:02


After nearly 60 years, it will be the first gulf country to leave the organisation.

Are domestic politics impacting Australia's international standing?

Dec 4, 2018 00:07:54


As summit season draws to a close, critics are reflecting on Australia's regional diplomacy.

Business and Finance: GrainCorp, RBA Rates and US China trade talks

Dec 4, 2018 00:04:29


Bulk grain handling company GrainCorp is the subject of a takeover bid worth billions.

First women's Ballon d'Or winner asked to 'twerk' on stage

Dec 4, 2018 00:08:00


The first ever women's Ballon d'Or was awarded to Norwegian player Ada Hegerberg. The award is the highest honour in global football.

Man charged with 'framing' colleague over alleged terror hit list

Dec 4, 2018 00:06:22


39-year-old man Arsalan Khawaja has been charged as part of an investigation into an alleged terror hit list.

Can we still enjoy a creepy Christmas song?

Dec 4, 2018 00:07:25


Should we change the lyrics? Flip it? Or stop listening to it altogether?

Live exporters impose 3-month ban on sheep trade to the Middle East during northern summer

Dec 4, 2018 00:05:55


The Livestock Exporters Council says the self-imposed moratorium will provide some certainty for farmers following growing calls to ban the trade.

The Government and Labor strike a deal on encryption bill

Dec 4, 2018 00:16:40


The Telecommunications Assistance and Access Bill gives police and security agencies the power to access encrypted communications.

Risking your life as a Christian missionary

Dec 3, 2018 00:06:20


Is the death of a young missionary on the extreme end of spreading the Christian religion?

Is rhetoric linking crime and immigration baseless?

Dec 3, 2018 00:08:22


RN Drive speaks to an expert who says the basis for such arguments are a myth.

Country Drive: NSW Summer, SunRice and Christmas trees

Dec 3, 2018 00:07:17


SunRice says it's been forced to axe 100 jobs due to the high price and low availability of water.

Victoria to hold royal commission into police informants

Dec 3, 2018 00:06:37


The Andrews Government has called a Royal Commission to investigate the management of police informants during Melbourne's bloody gangland war.

Would an early federal election save the NSW government's re-election bid?

Dec 3, 2018 00:07:47


NSW upper house Liberal MP Peter Phelps speaks to RN Drive.

Iliza Shlesinger shares the wisdom of age

Dec 3, 2018 00:05:20


The American comedian talks playlists, film roles, and the lessons she's learnt as an Elder Millennial.

Final sitting week of 2018: Craig Kelly, G20 and LGBTI kids

Dec 3, 2018 00:10:51


Trade Minister Simon Birmingham speaks to RN Drive as the federal parliamentary year draws to a close.

Trent Zimmerman on NSW re-endorsement

Dec 3, 2018 00:09:28


The New South Wales Liberal party officials have voted to endorse all sitting federal MPs, securing the future of outspoken backbencher Craig Kelly.

My Feed: Indigenous fashion designers & Black Friday sales

Nov 30, 2018 00:07:16


Actor Carissa Lee takes RN Drive through her favourite social media picks from the week.

Let's Get Quizzical — Nkechi Anele vs John Barron

Nov 30, 2018 00:20:14


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

School students strike to demand action on climate change

Nov 30, 2018 00:08:16


They did so, despite calls by the Prime Minister to concentrate on learning rather than activism.

Student strike, constitutional recognition and a huge steer — The Wrap

Nov 30, 2018 00:17:58


'The Wrap' is RN Drive's summary of the biggest stories of the week, plus some you may have missed.

Labor unable to reach agreement over encryption laws

Nov 30, 2018 00:06:14


The Opposition says the Government has failed to address a range of serious concerns with the bill.

Adani's Carmichael mine to go ahead

Nov 29, 2018 00:12:33


The Indian energy giant Adani has announced it is ready to begin construction on the Carmichael mine and rail project in central Queensland.

Research Filter: swallowing Lego, taking risks and getting active

Nov 29, 2018 00:06:46


RN Drive's Research Filter sifts through some of the most interesting science news of the week and sorts fact from fiction.

Queensland bushfire emergency continues

Nov 29, 2018 00:06:01


There are currently 120 fires burning across the state of Queensland.

Parliamentary chaos — federal politics with Malcolm Farr

Nov 29, 2018 00:04:42


Labor is certainly capitalising on the federal governments tumultuous week.

Parliamentary Committee backs Indigenous Voice to Parliament

Nov 29, 2018 00:09:36


The committee tasked with finding a way forward on constitutional recognition has recommended the government work with Indigenous people to design a model for the voice to parliament.

The power of memes

Nov 29, 2018 00:04:50


ANU research has shown that memes can be used to spread prejudiced messages, sometimes with dangerous consequences.

Tony Abbott urges QLD not to axe Family Responsibilities Commission

Nov 29, 2018 00:10:03


The Commission is part of the Cape York Welfare Reform Trial, which can quarantine people's welfare payments if they commit a criminal offence or if their children don't go to school

Morrison government survives tests of numbers

Nov 29, 2018 00:08:47


Labor moved to suspend standing orders in the Parliament to test the government's numbers on the floor.

DRC Ebola outbreak set to become second largest ever

Nov 28, 2018 00:07:11


Efforts are underway to contain the latest outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but there's one serious complication: the affected region is a war zone.

Josh Frydenberg cancels G20 trip to focus on domestic politics

Nov 28, 2018 00:06:58


What can we expect from the upcoming G20 summit in Argentina?

Protective policing, babysitter vetting, Google's Dragonfly — Tech Head

Nov 28, 2018 00:05:43


RN Drive brings you the latest technology news.

Pedestrians could face $200 fines for crossing the road while distracted

Nov 28, 2018 00:05:50


Do you sometimes cross the road while distracted by your phone?

Labor backbencher plans to introduce bill seeking justice over MH17

Nov 28, 2018 00:10:06


Labor MP Michael Danby says the bill might bring families of the victims some measure of justice.

Big Knickers saved from the slaughterhouse

Nov 28, 2018 00:06:23


RN Drives speaks to owner of the large creature that's udderly captivated the internet.

QLD fires and NSW floods — what's behind Australia's extreme weather?

Nov 28, 2018 00:06:36


There are about 80 bushfires burning across Queensland, while New South Wales has been hit by a 'supercell storm'.

Mathias Cormann on women in the Liberal Party and the G20

Nov 28, 2018 00:12:46


As the federal parliamentary year draws to a close, the sense of chaos and division gripping the government is intensifying.

Are we one step closer to 'designer babies'?

Nov 27, 2018 00:06:12


A Chinese scientist has claimed to have created the world's first genetically edited babies.

Senior PNG journalist has suspension overturned

Nov 27, 2018 00:05:33


Leading PNG journalist Scott Waide was suspended from his position after airing a story that was critical of the government.

Business and Finance: NAB, Fairfax and Black Friday

Nov 27, 2018 00:05:49


Carrington Clarke takes RN Drive through the latest business news.

Martial law declared for 30 days in Ukraine

Nov 27, 2018 00:06:02


Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko argued that the measure was necessary in order to fight what he described as "growing aggression from Russia".

A budget announcement and a resignation — federal politics

Nov 27, 2018 00:08:40


The hits to the Morrison Government haven't stopped coming since the ousting of Malcolm Turnbull in September.

The final days of the 'Siberian Unicorn'

Nov 27, 2018 00:04:47


The one-horned beast shared the earth with early modern humans.

Former Senator Judith Troeth on Julia Banks and the women of the Liberal Party

Nov 27, 2018 00:08:03


The Prime Minister attempted to regain control of the political debate on Tuesday by effectively confirming the federal election would be held in May.

Emma Husar on her political future and the resignation of Julia Banks

Nov 27, 2018 00:14:45


The Labor MP for Lindsay has backflipped on a decision not to recontest her seat at the next election.

New film embraces Australia's Strange Colours

Nov 26, 2018 00:05:43


Strange Colours, the debut film by Alena Lodkina, follows a young woman out to Lightning Ridge and introduces viewers to a superb new talent.

Taiwan rejects gay marriage legalisation

Nov 26, 2018 00:05:43


The outcome casts doubt on last year's High Court's decision to amend marriage laws to include same sex couples

Migrant caravan: the Mexico-US border stand-off

Nov 26, 2018 00:07:01


As Mexico prepares to swear in a new president, there have been tense scenes on the border with the US.

Country Drive — QLD bushfires, regional independents and 'arsehole' geese

Nov 26, 2018 00:06:35


Residents of Deepwater, Baffle Creek and Agnes Water have been evacuated as severe bushfires continue to burn in Queensland.

Mark Latham settles defamation case with Osman Faruqi

Nov 26, 2018 00:04:50


A settlement has been reached between the former Labor Leader and journalist in a high profile defamation case launched last year.

Crossbencher introduces National Integrity Commission bill

Nov 26, 2018 00:10:53


The possibility of a National Integrity Commission has been revived after Independent MP Cathy McGowan introducing a private members bill.

Queensland beekeeper removes "monster" hive

Nov 26, 2018 00:05:57


A beekeeper has removed more than 50,000 bees from a Queensland home.

"There is no pathway to a referendum in this report"

Nov 26, 2018 00:12:25


Noel Pearson joins RN Drive ahead of the Parliamentary Committee tasked with finding a way forward on Indigenous Constitutional Recognition delivers its final report.

Sarah Henderson on lessons learned from the Vic state election

Nov 26, 2018 00:08:18


Tensions are building in government ranks following Labor's landslide victory in the Victorian State election.

My Feed: J Awards, ARIAs and Missy Higgins

Nov 23, 2018 00:12:04


Zan Rowe from Double J Mornings takes RN Drive through her favourite social media picks from the week.

Let's Get Quizzical: Suren Jayemanne vs Frida Deguise

Nov 23, 2018 00:17:47


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

Australia's eastern states battle wild weather

Nov 23, 2018 00:07:17


Extreme weather meteorologist Dean Narramore explains the weather systems causing chaos across parts of the country.

The Wrap: anti-terror laws, #VicVotes and energy policy

Nov 23, 2018 00:17:41


The PM wants anti-terror laws passed by Christmas and it's Victorian Election Eve!

Antony Green on the Victorian state election

Nov 23, 2018 00:08:31


The ABC's election analyst takes RN Drive through the seats to watch when the results trickle in.

Interpol take safe route in appointing new president

Nov 22, 2018 00:06:54


Interpol's 192 member states have voted in South Korea's Kim Jong-Yang to take up the largely ceremonial role of its president.

New conservative activist group targets GetUp!

Nov 22, 2018 00:09:38


The new Conservative activist group, Advance Australia, wants to fight political correctness and keep Australia Day on January 26.

Research filter: whale song, opioids and coffee

Nov 22, 2018 00:06:11


RN Drive's Research Filter sifts through some of the most interesting science news of the week, and sorts fact from fiction.

Chinese: the most influential cuisine in the world?

Nov 22, 2018 00:06:17


Adam Liaw thinks we're under-estimating the home of ice-cream, cured ham and tomato sauce (aka China).

Federal Politics: anti-terror deportation laws and Labor's energy policy

Nov 22, 2018 00:06:27


Katherine Murphy from Guardian Australia discusses stripping terrorists of their citizenship, and the ALP backing batteries and renewables.

VIC Election 2018: Andrews vs Guy

Nov 22, 2018 00:08:30


What's a leaders' debate without some fiery argument and disagreement?

Renewables, NEG and batteries: unpacking Labor's energy policy

Nov 22, 2018 00:11:21


The Grattan Institute's Tony Wood and Sarah McNamara from the Australian Energy Council discuss Labor's proposed energy policy and the Coalition's attempts to pass energy company divestiture laws.

Governments proposes laws to deport terrorists

Nov 22, 2018 00:12:34


The Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton joins RN Drive to defend proposed new laws that would make it easier to deport dual citizens convicted of terrorism offences.

Can the US learn from Finnish forest fire prevention?

Nov 21, 2018 00:05:03


While responding to the California wildfires, President Trump pointed to the successful practices of Finland in forest fire prevention.

Being smart about future-planning Australian cities

Nov 21, 2018 00:07:03


Concerns about how our urban cities will cope in the years to come are nothing new, but experts say building smarter and more flexible infrastructure could make a big difference.

Tech Head: China, cyber attacks and Facebook's war

Nov 21, 2018 00:08:41


Supratim Adhikari from The Australian unpacks the biggest stories from the world of tech.

Facebook pledges $7.9 million to train journalists in UK

Nov 21, 2018 00:06:32


Facebook has made a philanthropic leap of faith into supporting quality journalism in the United Kingdom.

US President stands by Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi murder

Nov 21, 2018 00:05:28


The statement has taken a few by surprise, but what can it tell us about US-Saudi relations?

Bali Nine's Renae Lawrence hours from release

Nov 21, 2018 00:05:12


Bali Nine member Renae Lawrence is set to be released from prison after spending nearly 13 years behind bars.

Michael Keenan on federal politics and encryption laws

Nov 21, 2018 00:10:08


It appears unlikely that controversial laws which would give law enforcement access to encrypted messaging will pass the Parliament before the end of the year.

Muslim leaders refuse meeting with Scott Morrison

Nov 21, 2018 00:12:50


The Prime Minister Scott Morrison is accusing Muslim leaders of continuing down a path of denial.

Kelly O'Dwyer announces Women's Economic Security Package

Nov 20, 2018 00:13:07


The package includes changes to the structure of paid parental leave and early access to superfunds.

Business and Finance: Comyn in the spotlight at banking royal commission

Nov 20, 2018 00:07:33


RN Drive brings you a summary of the latest business and finance news.

Push for new encryption laws in wake of Melbourne terror plot arrests

Nov 20, 2018 00:12:48


Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has seized on a suspected terror plot foiled by Victoria Police on Tuesday, to continue his bid to open up encrypted messaging services like WhatsApp to authorities.

BBC film crew praised and criticised for saving penguins

Nov 20, 2018 00:06:58


Watching wildlife documentaries can be a traumatising business, there's triumph and there's tragedy.

Will cutting Australia's migration intake help with congested cities?

Nov 20, 2018 00:09:29


In a speech on Monday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison flagged reducing the cap on permanent migration from 190,000 a year to 160,000 a year.

Tanya Plibersek on migration policy, empowering women and federal politics

Nov 20, 2018 00:10:03


The federal government is calling on Parliament to prioritise legislation to give police access to encrypted messaging apps when it resumes next week.

Narrow victory for Frank Bainimarama in Fiji election

Nov 19, 2018 00:05:40


His political opponents have indicated they may challenge the result.

What next for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange?

Nov 19, 2018 00:07:11


It's been revealed the US has secretly filed criminal charges against Assange, and his lawyers argue that could set a dangerous precedent for press freedom.

Country Drive: Rural #metoo, coal and durian

Nov 19, 2018 00:07:06


RN Drive takes you through the major news from rural and remote Australia.

Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh on negative gearing and anti-corruption

Nov 19, 2018 00:07:52


Aussie Home Loans founder John Symonds has described the impact of Labor's negative gearing changes as a "nuclear bomb" on the housing industry.

NSW faces backlash over proposed changes to child protection and adoption laws

Nov 19, 2018 00:07:06


Indigenous voices are warning of a new Stolen Generation if the bills are passed in NSW.

NZ's anonymous testicular cancer screening booth

Nov 19, 2018 00:05:35


The 'Testimatic' Auto Ball Checker debuts in Auckland.

Final round of public hearings for the Banking Royal Commission begin

Nov 19, 2018 00:06:25


In the hotseat was Commonwealth Bank's chief executive Matt Comyn.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne on the fallout from APEC

Nov 19, 2018 00:09:36


A stinging speech by US Vice President Mike Pence accused China of drowning Pacific countries in debt and warned them to protect their sovereignty.

My Feed: The Big Watermelon, BirthdayCakeGate & 'Don't Say It'

Nov 16, 2018 00:09:01


Farz Edraki takes RN Drive through her favourite social media picks from the week.

Let's Get Quizzical: Jenna Owen vs Ben Nielsen

Nov 16, 2018 00:19:46


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

The Wrap: Summit season, Victorian election and controversial candidates

Nov 16, 2018 00:24:11


Scott Morrison on the world stage and who will win the Victorian State election?

