Life Matters - Full program podcastAuthor: ABC Radio
23 May 2022

Life Matters - Full program podcast

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Life Matters is your guide to contemporary Australian life. Be part of rich conversations on relationships, family, parenting, education, work, health and consumer issues.

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    Independents, influence and the teal sea

    Election night saw a victory for teal independents, who campaigned on greater climate change action and a federal integrity commission, and minor parties. What will their presence mean for passing legislation in the lower house? And how effective is a hung parliament?

  • Posted on 23 May 2022

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    Online dating no longer the outlier, and lending an expensive drill to a mate and getting a cheap one back

    Dating apps and online dating sites have totally transformed the way we search for love and relationships. Author Jennifer Pinkerton spent six years researching how this shift had changed Australia’s dating culture, for better or worse. And in the Too Hard Basket, what do you do when you lend your expensive drill to a good friend, only to have a different, and inferior quality, one returned to you?

  • Posted on 20 May 2022

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    Disability discrimination, citizen juries and slow pleasure

    Why do people with disability still experience discrimination in their every day lives when there are already policies and programs in place to prevent it? Plus how to slow down and take care of yourself to improve your mental and physical health. And students at Western Sydney University get involved in a citizen jury process to have their voices heard.

  • Posted on 19 May 2022

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    The right COVID response and the perfect dinner party

    COVID isn't over, and the 'let it rip' approach has left us with some the highest daily case numbers in the world. How did we get from fortress Australia to throwing in the towel, and do we need to go back to restrictions? Plus, Alice Zaslavsky dishes on the ultimate dinner party etiquette. And this National Volunteer Week, we spotlight volunteers working in natural disaster zones.

  • Posted on 18 May 2022

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    Holiday rental regulation, the pain of losing a child, and Bastian Fox Phelan on our evolving relationships to our bodies

    The rental crisis is at a peak in Australia right now, and it's being argued that regulation of short term accommodation could help. What would have to happen to make this work? Also, as musician Nick Cave grieves his 31-year-old son, we ponder the particular pain of losing a child. And, Bastian Fox Phelan talks about finding their body to be an 'unwelcome place'.

  • Posted on 17 May 2022

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