• Yoghurt container prostheses offer hope Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Posted March 17, 2012 13:38:00 | Updated March 18, 2012 07:22:00

    They say dairy products are important for bone development and strength. Thailand's Prosthesis Foundation has taken the idea one step further, creating prosthetic limbs from melted down yoghurt containers.

    Topics: rehabilitation, health, thailand

  • Moresby's growing pains Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Posted March 17, 2012 13:38:00 | Updated March 18, 2012 07:30:00

    Port Moresby's planners have largely failed to account for population growth and an increase in traffic.That problem was highlighted when a part of the city's major road collapsed and had to be closed. The result has been a week of traffic hell for the motorists and it's likely to continue for some time.

    Topics: road-transport, papua-new-guinea

  • Wearing the green in blue-collar USA Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Posted March 17, 2012 13:37:00 | Updated March 18, 2012 07:30:00

    All over the US Irish-American are celebrating St Patrick's Day. In depressed, blue-collar town, Scranton, the annual parade is a chance for residents to leave their worries behind and get Irish eyes smilling, if only for the day.

    Topics: carnivals-and-festivals, arts-and-entertainment, events, human-interest, united-states

  • Die at your peril Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Posted March 17, 2012 13:36:00 | Updated March 18, 2012 07:30:00

    The village of Falciano in souther Italy has a new decree: die at your peril. A shortage of space in the village's cemetary has led to the mayoral office issuing the order, but it's unclear how it will be enforced, and already two of the village's residents have flouted the rule.

    Topics: offbeat, community-and-society, death, human-interest, italy

  • Calls for gun control in Israel Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Audio Shooting prompts calls for tougher gun laws

    Posted March 17, 2012 13:35:00 | Updated March 18, 2012 07:30:00

    Israel has a booming security industry, but a loophole in the law allows guards to take their weapon's home. That's led to an alarming incidence of domestic gun-related crime against women. Israel's only disarmament lobby group has launched a campaign to tigthen Israel's gun laws before more women are killed.

    Topics: domestic-violence, community-and-society, israel

  • Remembering Margaret Whitlam AO Audio Feature

    Audio Margaret and Gough in 1975

    Posted March 17, 2012 10:34:00 | Updated March 17, 2012 10:37:00

    National living treasure Margaret Whitlam AO has died this morning at the age of 92. Mrs Whitlam, an outspoken advocate for many social issues, has been in hospital since suffering a fall in February this year. She is survived by her husband, former prime minister, Gough Whitlam - whom she has described in the past at "delicious" - and her four children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

    Topics: people, human-interest, darlinghurst-2010, australia, nsw

  • Archbishop of Canterbury resigns Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Audio Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams

    Posted March 17, 2012 09:18:00 | Updated March 17, 2012 09:41:00

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has announced he's resigning at the end of the year, ending a 10 year term which has seen the Anglican Church split as never before. Issues like gay marriage and women Bishops has seen deep divisions that have threatened the very structure of the Church.

    Topics: anglicans, religion-and-beliefs, england, united-kingdom

  • Karzai lashes out over Afghan shooting Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Audio Obama reacts to Afghan shooting

    Posted March 17, 2012 09:17:00 | Updated March 17, 2012 09:38:00

    President Hamid Karzai has accused the US of failing to cooperate with an Afghan investigation into the killing of 16 civilians in a shooting rampage by a US serviceman. The Afghan leader has told reporters he's at 'the end of the rope' over the way America has handled the aftermath of the shooting rampage.

    Topics: unrest-conflict-and-war, world-politics, afghanistan, united-states

  • Patrick's threatens lock out on wharfs Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Audio Picketers at Fremantle port

    Posted March 17, 2012 09:16:00 | Updated March 17, 2012 12:14:00

    The company which owns Patrick Stevedores is calling on the Federal and state governments to intervene in an escalating dispute with wharfies. Wharfies are returning to work at Fremantle Port today after a two day strike, but a separate dispute between Patrick and maintenance workers continue to affect operations.

    Topics: unions, fremantle-6160, australia, wa

  • Minimum wage to get modest increase Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Audio ACTU president Ged Kearney

    Posted March 17, 2012 09:15:00 | Updated March 17, 2012 09:35:00

    Unions are pushing for a $26 a week increase in the minimum wage, while business is trying to keep any rise under $10 a week. Among the workers affected are fast food cooks, cleaners and carers of children and the aged. Labour market experts expect the panel which sets the minimum wage will opt for a modest pay rise this year.

    Topics: industrial-relations, unions, australia

  • Tropical Cyclone Lua is expected to cross Australia's north-western coast later today, packing wind Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Audio Wivenhoe dam

    Posted March 17, 2012 09:14:00 | Updated March 17, 2012 09:32:00

    The Queensland Floods Inquiry has recognised that there needs to be major changes to the way people buy property to prevent homebuyers setting up in flood-prone areas. It has recommended that all councils update their floods maps and house contracts include a statement of flood risk.

    Topics: floods, government-and-politics, qld, australia

  • Cylone Lua threatens WA's north coast Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Audio Severe tropical cyclone Lua

    Posted March 17, 2012 09:13:00 | Updated March 17, 2012 09:25:00

    Tropical Cyclone Lua is expected to cross Australia's north-western coast later today, packing winds of up to 200 kilometres an hour. The Category Three system could strengthen to a Category Four as it nears the coast between Broome and Port Hedland.