BREXIT: UK PM Theresa May's leadership under threat

Nov 16, 2018 00:07:54


Conservative MPs could be on the brink of holding a vote of no confidence in the UK Prime Minister.

A constitutional crisis is unfolding in Sri Lanka

Nov 15, 2018 00:04:49


So far, a Prime Minister has been sacked, another removed and a constitutional crisis has been triggered.

Indigenous women in Canada file class-action lawsuit over forced sterilisation

Nov 15, 2018 00:09:00


At least 60 women have detailed their experiences of being harassed during labour, coerced and even lied to about the procedures.

Research Filter: new kilo, multitasking and giraffes

Nov 15, 2018 00:07:06


RN Drive's Research Filter sifts through some of the most interesting science news of the week, sorting fact from fiction.

Brexit: the "endgame" has begun, says Teresa May

Nov 15, 2018 00:06:07


British Prime Minister Theresa May has won the backing of her senior ministers for a draft European Union Brexit deal, but she's not out of the woods yet.

Federal Politics: ASEAN, Israel embassy and foreign political donations

Nov 15, 2018 00:05:53


Australia recently flagged a potential policy shift on our embassy in Israel, and it has continued to be a sticking point at the ASEAN summit in Singapore.

Labor pledges free tampons and pads in state schools

Nov 15, 2018 00:05:35


With a state election on the way, Victorian Labor say they will provide free menstrual products in schools if re-elected.

A year on from the same-sex marriage postal survey

Nov 15, 2018 00:09:23


WA Liberal Senator Dean Smith, who introduced the bill to parliament, reflects on what's changed in the last 12 months.

Richard Marles on federal politics and APEC Leader's Summit

Nov 15, 2018 00:12:36


Central to this year's summit is the growing influence of China across the region.

CNN sues White House over revoked credentials

Nov 14, 2018 00:11:06


CNN has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the cancellation of Jim Acosta's White House press credentials.

Tech Head: flying cars, windows 10 and drone breach

Nov 14, 2018 00:07:17


Tech Head: flying cars, windows 10 and drone breach

US doctors take on the NRA

Nov 14, 2018 00:08:37


When the NRA tweeted last week that "someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane," the response was swift.

Melissa Price on energy policy, environment and the Pacific

Nov 14, 2018 00:08:37


The federal environment minister has been branded a "Minister on her L-Plates" by one of her Liberal colleagues.

'Squeegee cops' catch dozens of motorists on mobiles

Nov 14, 2018 00:05:38


Undercover police in Melbourne's east dressed up as window washers and booked 35 drivers using a phone.

PM tries to rescue Indonesia trade deal amid Israel embassy friction

Nov 14, 2018 00:07:42


Scott Morrison and Indonesia's President Joko Widodo have met for the first time since Australia floated the idea of moving its Israel embassy to Jerusalem.

My Health Record deadline extended to January 31

Nov 14, 2018 00:11:28


Australians previously had until midnight Western Australia time on the 15th November to opt-out.

Dignitaries opt not to stay in PNG for APEC summit

Nov 13, 2018 00:06:42


US Vice President Mike Pence will instead fly in and out from Queensland.

At least 42 killed as California fires continue to burn

Nov 13, 2018 00:06:33


More than 200 people remain unaccounted for, and desperate searches are underway for loved ones who are still missing.

Business and finance: Westpac, the share market, energy and reusable cups

Nov 13, 2018 00:06:31


Scott Morrison's "big stick" plan to divest from energy companies if they don't comply could be unconstitutional.

Filipino news website Rappler charged with tax evasion

Nov 13, 2018 00:07:21


The Filipino news website Rappler has gained a reputation for hard-hitting investigative journalism in the eight years it's been in business.

NSW Greens are having their own Me Too moment

Nov 13, 2018 00:08:57


The Greens MP for Newtown, Jenny Leong, used Parliamentary privilege to call on her colleague Jeremy Buckingham to step down over allegations of sexual misconduct.

Gargasoulas found guilty of six counts of murder after Melbourne CBD attack

Nov 13, 2018 00:06:26


Last year he sped along a footpath, killing six pedestrians and recklessly injuring a further 27.

Researchers hopeful neck scan could predict dementia years earlier

Nov 13, 2018 00:06:00


Researchers are hopeful a five minute neck scan could predict a person's risk of developing dementia.

Senate expected to pass changes to redistribution of GST

Nov 13, 2018 00:11:19


The government won support for the bill by agreeing to legislate a provision that no state will be worse off under the new model.

Repatriation of Rohingya refugees 'dangerous' and 'premature'

Nov 12, 2018 00:07:13


Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to begin the repatriation of Rohingya refugees next month.

Student activists feared missing in China

Nov 12, 2018 00:06:17


At least a dozen workers' rights activists in China are feared missing, after taking part in campaigns across the country.

Country Drive: Strawberry arrest, drought and Murray Goulburn

Nov 12, 2018 00:06:13


Clint Jasper catches RN Drive up on the latest rural and regional news.

The Girl Scouts are suing the Boy Scouts

Nov 12, 2018 00:07:59


The Boy Scouts of America are welcoming girls into the fold, and now the Girl Scouts are suing.

Scotland to mandate LGBTI-inclusive education

Nov 12, 2018 00:07:04


It will become the first country in the world to embed the teaching within the school curriculum.

Australians are mistakenly putting soft plastics in the recycling

Nov 12, 2018 00:04:59


Apparently, it's our most common recycling mistake.

Is the government backtracking on plans to get kids off Nauru?

Nov 12, 2018 00:05:20


The Prime Minister Scott Morrison is distancing himself from a commitment to get all asylum seeker children off Nauru before Christmas.

Bali Nine's Renae Lawrence set to be released from prison

Nov 12, 2018 00:03:42


She is set to be released from prison on November 21, after serving more than 12 years behind bars in Indonesia.

Tony Burke on radical Islam and immigration

Nov 12, 2018 00:11:46


The federal government is urging Muslim communities to be more proactive in identifying and reporting those who've become radicalised.

My Feed: Betoota vs Sportsbet, White House fake news and New York Times uses 'whomst'

Nov 9, 2018 00:10:46


Ruby Cornish from Behind the News takes RN Drive through her favourite social media picks from the week.

Let's Get Quizzical: Sara James vs James Colley

Nov 9, 2018 00:15:42


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

One dead and two injured following incident on Melbourne's Bourke Street

Nov 9, 2018 00:04:54


Firefighters and police have responded to an incident involving a car fire at Bourke Street in Melbourne's CBD.

Does Australia have a loneliness problem?

Nov 9, 2018 00:07:09


Preliminary findings by a country-wide study show Australians are in need of some company.

The Wrap: Malcolm Turnbull, Luke Foley, state elections and China

Nov 9, 2018 00:19:51


'The Wrap' is RN Drive's summary of the biggest stories of the week, plus some you may have missed.

UN uncover more than 200 mass graves in Iraq

Nov 8, 2018 00:06:32


The United Nations say they've verified the location of more than 200 mass graves sites in areas of Iraq once controlled by Islamic State group militants.

Research filter: the ocean floor is dissolving, resilient ocean trout and burping in space

Nov 8, 2018 00:06:31


RN Drive's Research Filter sifts through some of the most interesting science news of the week, and sorts fact from fiction.

Will the Federal Government's new visa scheme disadvantage Pacific Island workers?

Nov 8, 2018 00:07:50


Many have welcomed the Federal Government's decision to relax including the National Farmers Federation, who say the changes are "a huge step forward".

Federal Politics: the PM's Pacific strategy and Payne in China

Nov 8, 2018 00:09:01


ABC Pacific Affairs Reporter, Stephen Dziedzic joins RN Drive

Are shark numbers increasing in QLD and would a cull work?

Nov 8, 2018 00:04:26


The Queensland Government rejects calls for a shark cull, following the third attack in the Whitsundays.

US Attorney General sacked as White House bars CNN reporter post midterms

Nov 8, 2018 00:08:22


As the dust settles after the US midterms, the White House has seen another high profile departure.

Luke Foley resigns as NSW Labor Leader

Nov 8, 2018 00:12:19


Luke Foley has resigned as the New South Wales Labor Leader.

Dr Michio Kaku on life, the universe and everything

Nov 7, 2018 00:10:48


Where did the universe come from? When will it end? And what will happen to humanity?

Tech Head: foldable smartphones, Web Summit 2018

Nov 7, 2018 00:05:17


Tech Head: foldable smartphones, suspicious FB accounts, Web Summit 2018

This year's US midterms show a country divided

Nov 7, 2018 00:08:43


Voter turn out increased by millions compared to the last time America took to the congressional polls.

Don Dale Youth Detention Centre gripped by violence again

Nov 7, 2018 00:04:09


Tactical response units used tear gas in an attempt to subdue inmates, a practice the Royal Commission recommended banning.

Newly weds have time of their lives in viral first dance

Nov 7, 2018 00:09:44


Newly wed couple PJ Simmons and Noah Aberlin's 4-minute "Dirty Dancing"-inspired wedding dance has gone viral

Angus Taylor attempts to secure power price reductions

Nov 7, 2018 00:12:26


The Federal Government is claiming a victory - of sorts - in its bid to get energy retailers to lower their prices by January next year.

Democrats seize the House, Republicans retain Senate in US midterms

Nov 7, 2018 00:09:43


The Democrats have taken control of the House of Representatives in the US midterms, while the Republicans look likely to tighten their hold in the Senate.

US Midterms: Can the Democrats retake the House?

Nov 6, 2018 00:10:28


President Trump isn't personally up for re-election, but the quality of his leadership will be front of mind as Americans cast their votes.

Business and Finance: the Birdcage, activist short selling and RBA rates on hold again

Nov 6, 2018 00:06:40


The Melbourne Cup's Birdcage marquees are seeing new sponsors as old stalwarts have opted out.

79 boarding school students abducted in Cameroon's northwest

Nov 6, 2018 00:08:09


79 school children have been kidnapped from a boarding school in Cameroon's north-west region by armed Anglophone separatists.

Judge in Rush trial rejects bid for new witness

Nov 6, 2018 00:07:22


Geoffrey Rush is sueing the Daily Telegraph over a series of articles he claims portrayed him as a predator and a prevert.

Who won best dressed at Melbourne Cup?

Nov 6, 2018 00:05:22


Many outfits were ruined by the downpour over Flemington this morning, with umbrellas and gumboots making a strong showing.

Ministerial visits back on the agenda as China tensions ease

Nov 6, 2018 00:08:21


This week Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Trade Minister Simon Birmingham will visit China for economic and strategic talks.

Cross Counter wins the 2018 Melbourne Cup

Nov 6, 2018 00:06:45


The triumph gives Australian jockey Kerrin McEvoy his third Melbourne Cup win.

Activists vow to keep fighting for independence in New Caledonia

Nov 5, 2018 00:04:59


The people of New Caledonia have expressed themselves, and mostly, they have chosen that New Caledonia remains French.

On the U.S.-Mexico border with the Texas Minutemen

Nov 5, 2018 00:11:01


U.S. President Trump's warnings of a migrant "invasion" spurn armed militias into action.

Country Drive: harvest visas, salmon farming protests and crop-destroying hail storms

Nov 5, 2018 00:06:00


Farmers in Queensland have been told they do not qualify for disaster relief money, despite the fact that their crops were destroyed by a hail storm.

Government considers veterans covenant to mark WWI Centenary

Nov 5, 2018 00:06:54


This year's Remembrance Day will mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, an event which forever changed our understanding of the scale and reach of armed conflict.

Farmers' Federation support relaxation of working holiday visas

Nov 5, 2018 00:05:52


It's not the Agriculture Visa that the lobby groups have been calling for, but is it a positive step?

Meet the Year Two student demanding better representation on cereal boxes

Nov 5, 2018 00:04:22


Girls can do just about anything that boys can, but you wouldn't know it looking at the back of a Nutri-Grain cereal box.

Mark Taylor calls for a former cricketer to replace him on CA board

Nov 5, 2018 00:05:04


Former Australian Test Cricket captain Mark Taylor has resigned as a director of Cricket Australia, effective immediately.

Laura Tingle on the McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership

Nov 5, 2018 00:08:01


Who will win this year?

Australian War Memorial under fire over $500 million upgrade

Nov 5, 2018 00:12:15


As Remembrance Day approaches, business and the Federal Government have been eager to demonstrate their respect to those who fought and died for Australia.

My Feed: Our Halloween Special plus woozy face emoji!

Nov 2, 2018 00:09:59


Bec Petraitis takes RN Drive through some of her favourite social media picks from the week.

Let's Get Quizzical: Sammy J vs Ricardo Goncalves

Nov 2, 2018 00:23:08


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

The Wrap: Political infighting, migrant caravan and rubella

Nov 2, 2018 00:19:13


'The Wrap' is RN Drive's summary of the biggest stories of the week, plus some you may have missed.

Fresh Section 44 clouds gather over Parliament

Nov 2, 2018 00:08:46


You might think that after fifteen resignations and six by-elections our federal politicians would be across the fine print of Section 44 of the Constitution.

Mysterious Mandarin Duck appears in NYC's Central Park

Nov 1, 2018 00:04:50


Nobody knows where it came from or how it got there.

Australian policies failing vulnerable children, says report

Nov 1, 2018 00:08:41


The Children's Report says the Australian government is failing to develop policies and programs that adequately support children – particularly the country's most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Research Filter: human-induced extinction, dinosaur eggs and the history of chocolate

Nov 1, 2018 00:04:52


RN Drive's Research Filter sifts through some of the most interesting science news of the week, and sorts fact from fiction.

Coalition plan to remove children from Nauru under scrutiny

Nov 1, 2018 00:07:49


The Federal Government appears to have shifted its position on children in offshore detention in recent days.

Federal Politics: Scott Morrison vs Malcolm Turnbull, and kids off Nauru

Nov 1, 2018 00:06:31


Fairfax's David Crowe talks through the latest federal politics news with RN Drive.

Should bike helmets be optional?

Nov 1, 2018 00:04:55


Bicycle Network is calling for mandatory helmet laws to be relaxed.

Julia Gillard launches schools mental health initiative

Nov 1, 2018 00:10:09


'Be You' aims to help teachers and parents identify emerging mental health problems in students and offer tips on building resilience from an early age.

Cricket Australia boss David Peever resigns

Nov 1, 2018 00:04:01


The move follows an independent review into Australian cricket culture released earlier this week.

Government confirms plans to move women, children off Nauru

Nov 1, 2018 00:11:10


The Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is adamant asylum seekers won't settle permanently in Australia, and says offshore processing will continue.

What next for 'post-Merkel' Germany, EU?

Oct 31, 2018 00:08:01


Germany's leader Angela Merkel has announced that she won't contest her party's leadership in December and that her current term as chancellor will be her last.

Protests as President Trump visits Pittsburgh synagogue

Oct 31, 2018 00:05:17


Thousands of people have protested against the US president's visit to the site of the mass shooting.

Tech Head: Going off grid, Twitter likes, Gab's Pittsburgh link

Oct 31, 2018 00:06:47


August Co's Sarah El-Atm takes RN Drive through some of the biggest news in tech.

New allegations emerge in Rush defamation case

Oct 31, 2018 00:03:47


The actor at the centre of the Geoffrey Rush defamation case has told the Federal Court that her older female colleagues enabled his alleged sexual harassment.

Indigenous envoy Tony Abbott embarks on remote community tour

Oct 31, 2018 00:16:01


Tony Abbott's brief as special envoy is to look for ways to improve school attendance and performance in remote communities.

Scientists one step closer to a coeliac disease vaccine?

Oct 31, 2018 00:05:17


Will the gluten-free diet for coeliac disease sufferers soon be a thing of the past?

Should research grants be subject to 'national interest test'?

Oct 31, 2018 00:05:56


Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan has announced plans to overhaul Australia research grant system.

Agriculture Minister announces sweeping changes to live exports

Oct 31, 2018 00:09:46


The catalyst for the move is an independent review which found the Agriculture Department lacked the skills to protect animals sent overseas for slaughter.

Will North Korea fully de-nuclearise?

Oct 30, 2018 00:06:21


Next week, top negotiators are meeting for a second time, and diplomatic preparations are under way to ensure it goes smoothly.

5,200 US troops sent to Mexican border

Oct 30, 2018 00:06:44


The United States is sending 5,200 troops to its border with Mexico, as a slow-moving caravan of Central American migrants makes its way there.

