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Stories for Thursday, 27 November 2014
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GP co-payment dead in the water - or is it?   
Produced by Annie Hastwell

Getting rid of 'barnacles' like the GP co-payment is said to be the government's new policy as their ratings dive further. In spite of today's defence of the idea, the $7 co-payment and other policies affecting Australians' access to health and education seem unlikely to pass the Senate.

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Abbott holds Victoria's purse strings   
Produced by Ellie Cooper

Abbott has pledged $3 billion to Victoria's infrastructure project, the East West Link, with the caveat that the money will not be given for any other purpose. This statement came in an open letter to the state's major parties just day's before Victorians will go to the election polls. Labor would rather see the money go than build the East West Link. But will it affect votes?

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Freedom Summit aims to change the national conversation   
Produced by Justin Fenwick

The largest most diverse gathering of Elders and leaders of First Peoples has gathered in Alice Springs. The objective is to elect an assembly of legitimate leaders of their peoples who will reclaim the Aboriginal rights struggle.

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Aid Workers At Risk   
Produced by Sam Talbot

Aid Workers are facing greater risks than ever when they travel over seas to administer their much needed work. Aid Workers are being targeted by terrorists more and more each year. In light of 7 Pakistani Aid Workers being killed yesterday, The Wires Sam Talbot spoke to Red Cross worker Don Johnston. Don recently returned from Iraq where we saw first hand how much the aid is needed but also the risks faced by workers.

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Counter-terror measures to lower citizen's legal protections   
Produced by Parashar Das

New counter-terrorism measures have successfully passed through the Senate, amongst these measures is the power for the police to detain those they suspect without charge under a control order. The new laws have caused controversy for how far they impact on Australian’s civil liberties..

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Renewed Push for Renewable Energy   
Produced by Vicki Griffin

Traditional coal fired energy giants will be out, and community-based renewable energy retailors in, if Northern Rivers Energy has its way. The non-for-profit company hopes to sell locally made renewable energy to residents of the region, and has received funding from the NSW government to commence a feasibility study, on the same day that Uralla, NSW, was announced as Australia's first Zero Net Emissions Town.

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