here are some stories that i did during my time at “radio adelaide”. the stories are in chronological order. you can find more stories on www.thewire.org.au and at www.radiobarometer.com

 

the wire, 10th november >>> the great australian illusion

For years economists have been predicting that the Australian real estate market will collapse. Only last year economist Steven Keen from the university of Western Sydney made a bet with Macquarie’s interest rate strategist Rory Robertson about the burst of the real estate bubble – and lost! Now the latest statistics show that the housing prices going down in every capital city except Melbourne. So is this the end of the Great Australian Real Estate Dream? In this story: Associate Professor Steve Keen form the University of Western Sydney; Professor Chris Eves form the School of Urban Development at the Queensland University of Technology;Fiona Allon, Research Fellow at the Centre for Cultural Research at the University of Western Sydney; and property owner Gino Binetti.

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the wire, 2nd november >>> (media-) revolution in Burma?

Burma is looking for some credibility – they would like to have normal relations with other countries, more recognition, and preferably some cash from the International Monetary Fund. To get all that the Burmese government has come up with a roadmap to democracy, and this weekend’s elections are part of it. But they are anything but democratic and free. The military will be guaranteed places in parliament and a range of other people won’t be able to stand for election. There will be no international observers. Having a past of protest movements and facing such a fake democracy – is revolution a possibility? This story features activist Myint Cho, Anthropology Professor Monique Skidmore from the University of Canberra and development worker Lena Weller from Italien NGO “Helfen ohne Grenzen”

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the wire, 18th august >>> election 2010: the marginal seat of Sturt

As part of our dedicated election coverage on “the wire” all of this week we are taking a look at the marginal seats which will determine who wins government on Saturday. Today “the wire” headed out to visit the electorate of Sturt in Adelaide’ s eastern suburbs where Liberal Member of Parliament Christopher Pyne holds his seat by a margin of 0.9 per cent . In this story: Associate Professor Hayden Manning, Head of the Department of Politics and Public Policy at Flinders University; Labor candidate for Sturt Rick Sarre; GetUp! campaigner Ogy Simic and voices from the street.

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the wire, 27th july >>> do marine sanctuaries still have a function?

Australia is usually a global leader in protecting marine environments at risk, a job which is made harder by pollution, climate change and marine traffic disruptions. A policy u-turn by the coalition could see them under further threat. In this report: Darren Kindleysides, Director of the Australian Marine Conservation Society; Richard Colbeck, Coalition spokesperson for Fisheries and Katharina Fabricius, Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

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the wire & breakfast >>> stories of the first australians

as we head towards naidoc (4-11 july) week 2010, i am producing a series on aboriginal issues which will be broadcasted on the wire and on the breakfast show.

>>> the cultural side of architecture – indigenous housing

this story features: barbara shaw, resident of the mount nancy town camp near alice springs; architect paul pholeros, director of health habitat and frank faarda, resident of yuendemu.

>>> feeling more whole than less – aboriginal health and arts

this story features: sally francis, arts coordinator at the flinders medical centre in adelaide, sheridan linnell, lecturer in arts therapy at the university of western sydney and associate professor tarquam mckenna from the faculty of arts education and human development at the university of melbourne.

>>> the bizarre thing of welfare quarantining – income mangement under the nt intervention

this story features: karen atkinson of karpa ngarrattendi, the aboriginal health unit at the flinders medical center in adelaide; frank baarda, resident of yuendemu; barbara shaw, resident of the mount nancy town camp near alice springs and maurlene hodder, resident of alice springs.

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the wire, 2nd june >>> let’s talk about sex, baby!

Did you know that the average sex worker comes from a comfortable family background and had a normal job before entering the sex industry? Today is International Whores Day and sex workers are campaigning against the clichés and to get some acknowledgement of the issues they face working in “the oldest profession in the world”. In this story: Ari Reed, Manager of the Sex Industry Network (SIN), Helen Wicker from SWAGGERR, Tammy Jennings Greens MLC for South Australia, sex workers, their relatives and friends.

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the wire, 26th may >>> do we still need sorry day two years on?

It’s been two years since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised to Indigenous Australians. Today is National Sorry Day and Pia Volk went to find out why people are still turning up to Sorry Day celebrations, after an apology has been formally made. In this story

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barometer,  9th may >>> wilderness society wounded by internal trouble

The Wilderness Society is considered one of the largest and most powerful Environmental groups in Australia. However the last couple of months have been a cause of concern for the group as they struggled with internal management issues. These issues ranged from bullying, questionable use of members funds and lack of political influence in Canberra.

The unrest reached a breaking point over the weekend which led to a significant split within the group. The incumbent management committee led by Alec Marr is now in battle with the breakaway group, who call themselves ‘Save The Wilderness Society’, and their newly appointed managing Committee.

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the wire, 25th april >>> anzac – the real story

Sunday is Anzac day – the day our nation was born. At least that is how the myth goes. But what’s missing in the story are Aboriginal soldiers and the accounts of grieving women back home. So do we need a new narrative for our identity? Marilyn Lake, Professor of History at La Trobe University spoke to Pia Volk.

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barometer, 7th march >>> How is our wildlife coping with climate change?

In the UK, honey bees are reportedly on the decline due to warmer winters because of climate change. (In fact between 1985 and 2005 their numbers halved.) And in Russia – warmer winters are distressing herds of deer and is affecting their breeding cycles. But what about Australia? Pia Volk spoke with Corey Bradshaw, Professor for Environmental Science at tne University of Adelaide.

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barometer, 21st february >>> Does tree planting address the root of the problem?

The Liberal Party has suggested planting 20 million trees to reduce the nation’s carbon dioxode emissions as part of its climate policy. However, Professor for Environmental Sciences at the University in Sydney Derek Eamus has his doubts about how effective this will be.

He explains Pia Volk why these millions of trees would only reduce our emissions by only 0.3 per cent.

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the wire, 17th february >>> Genetic testing – the future has arrived

Genetic testing is something insurance companies might love the idea of, but the average person isn’t so sure is a good idea. Now a major insurer is offering cut price testing, but a new study shows that for heart disease, the number one killer in Australia, genetic testing may not be the best way to predict your risk of developing it. Featured in story: Mark Fitzgibbons, Chief Executive of NIB Health Fund and Professor Christopher Semsarian, Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology.

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