Business and Finance: Superannuation, the tax man and Uber expands to regional areas

Oct 30, 2018 00:07:19


The stock market is becoming increasingly volatile, taking the superannuation industry with it.

Actress at the centre of Rush trial testifies

Oct 30, 2018 00:05:01


Eryn Jean Norvill says sexual groping and jokes from the Oscar winner left her feeling frightened, belittled and shamed

The campaign to prevent 'proud boy' Gavin McInnes entering Australia

Oct 30, 2018 00:11:33


Canadian man Gavin McInnes is the founder of the far right group 'The Proud Boys'.

Is the apostrophe a blessing or burden?

Oct 30, 2018 00:06:21


Is it time we dropped the often misused punctuation mark?

Report warns of Chinese military scientists in Australian universities

Oct 30, 2018 00:09:19


The warning comes as Mike Burgess director general of the Australian Signals Directorate, detailed the rationale for banning Chinese telecommunications giants Huawei and ZTE from participating in the 5G network.

Former Test cricketer Greg Matthews on the ball-tampering suspensions

Oct 30, 2018 00:11:14


Cricket Australia cops a barrage of criticism from former stars and the players' union

Rescuing animals from war zones

Oct 29, 2018 00:05:51


What is involved in saving animals left behind in conflict zones in Syria and Iraq?

Aid agencies forced to adapt to changing nature of Syrian conflict

Oct 29, 2018 00:08:58


An international summit in Turkey has renewed calls for a political solution to end the seven-year Syrian conflict.

Country Drive: Chinese investment in the Barossa, allergy-free agriculture and long-life cream

Oct 29, 2018 00:06:17


Bridget Fitzgerald takes RN Drive through the news headlines in rural and regional Australia.

Australia study reveals dangers of 'traditional masculinity'

Oct 29, 2018 00:06:14


According to the survey, 44 percent of male respondents with 'rigid' views about manhood have had thoughts about suicide in the past two weeks.

NSW Nationals to expel alleged 'far right extremists'

Oct 29, 2018 00:06:40


The ABC's Background Briefing program revealed a campaign by people involved in the 'alt-right' to join the party with the aim of changing it from within.

Coffee pod sales overshadowing Italy's moka pot?

Oct 29, 2018 00:04:49


Bialetti, the Italian company that makes the stove top moka pot, has announced it is in serious debt.

Review scathing of 'arrogant' Cricket Australia

Oct 29, 2018 00:06:39


The review described the organisation as a "machine that is fine-tuned for the sole purpose of winning".

Indonesian passenger plane crashes into sea off Java

Oct 29, 2018 00:04:47


A spokesperson for Indonesia's search and rescue agency says the Lion Air flight, carrying 189 people, lost contact with ground control shortly after take-off from Jakarta.

Bill Shorten outlines Labor's foreign policy approach

Oct 29, 2018 00:13:01


The federal opposition leader, Bill Shorten, has promised a foreign policy that 'speaks with a clear Australian accent' if Labor wins the next election.

My Feed: Cardi B tries ASMR, Hasan Minhaj's 'Queer Eye' makeover and 'Superwog' hits ABC Comedy

Oct 26, 2018 00:08:49


Beverley Wang from Radio National's 'Stop Everything!' takes RN Drive through her favourite social media picks from the week.

Let's Get Quizzical: Claire Hooper vs Sami Shah

Oct 26, 2018 00:25:07


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

Wonder Down Under: Is Australia's luck running out?

Oct 26, 2018 00:08:38


When you compare Australia's economic record and standards of living, it's not hard to see how we became known as the 'lucky country'.

The Wrap: children on Nauru, National Drought Summit and energy prices

Oct 26, 2018 00:18:04


'The Wrap' is RN Drive's summary of the biggest stories of the week, plus some you may have missed.

Migrant caravan edges closer to US border

Oct 25, 2018 00:05:53


Despite Washington putting pressure on Mexican authorities, a caravan of thousands of migrants is making its way across the country.

US midterms: judge rules to prevent voter suppression in Georgia

Oct 25, 2018 00:11:19


Election officials in the US state of Georgia have been found guilty of voter suppression after summarily rejecting absentee ballots with mismatched signatures.

Research Filter: organic diets, genome reference bank and the microbiome

Oct 25, 2018 00:06:20


Melanie Bagg from the Australian Academy of Science sorts science fact from science fiction.

Teacher speaks out about his decision to quit rather than be fired over his sexuality

Oct 25, 2018 00:06:47


With discrimination against LGBTQI teachers and students in the spotlight, Hugo Walker explains why had to quit his job at a religious school, before they could sack him for being gay.

What can the government do to better support drought affected Australians?

Oct 25, 2018 00:04:59


Ahead of the National Drought Summit, RN Drive asks the Country Women's Association and the Rural Doctors Association Australia what changes they would like to see.

Does Victoria really need a mental health royal commission?

Oct 25, 2018 00:05:35


They argue that a royal commission would be unnecessary, and that governments should act on recommendations from previous mental healthcare system reviews.

Federal Politics: Julia Banks, Kerryn Phelps, and Fraser Anning

Oct 25, 2018 00:12:10


Malcolm Farr takes RN Drive through the major political news of this week.

Dr Kerryn Phelps meets crossbench MPS and talks priorities

Oct 25, 2018 00:12:27


On Thursday she met crossbench MPs at Parliament House to talk strategy on issues like asylum seekers, climate change and live exports.

UN warns Yemen at risk of unprecedented famine

Oct 24, 2018 00:05:02


The United Nations' aid chief has warned that half the population of war-torn Yemen could soon be on the brink of famine.

Khashoggi killing overshadows 'Davos in the desert' gathering

Oct 24, 2018 00:10:39


The Saudi Arabian investment forum dubbed 'Davos in the desert' has begun.

Tech Head: Telstra 5G, Oculus departure, and the Vatican's AR game

Oct 24, 2018 00:06:57


Tech expert Peter Marks talks us through some of the biggest news in tech.

Do we need a national insurance scheme for the elderly?

Oct 24, 2018 00:06:47


The former prime minister Paul Keating is warning that Australia's superannuation system isn't built to sustain the number of retirees living into their 80s and 90s.

Tasmania to debate removing gender from birth certificates

Oct 24, 2018 00:07:50


In a landmark move, Tasmania could be the first state in the country to fully remove gender from birth certificates.

Canned Australian air for sale

Oct 24, 2018 00:06:29


The idea of packaging and selling fresh air began as an internet joke, but has now taken off.

Victoria's Government announces Royal Commission into mental health system

Oct 24, 2018 00:09:24


The Royal Commission would run for two years, and be the first of its kind in Australia.

Labor to renew bid to refer Peter Dutton to the High Court

Oct 24, 2018 00:11:16


Labor says the Home Affairs Minister's ownership of childcare centres through a family trust could put him in breach of the dreaded Section 44 of the Constitution.

Turkey's President prepares to reveal details about death of Khashoggi

Oct 23, 2018 00:06:00


President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to reveal "the full nakedness" of what happened

The policy behind the politics of Australia's refugees

Oct 23, 2018 00:07:04


The pressure is mounting on the government to soften its position on refugees in offshore processing centres.

Business and Finance: Energy, ACTU rallies and will the Banking RC have a lasting impact?

Oct 23, 2018 00:07:55


The federal government has announced a four-part energy plan, which they say will save Australians up to $800 a year.

Australia's first dedicated study on sexual assault at music festivals

Oct 23, 2018 00:07:20


Australian music festivals keep hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Behrouz Boochani on refugee policy

Oct 23, 2018 00:06:30


The fate of children detained on Manus Island and Nauru is a hot political issue right now.

2018 Invictus Games commence in Sydney

Oct 23, 2018 00:07:26


RN Drive spoke with gold medal winner Emilea Mysko, a former Royal Australian Navy officer from Adelaide.

ACCI weighs in on wages and power prices

Oct 23, 2018 00:10:19


Energy retailers say the government's proposed energy default price could act to reduce competition.

Federal Government moves ahead on energy pricing

Oct 23, 2018 00:10:33


With its efforts to lower power prices now firmly decoupled from its efforts to lower emissions, the government is moving ahead with what's left of the national energy guarantee.

Shonky science around children and gender identity

Oct 22, 2018 00:09:19


The "rapid-onset gender dysphoria" myth.

Country Drive: National apology, the Nationals and kangaroo meat

Oct 22, 2018 00:07:20


Brett Worthington takes RN Drive through the news headlines in rural and regional Australia.

Geoffrey Rush defamation case underway

Oct 22, 2018 00:06:43


It's day one of actor Geoffrey Rush's defamation case against The Daily Telegraph

Energy Security Board chair on Australia's energy future

Oct 22, 2018 00:07:07


The Energy Security Board chair spoke to RN Drive about her hopes for Australia's energy future.

School uniform shift gives girls the freedom to move

Oct 22, 2018 00:06:17


Ditching skirts and dresses to promote physical activity in the playground

Mark Dreyfus on the national redress scheme and Wentworth

Oct 22, 2018 00:09:39


The Government and the Opposition cancelled Question Time, at the request of those who had travelled to Canberra for the historic apology to victims of institutional child sex abuse

National apology to victims of institutional child sex abuse

Oct 22, 2018 00:09:47


Federal politicians have put aside politics to acknowledge the suffering of tens of thousands of children at the hands of people they should have been able to trust.

My Feed: Scotty, White Ribbon and whiteness

Oct 19, 2018 00:10:13


Angela Lavoipierre from The Signal takes RN Drive through her favourite social media picks from the week.

Let's Get Quizzical: Matt Gilbertson vs Tom Ballard

Oct 19, 2018 00:18:22


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

The Wrap: Wentworth, Khashoggi and the Nationals

Oct 19, 2018 00:22:06


'The Wrap' is RN Drive's summary of the biggest stories of the week, plus some you may have missed.

Polls predict a Liberal loss in Wentworth

Oct 19, 2018 00:10:51


Voters head to the polls on Saturday in a contest that looks increasingly likely to cost the government its majority in the House of Representatives.

New details emerge about the alleged murder of Saudi journalist

Oct 18, 2018 00:05:36


Turkish officials are insisting that tapes exist of the final moments of Jamal Khashoggi's life.

Gillian Triggs speaks up

Oct 18, 2018 00:09:53


The former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission shares her thoughts on Nauru, religious freedoms and bullying.

Research Filter: dog comprehension, magic moss and Christmas songs

Oct 18, 2018 00:05:20


Can dogs understand human speech? How does moss track air pollutants? And, why is too much Christmas music bad for our health?

U.S. midterms: Why don't Americans just get out and vote?

Oct 18, 2018 00:06:34


New Obama video counters excuses from Americans not registered to vote.

Federal Politics: Nats leadership, ASIO's warning, and countdown to Wentworth

Oct 18, 2018 00:07:14


Paul Karp from The Guardian Australia provides analysis on the latest federal politics news.

Royal couple get a hug and visit Melbourne

Oct 18, 2018 00:08:53


In a jam-packed tour of handshakes and meeting fans, one particular 5-year-old really stole the show on Wednesday.

Four charged over nation-wide child abduction ring

Oct 18, 2018 00:06:18


One of them is a New South Wales doctor and founder of the Australian Anti-Paedophile Party.

Nationals hose down leadership speculation

Oct 18, 2018 00:13:24


Underwhelmed by the performance of their leader, Michael McCormack, some in the National Party are considering a return to Barnaby Joyce.

#MeToo movement spreads to India

Oct 17, 2018 00:07:32


Exactly one year after the first allegations emerged against the movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, the '#MeToo' movement has spread to India.

Palestinian delegation warns against Australian embassy move

Oct 17, 2018 00:05:26


Delegation head Izzat Abdulhadi says moving Australia's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would violate international law.

Tech Head: Amazon groceries, YouTube's future and 'Do Not Track'

Oct 17, 2018 00:08:17


The Australian's Technology Editor, Supratim Adhikari, unpacks the biggest news in tech.

Geophysicist Kurt Lambeck awarded PM's top science prize

Oct 17, 2018 00:09:12


The former president of the Australian Academy of Science has been recognised for "revealing the breathing planet".

APEC Finance Ministers meet in PNG

Oct 17, 2018 00:08:04


APEC finance ministers have met in PNG ahead of next month's leaders summit.

Does your state have the best tap water?

Oct 17, 2018 00:06:33


Wannon water from Hamilton WTP in Victoria has won the title of Australia's best tasting tap water.

Queensland's parliament debates decriminalising abortion

Oct 17, 2018 00:06:37


If passed, the bill would allow abortions up until 22 weeks' gestation — after that point with the approval of two medical practitioners.

Mark Butler calls on Melissa Price to apologise over Pacific Islands 'insult'

Oct 17, 2018 00:09:46


The Environment Minister has been accused of misleading Parliament after she denied insulting the former President of Kirabati.

Minister orders the removal of hundreds of refugees from Italian town

Oct 16, 2018 00:05:46


Riace's population had been dwindling for decades, but an influx of refugees reignited its economy.

Does race help or hinder Harvard applicants?

Oct 16, 2018 00:05:37


A lawsuit against Harvard University has gone on trial, over accusations the university discriminates against Asian-American applicants.

Business and Finance: Are Telstra execs overpaid?, NAB shells out $314 million, RBA minutes released

Oct 16, 2018 00:07:36


And NAB announced they're taking a $314 million hit to cover the costs of scandals that were revealed in the Banking Royal Commission.

Duke and Duchess of Sussex begin Australian tour

Oct 16, 2018 00:09:03


With the news of the royal pregnancy now global, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex began their Australian tour in Sydney.

Will Indonesia suspend Australia's trade deal?

Oct 16, 2018 00:07:36


There are reports Indonesia is considering putting its imminent trade deal with Australia on hold.

Kererū wins NZ Bird of the Year

Oct 16, 2018 00:06:56


The hefty wood pigeon has emerged victorious in New Zealand's nation-wide competition.

Government calls fresh vote on One Nation "white" motion

Oct 16, 2018 00:06:51


The federal government has brought back a One Nation motion affirming that it's "ok to be white" so it could vote against it.

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen on a chaotic day in Parliament

Oct 16, 2018 00:11:24


The government has found itself in damage control after supporting a One Nation motion affirming that it's ok to be white and floating the prospect of moving our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Who is Jamal Khashoggi?

Oct 15, 2018 00:08:40


Over a week ago, the veteran Saudi journalist disappeared.

Country Drive: Powercor, Listeria investigation and Prince Charles

Oct 15, 2018 00:06:57


Country Drive is a weekly wrap up of news from rural and regional Australia.

Is genetic modification the answer to Australia's feral cat problem?

Oct 15, 2018 00:04:16


A conservation group is partnering with the CSIRO to investigate how gene drive technology could control Australia's feral cat population.

Internal divisions over imminent Trade-Pacific Partnership

Oct 15, 2018 00:06:22


This week in the Senate, Labor will side with the Government to pass a bill enabling the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Meghan Markle confirms pregnancy as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex land in Australia

Oct 15, 2018 00:07:00


The couple have a total of 76 engagements over their tour down under, which spans Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

Christian Schools Australia backs right to discriminate against teachers

Oct 15, 2018 00:09:29


The government and the opposition have united to support removing laws which allow religious schools to discriminate against students based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Alex Turnbull on Wentworth

Oct 15, 2018 00:14:59


One of the more interesting factors in the race is the intervention of Malcolm Turnbull's son, Alex, who's openly backing Labor.

My Feed: #HimToo and #YesAllMen

Oct 12, 2018 00:10:00


Marty Smiley from SBS Viceland and The Feed takes RN Drive through his favourite social media picks from the week.

Let's Get Quizzical: Mark Humphries vs Bern Young

Oct 12, 2018 00:19:31


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

Political celebrities

Oct 12, 2018 00:09:41


How important is the celebrity political endorsement?

The Wrap: Tax cuts, religious freedom and Hurricane Michael

Oct 12, 2018 00:22:30


This week, Adelaide Advertiser State Editor Tory Shepherd and and New York Times Australia reporter Jamie Tarabay are the guest commentators.

Is it safe to vape?

Oct 11, 2018 00:05:50


If US trends are anything to go by the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, among teenagers is on the rise.

