The Wire

The Wire is a daily current affairs program broadcast exclusively on community and Indigenous radio stations around Australia. Fiona produced a number of radio packages for the program.

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST THREAT TO OUR FOOD SAFETY?

Today is World Health Day and the World Health Organisation is dedicating the day to food safety. This is in light of a study which found in 2010, 351,000 deaths world wide were caused by food borne diseases. Climate change, the industrialisation of food processes and the globalisation of food trade are all threats to food safety in both developing and developed countries.

(07/04/2015)

ABANDONED MINES – A BLOT ON THE AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPE

There are fifty thousand abandoned mines throughout Australia, ranging from single mine shafts to massive open cut mines. Most of these mines are referred to as ‘legacy’ mines, those responsible for the mine and in turn it’s rehabilitation goes unknown. The responsibility now rests with the community and state government to clean up this costly mess left by mining companies.
(24/03/2015)

METADATA’S GIANT FOOTPRINT

The government’s plan to force Internet Service Providers and telcos to store the metadata of every phone and internet user in Australia is already making waves with citizen’s concerned about privacy and businesses worried about the cost of storing all that extra information. But what is the hidden cost of storing metadata? With data centres worldwide now using as much electricity as the sixth largest country in the world, the impact of this extra import could see your electronic footprint skyrocket.

(10/03/2015)

WA INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES CLOSED DOWN

There are hundreds of Aboriginal people describing themselves as refugees in Western Australia. They’re being told by WA Premier Colin Barnet their communities are not viable. Now they’ve set up a Tent Embassy and Refugee Camp on Heirisson Island in the heart of the Swan River in Perth.

(04/03/2015)

The full interview with Amnesty Internationals Indigenous Rights Manager, Tammy Solonec on The Closure of the Oombulgurri Community in remote Far North Western Australia.

REMEMBERING REZA BERATI ONE YEAR ON

A year ago today asylum seeker Reza Berati died after he was brutally bashed to death in Australia’s Manus Island Detention Centre, and people around the country are vowing to light the dark with candles to mark the date. Activists say that conditions in detention have worsened since the incident on Manus Island last year. But there is hope that more Australians are getting involved in grass-roots movements to create change.

(17/02/2015)

WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN TO THE HOMELESS?
Last year nearly a quarter of a million Australians went to homelessness services looking for help. It was a number never seen before by charities around the nation. But despite the increasing need for help, their funds are hanging in the balance. Now around 60 homeless and domestic violence services have written to Social Services Minister, Scott Morrison demanding he commit to their future. Meanwhile there’s new evidence that failing to help the homeless ends up costing us more money in the long run.

(10/02/2015)

PAID PARENTAL LEAVE SCHEME GONE BUT NO REPLACEMENT – YET 

Tony Abbott announced at today’s Press Club Conference that he was abandoning his signature policy- The Paid Parental Leave Scheme. What will take its place? It seems more consultation. In this report we speak to feminist Eva Cox and Ian Dalton from the Australian Parents Council to hear their response to the decision.(02/02/15)

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