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Stories for Wednesday, 27 August 2014
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Peace talks for Ukraine but no clear outcome   
Produced by Catherine Zengerer

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his Russain counterpart, Vladimir Putin have concluded the first round of peace talks in months, succumbing to pressure from NATO and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel to try to defuse the conflict on the countries Eastern border. But while some progress was made on re-opening gas supplies to the war-torn country, the road to peace is far from clear.

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Report into the government's NBN met with conflict   
Produced by Jordan Curtis

An independent cost benefits analysis report commissioned by the coalition government suggests that their multi-technology mix (MTM) model of NBN is more cost effective than the previous labor party's Fibre to the premises (FTTP) model. While some experts agree that the time effective MTM model is the right way to go, there are speculations as to just how independent the independent report actually is.

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Aboriginal child welfare groups say kids are safe in culture, not in care   
Produced by Stephanie Richards and Ellie Cooper

A forum in Adelaide today has highlighted the soaring rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care. Whilst Aboriginal children comprise of only 5 per cent of the national child population, over a third are placed in out-of-home care. Aboriginal child welfare groups believe taking children away from their family and community deprives them of their cultural identity and sense of belonging. They say the state governments are not doing enough to honour aboriginal kinship networks, and are not committed to reducing the number of Indigenous children in out-of-home care.

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Motivation therapy to help bad teeth and gums   
Produced by Shannon Kilgariff

Oral health is a major concern for indigenous people and much higher numbers of aboriginal people are subject to bad gums and teeth than non-indigenous people. For the first time, a conference exploring issues associated with oral health among native people around the world launched in Adelaide. Speakers at the conference discuss how poor oral health can lead to many other health concerns such as chronic illness and how motivation therapy can help.

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The fight for workplace equality for women continues   
Produced by Jessica Ball

The workforce may have changed since 1950 but women continue to be under-represented in leadership positions. Australia’s attitude to women needs to change according to the speakers at a woman and leadership event held in Adelaide today. Equality is a long way off for Australian women, according to Professor Marie Wilson, Pro Vice Chancellor of business and law at University of South Australia, .

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