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Newcastle lawyer and Bali bombing survivor Paul Anicich this morning praised Opposition Leader Tony Abbott for saving his life The Opposition Leader was in Newcastle this morning, promising to ensure local victims of the 2005 Bali bombings can finally claim compensation. At a press conference in Newcastle Town Hall Tony... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2013 at ABC New South Wales
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Have you heard of Crossfit? It's a relatively new fitness program exploding in popularity across the world and gaining momentum in the Hunter. Crossfit does away with typical gym machines, mirrors and muscle heads and focuses on improving overall strength, fitness and conditioning. This morning in our Not Working For... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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Part three of Hooked on Heroin looks at why there’s a two year wait for methadone treatment in the Hunter and identifies who is responsible for fixing it. Listen to Hooked on Heroin Pt3: Download the audio file It’s estimated there are 600 heroin addicts in the Hunter who want... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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Part Two of Hooked on Heroin explores the relationship between drugs and crime. There are 800 prisoners being released from jail and returning to Newcastle every year. Most of them have a drug habit which they receive treatment for inside, but treatment stops within 21 days of release. "If you... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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Need some help with home design? Architect Angela Elliss recently came into the studio and talked shop with Jill Emberson. Industry insights, helpful hints, value adding tips and the do's and don't. If you're tinkering with your home, you'll enjoy listening: Download the audio file Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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Mick from Merewether is over 90 years old and still gets down to Merewether Baths for a swim every day. He gets there on a mobility scooter which he designed and built himself. He couldn't afford the $3000 for a store bought scooter, so he welded together a steel frame,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
Have you ever been up in a light aircraft? It's hair raising stuff! Ben Millington recently had the opportunity to fly a Cessna 172 with flying instructor and RAAF fighter pilot Paul Simmons. Paul operates the LIFT youth development program which aims to help troubled young people in the Hunter... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2012 at ABC New South Wales
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More than 35 violent deaths in Australia have been linked to men who attended The Institute for Boys at Tamworth. Infamous names like "Neddy" Smith, George Freeman, Kevin Crump and James Finch were all inmates of the institution. Tonight a dramatic report from the ABC's Geoff Thompson on the horrific... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2011 at ABC New South Wales
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Sydney band Sparkadia are receiving tonnes of praise for their second album, aptly named The Great Impression, with singles China and Mary clocking up significant air-play on Triple J. The group is also one of the big names on the bill for tomorrow's Fat As Butter festival at Newcastle's Foreshore.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2011 at ABC New South Wales
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Since the drought broke in 2007 much of the country has enjoyed plenty of rain and strong grass growth, which has led to an explosion in kangaroo numbers. "They're as thick on the ground as fleas on a dog," according to John Burey of Western Queensland, who operates United Game... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2011 at ABC New South Wales
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The travel blog of our resident in the province of Chang Chun China, Jody O'Brien. Weekend in Beijing Hard to imagine - we were in a city for two days that has a population similar to the whole of Australia! Over 22 million! Beijing has been an embassy city for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at ABC New South Wales
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What if you could diagnose or even predict Alzheimers disease by undertaking a simple smell test? Well, that is precisely what researchers at Newcastle University have been developing, and they reckon they've done it. Associate Professor Peter Schofield has secured more than $700,000 from the National Health and Medical Research... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at ABC New South Wales
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Did you know butterflies are a flagship species? It means they play a significant ecological role and when they start to disappear it’s a sign of a threatened ecosystem. Sadly experts say butterfly numbers are on the decline in the Lower Hunter, except on Ash Island near Hexham where volunteers... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2011 at ABC New South Wales
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A 1233 listener was so inspired by today's interview with Catherine Whiting that as soon as it finished, they came into the ABC studio and handed over $50 cash. It's money that will go a long way in Kenya's Kibera slum, the largest slum in Africa, where Catherine and her... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2011 at ABC New South Wales
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The NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell was in Newcastle today to address 250 people at a business luncheon. He also found time to drop into ABC 1233 for an interview with Carol Duncan. The speculation of the day was that we’d get some idea on when a decision will be made... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2011 at ABC New South Wales
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Yemen was once the home of the Queen of Sheba, the land of milk and honey, the place where the wise men collected frankincense and myrrh, and most simply, the place that makes God smile. Sadly this image has taken a bit of a battering in recent times. Terrorism, Al... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2011 at ABC New South Wales
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Twenty-one year old Aussie surfer Owen Wright won his very first ASP event last week in New York and now has a real shot at the world title. In his way is surfing's ultimate champion Kelly Slater, currently ranked number one in the world. Former world champ Mark Richards spoke... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2011 at ABC New South Wales
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More an more kids are dropping out of maths classes because it's rigorous and boring. Does it have to be? Not according the American mathematician Paul Lockhart, who says maths should be taught more like music or art. "There's a beautiful imaginary world in your mind that you can explore,"... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2011 at ABC New South Wales
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The Change of Seasons As Newcastle prepares to welcome spring with open arms, we are getting ready for the cold which will settle into our lives for the next 5 to 6 months - word is that autumn is very short and winter is very long. The temperature is very... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2011 at ABC New South Wales
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Are you missing your fix of Masterchef? We're going to keep you satisfied with a new segment featuring one of the top 10 contestants, Peter Vickery. Peter's now based in the region and he'll be in to share his culinary expertise with you on 1233 every Thursday at 3.40pm. Today... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2011 at ABC New South Wales
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Federal MP for Newcastle Sharon Grierson says it's time the Australian government reconsiders onshore processing for refugees. "In a perfect world I would like to see onshore processing and I would like to see a more community based approach - I think we're capable of that." "There are always wins... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2011 at ABC New South Wales
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If you keep an eye on the latest polls you'd think the Labor Party and Julia Gillard were down and out at the next election. The party is struggling under the weight of the carbon tax and the popularity of Julia Gillard is at an all time low, but could... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2011 at ABC New South Wales
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This week David Banney walked us through Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Have a listen: Download the audio file Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2011 at ABC New South Wales
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Same sex marriage campaigner Prof Kerryn Phelps says the Prime Minster has guaranteed gay marriage will be thoroughly debated at the national ALP conference later this year. Prof Phelps met with Julia Gillard last night to push the case for same sex marriage to be legally recognised. Today she told... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2011 at ABC New South Wales
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Changchun Agricultural Field Festival Imagine the Tocal Field Day and then multiply it exponentially so it's 5 times the size of the Royal Easter Show, and that's where we found ourselves on Saturday morning. As well as being a big manufacturing town, Changchun is also a large educational centre with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2011 at ABC New South Wales