The Friday Daily – Newstart is too low

Last week the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) held a community conference in Redfern to call for changes to income support in tomorrow’s budget. I went along to hear all about it.

This package was originally broadcast on The Friday Daily on 2SER.


The Friday Daily – Treasure buried under the Timor Sea

Sunset Triangle - nate2b (Flickr)

Sunset Triangle – nate2b (Flickr)

Around 7 years ago Australia and East Timor signed an unusual treaty called the CMATS. This ensured that some important revenue – from billions of dollars’ worth of oil and gas under the Timor Sea – would be split 50/50. Up until now nobody has decided how to process the resources, which means that the treaty can now be ended unilaterally. Why would East Timor end the treaty? Because if permanent maritime borders were drawn up, all the oil and gas might belong to them.

This story was first broadcast on The Friday Daily on 2SER, on March 15.