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Stories for Tuesday, 25 November 2014
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Anger in Nauru   
Produced by Ninah Kopel

As attacks on refugees in Nauru continue fear is mounting. It is a small minority of Nauruans spreading ideas of hate, but their message is pervasive. A letter from the Youth Republic of Nauru circulated last week, calling on refugees to “go away” or “get ready for the bad things …waiting ahead”. It is in this atmosphere that young refugees are living their lives. One victim, attacked last week, is still suffering from an injury inflicted by thrown stones, and is believed to have lost 60 percent of vision in his left eye.

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Family First's Family First   
Produced by Lawrence Bull and Paul Brescia

Students from the University of Melbourne simply wanted to profile all the candidates running in the Victorian election this weekend; when the Family First party refused to provide them with any information, they did their own research. Their discovery? The candidates were decided by their creed: Family, First.

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Australia’s biosecurity future at risk   
Produced by Rachelle Alchin

Can you imagine a future without a Sunday roast? This is just one of Australia’s biosecurity threats. Others include a human disease pandemic and the invasion of a devastating wheat disease. Today CSIRO released a report looking at local and global trends that will impact on Australia’s biosecurity. The report identifies new biosecurity risks that could have a massive impact on our environment, industries, population and way of life. How we prepare for these risks now will determine whether or not they’ll have devastating consequences.

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European Union ditches Mare Nostrum and pursues deterrence policy for refugees   
Produced by Caitlin Doyle

Over the past five years, the numbers of refugees arriving in Europe, by boat into the Mediterranean and on foot in the East, has risen massively. The Eastern and Southern European states, many of which continue to be mired in economic crises, have been the entry point for most refugees and have called on the European Union and wealthier EU states to take a greater part of the responsibility to refugees. And while Italy’s initiative “Mare Nostrum” seemed to signal that Europe was taking a more pro-active approach in rescuing refugees, many European states, spearheaded by the UK, have rejected it and argue instead for a policy of deterrence, which the EU seems to be moving towards.

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Showcasing an Aboriginal connection with the sea   
Produced by Josh Nicholas

Perhaps unknown to many, the sea has long played a prominent role in Aboriginal culture. As a prominent, in fact, as the land. This fact is now on display in a new permanent exhibition at the Australian Museum in Sydney. Called Garrigarang sea country, the collection consists of 300 objects and works, both traditional and commissioned pieces. Elders hope the new gallery will enlighten Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike, on the role of the sea in Aboriginal Culture.

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