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ABC News Daily is the podcast that helps you understand the issues affecting your world. Every episode, host Samantha Hawley walks through one story with the help of an ABC colleague or expert in under 15 minutes. When you want coverage you can trust, listen to ABC News Daily.

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Recent Episodes of ABC News Daily


The 'stupid' end to Peter Costello's career

The 'stupid' end to Peter Costello's career

It was all captured on camera. The former treasurer Peter Costello barged into a reporter at Canberra airport.

Now he’s resigned as chairman of Nine Entertainment.

It’s not been a great time at Nine with its former news boss Darren Wick reportedly departing with a million-dollar payout despite sexual harassment accusations against him. 

Today, host of the ABC’s Media Watch program Paul Barry on how the scandal unfolded. 

Featured: 

Paul Barry, host of Media Watch

Episode 11 June 2024 13m and 30s


Why we can’t get over our wind farm fears

Why we can’t get over our wind farm fears

Some people think wind turbines are an engineering marvel, others can’t stand the sight of them.  

Battles are raging across the country over the placement of wind farms. 

Growing community objections are slowing Australia’s fight against climate change and the transition to a green energy future. 

Today, we assess the arguments around the impact on the environment and country views. 

Featured: 

Angus Grigg, Four Corners’ reporter

Episode 10 June 2024 14m and 25s


Why we don’t take migraines seriously

Why we don’t take migraines seriously

If you don’t personally suffer from migraines, the chances are you know someone who does, because an estimated five million Australians get the debilitating headache. 

Now there’s a push to class the condition as a disability, but is that going too far?

Today, migraine sufferer Tamara Oudyn, who presents the ABC TV news in Melbourne, on her experience and why it’s an area of medicine that’s been largely ignored. 

Featured: 

Tamara Oudyn, migraine sufferer

Episode 9 June 2024 12m and 34s


INTRODUCING: The Global Story from the BBC

INTRODUCING: The Global Story from the BBC

ABC News Daily will be back on Monday. 

In the meantime, we wanted to let you know about The Global Story, a podcast from the BBC. 

In each episode, host Katya Adler brings together different perspectives to tell one big international news story. 

Find The Global Story on the BBC website or wherever you get your podcasts.

Episode 8 June 2024 2m and 46s


What happens if we slash migration?

What happens if we slash migration?

The opposition leader Peter Dutton has set migration up to be a key issue as we head to an election within a year.

He says he’ll slash numbers to help address overwhelming demand for housing, childcare and hospital beds.

But what would life be like if immigration slowed dramatically? 

Today, economist Saul Eslake on population growth and whether we really need it. 

Featured: 

Saul Eslake, independent economist

Episode 6 June 2024 14m and 56s


Voters give India’s Modi a reality check

Voters give India’s Modi a reality check

India’s Narendra Modi told everyone who’d listen he’d win the election in a landslide. 

In a shock result, he’s held on to power, but his party has lost its majority in parliament. 

Today, Avani Dias, who was until recently the ABC’s correspondent in India, discusses the result and how Prime Minister Modi has worked to cement his power. 

She also shares her own ordeal of being hounded and harassed because of her reporting on the ground. 

Featured: 

Avani Dias, fmr ABC South Asia correspondent 

Episode 5 June 2024 14m and 27s


Guilty Trump on the campaign trail

Guilty Trump on the campaign trail

Since Donald Trump’s conviction last week his critics have been increasingly concerned by his rhetoric and the potential for political violence in the United States. 

That he was found guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records to cover up a sex scandal has only emboldened his loyal supporters.

Who are they, what risk do they pose to stability in the US and are there enough of them for Trump to win the November election?

Featured: 

Andy Kroll, ProPublica investigative reporter

Episode 4 June 2024 14m and 28s


Labor’s scramble on visas for criminals

Labor’s scramble on visas for criminals

A man charged with murder, a rapist, and a child sex offender are among the criminals who were granted visas to remain here, even though they’re not citizens.  

It’s caused such outrage the government’s been scrambling to modify something called direction 99. 

It was a change to the rules made just over a year ago after pressure from New Zealand about the people Australia was deporting. 

Today, national affairs editor Melissa Clarke explains the latest immigration scandal. 

Featured: 

Melissa Clarke, ABC national affairs editor

Episode 3 June 2024 15m and


Australia’s hidden home loan crisis

Australia’s hidden home loan crisis

Imagine the excitement of buying your first home and then having to sell it just a few years later.

That’s the reality for a growing number of Australians who can’t cope with the 13 interest rate hikes ordered by the Reserve Bank.

Today, business editor Michael Janda explains what the data shows about growing hardship for borrowers and why the big banks have a case to answer. 

Featured: 

Michael Janda, ABC Business Editor

Episode 2 June 2024 14m and 35s


Donald Trump is a criminal

Donald Trump is a criminal

The former US president Donald Trump is a convicted criminal. 

A jury has found him guilty on all charges in a scheme to illegally influence the 2016 election through a hush money payment to a porn star who said the two had sex.  

Will Donald Trump go to jail? 

Today, Bruce Wolpe, a senior fellow from the US Studies Centre and author of Trump’s Australia on what it all means for the former president's campaign for the White House.

Featured: 

Bruce Wolpe, senior fellow at the United States Studies Centre<

Episode 31 May 2024 14m and 8s

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