The ABC have made a deal with the Chinese government to broadcast content from the Australia Network to the entire Chinese population. The landmark agreement allows the ABC greater access than the BBC or CNN. The agreement will become official in early May, just days before the budget announcement. It will put pressure on the Abbott Government to rethink funding cuts to the network.
Income management currently affects a small number of Australians across the country but there are rumours that the Federal Government has plans to expand the scheme. Welfare recipients, especially those under 21, are being forced to go on the scheme even when there's no evidence of them being unable to manage their own money.
Australia's racial discrimination and human rights commissioners have spoken out saying proposed changes to the country's racial discrimination laws are unnecessary and not in the public interest. A group of Australian artists, writers and journalists are now signing a petition against the changes to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
The Black Arm Band music and theatre company has brought its production of Dirtsong, which tells a story of Aboriginal identity, to the Adelaide Festival.
The Wire's Catherine Zengerer spoke to some of the performers and heard their story and their sound.