    Topics: cyclone, weather, port-hedland-6721, australia, wa

  • Tandulkar makes cricket history Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Audio Tendulkar makes it a ton of tons

    Posted March 17, 2012 09:11:00 | Updated March 17, 2012 09:31:00

    India's Sachin Tendulkar has reached one of cricket's enduring milestones...he's the first player in the sport's history to score 100 centuries. His millions of fans across India celebrated as the batsman known as the 'little master' scored 114 against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup.

    Topics: cricket, sport, bangladesh, india

  • Olympic dream turned nightmare Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Audio Thorpe trains in Adelaide

    Posted March 17, 2012 09:10:00 | Updated March 17, 2012 09:26:00

    Ian Thorpe's best chance of making the Olympic team is now gone after he faded away in the second half of the 200 metres freestyle semi-final in Adelaide last night. Ian Thorpe says he's utterly gutted.

    Topics: swimming, sport, adelaide-5000, australia

  • Market closes flat despite high volumes Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Audio Stock market board

    Posted March 16, 2012 19:08:00 | Updated March 16, 2012 19:13:00

    The Australian share market ended the day almost exactly where it started it, despite a large number of trades taking place.

    Topics: business-economics-and-finance, australia

  • Obama calls on Biden to help sell Democrat message Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Audio US President Barack Obama makes a point during his State of the Union address

    Posted March 16, 2012 19:07:00 | Updated March 16, 2012 19:09:00

    President Obama is hoping the multibillion dollar bailout for the car industry will persuade workers across the country to vote for the Democrats, and he's relying on his vice president to win back those workers. Joe Biden came from humble working class beginnings and has a proven record in connecting with the white working class.

    Topics: elections, government-and-politics, united-states

  • Questions over Afghan troop training program Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Posted March 16, 2012 19:07:00 | Updated March 16, 2012 19:10:00

    Defence analysts question whether the Afghan National Army and Police can be trained and equipped in time for the coalition exit of 2014.

    Topics: unrest-conflict-and-war, world-politics, afghanistan, united-states

  • Antarctic winter used to predict effect of trip to Mars Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Posted March 16, 2012 19:07:00 | Updated March 16, 2012 19:12:00

    The remoteness of Antarctica and the cold long dark winters make it the perfect place on earth for scientists to predict what effect long term space travel to place like Mars will have on astronauts. The study is looking at the sleeping habits and psychological health of expeditioners as they spend a winter living at the Australian bases in Antarctica.

    Topics: space-exploration, science-and-technology, astronomy-space, antarctica

  • Riverina Mayor at odds with SES evacuation order Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Audio Flooding across NSW

    Posted March 16, 2012 19:04:00 | Updated March 16, 2012 19:30:00

    The State Emergency Service has told the residents of the New South Wales Riverina town of Hay to evacuate before a flood is predicted to peak early next week. But the Mayor of the town has a different message.

    Topics: floods, disasters-and-accidents, hay-2711, australia, nsw

  • Lawyers for Australian women with PIP implants head to France to gather evidence Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Posted March 16, 2012 18:53:00 | Updated March 16, 2012 18:59:00

    As more emerges about the dangers of PIP breast implants, lawyers for Australian women are heading to France and the UK on a fact finding mission. The number of women who have ruptured implants is growing, and so is the number of potential victims joining the class action investigation. French authorities now say can no longer guarantee that implants made before 2001 are safe.

    Topics: womens-health, industry, health, france, australia, united-kingdom

  • Strong swim puts Ian Thorpe back in Olympic contention Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Audio Thorpe trains in Adelaide

    Posted March 16, 2012 18:52:00 | Updated March 16, 2012 18:57:00

    After four years in retirement, Ian Thorpe has pulled out a strong swim at the all important Olympic selection trials in Adelaide. But he's still at least two swims away from making the team heading to London in July.

    Topics: swimming, sport, australia

  • Adelaide Crows recruiter resigns amid racism row Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Posted March 16, 2012 18:46:00 | Updated March 16, 2012 18:55:00

    Adelaide Crows recruiter Matthew Rendell has quit over a racism row. Rendell reportedly told the AFL's community engagement officer he would not draft an Aboriginal player unless he had one white parent.

    Topics: australian-football-league, sport, australia

  • Employers say ACTU wage claim will cost jobs Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Posted March 16, 2012 18:45:00 | Updated March 16, 2012 18:51:00

    Employer groups say the ACTU's $26-a-week minimum wage rise claim will endanger jobs in the current economic climate, and are calling for rises closer to $10. A large retail lobby group says there should be no pay rises in that sector, as further cost increases will push more companies out of business. However, ACOSS says workers on the minimum wage are falling further behind average pay packets, and award wage rises are not matching the real rise in the cost of living.

    Topics: industrial-relations, unions, australia

  • Union members deserve apology Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Posted March 16, 2012 18:35:00 | Updated March 16, 2012 18:36:00

    The acting head of the Health Services Union, Chris Brown says members deserve an apology after the release of a damning report into the actions of three former union officials at its Victorian branch.

    Topics: unions, government-and-politics, health, australia

  • Rio Tinto baffled as Government sidelines mining expansion Audio Transcript and Verbatim

    Posted March 16, 2012 18:35:00 | Updated March 16, 2012 18:37:00

    The Federal Government has sidelined Rio Tinto's expansion plans near Weipa in far North Queensland. The Government wants to assess the environmental impact of the increased shipping activity it claims will result Rio's plans. Rio Tinto says the Government has been ill-informed and claims there will be no extra ships travelling down the east coast of Queensland. The miner also claims thousands of jobs have been put at risk.

    Topics: mining-environmental-issues, mining-industry, environment, weipa-4874, australia, qld