MSF leaves Nauru, warns situation is 'beyond desperate'

Oct 11, 2018 00:06:04


Médecins Sans Frontières has complied with a request from Nauru's government to leave the island, but says it is deeply concerned about the mental health of the patients being left behind.

Research Filter: recognising faces, life on moons and gastro during droughts

Oct 11, 2018 00:08:08


Can humans really recognise an average of 5,000 faces? Could the moons of 'rogue planets' sustain life? And, how are reports linking drought and gastro misleading?

Australian scientists contribute to world's largest genetic study on humans

Oct 11, 2018 00:06:25


500 thousand participants have volunteered their genetic data in the name of science.

Federal Politics: Au pair raids, tax cuts and religious freedoms

Oct 11, 2018 00:09:30


ABC's Greg Jennett provides analysis on the latest federal politics news.

Celebrating International Day of the Girl

Oct 11, 2018 00:08:40


Growing up, what stories inspired you?

Hurricane Michael slams into Florida panhandle

Oct 11, 2018 00:05:54


Hurricane Michael is one of the most powerful storms ever to make landfall in the United States.

Mathias Cormann on tax cuts and religious freedoms

Oct 11, 2018 00:11:31


The federal government has confirmed plans to bring forward company tax cuts for businesses with a turnover of up to $50 million a year

Perth program to tackle African-Australian youth violence hailed a success

Oct 10, 2018 00:07:49


A trial peer-mentoring program in WA has proven so successful that Victoria Police is considering adopting the program in Melbourne.

The 'new' Malaysia

Oct 10, 2018 00:06:29


Six months after Malaysia's historic election, with the longtime opposition leader preparing his return to parliament, how much has really changed?

Tech Head: Data breaches, video calling and fitness trackers

Oct 10, 2018 00:06:27

Description:'s Angus Kidman discusses the major tech headlines of the moment.

Indonesia tells independent foreign aid workers to leave disaster zone

Oct 10, 2018 00:06:31


Indonesia's national disaster agency has sent out a notice saying foreign volunteers and NGOs must either work with local partners or leave.

Australian Femicide Map: Violence against women in Australia

Oct 10, 2018 00:08:17


This year, 62 women have died by violence - six of those in the last week alone.

Calvin Klein fragrance used to lure killer tiger

Oct 10, 2018 00:04:14


Forest rangers in India will use the Calvin Klein cologne 'Obsession' to bate a tiger suspected of killing around a dozen people.

Melbourne Catholic Archdiocese won't discriminate against students

Oct 10, 2018 00:10:07


The Melbourne Catholic Archdiocese is 'underwhelmed' by the review's findings.

Philip Ruddock on religious freedoms

Oct 10, 2018 00:15:36


Should religious schools be able to discriminate against teachers and students on the basis of their sexual orientation?

US President Trump calls sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh a "hoax"

Oct 9, 2018 00:12:45


Justice Brett Kavanaugh has been appointed to the US Supreme Court.

Business and Finance: low Aussie dollar, CBA fees to deceased estates and Glencore

Oct 9, 2018 00:06:15


Ben Butler, Business Reporter at The Australian, joins RN Drive.

Jirga: Australia's shot at Best Foreign Language Film

Oct 9, 2018 00:08:00


An unconventional film about the war in Afghanistan becomes Australia's submission for the Oscar's Foreign Language category.

Terms of reference for the aged care royal commission revealed

Oct 9, 2018 00:07:35


Lynelle Briggs, former CEO of Medicare Australia, has been appointed to lead the commission, alongside Supreme Court Justice Joseph McGrath.

Driven to distraction while driving

Oct 9, 2018 00:08:11


Research shows we're distracted every 96 seconds when behind the wheel.

Protestors gather at Sydney Opera House

Oct 9, 2018 00:05:43


Demonstrators are voicing their anger at the NSW Government's decision to project the barrier draw for a horse race onto the building's sails.

Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie on regional migration

Oct 9, 2018 00:12:45


The Federal Government has yet to explain how it's proposal to force new migrants to settle in regional Australian would work.

Children now the focus of UNICEF efforts in Palu

Oct 8, 2018 00:04:09


UNICEF says child trafficking is always a concern in the aftermath of natural disasters like Palu's earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.

Is Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro the 'Trump of the tropics'?

Oct 8, 2018 00:08:18


The former paratrooper and pro-dictatorship candidate gained 46.7 per cent in the first round of votes.

Country Drive: RoundUp, work-for-the-dole and bower birds

Oct 8, 2018 00:07:37


The Australian Cancer Council is calling for a review into the use of the weedkiller RoundUp in farming and agriculture.

The rise and rise of strongman politics

Oct 8, 2018 00:05:04


What do the disappearances of Meng Hongwei & Jamal Khashoggi have in common?

Lessons from Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Oct 8, 2018 00:08:03


Australia can learn much from Canada's attempts to heal the wounds of colonialism.

Common childhood speech disorder not caused by dummies, study finds

Oct 8, 2018 00:05:10


Researchers from The University of Sydney debunk misconceptions around phonological impairment.

The Opera House debate

Oct 8, 2018 00:12:43


Is the NSW Government gambling on the Opera House?

IPCC report sounds fresh alert

Oct 8, 2018 00:11:54


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says time is rapidly running out to avoid a the worst effects of a warmer planet.

My Feed: tampon tax axed, The Bachelor finale and chip theft

Oct 5, 2018 00:11:34


Writer & comedian Nina Oyama takes RN Drive through her favourite social media picks from the week.

Let's Get Quizzical: Alan Duffy vs Kirsten Drysdale

Oct 5, 2018 00:22:17


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

Photos of the Cottingley Fairies sell at auction

Oct 5, 2018 00:04:22


In 1917, 16-year-old Elise Wright and her 9-year-old cousin Frances Griffiths staged a series of photos depicting fairy life.

The Wrap: Kavanaugh, Russian hacking and PM prays for Indonesia

Oct 5, 2018 00:23:30


'The Wrap' is RN Drive's summary of the biggest stories of the week, plus some you may have missed.

Chinese bishops attend first major Vatican meeting

Oct 4, 2018 00:04:43


After decades of tension, relations between China and the Vatican appear to be on the mend.

The small economies blazing the trail on cryptocurrencies

Oct 4, 2018 00:06:17


Malta has been working hard to establish itself as the 'blockchain island' of the world, but it's not the only country keen to accommodate cryptocurrencies.

Research Filter: sleep deprivation, exomoons and baby giraffes

Oct 4, 2018 00:06:59


How does sleep deprivation affect your work? How can we confirm that scientists have finally found a moon outside our Solar System? And, why do baby giraffes' spots match their mothers'?

Climate groups warn Australia won't meet Paris targets

Oct 4, 2018 00:06:59


New data shows emissions have reached their highest level since 2011, and have been rising steadily since 2013.

Federal Politics: Shorten's pre-school pledge, Turnbull's travel perks and Paris disagreement

Oct 4, 2018 00:06:12


National Political Editor at The Sunday Telegraph, Annika Smethurst, discusses the biggest news from the world of federal politics with RN Drive.

Can this new font help you to remember things?

Oct 4, 2018 00:05:16


A team of experts have developed sans forgetica - a font specifically designed to help you remember things.

PM: jobs a key focus for Indigenous Advisory Council

Oct 4, 2018 00:11:25


Prime Minister Scott Morrison has met his Indigenous Advisory Council for the first time.

Michael Kirby on religious freedoms

Oct 4, 2018 00:13:51


Pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to release a review of religious freedoms conducted by former Attorney General Philip Ruddock.

Death of the killer whales?

Oct 3, 2018 00:08:21


Killer whale populations are facing collapse due to pollutants which were banned in the 1970's.

First fatal polio case in PNG

Oct 3, 2018 00:06:00


A-nine-year-old boy has died from polio in Papua New Guinea.

Tech Head: Instagram outage, Turnbull's Twitter cull and the Facebook Login hack

Oct 3, 2018 00:06:48


Gizmodo Australia Deputy Editor Tegan Jones unpacks the technology news making headlines this week.

Would you get genetic carrier screening?

Oct 3, 2018 00:06:54


A new test could detect whether you and your partners are carriers of genes linked to childhood disorders.

Frustration grows the pace of relief efforts on Sulawesi Island

Oct 3, 2018 00:06:33


It's five days since a magnitude 7.5 earthquake and tsunami devastated coastal communities around Palu and Donggala.

UK student union bans clapping in favour of jazz hands

Oct 3, 2018 00:06:36


The University of Manchester's student union wants people to wave their hands in applause, saying clapping could pose problems for people with anxiety.

PM to meet Indigenous Advisory Council

Oct 3, 2018 00:12:01


On Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison will meet with his Indigenous Advisory Council for the first time, but the elephant in the room will be the former Prime Minister not in the room.

States and Territories call for GST guarantee

Oct 3, 2018 00:09:32


A COAG meeting of State and Territory Treasurers has failed to reach agreement on the Federal Government's proposed re-drawing of GST distribution.

Chinese warship nearly hits US destroyer in South China Sea

Oct 2, 2018 00:09:39


The US Navy has accused China of dangerous navigation after warships from the two nations narrowly avoided colliding in the South China Sea.

Business and Finance: Interest rates, Banking RC, Elon Musk removed

Oct 2, 2018 00:07:26


Business and Finance: Interest rates, Banking RC, Elon Musk removed

Greg Inglis dumped as Australian captain

Oct 2, 2018 00:06:09


Greg Inglis has been dumped as the captain of the Kangaroos, after being charged with drink driving and speeding over the weekend.

Meet Matilda, the echidna allergic to ants

Oct 2, 2018 00:06:53


Vets at Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria have developed a vaccine that's saved her from itchy, inflamed skin.

Does Australia need a Royal Commission into the media?

Oct 2, 2018 00:10:02


The former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says politicians fear the wrath of Rupert Murdoch's Newscorp publications.

Jacqui Lambie in ISIS crossfire

Oct 2, 2018 00:05:45


Former senator Jacqui Lambie has been caught in crossfire while filming for an SBS TV Series.

Former PM Kevin Rudd calls for royal commission into media abuse

Oct 2, 2018 00:14:41


In an editorial published by Fairfax, he described Rupert Murdoch's Newscorp as a cancer on democracy, saying it personally targeted him and his wife Therese Rein.

Emma's fight for Abdul

Oct 1, 2018 00:12:21


One Australian family's experience of caring for a teenage asylum seeker.

Country Drive: QLD bushfire, contaminated drinking water, record breaking vegetables

Oct 1, 2018 00:07:11


Country Drive: QLD bushfire, contaminated drinking water, record breaking vegetables

Housing Prices: What goes up.....

Oct 1, 2018 00:06:04


Australian house prices are coming down but is the good news first-home buyers have been waiting for?

The final 72 hours in the life of Bali Nine member Myuran Sukumaran

Oct 1, 2018 00:12:16


"Guilty" depicts the final 72 hours of Myuran Sukumaran's life as he was transferred from Bali's Kerobokan prison to the so called "death island" of Nusa Kambangan.

Comparing women's top level footy

Oct 1, 2018 00:10:00


NRLW vs AFLW. Grandstand regular Chyloe Kurdas joins RN Drive to offer her insights as a longtime women's sports administrator.

Indonesia gives the green light for international aid into Palu

Oct 1, 2018 00:05:04


Many bodies are believed to be trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings, and authorities are still trying to make contact with remote areas where the extent of the damage in unknown.

An unpredictable contest looms in Wentworth

Oct 1, 2018 00:08:53


Polling released at the weekend showed a large swing away from the Coalition, with the Liberal Party's Dave Sharma on 36% of the vote.

My Feed: Kavanaugh in pictures, banning sexist memes & Jacindamania!

Sep 28, 2018 00:09:01


Science Communicator and Technology Commentator Ketan Joshi takes RN Drive through his favourite social media picks from the week.

Let's Get Quizzical: Alex Lee vs Ashwin Segkar

Sep 28, 2018 00:17:01


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

The Wrap: ABC, Kavanaugh and Nauru

Sep 28, 2018 00:20:43


'The Wrap' is RN Drive's summary of the biggest stories of the week, plus some you may have missed.

Banking and Financial Services Royal Commission releases interim report

Sep 28, 2018 00:07:56


Over the past months the Royal Commission has heard jaw dropping evidence of illegal and unethical conduct from some of the nation's biggest financial institutions.

Dr Kirstin Ferguson nominated as Acting ABC Chair

Sep 28, 2018 00:08:03


One of the most tumultuous weeks in the history of the national broadcaster has ended with the departure of two of the organisation's most senior figures.

Concerns about world's biggest biometric database

Sep 27, 2018 00:05:02


Over one billion people are registered with India's biometric database, Aadhaar, and there are fears that it's vulnerable it is to attack.

Kipper Billy receives royal pardon, 150 years on

Sep 27, 2018 00:03:59


Ken Blanch is in his nineties and fought for 30 years to obtain a royal pardon for Kipper Billy, an Aboriginal man accused of rape.

Research Filter: gene-editing mosquitoes, trustworthy tones and the effect of screen time

Sep 27, 2018 00:07:18


Could gene-editing wipe out disease-carrying mosquitoes? How do accents influence who we trust? And, how does too much screen time affect children?

Australia's long history of book banning

Sep 27, 2018 00:07:09


In the age of the Internet, it can be hard to imagine not having access to information.

Federal Politics: ABC chair Justin Milne resigns

Sep 27, 2018 00:11:14


Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted that it was the "right call".

The origin of food trends

Sep 27, 2018 00:05:46


Have you ever wondered how cauliflower, kale and goji berries got so popular? Suzy Badaracco from the Culinary Tides think tank says it was anything but accidental.

Is the ABC's editorial integrity compromised?

Sep 27, 2018 00:07:14


Former head of ABC TV News and Current Affairs Peter Manning shares his view.

The ABC's leadership crisis

Sep 27, 2018 00:11:25


It's been a dramatic week at the national broadcaster, which has been gripped by a leadership crisis to rival any found in Canberra.

India makes instant divorce a criminal offence

Sep 26, 2018 00:07:53


It's a practice that women's rights groups have advocated against, and recently, India's government has made it a criminal offence.

Tech Head: cybersecurity laws, fake celebrity endorsements and Facebook resignations

Sep 26, 2018 00:05:36


News Corps' Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson unpacks the technology news making headlines this week.

Swedish Prime Minister ousted after losing confidence vote

Sep 26, 2018 00:06:23


Sweden's center-left Prime Minister has been toppled, after losing a vote of no confidence 204 to 142.

ABC staff call on chairman to stand aside

Sep 26, 2018 00:10:23


ABC chair Justin Milne says he intends to remain in his role, despite calls from staff for him to step aside while an independent inquiry takes place.

Mystery of the purple orange solved

Sep 26, 2018 00:04:49


A Queensland orange turned purple just hours after being partly-eaten by a toddler, and now Queensland Health know why.

Nationals told to rethink farm visa plan

Sep 26, 2018 00:08:24


Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has been given three weeks to come up with an alternative to his plan to introduce a new kind of farm labour visa.

Government orders inquiry into political interference at ABC

Sep 26, 2018 00:14:30


The Federal Government has ordered an inquiry into political interference at the ABC, as the furore over the sacking of Managing Director Michelle Guthrie deepens.

'Australia's drug laws do not work': Former AFP commissioner

Sep 25, 2018 00:08:06


Young Australians are dying needlessly because of useless drug laws according to a former Federal Police Commissioner.

Business and Finance: Female CEOs, 'perma-flexi' workers and the Banking Royal Commission

Sep 25, 2018 00:07:57


ABC Life Finance Reporter Emily Stewart speaks to RN Drive.

NSW government infighting leads to chaos in Question Time

Sep 25, 2018 00:08:15


The Sydney Morning Herald's State Political Editor, Alexandra Smith, saw it all go down.

Do we need a National Indigenous Day?

Sep 25, 2018 00:07:03


It's not a new concept but would a National Indigenous Day end disagreement about Australia Day?

Who will replace Michelle Guthrie as ABC Managing Director?

Sep 25, 2018 00:16:48


More details are emerging about the events which led to the sudden firing of ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie.

Company profits, growing employment deliver a boost to the budget

Sep 25, 2018 00:10:58


The Morrison Government has been delivered its third piece of economic good news in as many weeks: a reduced budget deficit and an earlier than forecast return to surplus.

