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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.




Experts: Government needs to step in to curb gambling addiction

The Federal Government is facing more calls to combat problem gambling. New figures on the number of Australians self-excluding from gambling, have prompted warnings of a public health crisis.


SBS On the Money: Woolies CEO quits & real wages turn positive

Woolworths CEO Brad Banducci is unexpectedly quitting as the company's food and supermarkets business posts a 5.4% increase in sales amid sector scrutiny. SBS Finance Editor Ricardo Gonçalves looks through the result with MPC Markets Analyst Mark Gardner, plus Westpac's Justin Smirk on the rise in wages and what it means for inflation and interest rates.


INTERVIEW: Friends 'despair' as Dr Yang Hengjun decides not to appeal

Australian writer Dr Yang Hengjun has decided not to appeal the suspended death sentance imposed by a Chinese court. He will face life imprisonment at the end of the two year suspended death sentence. He was found guilty of espionage charges which his family say were without basis. They are supporting his decision not to appeal, as going through another legal challenge would delay necessary medical care and be detrimental to his health. But his friend, fellow academic Chongyi Feng told SBS's Pablo Vinales he saddened by the decision, as he believes Dr Yang had solid grounds to appeal against his conviction.


Thousands flee Sudan in what UN calls 'the world's largest displacement crisis'

Thousands of families fleeing the war in Sudan, are creating a major displacement crisis in Chad and South Sudan. The World Food Programme says dire humanitarian situations are worsening in South Sudan where refugees face severe hunger, malnutrition and disease outbreaks.


Kumail speaks six languages, crucial at a hospital serving one of one of Australia’s most diverse communities

Hazara refugee Dr Kumail Jaffry draws on multiple language skills to connect with patients from diverse backgrounds. It’s vital in one of Australia’s most multicultural communities.


The US vetoes ceasefire in Israel-Hamas war for a third time

The United States has vetoed calls for an immediate ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war at the United Nations, with several US allies condemning the decision. It comes as the World Health Organisation has completed a second evacuation mission from Gaza's Nasser hospital.


Climate change threatening the 'conveyor belt of the ocean'

Scientists from across the globe are converging in New Orleans this week for the world's largest ocean sciences conference. It's the first time the event has taken place in-person in four years, due to the pandemic. A key focus this year- how climate change is impacting ocean circulation. It coincides with new study that has found the Atlantic circulation - which helps regulate the global climate system- is at risk of total collapse.


INTERVIEW: Former NSW EPA chief Barry Buffier

"A wicked problem": former New South Wales Environmental Protection Agency head and CEO Barry Buffier speaks to SBS about waste management and asbestos. He explains to Dijana Damjanovic how the current crisis, that has seen properties and schools close across NSW and the ACT, came about and says it's an unintended consequence of the state's waste management policy.


Doctors say prisoners are not being treated fairly by the health system

The Australian Medical Association is calling on the federal government to allow prisoners access to Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. In a submission to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, the AMA outlines what it calls 'inequitable healthcare for people in custody'. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander listeners are warned this story includes references to a person who has died.


SBS On the Money: BHP's nickel dilemma and will an ANZ/Suncorp banking deal hurt competition?

BHP says it is approaching the review into its nickel operations with a great deal of urgency as it posts its fourth largest evern interim dividend. SBS Finance Editor Ricardo Gonçalves speaks with CFO David Lamont, plus hear from Morningstar analyst Nathan Zaia about the implications for an ANZ/Suncorp banking merger which the Competition Tribunal approved today, and the day on the markets with Mathan Somasundaram from Deep Dive Analytics.


Making Australia's navy 'larger and lethal'

"Larger and Lethal." That's the stated objective of a $54 billion dollar overhaul of the Royal Australian Navy to prepare for potential conflict in the Indo-Pacific. The new blueprint sees new frigates built offshore and heavily armed unmanned vessels acquired, with several existing shipbuilding programs curtailed or axed.


Pledges of post-war support for Ukraine, two years since Russia's 'special military operation' began

Japan's Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, has pledged to undertake long-term investments in Ukraine's reconstruction efforts with more than 50 agreements signed at a Tokyo conference. This comes as the Russia Ukraine war enters its third year with Russia taking over the Ukrainian city of Avdiivka.


International Court of Justice focuses on Israel action in Gaza

Palestinian representatives have given evidence to the International Court of Justice on the legality of Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories. Israel is not among the 51 countries scheduled to speak at the hearings, which follow a 2022 request from the United Nations General Assembly for a non-binding opinion. But amid fresh calls for Israel to end military operations ahead of its planned expanded action in Rafah, its current offensives in Gaza have immediately become a focal point.


INTERVIEW: How did a tribal dispute lead to at least 64 deaths in PNG's remote Highlands?

At least 64 people have died in an ambush in Papua New Guinea's remote Highlands region. Police say the victims were shot dead during a tribal dispute in the Enga province over the weekend. It's an area which has long struggled with violence, but these killings are believed to be the worst in years. An influx of illegal firearms have made clashes more deadly and fuelled a cycle of violence. Police started collecting bodies at the scene near the town of Wabag - roughly 600km northwest of the capital Port Moresby. Journalist Tanya Nugent is working in PNG and is in the province. She spoke to SBS's Janice Petersen.


Russian police crack down on supporters paying tribute to Alexei Navalny

Supporters of the late Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny have vowed to continue to fight for change in the country following his sudden death last week in a Siberian prison. People have continued to lay flowers in the memory of the 47 year old despite mass arrests by Russian police.


SBS On the Money: CEO SERIES: Marnie Baker from Bendigo and Adelaide Bank & Dig Howitt from Cochlear

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank CEO Marnie Baker speaks with SBS Finance Editor Ricardo Gonçalves about the economic outlook and why 41 per cent of her borrowers are at least one year ahead on their mortgage repayments, plus Cochlear Dig Howitt on the rise in Cochlear implant awareness, and hear from Stockopedia's Elio D'Amato about the day's market action.


Dingo alert on K'gari Island: Tourists advised to stay vigilant

Six dingo attacks in as many weeks have prompted fresh safety warnings on Queensland's K'gari Island. Experts say visitors of the island need to take extra precautions around the animals, with an impending breeding season leading to heightened aggression.


Gaza's largest remaining hospital no longer functioning: UN officials

United Nations health officials say the largest remaining operating hospital in Gaza has been forced to shut down due to a lack of power and staff shortage. Meanwhile, Israeli forces are continuing with their operations in southern Gaza, where over a million displaced Palestinians have sought refuge.


Boat arrivals reportedly flown to Nauru

The prime minister has accused Opposition Leader Peter Dutton of politicising border security following the arrival of around 40 men by boat in remote Western Australia. Reports say some of the arrivals may have already been taken to Australia's offshore immigration detention centre on Nauru,


The superannuation gap for women isn't getting any smaller

Women live longer and retire earlier than men, but receive around a third less superannuation in their retirement. A new report by the Super Members Council has found the gap is failing to narrow - in particular for women in their thirties - calling on the government to pay superannuation on paid parental leave. But there are also issues around unpaid care work, performed predominantly by women, and which fails to receive superannuation.