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Stories for Friday, 27 February 2015
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What's behind the gender pay gap?   
Produced by Steven Riggall

It's bad news again when it comes to the gap in pay between men and women. The Australian Bureau of Statistics released figures on Wednesday showing a small increase in the gap between men and women. It now stands at 18.8 per cent, up 0.7 per cent since May last year.

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Mandatory vaccinations for child support payments - a step too far?   
Produced by Jack Lawrie

A government report on improving Australia's welfare system has proposed restricting child support payments to parents with vaccinated children. It is a move intended to coerce people into immunizing their children, but will this encourage more people to vaccinate, or is it simply making life harder for families who don't have access?

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McClure report could lead to tax changes   
Produced by Paul Van Lieshout

The Federal Government has flagged a number of changes to the current welfare system in an attempt to raise funds. The most widely reported recommendations include simplifying payments and tightening eligibility for disability support. But it could also affect people's tax rates.

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Rally for legalising medical cannabis in Brisbane   
Produced by Eduardo Jordan

A dad in Queensland has been charged with providing illegal substances to his sick daughter, when he researched and decided to give her medical cannabis due to her seizures. Supporters will be in Brisbane's CBD to support his pledge on supervised visits to her daughter and to pressure the government to legalise medical cannabis Australia wide. The Medical Cannabis Users Association is supporting the event.

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I-DECIDE: the new support system for women who seeking domestic violence support   
Produced by Jack Lawrie

Women aged 16-50 are being asked to try I-DECIDE, a new online interactive tool developed by the University of Melbourne to provide support for victims of domestic violence. Jack Lawrie spoke to co-developer, Dr Laura Tarzier to talk about how the program was developed, and the help it offers.

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