Opposition leader claims victory in Maldives election

Sep 24, 2018 00:06:28


Many believed the opposite would happen, that the countries strongman president Abdulla Yameen would cement his rule.

Can white people write about colour?

Sep 24, 2018 00:06:57


Should we attempt to restrict what writers can tackle and can we write about what we've never experienced?

Country Drive: strawberry crisis crosses the ditch, 'Bush Uni' and lead-proof sparrows

Sep 24, 2018 00:07:13


Country Drive is an exploration of what's making news in regional and rural Australia.

Number of women in STEM careers still down

Sep 24, 2018 00:07:00


How can we improve the participation and retention of women in STEM?

Labor says Michelle Guthrie sacking was poorly handled

Sep 24, 2018 00:07:08


Shadow Regional Communications Minister Stephen Jones joins RN Drive.

Calls for a national seagull cull

Sep 24, 2018 00:04:39


Forget the bin chicken, seagulls are costing Australians millions of dollars worth of damage each year.

Can Dave Sharma save Wentworth for The Coalition?

Sep 24, 2018 00:13:14


Local anger at the ousting of Malcolm Turnbull has prompted fears the seat could fall to independent former AMA President Dr Kerryn Phelps.

ABC Board sacks Managing Director Michelle Guthrie

Sep 24, 2018 00:12:29


The Board says it was not in the ABC's best interests for Ms Guthrie to continue, and new leadership will benefit the organisation.

My Feed: Gender reveal parties, Bert and Ernie and an octopus

Sep 21, 2018 00:11:31


Farz Edraki from ABC RN takes RN Drive through her favourite social media picks from the week.

Let's Get Quizzical: Myf Warhurst vs Zan Rowe

Sep 21, 2018 00:22:30


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

The Wrap: Strawberries, Dutton and ivory

Sep 21, 2018 00:20:53


'The Wrap' is RN Drive's summary of the biggest stories of the week, plus some you may have missed.

NSW Government rejects PM's $4.5bn funding deal

Sep 21, 2018 00:06:52


Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced $4.5 billion in extra funding for Catholic and independent schools.

How toxic is bushfire smoke?

Sep 20, 2018 00:07:06


There's been surprisingly little research into the long-term effects of bushfire smoke.

Research Filter: BPA, managing emails and hardwired laziness

Sep 20, 2018 00:07:56


How safe are 'BPA-free' replacement products? Is the human brain hardwired for laziness? And, could email traffic be turning our managers into poor leaders?

Is it ok to be white?

Sep 20, 2018 00:06:14


It's a difficult conversation but an important one, says critical race theorist Yassir Morsi.

Federal Politics: education deal and no-confidence vote

Sep 20, 2018 00:05:09


Unpacking the Coalition's $4.6 billion schools funding fix, and the no-confidence motion in Peter Dutton that fell at the first hurdle.

Best Brisbane song?

Sep 20, 2018 00:06:16


The Go-Betweens have taken out a national poll for best Brisbane song ever with 'Streets of Your Town'. But, it might not even be about Brisbane.

Andrew Leigh launches gender advocacy toolkit

Sep 20, 2018 00:10:01


The document aims to help those wanting to lobby for gender issues in parliament.

Government announces changes to schools funding

Sep 20, 2018 00:13:49


The federal government has struck a deal to end the funding war with non-government schools, but keeping the peace hasn't come cheap.

Archaeologists dive on possible HMB Endeavour resting place

Sep 19, 2018 00:07:54


The hunt for Captain Cook's renowned ship, the HMB Endeavour, may soon be over.

Child refugees in Greece attempting suicide, self-harm: MSF

Sep 19, 2018 00:08:23


The Médecins Sans Frontières humanitarian aid group says staff are reporting alarming levels of self-harm and suicide attempts among refugee and asylum seeker children in Greek island camps.

Tech Head: extremist content, Facebook job ads and fake reviews

Sep 19, 2018 00:07:45


How the European Union Commission plans to get tough on the tech giants who don't remove extremist content; why Facebook is under fire for allegedly enabling discriminatory job postings; and can AI help filter fake restaurant reviews?

NT police investigate child death

Sep 19, 2018 00:06:11


Northern Territory police say major crime detectives are investigating the death of a six-month-old baby boy near Darwin.

Sesame Street: were Bert and Ernie a gay couple?

Sep 19, 2018 00:05:08


Bert and Ernie were the best of friends, but were they also romantically involved?

Labor calls for further action on fruit tampering

Sep 19, 2018 00:08:29


Labor has promised conditional support for tougher fruit tampering laws.

Researchers discover prehistoric population boom

Sep 19, 2018 00:06:59


ANU Research have used a new measurement method to prove South East Asia had a population boom 4,000 years ago.

Tougher penalties announced for fruit tampering

Sep 19, 2018 00:13:19


The federal government is moving to tighten laws against fruit tampering, as cases of needles found in strawberries, apples and bananas multiply.

Imran Khan will grant citizenship to refugees living in Pakistan

Sep 18, 2018 00:07:35


Imran Khan has announced refugees who have been living in Pakistan for decades will finally be granted citizenship.

Government insists "no corporate takeover" of democracy

Sep 18, 2018 00:06:11


Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has denied there's been a "corporate takeover of our democracy", after calls for greater transparency around the lobbyist regime.

Business and Finance: Banking RC, housing prices and trade tariffs

Sep 18, 2018 00:06:19


Plus, Peter Kell resigns as deputy chair of ASIC.

Gen Z more tolerant of religious diversity

Sep 18, 2018 00:07:56


There are six types of teenagers based on religious beliefs and none of them are atheist.

Young people in aged care

Sep 18, 2018 00:05:18


Australia's aged care facilities are failing the old and the young.

The winners and losers of the 70th Emmy Awards

Sep 18, 2018 00:09:16


The stars of the small screen have come together to award each other at the 2018 Emmy Awards.

Fears for Australia's economy as trade war escalates

Sep 18, 2018 00:10:33


Analysis by KPMG suggests a US/China trade war could take as much as $58 Billion off the Australian economy.

Labor demands answers on abuse in aged care

Sep 18, 2018 00:09:44


The ABC's Four Corners program has broadcast part one of an investigation into the sector, which detailed three case studies of people who suffered in aged care.

Scientists prove climate change impact on Hurricane Florence

Sep 17, 2018 00:07:35


Researchers have found that man-made climate change has increased Hurricane Florence's rainfall by 50 per cent.

Country Drive: contaminated strawberries

Sep 17, 2018 00:05:40


Country Drive is an exploration of what's making news in regional and rural Australia.

Philippines authorities assess damage after Typhoon Mangkhut

Sep 17, 2018 00:06:05


Dozens of people have been killed as the storm wrecked homes and triggered landslides before slamming into southern China.

NSW Premier urged to implement drug testing at festivals

Sep 17, 2018 00:05:28


The NSW Premier has rejected renewed calls for pill testing at festivals after two drug related-deaths at the Defqon One music event in Sydney.

How many airline pilots fly drunk?

Sep 17, 2018 00:04:53


Passengers were left stunned after the pilot of their Singapore Airlines flight failed a random breath test.

Ann Sudmalis joins exodus of female Liberal MPs

Sep 17, 2018 00:07:09


In a blistering statement, she's hit out at alleged bullying, undermining, intimidation and leaking by members of the State division of the party against her.

Fed Pols: Anthony Albanese

Sep 17, 2018 00:10:45


The federal opposition argues that Coalition funding cuts to the aged care sector have contributed to cost cutting by service providers.

Federal government announces aged care royal commission

Sep 17, 2018 00:10:49


Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned the nation needs to brace itself for bruising revelations of abuse in the $18 billion aged care sector.

My Feed: @mary_kaye

Sep 14, 2018 00:09:07


Mary Konstantopoulos, from the ABC podcast Ladies Who League, takes RN Drive through what's been trending in her social media feeds.

Let's Get Quizzical: Hamish MacDonald vs George McEncroe

Sep 14, 2018 00:23:49


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

Western Sydney's 'Renaissance Scholars'

Sep 14, 2018 00:08:00


Think back to high school and the lunch time break - where would we find you?

Widespread flooding as Hurricane Florence makes landfall

Sep 14, 2018 00:07:37


Authorities say the combination of rain and storm surge will produce severe, widespread flooding.

Liberals preselect Dave Sharma in Wentworth

Sep 14, 2018 00:10:30


Prime Minister Scott Morrison had wanted a woman to run, but the Liberal Party preselectors had other ideas.

Hungary considering challenge to European Parliament vote

Sep 13, 2018 00:05:24


Hungary faces unprecedented sanctions if EU member states support disciplinary action endorsed by the European Parliament, but it's already looking at ways to appeal.

Indonesia's treatment of minorities scrutinised

Sep 13, 2018 00:09:42


Last year, more than 200 cases of abuse of religious rights were recorded in Indonesia, and many are questioning exactly how liberal and tolerant the country is today.

Research Filter: tiny apes, oldest drawing and corrupt faces

Sep 13, 2018 00:07:16


Do human toddlers really use the same gestures as chimpanzees? Why is a hashtag-like drawing on a rock so significant? And, are corrupt politicians really more likely to have a wide face? RN Drive asks the Research Filter.

Cross-party climate change momentum in New Zealand

Sep 13, 2018 00:08:05


In 2016, Globe-NZ was formed with representatives from all the major parties - Nationals, Labour, Greens and New Zealand First - and, for the most part, they're in agreement about the way forward.

Federal Politics: Midwinter Ball, eligibility and Turnbull tweets

Sep 13, 2018 00:06:39


ABC's Greg Jennett talks RN Drive through the latest news from Canberra.

Cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Sep 13, 2018 00:05:32


A Dutch non-profit has developed a giant U-shaped barrier that will scoop up plastic waste.

Environment Minister Melissa Price

Sep 13, 2018 00:10:42


With the separation of the energy and environment portfolios, responsibility for reducing carbon emissions falls to Environment Minister Melissa Price.

Penny Wong on trade, China and Julie Bishop

Sep 13, 2018 00:11:42


The Opposition has agreed to support the enabling legislation for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, the world's largest free trade deal.

Allegations of Iranian government sponsored terror activities in Europe

Sep 12, 2018 00:07:11


The National Council of Resistance of Iran, with the support of a number of British politicians, will make the allegations in London on Wednesday.

Ethiopia and Eritrea reopen their border after 20 years

Sep 12, 2018 00:07:02


After a bloody war and years of separation, emotional residents lined the road and embraced for the first time in decades.

Tech Head: Apple, EU copyright and cryptocurrency

Sep 12, 2018 00:08:06


Supratim Adhikari talks RN Drive through the latest technology news.

Julian Burnside on the on-going threat of Islamophobia

Sep 12, 2018 00:07:10


Lawyer and human rights advocate Julian Burnside says multiculturalism in Australia is at risk.

Controversial cashless welfare card trial to be expanded

Sep 12, 2018 00:15:51


The federal government will expand the trial of its controversial cashless welfare card to Bundaberg and Harvey Bay in Queensland.

Lynette Dawson: podcast prompts forensic search

Sep 12, 2018 00:08:30


'The Teachers Pet' podcast introduced millions around the world to the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Sydney mother Lyn Dawson in 1982. Now, police have revived the case.

Needles found embedded in strawberries

Sep 12, 2018 00:05:22


People in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria have been urged to throw out any strawberries bought in the last week, as police and health authorities investigate.

What's happening in Wentworth?

Sep 12, 2018 00:08:11


Voters in former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's seat of Wentworth will head to the polls to choose a new representative on October 20th.

Idlib offensive intensifies

Sep 11, 2018 00:08:25


Government and allied forces have bombarded the province of Idlib in Syria.

Don't bank on life insurance

Sep 11, 2018 00:05:44


The banking royal commission reveals even more questionable tactics, this time in the insurance sector.

Domestic violence: home-grown terrorism

Sep 11, 2018 00:07:49


Is it time the courts started treating violent men like terrorists?

A Serena Williams cartoon and the 'angry black woman' trope

Sep 11, 2018 00:08:55


This week a cartoon of Serena Williams by the Herald Sun's Mark Knight went viral all over the world.

The far-right all-meat diet

Sep 11, 2018 00:09:37


Is meat the next ideological battleground in a polarised political culture?

Labor to support the TPP

Sep 11, 2018 00:05:40


Key members of Labor's left faction argue the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement could lower labour standards and allow foreign companies to sue the Australian government.

Peter Dutton accuses former ABF boss of "grooming" younger woman

Sep 11, 2018 00:04:21


The war of words between Peter Dutton and Roman Quaedvlieg escalated on Tuesday.

The Liberal Party rules out quotas for women

Sep 11, 2018 00:08:46


Prime Minister Scott Morrison acknowledges the party needs to recruit more women, but doesn't think quotas are the way to do it.

Centre Alliance backs new PM on confidence

Sep 10, 2018 00:09:25


The new Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been quick to secure the support of Centre Alliance, who say they will back the Coalition on confidence motions until a by-election can be held in Malcolm Turnbull's old seat.

Country Drive: Live sheep exports, protesting farmers and gold

Sep 10, 2018 00:05:55


Brett Worthington talks RN Drive through the latest rural and regional news.

Sweden faces a hung parliament after election

Sep 10, 2018 00:05:14


Sunday's election has seen a surge in votes for the right-wing Sweden Democrats

Is YouTube the worst offender for fake news?

Sep 10, 2018 00:07:06


Facebook and fake news go together like fish 'n' chips but has YouTube been flying under the radar.

Being a single mother by choice

Sep 10, 2018 00:05:33


When it comes to starting a family, women are increasingly doing it for themselves, by themselves.

Julia Gillard: Preventing suicide

Sep 10, 2018 00:14:42


On Suicide Prevention Day former Prime Minister Julia Gillard says it's safe to talk about the 's' word.

Parliament back with a new PM

Sep 10, 2018 00:12:02


With several of the government's signature policies dead in the water, can the new Prime Minister unite his party in time to save it from the electoral wipeout the latest polls suggest is looming?

My Feed: Facebook bubbles, YouTube nursery rhymes & Twitch trends

Sep 7, 2018 00:13:13


ABC ME Host Lawrence Gunatilaka takes listeners through his favourite social media moments of the week.

Let's Get Quizzical: Jan Fran v Benjamin Law

Sep 7, 2018 00:21:20


Have you been paying attention to the news this week?

Footy finals fever!

Sep 7, 2018 00:09:53


ABC Grandstand sportscaster, Corbin Middlemas, talks RN Drive through the first weekend of the AFL and NRL finals.

The White House reels after an week of damaging press

Sep 7, 2018 00:09:01


A new book from Watergate journalist Bob Woodward has painted a picture of a paranoid, isolated President whose closest advisers consider him unhinged and incapable of honesty.

Barnaby Joyce sexual harassment investigation 'unable to reach a conclusion'

Sep 7, 2018 00:12:53


The complainant Catherine Marriott says she's extremely disappointed, but not surprised.

Malaysian women caned for attempting to have lesbian sex

Sep 6, 2018 00:09:16


Are attitudes toward LGBTIQA people changing for the worse amid significant political changes taking place in the country?

Research Filter: airport germs, academic genes and criminal minds

Sep 6, 2018 00:06:56


Why are airport security bins so riddled with genes? How key are genes to academic success? And, what can neuroscience tell us about criminal minds? RN Drive asks the Research Filter.

India's Supreme Court decriminalises gay sex

Sep 6, 2018 00:05:32


The decision repeals a law dating from British colonial times that categorised gay sex as an 'unnatural offence'.

Federal Politics: Morrison, Victoria and Quaedvlieg

Sep 6, 2018 00:07:54


Malcolm Farr talks RN Drive through the latest from Canberra.

The psychology behind mini collectables

Sep 6, 2018 00:06:26


Why are plastic supermarket collectibles selling on eBay for thousands of dollars?

Another twist in the #aupairsinquiry

Sep 6, 2018 00:09:22


In 2015, then Immigration Minister Peter Dutton overturned Borderforce decisions to deport two foreign au pairs following lobbying from people he'd had professional connections to.

Sussan Ley: 'we can't change the past, but we can change the future'

Sep 6, 2018 00:14:14


The newly-minted federal Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories, Sussan Ley, discusses Scott Morrison's first speech as Prime Minister, as well as quotas and allegations of bullying within the party.

