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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.




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.


Could underwater workouts be the answer for brain and spine injuries?

An experimental method aims at helping people recovering from brain and spine injury by doing underwater workouts. Although first trials show satisfaction for patients and practitioners, it is uncertain yet if the method is genuinely efficient and entirely safe.


Second hostage exchange to proceed following tense negotiations

A delay in the second hostage exchange between Hamas and Israel appears to have been overcome thanks to mediations from Egypt and Qatar. Officials say several Israeli hostages are set to be released, as aid makes its way into Gaza for a second day.


Will the world game experience a renaissance in Australia?

Football Australia has made the long-awaited announcement of the National Second Tier, with a start date aimed at April 2025. But what exactly is this new competition and how will it help the world game grow in Australia?


Fears for the 'powerhouse' of the Southern Ocean

Antarctica is often referred to as Earth's last great wilderness, but there's growing concern for one of the key species in the Southern Ocean's ecosystem. Antarctic krill are critical to maintaining the health of our planet, acting as a billion dollar carbon sink. But ocean warming and reports of over-concentrated krill fishing are threatening their populations.


Could rewilding save our environments?

As world leaders head to the United Nations Climate Change Conference next week, climate targets will be put under the microscope. But some scientists say greater attention should be placed on the role of animals in controlling the carbon cycle - suggesting the introduction of even a targeted group of species to some ecosystems could be enough to keep global temperatures below the 1.5 degree Celsius tipping point. It's a conservation process called 'Rewilding' - which involves re-patriating wildlife to damaged ecosystems - and allowing nature to 'bounce back.'


Nothing but the tooth - Australian dental care needs an overhaul

The Australian Dental Association is calling on the government to overhaul the dental care system and take immediate action to address unequal access. The ADA says a targeted approach to improve dental care for Australia's most vulnerable populations is urgently needed.


As Black Friday fever hits - what are the hidden costs?

Black Friday is an American tradition which has gone global, as shoppers all over the world head to the stores the day after Thanksgiving. Retailers here have caught on, and now Australians are tipped to spend more than 6-billion dollars in the days following Friday. At a time when customers are flocking to physical and online stores, some retailers are working to mitigate the environmental impacts of fast fashion.


Making music venues more accessible for Australians with disability

One of Australia's largest ticket providers has launched a new accessible online platform, after longstanding ticketing issues for Australians with disability, including for recent sales of Taylor Swift's Eras Tour. In June, when four million fans queued online to buy tickets, many seeking accessible seating were left uncertain with requests via a booking form or a phone support line not immediately answered.


Early childhood education is a great start in life - but how do we pay for it?

Children who attend early childhood education and care perform better at school and later in life. That's according to a draft report by the Productivity Commission, which recommends up to 30 hours of childcare should be available for all children aged up to five years old. But that's not without challenges. The sector is already facing chronic workforce shortages.