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Stories for Tuesday, 16 September 2014
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Proposed "Healthy Welfare Card" slammed by critics   
Produced by Melissa Lahoud

More Australians on welfare could have their income managed by the government, if Andrew Forrest gets his way. The Forrest review wants to replace the current Basics Card with a new Healthy Welfare Card that people can use as a debit card.

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Experts emphasize Sharia’s plurality   
Produced by Josh Nicholas

Australians who "support" or are calling for Sharia should leave, or be stripped of welfare and the right to vote, says Tasmanian Parliamentarian Jacqui Lambie. But Experts want to know exactly what Lambie means when she uses the term “Sharia”. They point out that Sharia is complex, and that Australian Muslims hail from dozens of different countries, sects and ideologies. Each with their own interpretation of the Islamic Code. As a result, there is no one Sharia for Australians to support.

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Has DNA science caught Jack the Ripper?   
Produced by Roderick Chambers

"Ripperologist" Russell Edwards has written a novel and claims that the DNA testing he did on the shawl of 4th victim Catherine Eddowes matches her blood with the semen DNA of descendants of long time suspect Aaron Kosminski, a Polish barber. Could this be true? Only using less specific mitochondrial DNA says NSW Police Chief Scientist Tony Raymond, but as Richard the 3rd has been found under a carpark in Leicester, it is possible. Dr Claire Ferguson says DNA is but one tool in the box of modern crime detection.

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New Zealand bloggers score a promotion   
Produced by Josh Nicholas

Alleged corruption in the Turkish government, the Snowden leaks, and evidence of weapons in Syria are all big scoops produced by Bloggers in recent times. But while many bloggers write about current affairs or act as citizen journalists, they don’t have the same protections as professional journalists. In New Zealand this is all about to change. A New Zealand High Court has decided that a blogger can be classified as a journalist. It’s a decision that will have profound effects on the media around the world.

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Antarctic sea ice is growing and climate change looks to blame   
Produced by Oliver Cummins

For the third year in a row, the Antarctic sea ice has broken a record. It is now three times the size of Australia and isn’t showing signs of slowing down anytime soon.

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