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Hear the story behind the headlines. In under ten minutes each episode, we’ll help you make sense of the news stories that matter to you from Australia and the world, with reports and interviews from the SBS News team.


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Hear the story behind the headlines. In under ten minutes each episode, we’ll help you make sense of the news stories that matter to you from Australia and the world, with reports and interviews from the SBS News team.




Australia set to enforce strict laws against hate crimes

New laws are set to be passed in federal parliament to ban any person from performing the Nazi salute in public, as well as the public display of a flag that represents a proscribed terror group. The move is aimed at quashing antisemitism in Australia, as an uptick in discrimination and threatening behaviour has triggered Jewish and Muslim community fears in the wake of October 7.


Parthenon Marbles Showdown: UK Prime Minister snubs Greek counterpart

The long-running dispute between Greece and Britain over the Parthenon Marbles has seen a bitter escalation after British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak cancelled a meeting with his counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis. A series of 2,500-year-old friezes and statues housed in the British Museum were taken from Athens in the early 19th Century. Athens has long-demanded the sculptures' return - but to no avail.


On the Money: Inflation continues to ease so does that spell the end for rate rises?

The CPI Indicator eased to 4.9% annually in October, reducing the chance of a December interest rate rise. SBS Finance Editor Ricardo Gonçalves speaks with Katrina Ell from Moody's Analytics to see if it tells the real story about consumer prices; plus the market reaction with Niv Dagan from PEAK Asset Management.


What did COVID cost Australia's health service?

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has just released a comprehensive report revealing how much money Australia spent on the health system response to COVID-19 from 2019-20 to 2021-22. This comes as Australia faces a COVID Christmas driven by the Omicron subvariant BA.2.75, also known as Centaurus.


Thalidomide was 'one of the darkest chapters in Australia's medical history': Albanese

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has delivered a formal apology to thalidomide victims in parliament. The drug thalidomide was only on the market for a few years, but killed and caused birth defects in thousands of babies around the world in the 1950s and 60s. Mr Albanese has called the tragedy one of the darkest chapters in Australia's medical history.


Hostages and prisoners released but Israel recommits to an offensive

An extended six-day truce between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has entered its final day after another exchange of Israeli hostages and Palestinians detained in Israeli prisons. With a final round of exchanges expected, Israel says its forces are ready to recommit to an offensive, although mediators Qatar [[Cutter]] say they hope to extend the truce through more releases. The U-N's annual debate on the question of a Palestinian state has coincided with the pause in fighting, as U-S officials walk a tightrope ahead of another visit by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to the region.


Rescued tunnelling workers celebrate as investigations begin

Dozens of low-wage workers from India have been rescued from inside a collapsed tunnel in the Himalayas which caved in on the 12th of November. The families of the 41 men are celebrating, while authorities investigate the incident.


The legacy of Charles Darwin - saving the golden lion tamarin

Dozens of young people have planted a green corridor that will be a future safe passageway for Rio de Janeiro’s most emblematic and endangered species, the golden lion tamarin. It's all part of a project called Darwin200, that's retracing the sailboat expedition taken by Charles Darwin nearly 200 years ago that led to his theory of evolution.


Minister pledges to safeguard the nation from network nightmares

More has been revealed about the federal government's formal review into Optus' recent outage. It aims to answer questions, but it also raises many.


Why is the health of young Australians on the decline?

A new national framework tracking the health and wellbeing of young people across Australia has been launched in hopes of encouraging significant improvements before 2030. The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth have joined forces, warning that the health and wellbeing of Australia's youth is on the decline.


SBS On the Money: Are shoppers holding back for sales?

Retail sales in the month of October fell 0.2% so did shoppers just hold back to spend up big at the recent Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales? SBS Finance Editor Ricardo Gonçalves speaks with Stephen Wu from the Commonwealth Bank to find out; plus the day on the markets with Angus Geddes from Fat Prophets including details on the recent strength in the Australian dollar.


Government accused of bungling after indefinite immigration detention ruled unlawful

The High Court has published its reasonings for ruling indefinite immigration detention unlawful amid continuing criticism over the government's handling of the release and monitoring of detainees. Labor Senator and Yarawu Elder Patrick Dodson announces his retirement. And Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy defends Labor's defence track-record in an address to the National Press Club.


48 hour truce extension announced in the Gaza strip

A truce between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has been extended for two days, with a further 11 hostages released to Israel in exchange for 33 Palestinians detained in Israeli prisons. The international community has welcomed the extension, although concerns remain about the state on the ground in Gaza as the threat of a return to fighting looms. As the pause continues after seven weeks of warfare, discussions have turned to the political future of the region and the global impact of the conflict.


The barriers to employment faced by skilled migrants

New research out of RMIT university shows highly-skilled migrants are often faced with barriers to employment that leave them doing low-skilled work while skill shortages continue throughout the economy. The study looked at the experiences of 50 Vietnamese skilled migrants who were often subject to discrimination throughout the recruitment process.


Coming soon: Living loss

Everyone, at some point or another, will lose someone or something they love. Loss, grief, and healing. Living Loss is a new series by SBS News, exploring grief across different cultural contexts.


INTERVIEW: Former Socceroo Craig Foster remembers football legend Terry Venables

Former Socceroo and football commentator Craig Foster played under the late Terry Venables for the Socceroos, and Venables also signed him for Portsmouth in the UK. He looks back on his memories of the football legend with SBS's Janice Petersen, and tells her how Venables had a profound effect on Australian football and its future.


SBS On the Money: Who is new RBA Deputy Governor Andrew Hauser?

The Federal Government has tapped the Bank of England's Andrew Hauser to become the RBA's Deputy Governor. SBS Finance Editor Ricardo Gonçalves speaks with Independent Economist Saul Eslake to find out more, including why the appointment came from outside the country; plus the latest on the markets with Alex Pikoulas, CFA from Harper Bernays.


Deal sees water returned to the Murray Darling basin

The Greens and Labor have struck a deal which would allocate hundreds of gigalitres of water to the environment in the Murray-Darling Basin through Commonwealth buy-backs. Meanwhile, the Labor government says it will boost investment to assist security agencies in monitoring the release of immigration detainees previously held in indefinite detention. And Immigration Minister Andrew Giles announces new laws which would further strengthen visa conditions for former detainees.


More hostages released by Hamas in exchange for Palestinians from Israeli prisons

Seventeen more hostages have been released by Hamas in exchange for 39 Palestinians detained in Israeli prisons, in the third round of exchanges on the penultimate day of a four-day truce. As the international community expresses hope the pause might lead to a lasting ceasefire, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns Israel will resume its military operations once the truce is over. With protests on the conflict continuing around the world and in Australia, the Greens are defending themselves against antisemitism accusations from former Ambassador to Israel and returning federal Liberal Dave Sharma.


Tributes paid to football legend Terry Venables

Former England soccer player and manager Terry Venables has died at the age of 80. Venables was a popular and charismatic figure who led England to the semi-finals of the European Championship in 1996, and managed Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur and the Socceroos. He was much loved by young players who went on to become football icons.