In conversation with Germaine Greer

Sep 5, 2018 00:12:04


Germaine Greer has once again offended and angered a range of sensibilities with her most recent book, 'On Rape'.

Tech Head: data use, Chrome changes and Olympic egames

Sep 5, 2018 00:07:21


The latest report from Telstra shows our data use is soaring, and it's mostly thanks to our love of video streaming. We collectively watched over 81 million hours worth of Netflix in July.

Nauru Government blocks urgent medical transfer of refugee

Sep 5, 2018 00:05:45


This is despite court orders stipulating the Federal Government bring her to Australia for treatment.

The uncertain future of Australian democracy

Sep 5, 2018 00:09:14


The former Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, is warning that Australian democracy is suffering, largely because of the instability that has come to define the state of affairs in Canberra.

Is technology taking over your mind?

Sep 5, 2018 00:07:18


If you're the type of person that googles absolutely everything, you've got to wonder.

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan gives evidence to au pair inquiry

Sep 5, 2018 00:08:39


Gillon McLachlan asked a senior staff member to contact former prime minister Tony Abbott's office to check on the visa status of an Argentinian polo player, an inquiry has heard.

Jim Chalmers on Australia's economic growth

Sep 5, 2018 00:09:18


The latest national accounts are out generating good headlines on the Australian economy, but the Opposition's Treasury spokesperson insists there's more to the story.

Is Australia too soft on China?

Sep 4, 2018 00:11:28


A former CIA analyst says Australia manages China better than any other country in the world.

Business and Finance: Westpac, Interest rates and Chief Executive Women

Sep 4, 2018 00:07:31


Westpac reaches a settlement with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission for $35 million.

John Millman defeats Roger Federer at US Open

Sep 4, 2018 00:06:59


Now Millman moves through to a quarter-final clash with Novak Djokovic.

TVNZ reporter detained on Nauru

Sep 4, 2018 00:08:12


Pacific Correspondent Barbara Dreaver was detained by police after she tried to interview a refugee.

Drug resistant superbugs in Australian hospitals

Sep 4, 2018 00:05:55


It begins on our skin and turns into a drug resistant superbug, and it's spreading through hospitals globally.

Regional security at the heart of Pacific Islands Forum

Sep 4, 2018 00:11:12


Forum leaders are calling for an update of Biketawa Plus security agreement.

The PM's Indigenous advisory council not consulted on special envoy for Indigenous affairs

Sep 4, 2018 00:09:33


The council has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison demanding a meeting and explanation.

Should Australia do more to boost its relationship with Japan?

Sep 3, 2018 00:10:12


Some academics are calling for Japan and Australia, two middle powers in the region, to refocus on coordination with each other.

Country Drive: Milk levy, hay redistribution and animal rights

Sep 3, 2018 00:08:32


Jessica Davis from ABC Ballarat spoke to RN Drive about regional news.

Journalists jailed in Myanmar

Sep 3, 2018 00:04:59


In a case that's been seen as a test of media freedom in Myanmar, two Reuters journalists have been jailed for seven years.

The 'lost decade' of teen health

Sep 3, 2018 00:05:46


When young Australians become teenagers, the healthcare they received as children goes out the window

How real is your honey?

Sep 3, 2018 00:07:18


Who doesn't love honey huh? But how much of what we buy is the real stuff?

CFMMEU responds to PM's threat to ban it

Sep 3, 2018 00:08:41


A deleted tweet from a union boss involving his own kids has prompted calls to deregister the CFMMEU

Senator Lucy Gichuhi threatens to name bullies from within the Liberal Party

Sep 3, 2018 00:14:24


"I had Senators and Ministers in tears, that’s how bad it was. One of my colleagues was in tears the whole day,” she told RN Drive.

My Feed: Au pairs, Trump family musical & Tonightly

Aug 31, 2018 00:11:25


The outgoing EP of ABC's Tonightly program, Dan Ilic, takes listeners through his favourite social media moments of the week.

Let's Get Quizzical

Aug 31, 2018 00:22:54


RN Drive's new weekly quiz drills down into the week that was in news, politics and popular culture.

Who benefits from more flexible workplace arrangements?

Aug 31, 2018 00:07:36


PricewaterhouseCoopers says an offer of more workplace flexibility for some new recruits responds to the needs of a changing workforce.

Australian film-maker convicted of espionage in Cambodia

Aug 31, 2018 00:08:55


A three-judge panel found him guilty of spying for unnamed countries and helping the now banned Opposition Cambodian People's Rescue Party.

Liberal Party infighting intensifies

Aug 31, 2018 00:11:00


Prime Minister Scott Morrison is promising a government that's not focused on itself, but can he deliver that?

Was India's 'de-monetisation crisis' all for nothing?

Aug 30, 2018 00:07:38


The Reserve Bank of India says a plan to recoup undeclared assets by recalling bank notes may not have gone to plan, but some argue that it's not a complete loss.

Printed solar cells — the future of renewable technology?

Aug 30, 2018 00:05:42


Imagine rooftop solar panels as thin and flexible as potato chip packets one day powering homes and businesses.

Research filter: Alzheimer's eye test, non-addictive painkillers and friendly goats

Aug 30, 2018 00:07:50


Could an eye exam help us screen patients for Alzheimer's disease? Is there hope for a new non-addictive pain killer? And, why do goats gravitate to smiling faces?

Putin softens pension reforms amid public opposition

Aug 30, 2018 00:05:13


The Russian President Vladimir Putin has amended planned pension reforms amid public criticism of a proposal to delay retirement for men and women.

Federal Politics: Energy, au pairs and bullying allegations

Aug 30, 2018 00:06:10


Annika Smethurst guides RN Drive through the latest politics news.

Mark Latham's defamation defence thrown out

Aug 30, 2018 00:05:22


The former federal Labor leader is currently embroiled in a defamation dispute with writer and ABC employee Osman Faruqi, but his case has been dealt a major blow.

Canavan on Northern Australia 'food bowl', energy and au pairs

Aug 30, 2018 00:15:53


The new Minister for Resources and Northern Australia shares his thoughts on a CSIRO proposal to develop parts of northern Australia into a new 'food bowl'.

Shayne Neumann: 'Peter Dutton has serious questions to answer' on au pair decision

Aug 30, 2018 00:11:07


An email chain leaked to a Labor Senator shows the Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton ignored the advice of his own department when he intervened to grant a visa to a French au pair in 2015.

2018 Asian Games in full swing

Aug 29, 2018 00:04:45


If this year is anything to go by, Australia has a lot to look forward to when it competes in its first Asian Games in 2022.

Puerto Rico announces huge increases in death toll from Hurricane Maria

Aug 29, 2018 00:07:15


Puerto Rico has raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975, but many suspect it's actually much more.

Tech Head: Huawei ban and Trump's war on negative news

Aug 29, 2018 00:05:45


Why it matters if Huawei banned as a supplier for the 5G rollout, and what US President Donald Trump can actually do about negative news on Twitter, Facebook and Google.

Woman sues Victoria Police for failing to protect her against violent ex-partner

Aug 29, 2018 00:04:57


Tara Smith alleges Victoria police subjected her to humiliating and demeaning conduct over a nine-year period.

Why is there no Minister for Financial Services?

Aug 29, 2018 00:11:14


Labor is keen to point out the omission, especially since the Royal Commission of Banking and Financial services will hand down its findings in a matter of months.

Move over models, robots are coming for your jobs!

Aug 29, 2018 00:07:38


Australia's next 'brand ambassadors' could well end up being digital creations.

Tony Abbott has accepted job as special envoy on Indigenous affairs

Aug 29, 2018 00:08:38


Australia's new PM Scott Morrison offered him the role, instead of a ministry, but Tony Abbott initially appeared ambivalent about the offer.

Jeff Kennett: Julia Banks quitting is 'a great loss' to the Liberal Party

Aug 29, 2018 00:10:48


The Liberal Party casualties from last week's leadership coup continue to mount.

US and Mexico reach a new trade deal

Aug 28, 2018 00:06:47


The new trade deal replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement. 

Business and Finance: BankingRC and inequality

Aug 28, 2018 00:04:41


Plus, who is the Minister for Financial Services?

Get your butt off my beach!

Aug 28, 2018 00:08:38


They're the most littered item in the world and now the campaign has begun to ban the filtered cigaratte butt.

Indigenous leaders reject new position for Tony Abbott

Aug 28, 2018 00:08:35


The former PM has yet to accept the offer, saying he'll only take it up if it's more than an honorary position.

Australia called to impose sanctions against Myanmar's Generals

Aug 28, 2018 00:07:38


The move would be in response to violence in Rakhine State. 

Steve Ciobo sworn-in as Minister for Defence Industry

Aug 28, 2018 00:17:29


Steve Ciobo was a supporter of Peter Dutton in the leadership crisis that toppled Malcolm Turnbull.

Labor demands Peter Dutton explain au pair revelations

Aug 28, 2018 00:10:01


The Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has strongly rejected accusations he behaved improperly in intervening to save a third au pair from deportation.

The Rio Grande Valley runs out of water

Aug 27, 2018 00:05:58


Tensions between the US and Mexico loom as water dries up in the Rio Grande Valley.

Is Australia an international joke?

Aug 27, 2018 00:08:04


With five prime ministers in as many years what does the rest of the world make of Australian politics?

Country Drive: Scott Morrison visits Quilpie, feral camels in WA

Aug 27, 2018 00:09:18


Australia's newest Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited the drought-affected town of Quilpie, Queensland.

Why buy what comes for free?

Aug 27, 2018 00:06:55


Australia has some of the best drinking water available for free so why do we keep buying it in plastic?

Does Australia need a Royal Commission into media ownership?

Aug 27, 2018 00:10:21


Former PM Kevin Rudd says Rupert Murdoch is the greatest cancer on Australian democracy.

Is pink the latest sporting weapon?

Aug 27, 2018 00:05:38


The Norwich City Soccer Club has painted its 'away' team change rooms pink as a psychological tactic.

New Foreign Minister will make The Pacific her first stop

Aug 27, 2018 00:10:10


Senator Marise Payne has taken over from Julie Bishop as Foreign Minister

Prime Minister Scott Morrison pledges focus on drought

Aug 27, 2018 00:07:53


The government has already announced $1.8 billion in drought relief spending, and more measures are thought to be on the way.

My Feed: #LibSpill, Book Week & rebranding the NT

Aug 24, 2018 00:09:18


triple j's Jo Lauder takes RN Drive through her favourite social media moments from the week.

The Wrap: A new PM, internal tensions and electoral prospects

Aug 24, 2018 00:18:49


'The Wrap' is RN Drive's summary of the biggest stories of the week, plus some you may have missed.

Antony Green on the timing of the next election

Aug 24, 2018 00:05:09


Scott Morrison is Australia's 30th Prime Minister. What happens next?

Labor call for voters to go to the polls

Aug 24, 2018 00:09:51


Opposition MPs are now preparing for a by-election in Malcolm Turnbull's seat of Wentworth.

Scott Morrison sworn in as Prime Minister

Aug 24, 2018 00:15:32


Aspiring leader Peter Dutton was left out in the cold by a party room vote, with Josh Frydenberg winning the role of deputy.

Leadership crisis: the foreign correspondents' perspective

Aug 23, 2018 00:10:19


Unsurprisingly, news of the Liberals' leadership crisis is being reported around the world.

Research Filter: open plan offices, Dr Google and coconut oil

Aug 23, 2018 00:07:29


Are open plan offices healthier? Is coconut oil 'pure poison'? And could Dr Google actually be helpful in emergencies? RN Drive asks the Research Filter.

Former Nauru doctor flags 'child health crisis' in offshore detention

Aug 23, 2018 00:06:08


Reports continue to emerge about what medical experts and refugee advocates are calling a health crisis among children held at Australia's offshore detention centres on Nauru.

Federal politics: Leadership spills and a government in crisis

Aug 23, 2018 00:07:35


The leadership instability is intensifying in Canberra.

Could Peter Dutton be in breach of the constitution?

Aug 23, 2018 00:05:21


Constitutional expert George Williams explains why questions are being raised about Peter Dutton's eligibility to sit in parliament.

Barnaby Joyce says Malcolm Turnbull must not resign if there's a spill

Aug 23, 2018 00:07:05


"If there is a majority of one and one person says they are stepping down, then that puts the whole Parliament at risk," the former Deputy Prime Minister said.

Labor MP Jim Chalmers responds to adjournment of the House of Reps

Aug 23, 2018 00:08:40


The government's move to adjourn the House of Representatives effectively brought the business of government to a halt.

Malcolm Turnbull clings to power as leadership crisis continues

Aug 23, 2018 00:07:17


Liberal MP Tim Wilson weighs in on the leadership crisis within his own party.

Why measles cases are at record levels in Europe

Aug 22, 2018 00:04:50


In the first six months of this year, 41,000 people were infected with measles and there have been 37 deaths.

Donald Trump's "worst hour"

Aug 22, 2018 00:09:08


With two former members of the US President's inner circle facing jail time, can Donald Trump bounce back?

Tech Head: astro turf, phishing, elections and Facebook

Aug 22, 2018 00:06:35


RN Drive unpacks the biggest stories from the world of tech.

NZ Foreign Minister warns leadership crisis could affect the region

Aug 22, 2018 00:08:39


Winston Peters said visiting politicians "shouldn't poke their nose into another country's politics", but he did say his government was hoping for an enduring and stable outcome to the Coalition's leadership crisis.

Is ABC Comedy safe?

Aug 22, 2018 00:13:24


There have been a lot of changes for ABC TV, which has left many asking whether comedy is still a priority.

Politics breeds more uncertainty for big business

Aug 22, 2018 00:09:03


For years the businesses community has begged for policy certainty from the federal government, but instead they are watching in horror as the government tears itself apart with yet another leadership battle.

Momentum builds for a second leadership challenge

Aug 22, 2018 00:14:13


Both the Treasurer Scott Morrison and the Finance Minister Mathias Cormann have backed Malcolm Turnbull's leadership.

Truth Decay

Aug 21, 2018 00:11:28


When is a fact a fact, and how is it different from an opinion?

Business and Finance: BHP profits and industry reacts to NEG

Aug 21, 2018 00:04:54


Business reporter Elysse Morgan gets behind research that shows BHP's profits have both risen and fallen.

New Zealand pollies take a pay freeze

Aug 21, 2018 00:05:50


NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says her country's MPs don't need a pay rise.

Leadership tensions and the future of the Liberal Party

Aug 21, 2018 00:07:14


Is the parliamentary Liberal party destroying itself from the inside?

How does the National Party feel about leadership tension?

Aug 21, 2018 00:09:04


The Liberals aren't the only members of this government, their coalition partners will also be affected by leadership instability.

Craig Kelly on the leadership prospects of Turnbull and Dutton

Aug 21, 2018 00:06:57


Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly was in the party room during Tuesday's leadership spill, he spoke with RN Drive.

Dutton resigns from Cabinet after failed leadership spill

Aug 21, 2018 00:09:49


Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education, spoke with RN Drive about the leadership spill.

Worst flooding in a century kills more than 350 in Kerala

Aug 20, 2018 00:04:13


Rains which began earlier in the month, have triggered floods, landslides and the destruction of many homes.

Greece emerges from eurozone bailout

Aug 20, 2018 00:08:25


It has successfully completed a bailout program designed to support it in the aftermath of its major debt crisis.

Country Drive: Coal, drought and millet

Aug 20, 2018 00:09:01


The leadership of the federal National party is putting its support behind coal, describing it as a significant part of Australia's future energy generation.

From dinner plate to market garden

Aug 20, 2018 00:06:08


Aussie food waste is being converted to fertiliser for use on Asian farms.

The legacy of Charles Blackman

Aug 20, 2018 00:07:33


The art world mourns after the death of one of Australia's most celebrated artists, Charles Blackman.

Robot peer pressure

Aug 20, 2018 00:05:20


New research shows that children cave in to peer pressure from robots at an alarming rate.

States and Territories react to NEG changes

Aug 20, 2018 00:05:36


After fighting tooth and nail for changes to the National Energy Guarantee but have ended up faced with a very different policy.

