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  1. The price of gas - Background Briefing - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Australians pay close to the highest electricity prices in the world, and we’re about to start paying some of the world’s highest gas prices, too. That’s because we’re about to start exporting gas for the first time from the east coast, and there’s no limit to the amount of gas that can be sent overseas.

    Australia is about to become the first country in the world to export coal seam gas—without the CSG boom in Queensland, exports on the east coast simply wouldn’t be viable. Equally, coal seam gas mining wouldn’t be feasible in Australia at the old price of $3-4 per gigajoule, because it costs a lot more to extract than conventional gas.

    Customers in Asia are prepared to pay up to $18 per gigajoule for our gas. Since there’s no policy to disconnect Australia from these prices, our gas prices are now rising to meet what’s called the ‘netback’ price—the Asian price, minus the cost of processing and shipping.

    A new report commissioned by industry groups and prepared by Deloitte Access Economics says skyrocketing gas prices will damage the Australian manufacturing sector to the tune of $118 billion over the next seven years, and lead to a loss of more than 14,000 jobs.

    Household users of gas might have noticed their gas bills rising over the last few years. Household bills have risen around 50 per cent, largely due to the almost $7 billion gas networks have spent on the pipelines that bring gas to our homes.

    It’s a similar story to what happened with the poles and wires, only on a smaller scale.

    But just like electricity, the networks were granted rates well above what was necessary. When the regulator tried to curtail that rate of return, the networks took them to the appeals tribunal; it was in this way that Jemena, which serves the Sydney market, was granted a rate of return of 10.33 per cent.

    Australians are already struggling to pay their energy bills. According to the social services agency ACOSS, a growing number of Australians are in what’s called ‘energy poverty’, which means they’re having to choose between using electricity and things like food and other essentials.

    So is the solution more coal seam gas fields, or should gas exporters be required to sell cheaper gas at home?

    Jess Hill concludes her two-part investigation into the high price consumers are paying for energy in Australia.

    Further Information:
    APPEA, peak body for the oil and gas industry (
    Santos information on the Narrabri Project (
    ACOSS report: preventing shocks and addressing energy poverty (
    AI Group report: Energy shock: the gas crunch is here (
    Domgas report: Australia’s Domestic Gas Security (
    Stuart Khan’s submission to the NSW Coal Seam Gas Inquiry (
    Report on produced water from coal seam gas, prepared for the NSW Chief Scientist by Stuart Khan and Geena Kordek (
    Initial report on coal seam gas by the NSW Chief Scientist (July 2013) (
    Report on Energy Poverty, by Lynne Chester and Alan Morris (
    Report: The economic impacts of a domestic gas reservation, prepared for APPEA by Deloitte Access Economics (

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  2. Country towns: death or deliverance - Background Briefing - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Economic modelling says inland Australian towns are finished, destined to empty out into the cities.  But after travelling to the Tasmanian town of Scottsdale Di Martin finds a community defying those predictions as it forges a new future for itself. The crisis in country towns - not what you’d expect.

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  3. On Sexual Difference: thinking with Catherine Malabou

    Speaker(s): Professor Catherine Malabou, Dr Michael O’Rourke, Dr Danielle Sands

    Recorded on 2 June 2014 in New Theatre, East Building.

    Speaking both as a woman and a philosopher, Catherine Malabou will guide us through the philosophical, cultural, and biological questions surrounding gender and sexual difference.

    Catherine Malabou is a professor of modern European philosophy at Kingston University.

    Michael O’Rourke is a lecturer in the School of Arts and Psychotherapy at Independent Colleges, Dublin.

    Danielle Sands is a visiting lecturer in the Department of English at Queen Mary, University of London and a Forum for European Philosophy fellow.

    Credits: Tom Sturdy (Audio Post-Production), LSE AV Services (Audio Recording) Event posting

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  4. Capital in the Twenty-First Century - Thomas Piketty at the London School of Economics

    Speaker(s): Professor Thomas Piketty
    Chair: Professor Tim Besley

    Recorded on 16 June 2014 in Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street.

    What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Thomas Piketty’s latest findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.

    Thomas Piketty is a professor of economics at the Paris School of Economics, an alumus of LSE and author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

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  5. On Making a Difference and Choosing a Career - London School of Economics Public Lecture

    Speaker(s): Dr William MacAskill
    Recorded on 3 June 2014 in Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building.

    Should I work for a non-profit organisation in Africa? Or should I go into the City, and try to earn as much as I can to donate to good causes?

    William MacAskill is a research associate in the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford and is also president of 80,000 Hours ethical career advisory service.

