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You’ve seen the headlines, now hear the Full Story. Every weekday, join Guardian journalists for a deeper understanding of the news in Australia and beyond. Subscribe for free on  Apple Podcasts,  Google Podcasts,  Spotify or any other podcasting app

Egypt’s crackdown on human rights workers

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Ten years since the Arab spring rocked Egypt and removed its president, the country is still detaining human rights workers and locking up political prisoners. Karim Ennarah, a human rights worker for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, was at a beach resort in South Sinai when he was arrested and accused of joining a terrorist group and ‘spreading false news’. He tells Anushka Asthana his arrest was only the beginning of his separation from his British wife

Jun 21 2021

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JoJo Zaho on RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under and First Nations representation

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The reality TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race is an international sensation with multiple Emmy awards and spin-offs around the world. Australia’s first season – RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under – has been marred by controversies around race and a lack of diversity, but it also saw the debut of the show’s first Aboriginal drag queen: Biripi and Worimi queen JoJo Zaho.JoJo talks to Laura Murphy-Oates about the power of First Nations drag and the journey to Drag Race fame

Jun 20 2021

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Is the truth out there? The US government prepares its landmark report on UFOs

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A hotly anticipated US government report on decades of mysterious sightings of UFOs is due for release this month. The Guardian’s Adam Gabbatt and former UK Ministry of Defence employee Nick Pope investigate

Jun 17 2021

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The people of Biloela v the government

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For three years the #hometobilo campaign has lobbied for a family of Tamil asylum seekers to be released from immigration detention, and returned to the Queensland community of Biloela where they lived. Last week the family’s youngest daughter Tharnicaa was flown from Christmas Island detention centre to a Perth hospital for emergency medical treatment – and the public pressure around the campaign has only grown. Queensland correspondent Ben Smee went to Biloela to talk to residents about the enduring bond between the family and their community, and ongoing efforts to bring them home

Jun 16 2021

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Is Australia’s biggest new gas project cutting its emissions – or doubling them?

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Woodside Petroleum is planning to expand a liquefied natural gas project in a plan it claims will reduce emissions by 30% by 2030. But analysts say the project will cause emissions to skyrocket. Environment editor Adam Morton explains why the project is being approved and what could it mean for Australia’s emission targets

Jun 15 2021

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David Dungay Jr’s family take their fight for justice to the United Nations

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David Dungay Jr’s name has become a frequent rallying cry at Black Lives Matter protests across Australia. Now the family of the Dunghutti man, who died in custody in 2015, is teaming up with the barrister Geoffrey Robertson QC to take their case to the UN human rights commission, arguing Australia has breached its international human rights obligations. Indigenous affairs editor Lorena Allam explains the legal reasoning behind the case and what it could mean for the Dungay family and all families affected by a death in custody

Jun 14 2021

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Will Tokyo really host a pandemic Olympics?

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The Games were meant to be a moment of national celebration but, with coronavirus cases rising in Japan, this summer’s postponed Olympics are the subject of recrimination and protest. Justin McCurry, the Guardian’s Tokyo correspondent, tells Anushka Asthana why the movement to cancel the Games is facing an uphill battle in the face of vast financial pressure

Jun 13 2021

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With the spotlight on the Biloela family, can Australia’s rhetoric on refugees improve?

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This week the Biloela family was thrust back in the news as three-year-old Tharnicaa was airlifted to a hospital in Perth to fight pneumonia and a blood infection. Mike Ticher and Lucy Clark speak about the treatment of the Biloela family and whether it will have an impact on Australia’s immigration policy

Jun 10 2021

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Behind the rise of hyperpop

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The past decade has seen the formation of a vibrant and strange genre of music called hyperpop. Its growth has been spurred on by the internet – through Soundcloud, Twitter and now Spotify – and it has been linked to some of the most exciting young artists worldwide. Freelance music writer Shaad D’Souza speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about the rise of hyperpop and what it tells us about the influence of big corporations such as Spotify.

Jun 09 2021

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Love, fear and Covid failures in Australia’s aged care

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The coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne has spread to aged care, with multiple cases linked to one facility: Arcare in Maidstone. For young carer Ai-Lin, whose 86-year-old grandmother Ann lives at the facility, this outbreak raises serious questions about Australia’s aged care system and the federal government’s vaccination rollout. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to Ai-Lin about her experience as a young carer living through the pandemic

Jun 08 2021

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Is hormone-treated beef bad for us?

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Nearly half of Australia’s cattle is treated with growth hormones to speed up weight gain. Australian regulators say these hormones are safe and legal, but in the EU and the UK, they’re banned. However a new free-trade agreement currently under negotiation could see a change in policy in the UK, and cause Australia’s beef exports to the UK to rise tenfold. Science writer Donna Lu speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about this trade agreement, and the impact of hormone-treated beef on humans, animals and the environment

Jun 07 2021

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The Wuhan lab leak theory

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Joe Biden has asked US intelligence services to urgently investigate the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic, including the possibility that it began with an accident in a laboratory. The Guardian’s Peter Beaumont looks at the available evidence

Jun 06 2021

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How has Australia’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout gone so wrong? – with Lenore Taylor

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The latest Covid outbreak in Victoria has renewed focus on the federal government’s slow vaccine rollout, which has missed its own targets for aged care residents and workers several times. Gabrielle Jackson talks to Lenore Taylor and Mike Ticher about what went wrong

Jun 03 2021

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Brittany Higgins, the prime minister’s office and a test of ethics

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Multiple investigations have been launched since Brittany Higgins came forward in February with allegations she had been raped in parliament by another staffer in 2019. One of them was made public last week. Katharine Murphy explains what the Kunkel report found – and what it didn’t

Jun 02 2021

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Saxon Mullins on the fight for affirmative consent laws

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The NSW government last week announced changes to laws around sexual assault and consent that could dramatically change how survivors experience the court system. Saxon Mullins, the director of advocacy at the Rape and Sexual Assault Research and Advocacy Initiative, and a sexual assault survivor, explains how these laws could work and why they are necessary

Jun 01 2021

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Emily Maguire on family and hoarding

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When do the objects we love become a health hazard? In this recording of Guardian Australia’s monthly book club, author Emily Maguire discusses her latest novel, Love Objects, with features editor Lucy Clark

May 31 2021

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After a muddled rollout, how can Australia boost vaccinations?

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Amid yet another outbreak in Victoria, the federal government is again under scrutiny over the slow pace of the vaccine rollout. There are also concerns that the confused messaging around the rollout, particularly about the AstraZeneca jab, has fuelled vaccine hesitancy.Medical editor Melissa Davey explains where things went wrong, and how other governments around the world have got it right

May 30 2021

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Why better reporting on Aboriginal deaths in custody matters for families seeking justice

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This week the Australian Institute of Criminology told the Senate it would report on Aboriginal deaths in custody every six months, up from every two years. Lorena Allam and Calla Wahlquist explain why this matters and what led to this win for families who have campaigned for decades

May 27 2021

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Samoa’s democracy in crisis

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For nearly two months, the Polynesian island nation of Samoa has been in the grips of a political crisis after one of the most dramatic elections in the country’s history. After a supreme court intervention, a parliamentary lockout and a swearing-in ceremony unlike any other, two groups continue to claim they are the legitimate government of Samoa. Reporter Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson explains what led to this crisis, and the dire implications of this for the people of Samoa

May 26 2021

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Two lives changed by the death of George Floyd

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A year ago, the murder of George Floyd caused outrage in Minneapolis – and kicked off a protest movement that spread across the world. How do the young Black people at the heart of the story live with his legacy?

May 25 2021

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