Deputy PM Michael McCormack says NEG is "shelved"

Aug 20, 2018 00:14:48


Leadership speculation continues on Monday after the Prime Minister announced that the government would be indefinitely postponing plans to legislate an emissions reduction target for the NEG.

My Feed: Jane Caro

Aug 17, 2018 00:10:02


Feminist and public education advocate Jane Caro takes RN Drive through her favourite social media picks from the week.

The Wrap: Anning, Crazy Rich Asians and avocado thieves

Aug 17, 2018 00:17:34


'The Wrap' is RN Drive's summary of the biggest stories of the week, plus some you may have missed.

Greek island cat sanctuary seeks new care-taker

Aug 17, 2018 00:09:33


The sanctuary, on the island of Syros, has been inundated with applications.

Queen of Soul: Aretha Franklin

Aug 17, 2018 00:06:45


Local musicians have joined the chorus of voices around the world paying tribute to music legend, Aretha Franklin.

Barnaby Joyce on the NEG

Aug 17, 2018 00:16:14


As internal opposition to the National Energy Guarantee builds, is the PM's leadership sliding into a fresh crisis?

What New Caledonia's independence vote means to indigenous Kanaks

Aug 16, 2018 00:07:23


Emmanuel Tjibaou is the son of the assassinated Kanak pro-independence leader Jean Marie Tjibaou and says the 4 November vote will be a defining moment for his people.

Research Filter: elephant genes, longevity and loneliness

Aug 16, 2018 00:07:57


How can a 'zombie gene' stop elephants getting cancer? Why are Australians living longer? And, could a sleepless night make you and those around you feel lonely? RN Drive asks the Research Filter.

Funding boost for Aussies with allergies

Aug 16, 2018 00:05:51


The federal government has agreed to extend funding for projects to support people with allergic diseases and for awareness-raising programs.

Federal Politics: Fraser Anning, NEG and the territories

Aug 16, 2018 00:06:01


RN Drive unpacks the biggest stories from the week in politics.

Have millenials killed mayo?

Aug 16, 2018 00:07:38


It's up there with the great murder mysteries of our time: did millennials kill mayo?

Josh Frydenberg and Ed Husic on the dangers of racial politics

Aug 16, 2018 00:22:44


Sometimes in politics a moment intended to divide can instead bring out the best in our politicians and prompt them to unite.

Hong Kong independence activist delivers inflammatory speech

Aug 15, 2018 00:06:10


Twenty-seven year old Andy Chan is the leader of the Hong Kong National Party, the first political party to be banned since Hong Kong ceased to be a British colony.

Tech Head: surveillance laws and Google stalking

Aug 15, 2018 00:08:17


The Federal Government's has drafted tech surveillance legislation, and Google has been mapping and tracking our whereabouts, even when our location settings are turned off.

NZ teachers go on strike for the first time in 24 years

Aug 15, 2018 00:05:07


Community centres and zoos have put on events to keep 400,000 primary school-aged kids occupied.

Rebekha Sharkie returns to the House of Reps

Aug 15, 2018 00:09:56


The Centre Alliance MP was sworn in as the member for Mayo after fending off stiff competition from Liberal candidate Georgina Downer.

French theme park trains crows to pick up cigarette butts

Aug 15, 2018 00:07:26


The birds clean up after humans in exchange for food.

Ear disease rife in Indigenous communities

Aug 15, 2018 00:07:47


Ninety per cent of Aboriginal Northern Territory children under the age of three have ear disease, which sets them up for a life of disadvantage.

The search for a second earth

Aug 14, 2018 00:14:11


Are we alone out here on earth, or is there alien life on other planets? This question is one of the oldest mysteries of humankind.

Business and Finance: BankingRC, Turkey's economy and US corporate tax cuts

Aug 14, 2018 00:09:02


CBA's wealth management arm, Colonial First State, has admitted to 15,000 criminal offences for failing to move customers to low-fee accounts.

Is America becoming a dystopian society?

Aug 14, 2018 00:08:51


The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty says the US is headed toward dystopia and Australia is hot on its heels.

What is the NEG?

Aug 14, 2018 00:13:55


Debate over the National Energy Guarantee has dominated headlines, here's what it actually involves.

Car crashes into security barriers outside UK Parliament

Aug 14, 2018 00:03:40


A number of pedestrians have been injured, and one man has been arrested.

The National Energy Guarantee passes the Coalition party room

Aug 14, 2018 00:14:58


As many as eight government MPs opposed the NEG in that meeting, and have reserved their right to cross the floor when it comes before Parliament.

Fred Hollows Foundation treating Rohingya refugees

Aug 13, 2018 00:08:02


Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are facing many health issues including blindness.

Country Drive: Drought and Monsanto

Aug 13, 2018 00:07:09


Drought has taken an enormous physical and emotional toll across NSW and ACT.

Teachers Union call for new term times

Aug 13, 2018 00:03:33


Teachers and students in Queensland are feeling the heat in classrooms without air con.

Turkey's financial crisis sends shockwaves through global markets

Aug 13, 2018 00:07:34


It hasn't been a great day on the Australian market with stocks falling along with the dollar.

A women's camping collective

Aug 13, 2018 00:05:59


Rolling Solo is an Australian online community for women who love camping and the open road.

The Senate mulls a tougher code of conduct

Aug 13, 2018 00:12:51


An ugly incident between two Senators has prompted a re-think of rules and standards for behaviour in the Upper House.

The Coalition prepares to debate the NEG

Aug 13, 2018 00:10:19


The Government is hoping to pass its National Energy Guarantee, but the PM must first get sign off from his own party.

My Feed: Lombok earthquakes and fridge magnet poetry

Aug 10, 2018 00:08:58


Ruby Cornish takes RN Drive through her favourite social media moments from the week.

The Wrap: Emma Husar, NSW drought, public sector outsourcing and AFL punch

Aug 10, 2018 00:22:12


'The Wrap' is RN Drive's summary of the biggest stories of the week, plus some you may have missed.

Woman arrested for playing too much opera

Aug 10, 2018 00:08:37


A woman in Slovakia has been arrested for playing La Traviata all day, every day, for sixteen years to taunt her neighbours.

Modified mossies eradicating dengue virus

Aug 10, 2018 00:07:17


Cases of dengue fever in Townsville have plummeted after the release of modified mosquitos.

COAG meets and Emma Husar findings revealed

Aug 10, 2018 00:11:04


It may be the last week of federal parliament's winter recess, but that doesn't mean it hasn't been an eventful one.

The major challenges facing Colombia's new president Duque

Aug 9, 2018 00:06:33


Being president is never easy, but Colombia's newest electee, Ivan Duque, has a particularly tough job on his hands that includes navigating ongoing issues with the nation's rebel groups and the tens-of-thousands of people crossing the border from Venezuela every month.

The conservative case against Donald Trump

Aug 9, 2018 00:11:48


A long-time conservative Republican strategist has weighed-in with a new book called "Everything Trump Touches Dies".

Research Filter: female doctors, pygmy origins and delivering bad news

Aug 9, 2018 00:07:12


Why are women more likely to survive heart attacks if treated by female doctors? Why does being stressed help us deal with bad news? And, what does island life have to do with being short? RN Drive's Research Filter explains.

Fresh earthquake hits island of Lombok

Aug 9, 2018 00:08:14


The Indonesian island of Lombok has been shaken by the third big earthquake in just over a week, as the search for survivors from Sunday's tremor continue.

Federal Politics: Great Barrier Reef, COAG and Emma Husar

Aug 9, 2018 00:07:48


RN Drive unpacks the biggest stories from the week in politics.

You're entitled to a free portrait of the Queen

Aug 9, 2018 00:05:38


It's as easy as contacting your local member of parliament.

Victorian government bans Sky News in Melbourne public transport stations

Aug 9, 2018 00:07:52


Victoria's Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan banned the news channel from Melbourne train stations over a controversial interview she subsequently conceded may never have been aired to commuters.

Prime Minister calls on Bill Shorten to reveal what he knew about Husar allegations

Aug 9, 2018 00:13:47


The investigation into claims against the embattled federal Labor MP Emma Husar has proven to be a major headache for her party colleagues.

Tech Head: Snapchat loses users, Facebook browser and privatising Tesla

Aug 8, 2018 00:07:45


Tech Head: Snapchat loses users, Facebook browser and privatising Tesla

Pilots object to Qantas hiring from overseas

Aug 8, 2018 00:07:34


Qantas has struck a deal with the government to bring in dozens of pilots who don't currently call Australia home, and that's really irked commercial pilots here.

Students await NAPLAN results amid data concerns

Aug 8, 2018 00:06:37


The results of this years NAPLAN tests have reportedly been delayed, as comparisons between online and written results are called into question.

Australia's own Ruby Rose cast as Batwoman

Aug 8, 2018 00:06:44


In what some have called 'history-making', an LGBT actor has been cast as one of the most famous LGBT superheroes.

Josh Frydenberg hits out at states resisting the National Energy Guarantee

Aug 8, 2018 00:11:59


The saga comes on top of criticisms of the Minister's grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

Victoria refuses to sign onto National Energy Guarantee at COAG

Aug 8, 2018 00:09:16


The state has put a spanner in the works ahead of a key meeting for the government.

Should Australia follow Canada's lead in their dispute with Saudi Arabia?

Aug 7, 2018 00:04:15


Paul Maddison, the High Commissioner of Canada to Australia spoke to RN Drive about the diplomatic tensions.

Diplomatic dispute between Saudi Arabia and Canada over detained activists

Aug 7, 2018 00:07:18


Manal al-Sharif is a prominent activist, she's called on the international community to follow Canada's lead.

Business & Economics: ASIC powers, Facebook pursues financial data, RBA rates

Aug 7, 2018 00:08:30


Business & Economics: ASIC powers, Facebook pursues financial data, RBA rates

William Tilmouth on the rights of Indigenous children

Aug 7, 2018 00:07:57


William Tilmouth's speech at Garma Festival 2018 received a standing ovation from the audience.

Planet Hot House

Aug 7, 2018 00:08:12


The planet is steering dangerously close to becoming a 'hot house' if humans continue to emit carbon at the current rate.

Plastic, paper or cotton - which bag is best?

Aug 7, 2018 00:04:53


Many shoppers assume that paper bags are best for the environment, but that's not necessarily the case.

Anonymous campaign group target SKY News

Aug 7, 2018 00:08:01


Sleeping Giants are targeting advertisers in a bid to get them to pull their content from SKY News after far right extremist interview.

Prime Minister reconfirms government opposition to an Indigenous Voice to Parliament.

Aug 7, 2018 00:13:07


An interim report from the joint parliamentary committee looking into the issue appears to have found widespread support for the idea.

Are we losing faith in Australian democracy?

Aug 6, 2018 00:11:34


It has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

The big drought

Aug 6, 2018 00:06:13


Rain in central New South Wales is unlikely to bring much relief to drought stricken farmers.

Lombok aftershocks likely

Aug 6, 2018 00:07:02


Residents of Lombok and surrounding islands can expect aftershocks to continue for some time.

Steven Seagal - Russian Diplomat

Aug 6, 2018 00:10:08


Can global geopolitics get any weirder?

Does AFL need a send-off rule?

Aug 6, 2018 00:06:09


Over the weekend, West Coast Eagles player Andrew Gaff punched opposing Fremantle player Andrew Brayshaw in the face, breaking his jaw.

Craig Emerson quits Sky News over Blair Cottrell interview

Aug 6, 2018 00:09:35


Far right nationalist and neo-Nazi Blair Cottrell was introduced on Sky News on Sunday night as an activist.

Australia's energy debate

Aug 6, 2018 00:10:23


The Greens are calling for all state and territory governments to reject the National Energy Agreement.

Kyam Maher and Ken Vowles at Garma 2018

Aug 3, 2018 00:15:24


South Australia's shadow Aboriginal Affairs minister Kyam Maher and Northern Territory Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ken Vowles join RN Drive to talk about how individual States and Territories are pursuing their own treaties with Aboriginal nations.

Senator Malarndirri McCarthy on treaty and truth telling

Aug 3, 2018 00:08:27


Is a national approach missing from the conversation around a treaty?

Free haircuts at Garma Festival 2018

Aug 3, 2018 00:03:13


The team from Short Back and Sidewalks went to Garma Festival to provide haircuts free of judgement.

Abortion in Indonesia: 15-year-old gets prison sentence for having an illegal abortion

Aug 2, 2018 00:05:27


The case of an Indonesian girl sentenced to six months in prison for an illegal abortion has sparked outrage among activists in the country.

Are our phones spying on us?

Aug 2, 2018 00:06:55


If you've found yourself on the receiving end of uncannily accurate targeted advertising, then perhaps you've wondered whether your phone might be spying on you.

Research Filter: drinking and dementia, brain surgery and whale song

Aug 2, 2018 00:06:12


Could abstaining from alcohol increase your risk of dementia? What can we learn from a boy who had one-sixth of his brain removed? And, why do whales sing? RN Drive asks the Research Filter.

Welcome to 'They Day'

Aug 2, 2018 00:06:29


Encouraging work colleagues to use non-gender binary pronouns

Federal Politics: Husar investigation, tax cuts and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

Aug 2, 2018 00:08:55


RN Drive unpacks the biggest stories from the week in politics.

Going live from Garma

Aug 2, 2018 00:06:10


RN Drive host Patricia Karvelas prepares to broadcast live from the annual Garma Festival in north-east Arnhem Land.

Great Barrier Grief: questions over foundation funding

Aug 2, 2018 00:14:07


The government is being investigated by Senate committee over a decision to provide the Great Barrier Reef Foundation with a $444 million conservation grant.

Indigenous Health COAG: Shadow minister Linda Burnie welcomes national plan

Aug 2, 2018 00:09:13


The Turnbull faces a big fight over its National Energy Guarantee (NEG) at COAG next week, but it has been much smoother sailing for the Coalition at the COAG on Indigenous Health.

Relationships between university academics and students "never appropriate"

Aug 1, 2018 00:08:37


One year on from a report which found one in 10 women had experienced sexual assault while at university, Universities Australia has released a new set of principles.

Tech Head: National Broadband Network, streaming platforms and Facebook gears up for the US election

Aug 1, 2018 00:06:16


Tech Head: National Broadband Network, streaming platforms and Facebook gears up for the US election

Are hydropowered dams in the Mekong more trouble than they're worth?

Aug 1, 2018 00:03:58


It's been over a week since a massive dam collapse in Laos and locals are still dealing with the aftermath.

Government announces security changes to My Health Record

Aug 1, 2018 00:08:26


Health Minister Greg Hunt has confirmed police and government agencies will not be able to access health records without a court order.

Coles backs down on plastic bag ban

Aug 1, 2018 00:08:52


Coles will continue handing out plastic bags for free, saying customers "need more time to make the transition to reusable bags".

"Re-imagine" Australia's tertiary education system

Aug 1, 2018 00:08:09


A new report by KPMG has suggested Australia needs to "re imagine" its tertiary education system.

Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie launches nation-wide campaign

Aug 1, 2018 00:13:15


The Federal Government has just launched its 'Sport 2030' plan in a bid to get Australian's more involved in physical activity.

Iran responds to Donald Trump's meeting offer

Jul 31, 2018 00:10:20


US President Donald Trump has offered to have a "no preconditions" meeting with Iran.

The sexual abuse of women and children is 'endemic' in aid industry says UK Government report

Jul 31, 2018 00:06:53


A UK House of Commons report say generations of NGO and UN leaders failed to prevent sexual exploitation even though they knew it was happening.

Business and Finance: Facebook, same day deliveries and What's up in your world?

Jul 31, 2018 00:08:29


A shareholder is suing Facebook after its stock plunged dramatically.

Calls for WA state government to financially assist family of Denishar Woods

Jul 31, 2018 00:06:20


11 year old Denishar Woods was trying to turn off the garden tap when she got a severe electric shock earlier this year at her family's public housing home in WA.

Should we burn rubbish for fuel?

Jul 31, 2018 00:06:36


A new plant opening in Sydney converts waste into energy which could take the equivalent emissions of 20,000 cars out of the atmosphere.

The Obesity Collective

Jul 31, 2018 00:08:42


Australia has a new movement determined to end our obesity epidemic.

Twiggy Forrest donates $100 million to ocean conservation

Jul 31, 2018 00:08:55


The announcement comes ahead of the Federal Government's upcoming legislation which is set to roll back protections of Australia's national marine parks.

