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Ash Wednesday Bushfires still real

Tomorrow marks the 30th anniversary of the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires.

For some the memories of the bushfires remain very real.

Despite an estimated number of 130,000 emergency workers fighting the flames the Ash Wednesday bushfires swept through Victoria and South Australia.

In Victoria 47 people died and in South Australia 28 people died. Over 2500 people lost their homes.

We spoke with the first academic on the scene to consult those affected, post traumatic stress expert Professor Sandy McFarlane.

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Produced by Katrina Berry

Government blind to Disability

A bill proposed by the Federal Governments will exclude you, if you’re blind and over the age of 65, from being eligible for disability funding. This means placing people in a position of vulnerability into the generic aged-care system.

We spoke to the Executive Director of the Royal Society for the Blind, Andrew Daly.

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Produced by Tim Molineux

Culture of exploitation

A report by the University of Adelaide has found that more and more young people are being lured into unpaid jobs in the hope of gaining paid employment that simply doesn’t exist.

So what do you do when you need work experience but can’t afford to work for free?

Professor Rosemary Owens spoke with Radio Adelaide about this increasing culture of exploitation.

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Produced by Tarnia George

Protecting Koongarra

It seems for some that land just simply can’t be bought out.

We spoke with Dave Sweeney from the Australian Conservation Foundation about Jeffrey Lee’s move to protect sacred land from uranium mining.

Traditional owner Mr Lee has been battling for decades to protect the land in the heart of Kakadu National Park which is worth just under $2 billion.

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Produced by Katrina Berry

What’s down at the bay?

Have been down to Brighton lately? You may have noticed some strange objects lying around…

Structures made from wood, wire, glass, metals, stone, clay, plastics and cement can be spotted indoors and outside.

But why?

That’s because the Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures Exhibition is currently on!

Judi Sweatman chair and secretary of the  Brighton Jetty Classics Sculpture Exhibition joined Angus Randall to tell us how it all came together.

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Produced by Ali Coad

River Torrens Footbridge

You can’t walk on water but you’ll certainly be able to walk over it if plans to build a footbridge over the River Torrens go ahead.

Adelaide Area Councillor David Plumridge, spoke with Angus Randall about various aspects of the bridge.

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Produced by Katrina Berry

Crime in a digital world

Error MessageDoes this look familiar to you? Hacked emails? Viruses? Worms?

Have you ever been victim to cyber crime? You’re not alone – 5.4 million frustrated Australians fell victim to cyber crime last year.

We are losing not only our tempers, but also our finances.

Cyber crime costs the Australian economy more than one and half billion dollars.

Phil Kernick of CQR consulting talked to Angus Randall about online criminals.

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Produced by Ali Coad

Do you support breastfeeding mothers?

breastfeedingBribie Island mother of three, Liana Webster, was asked to ‘cover up or leave’ while breastfeeding her child at an Aquatic Centre this month.

She was outraged, along with many others – in fact, 30 mums staged a ‘nurse-in’ protest at the pool where they sat and fed their children.

But not everyone was so supportive, including TV personality David Koch who said he thought it was fair enough she was asked to leave.

The stigma of breastfeeding in public is an ongoing battle for women who are under conflicting pressures constantly.

Karen Pickering, presenter and commentator and host of monthly feminist talk show, Cherchez la Femme, joined Angus Randall to discuss the issue.

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Global warming comes to a grind

Could grinding up rock and tipping it into the ocean be the answer to global warming?

A new study by German scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven claims that dissolving large quantities of rock in the sea could absorb carbon emissions and slow down global warming.

Chief investigator for Centre of Excellence for Climate Systems Science, Peter Strutton spoke today about this interesting topic.

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Produced by Katrina Berry

Genetic discrimination

When it comes down to a job interview does your genetic disposition to illness or mental health ever cross your mind?

We spoke with National Media Director of Civil Liberties Australia, Tim Vines about the proposed Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill and how genetic discrimination could become a problem.

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Produced by Katrina Berry