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  6. Good job Bad job: Finding work in the global labour market - Rear Vision - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    On Rear Vision the new geography of jobs, finding work in the global labour market. Where you live could decide if you have a good or bad job. According to Prime Minister Tony Abbott ,workers who’ve lost their jobs don’t need to worry they will transition from “good jobs to better jobs”. In today’s rapidly changing labour market the better jobs could be in the next city, state or another country.

    Iain Campbell, Senior Research Fellow , Centre for Applied Social Research at RMIT in Melbourne.
    Professor Arne Kalleberg, Professor of Sociology , University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Professor Scott Baum, Griffith University, School of Environment
    Professor Bill Mitchell, Professor of Economics, Centre for Full Employment and Equity at the University of Newcastle
    Brent Wilton, Secretary General , International Organisation of Employers
    Lizzie Crowley, Senior researcher ,Work Foundation , London

    Further Information:
    Work foundation (
    Flexible employment (
    Red Alert Suburbs (
    Old to New Economy jobs (

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  7. Dancing with Dragons - The Chinese Debutante Balls - Hindsight - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    The Dragon Festival Ball, held annually for forty years, was the crowning glory of the Sydney Chinese community’s social calendar.

    It became known for its elegant debutantes, who graced the floors of the ball’s glamorous venue, the city’s Trocadero Dance Palace, as well as its’ Miss Dragon Ball Princess pageant. The Dragon Ball was also the major fundraiser for the Young Chinese Relief Movement, a youth organisation backed by the Nationalist Party in China, and later Taiwan. This program features the stories and memories of the ball’s organising committee, former debutantes and their partners, as well as the inaugural Miss Dragon Ball Princess of 1961.

    Rose Wong
    Ray and Julie Yee
    Cheryl Cumines
    Doreen Cheong
    King Fong
    Connie Lee
    Dr Shirley Fitzgerald, historian

    Title: Red Tape, Gold Scissors; the story of Sydney’s Chinese
    Author:Dr Shirley Fitzgerald
    Publisher:Halstead Press 2008

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  8. The Kuo-Min Tang in Australia - Hindsight - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    The story of an association which began, at the turn of the 20th century, as a local club and became the regional headquarters of a worldwide political party. Dr Sun Yat-sen’s revolutionary movement in China had a strong support base among the Chinese in Australia, who came together in 1910 to form the Young China League. A decade later, out of these origins, the Chinese Nationalist Party of Australia, the Kuo Min Tang, became an official organisation, with branches in Sydney and Melbourne, and later, formed in other cities, and regional towns.

    The story of the KMT sheds new light on the wider history of Chinese emigration and settlement in Australia, and on the impact of a century of political change in China upon the Chinese diaspora.

    The association still has an active membership and a solid presence in Sydney and Melbourne today.

    Judith Brett, Author, political commentator and Professor of Politics at La Trobe University in Melbourne.
    Bin Tchen
    Dr John Fitzgerald, historian
    Dr Mei-Fin Kuo, Research Fellow, Swinburne University
    Eugene Seeto, CEO, KMT Association, Sydney

    Title: Unlocking the History of the Australasian Kuo Min Tang 1911 - 2013
    Author: Judith Brett & Mei-Fen Kuo
    Publisher:Australian Scholarly Publishing 2013

    Title: Making Chinese Australia; Urban Elites, Newspapers, and the formation of Chinese Australian Identity 1892 - 1912
    Author: Mei-Fen Kou
    Publisher: Monash University Publishing 2013

    Further Information:
    Melbourne’s Chinese Museum website (
    The Chinese Museum’s online history research guide (

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  9. Rethinking work in Australia - Saturday Extra - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    In one generation the nature of work in Australia has undergone profound change.

    We know that the old model of the male breadwinner is gone, and the labour market is much more complex, but what precisely is driving these changes?

    Is it what most people want and can we predict how people will work in the future?

    Professor Sue Richardson, Principal Research Fellow at the National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University, South Australia.

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  10. Losing the local - Saturday Extra - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Since 2008 British Pubs have been closing at a rate of three per day.

    The decline has been attributed to shifts in local economies, as pubs struggle to compete with large department stores selling liquor at vastly reduced prices.

    But there could also be a cultural factor at play, with British people drinking 23 per cent less beer than they did a decade ago.

    The prospect of facing life without a ‘local’ has gotten so dire that a government task force has been established, with the recent appointment of a Minister for Community Pubs.

    Tom Stainer, Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), a not-for-profit consumer rights organisation campaigning for real ale and community pubs

    Further Information:
    Campaign for Real Ale (
    Pub is the Hub (

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