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||CleanAustralian honey producers concerned by NZ attempt to trademark valuable manuka honey||New Zealand manuka honey producers want to trademark the word, and stop Australian producers from using it. It's concerned local producers who say that because the plant is native to Australia, there's no ground for making it exclusive to NZ. But with the trademark application pending, there's little they can do until a ruling is made.||25 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMountains of rubbish floating around world's oceans||Research at North Stradbroke Island is shining light on the local impact of mountains of rubbish floating around the world's oceans. Dr Qamar Schuyler is a CSIRO marine scientist based at Stradbroke Island, in Queensland's Moreton Bay, studying how the increasing presence of plastics is being swept to even the world's most remote beaches by ocean currents. This is increasingly taking a toll on marine animals, such as turtles. Her research has found that that more than 50 per cent of turtles around the world have ingested debris. The findings also show it takes fewer than 20 pieces of plastic to be ingested, to kill a turtle.||25 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUN investigation finds Syria launched two chemical attacks; Islamic State used mustard gas||A United Nations investigation has established that both President Bashar al Assad's forces and Islamic state fighters have used chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war. It says the Syrian regime dropped chlorine gas weapons on two villages in Idlib province in April 2014 and March 2015. It also says Islamic State fighters used mustard gas in northern Aleppo province in August last year. Rebecca Hersman, a former US deputy assistant secretary of defence, worked on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons. She's now a senior adviser at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. She speaks with The World Today's Kim Landers.||25 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpiPen manufacturer under fire for 400 per cent price hike in US||In the United States, the pharmaceutical giant that manufactures the adrenaline auto-injector EpiPen has created a furore by hiking its price by 400 per cent. The devices can mean the difference between life and death for allergy sufferers at risk of anaphylactic shock. Parents of children with severe allergies have condemned the company for putting profits - and massive profits at that - ahead of the lives of sufferers.||25 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrance's highest administrative court to rule on whether to uphold ban on controversial 'burkini' swimsuit||France's highest administrative court will rule later today on whether to uphold or suspend a ban on the controversial 'burkini' swimsuit. More than a dozen French coastal towns have banned the garment, saying it violates French laws on secularism. But many in France and abroad have staged protests against the ban - especially since footage from Nice earlier this week showing armed police confronting a woman who'd worn the garment to the beach.||25 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFormer Air Force Cadet officer called to appear at child abuse inquiry||The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has resumed its hearing examining the Australian Defence Force Cadets, after a public investigation in June. A former Commanding Officer of the Air Force Cadets in Tasmania has been questioned about his response to the case of former Air Force cadet, Eleanor Tibble.||25 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'Sick of bloody politicians': NT outback voters have their say ahead of election||Northern Territory voters head to the polls tomorrow. Polls indicate the Country Liberal Government will be voted out of office after a tumultuous four-year incumbency, dogged by in-fighting, leadership struggles and scandals. Lindy Kerin visits two outback roadhouses in central Australia to gauge voters' opinions.||25 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGreens Senator Nick McKim takes over party's immigration portfolio||Greens Senator Nick McKim will take on the party's Immigration portfolio. Former Greens Immigration spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young says she's disappointed but that she'll work tirelessly in her new portfolios. Senator McKim says he plans to visit the Nauru and Manus Island offshore detention facilities.||25 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGovernment moves again to quell banking royal commission push||Having knocked back a royal commission into the banking sector, the Federal Government now says it is getting advice on a new banking customer tribunal. The Treasurer says a tribunal would level the playing field for customers, giving everyone better access to resolutions. A backbencher who's been pushing for a Royal Commission into the sector says it's a step in the right direction but Labor says it's still not good enough.||25 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRescuers search for victims after Italy quake||In central Italy, rescuers are still searching for victims of a powerful earthquake. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed in mountain communities 140 kilometres east of Rome. The Government has promised to rebuild shattered buildings and to bolster defences against earthquakes that regularly rock the country.||25 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAustralia Post back to profit as 'snail mail' losses deepen||Australia Post has returned to profit, despite another significant and damaging decline in its traditional letter deliveries business. Full-year profit after tax has rebounded to $36 million after the demise of 'snail mail' prompted last year's loss of $222 million. But ongoing digital disruption has seen addressed letter volumes fall by another 10 per cent, contributing to a $138 million loss in the postal business - the largest decline in Australia Post's 207-year history. Chief executive Ahmed Fahour speaks with the ABC's Peter Ryan.||25 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrustrated white working-class voters in US, UK feel alienated by mainstream political parties||US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has released an attack ad that links Republican Donald Trump to racists, white supremacists and neo-Nazis. It shows images of a grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, a Confederate flag and a man performing a Hitler salute. One US researcher says this attempt to link white, often working-class people with racism isn't a new political tactic. Justin Gest has studied white, working-class politics in the US and the UK. He's an assistant professor of public policy at George Mason University in Washington.||25 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
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