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen on tax, debt and asylum seekers

Jul 31, 2018 00:12:30


The Federal Government is insisting it won't abandon company tax cuts, despite the Coalition's underwhelming performance in the Super Saturday by-elections.

Why AI may not take your job after all

Jul 30, 2018 00:05:11


Experts say we need to talk about complementary automation, not just substitutive automation.

Pakistan Election and the winner is .....China?

Jul 30, 2018 00:06:56


With promises to fix Pakistan's economic woes, new PM Imran Khan will likely pivot to China.

The face of Australia's big drought

Jul 30, 2018 00:08:40


NSW Cattle farmer Bev Hicks is fast becoming the face of Australia's big drought.

Cricket Australia sacks employee over abortion tweets

Jul 30, 2018 00:06:15


Angela Williamson was sacked by Cricket Australia after a series of Tweets criticising the state government over the lack of abortion services in the area.

Australia's white and matey corporate world

Jul 30, 2018 00:06:50


A new report says Australia's top 100 ASX companies are overwhelmingly governed by white men.

Australia's new sporting hero

Jul 30, 2018 00:04:58


Wendy Tuck has made sporting history by becoming the first female skipper to win a round-the-world yacht race.

MH370 report finds nothing

Jul 30, 2018 00:04:56


After four years of looking Malaysian authorities say they don't know what happened to Flight MH370.

Labor criticises "Australian values test" for new migrants

Jul 30, 2018 00:09:59


As South Sudanese crime becomes a flashpoint in the Victorian State election, the Federal Opposition has warned against alienating new migrants.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann defends corporate tax cuts

Jul 30, 2018 00:08:56


The Super Saturday by-elections at the weekend delivered both a return to the status quo, and a blow to the government.

My Feed: Facebook and Lee Lin Chin

Jul 27, 2018 00:09:38


Ketan Joshi takes RN Drive through his favourite social media moments from the week.

The Wrap: My Health Record, Fairfax, Sean Black and Trump blimp baby

Jul 27, 2018 00:21:37


'The Wrap' is RN Drive's summary of the biggest stories of the week, plus some you may have missed.

The Happiness Curve

Jul 27, 2018 00:09:42


Why your forties will probably suck, but life gets better in your fifties.

Super Saturday: Braddon on a knife-edge

Jul 27, 2018 00:08:58


The Tasmanian seat of Braddon is shaping up as a major contest between the two major parties

Reports the US is considering an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities

Jul 27, 2018 00:11:06


Australian officials have told the ABC they believe the United States is prepared to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities, possibly as early as next month.

Concern for children affected by Laos dam collapse

Jul 26, 2018 00:05:09


According to UNICEF figures, over 1300 families are in need of emergency shelter.

Imran Khan leads early count amid rigging claims in Pakistan election

Jul 26, 2018 00:05:55


Pakistan headed to the polls on Wednesday, and counting is underway.

Research Filter: Searching for life on mars, cat parasites and the blood moon

Jul 26, 2018 00:09:22


RN Drive's Research Filter sifts through some of the most interesting science news of the week, and sorts fact from fiction.

Search for the missing underway in aftermath of fires in Greece

Jul 26, 2018 00:06:27


Greece is reeling in the wake of some of the deadliest fires the country has seen in decades.

Super Saturday: Perth voters gear up for polling day

Jul 26, 2018 00:06:41


RN Drive crosses to local paper reporters at the heart of by-election coverage to find out how Braddon, Fremantle, Longman, Perth and Mayo are preparing for Super Saturday.

Court rules unhappy marriage not grounds for divorce in UK

Jul 26, 2018 00:04:39


It's almost hard to believe that in 2018, no fault divorce does not exist in the United Kingdom.

Fairfax Media and Nine to merge

Jul 26, 2018 00:09:30


Fairfax Media will cease and the company will simply be called Nine.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield on the Fairfax merger

Jul 26, 2018 00:11:17


One of the biggest shake-ups in Australian media history has been announced, Channel Nine will buy Fairfax Media in a deal estimated to be worth some $4 billion.

Dozens killed in election-day explosion in Pakistan

Jul 25, 2018 00:08:16


At least 22 people have been killed in an election-day explosion in Pakistan's western city of Quetta.

Tech Head: Facebook in China, insecure sites, NBN write-down

Jul 25, 2018 00:08:01


After years of being banned Facebook will soon be operating in China, the social network will open a subsidiary in the city of Hangzhou.

'Find your passion' is terrible advice

Jul 25, 2018 00:07:01


Researchers have found that telling someone to 'find their passion' sets up a detrimental fixed belief there's a hidden talent waiting to be discovered.

Bracing for Super Saturday bin Fremantle

Jul 25, 2018 00:04:51


RN Drive speaks to local paper journalists on the ground in key seats each day leading up to the event.

Controversial guests dropped from Brisbane Writers Festival

Jul 25, 2018 00:08:37


The Brisbane Writers Festival has withdrawn invitations for Bob Carr and Germaine Greer.

New research claims NEG will be ineffective

Jul 25, 2018 00:08:25


"There's nothing to be gained from the policy, and quite a lot to be lost."

Labor calls for the suspension of My Health Record rollout

Jul 25, 2018 00:14:20


Concerns are mounting about the protection of users' data in the controversial medical database.

Trump tweets destabilise alliances says former CIA officer

Jul 24, 2018 00:11:08


A former CIA officer says inflammatory tweets from the US President have the potential to seriously destabilise intelligence efforts and alliances.

Business & Finance: Wesfarmers demerger, NAB, super funds

Jul 24, 2018 00:07:51


Business & Finance: Wesfarmers demerger, NAB, super funds

What can Australia learn about Indigenous rights from New Zealand?

Jul 24, 2018 00:08:21


Prominent lawyer Moana Jackson weighs in on the treaty process in Australia.

Super Saturday: Longman voters weigh up their options

Jul 24, 2018 00:08:07


RN Drive crosses to local paper reporters at the heart of by-election coverage to find out how Braddon, Fremantle, Longman, Perth and Mayo are preparing for Super Saturday.

Labor MP Emma Husar taking personal leave after threats

Jul 24, 2018 00:06:43


A NSW Labor Party investigation is currently underway over allegations of bullying and harassment made by former staff.

Australians among the least stressed employees

Jul 24, 2018 00:04:50


A news survey has found Australians among the leased stressed workers globally

Nab axes penalty interest rates for farmers, should the same be done for small business?

Jul 24, 2018 00:10:02


National Australia Bank has announced that drought-affected farmers will no longer be subject to controversial penalty interest rates for missed loan repayments.

At least 49 dead in Athens forest fires

Jul 24, 2018 00:04:32


Forest wildfires are still raging on either side of the city of Athens.

'Trump is a complete novice' says former Russian spy

Jul 23, 2018 00:13:26


The former Russian spy who inspired the TV show The Americans has weighed in on US/Russia developments.

Country Drive: meat packaging, Vic rates and 'love my farmer'

Jul 23, 2018 00:07:46


There's been a national discussion around phasing out excessive plastic packaging, but what about the meat industry?

US and Iran tensions escalate

Jul 23, 2018 00:06:07


The rhetoric between the US and Iran is becoming more bombastic.

Super Saturday: Mayo prepares for upcoming by-election

Jul 23, 2018 00:09:46


RN Drive crosses to local paper reporters at the heart of by-election coverage to find out how Braddon, Fremantle, Longman, Perth and Mayo are preparing for Super Saturday.

The PM offers a regional deal for Tennant Creek

Jul 23, 2018 00:08:42


He's the first PM to visit the town since 1982, and the trip reflects alarm at the deepening social problems which have manifested in the horrific sexual assault of a child.

One woman killed and multiple injured in Toronto shooting

Jul 23, 2018 00:06:20


The shooter is also dead at the scene.

Is Australian multiculturalism under threat?

Jul 23, 2018 00:12:14


The Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism Alan Tudge has warned that Australia is veering towards a separatist European model of multiculturalism.

My Feed: ABC Sport blazers, the black sarcophagus and paying for Instagram "influence"

Jul 20, 2018 00:12:16


Tonightly reporter Nina Oyama takes RN Drive through her favourite social media picks from the week.

The Wrap: My Health in a big country

Jul 20, 2018 00:21:01


'The Wrap' is RN Drive's summary of the biggest stories of the week, plus some you may have missed.

Yes, we're even racist to robots.

Jul 20, 2018 00:07:08


Ever wondered why it's rare to see a brown robot? Turns out it's because humans are racist.

The Burberry burn off

Jul 20, 2018 00:08:30


High-end fashion retailer Burberry has fuelled fiery social-media debate over its decision to burn left-over stock.

Kevin Rudd on a week of global weirdness

Jul 20, 2018 00:13:06


If you thought the week in international relations couldn't get any weirder, well, you thought wrong.

Israel passes controversial "Jewish nation state" bill

Jul 19, 2018 00:12:14


The bill, which passed 62 votes to 55, defines the country as an exclusively Jewish state.

Your earliest memories are fake!

Jul 19, 2018 00:06:53


Some scientists reckon that your first memories never happened, so why do you have them?

Refugee Camp in my Neighbourhood

Jul 19, 2018 00:09:09


A council in Western Sydney is putting together an interactive exhibition that shares the stories of its refugee community.

Is data actually the new oil?

Jul 19, 2018 00:06:57


Most of us have a Facebook account, have bought something of Amazon, binged a show on Netflix, or googled something.

The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement

Jul 19, 2018 00:06:28


It may seem like a joke movement but more people are embracing the 'Live Long and Die Out' ethos.

Suspects reportedly identified in Novichok poisoning

Jul 19, 2018 00:09:11


The U-K Press Association is reporting that British investigators believe they've identified the suspected perpetrators of a nerve agent attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March.

Federal Politics: Craig Kelly, Catholics and by-elections

Jul 19, 2018 00:10:57


RN Drive unpacks the biggest stories from the week in politics.

Federal Politics: Catholics, Craig Kelly and by-elections

Jul 19, 2018 00:10:57


RN Drive unpacks the biggest stories from the week in politics.

Liz Cambage makes WNBA history

Jul 18, 2018 00:04:02


Cambage broke the record for the highest score by an individual player, in a single game in the WNBA.

Changing perceptions of Thailand after cave rescue

Jul 18, 2018 00:09:00


What comes to mind when you think about Thailand?

Tech Head: My Health Records, data, and Amazon Prime

Jul 18, 2018 00:08:02


RN Drive takes you through the latest in tech news.

Former President Obama's speech marks 100 years since Mandela's birth

Jul 18, 2018 00:06:59


Elinor Sisulu attended the speech in Johannesburg yesterday, she's the daughter in law of Walter Sisulu, one of Mandela's lifelong friends.

Young Australians have "overwhelmingly" positive online experiences

Jul 18, 2018 00:05:43


A national survey of Australian adults and teens has examined how social media is affecting their wellbeing.

Would a four-day working week boost productivity?

Jul 18, 2018 00:04:41


A New Zealand company has complete a trial that they say was successful.

ACTU elects new president

Jul 18, 2018 00:12:25


Michele O'Neil is vice-president of the CFMMEU, and formerly ran the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union

Government defends cashless welfare card

Jul 18, 2018 00:12:51


The Australian Council of Social Services is calling on the federal government scrap the cashless welfare card after a review raised doubts about its effectiveness.

Fate of Snowden asylum seekers to be decided by trio of Australian lawyers

Jul 17, 2018 00:12:30


The group is facing the prospect of deportation to their home countries, where they say their lives will be in danger.

Business and Finance: Sydney rental vacancies, CEO pay rises and LUSH admits to underpaying staff

Jul 17, 2018 00:03:48


RN Drive looks at the biggest news from the finance sector.

Ecommerce program will open up new avenues for export in the Pacific Islands

Jul 17, 2018 00:06:30


Pacific Trade Invest Australia within the Department of Foreign Affairs will be training business owners to prepare them for the new platforms.

AEMO report recommends keeping up coal in face of growing reliance on renewables

Jul 17, 2018 00:10:45


Labor: "Coal is necessary but renewables are the ultimate future."

Tim Cahill announces his retirement

Jul 17, 2018 00:10:40


The 38-year-old ended his international career as Australia's record goal-scorer with 50 goals from 107 appearances.

Is misogyny an act of terrorism?

Jul 17, 2018 00:09:49


On average in Australia, one woman is murdered by her current or former partner a week.

Defence Minister Marise Payne on Helsinki, Afghanistan and MH17

Jul 17, 2018 00:10:18


US President Donald Trump's decision to side with President Vladimir Putin over Russia's meddling in the 2016 election has shocked even his closest allies.

Wearable technology in the workplace

Jun 20, 2018 00:07:14


As wearable technologies become ingestible and embeddable will employers be able to force you to use them.

Has the US lost its heart?

Jun 20, 2018 00:05:07


The UN Children's Fund wants the US to reconsider its decision to leave the Human Rights Council

Tech Head: From shortwave radio to podcasting to streaming

Jun 20, 2018 00:09:03


Peter Marks takes RN Drive through the latest technology news.

Italy's Romani people face the threat of expulsion

Jun 20, 2018 00:04:42


Far-right politicians in Italy want to count and expel Romani people.

Child protection in the NT

Jun 20, 2018 00:08:52


The NT government is under pressure to improve child protection after a two-year-old girl was allegedly raped in Tennant Creek in February.

Don't walk and text

Jun 20, 2018 00:09:14


The RACQ wants pedestrians fined if they walk and text.

Telstra to cut costs by slashing 8,000 jobs

Jun 20, 2018 00:05:53


Is shrinking to grow a wise move for the company?

Assistant Finance Minister David Coleman on tax cuts and Telstra

Jun 20, 2018 00:08:37


The federal government is looking to One Nation to secure support for its income tax cut bill.

England's suffragette sites heritage listed

Jun 19, 2018 00:07:13


With the help of a digital map tourists can now visit heritage listed sites of England's suffragette movement.

Donald Trump launches a US Space Force

Jun 19, 2018 00:07:24


Will the announcement intensify the race between the US, China and Russia to militarise space?

Business and Finance: Trade wars and a penalty for Apple

Jun 19, 2018 00:08:02


Shane Wright takes RN Drive through the latest news in business and finance.

Are we working ourselves to death?

Jun 19, 2018 00:04:59


A lecturer in the UK died by suicide after being asked to mark 420 papers in 20 days.

Farm household allowance extended one year

Jun 19, 2018 00:08:09


Farmers struggling financially because of the drought will be able to access a welfare payment for one more year.

What are your three favourite Aussie films of all time?

Jun 19, 2018 00:05:54


The Adelaide Film Festival wants to know your favourite three Australian films ever.

The new ALP President defends tax stance

Jun 19, 2018 00:08:55


The Labor Party's new president talks tax as battle lines are drawn for the next Federal election.

Government hits out at Labor's refusal to pass income tax cuts in full

Jun 19, 2018 00:12:55


Both sides agree on the cuts for people on medium and low incomes, but the Opposition argues the cuts at the higher end are unfair.

Sonic warfare

Jun 18, 2018 00:06:17


Are sonic attacks real?

Row over Aquarius rescue boat sparks concerns about Europe’s refugee crisis

Jun 18, 2018 00:06:03


The diplomatic stoush over more than 600 migrants aboard the Aquarius rescue ship has raised concerns over Europe’s handling of its refugee crisis.

Country Drive: Nationals for the ABC, trade negotiations and drought continues

Jun 18, 2018 00:05:35


RN Drive's weekly check in with news from rural and regional Australia.

Is PNG's democracy unravelling?

Jun 18, 2018 00:04:48


Recent unrest in the PNG Southern Highlands reflects a growing resentment across the country

SBS to air all World Cup games for next 48 hours after problems with Optus streaming

Jun 18, 2018 00:03:57


The decision follows a wave of complaints about the subscription streaming service.

Industry's take on the national energy guarantee

Jun 18, 2018 00:06:04


The draft design of the national energy guarantee is out, so what does business think?

Faux meat alternatives in the meat section sparks outrage

Jun 18, 2018 00:06:04


Would you buy a plant-based meat alternative if you happened upon it in the meat section of your supermarket?

Thousands across Australia attend park vigils for Eurydice Dixon

Jun 18, 2018