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Despite decades of policing and anti-drug campaigns, the drug trade is still thriving.

Is it time to think differently about drugs and addiction?

Journalist Johann Hari and neuroscientist Marc Lewis discuss the nature of addiction and the impact of prohibition.

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prohibition is a failed policy, historically you can look at it and i cant see how you would fail to make any other conclusion. it amounts to harm maximization, by driving it underground where the drugs can do the worst  and then inflicting maximum punishment when an addict is caught.
hello ?
many countries have successful harm minimization schemes for many of the lesser drugs that are now proven to be relatively harmless in the scale of things, even when compared to tobacco and alcohol
 and the act of making them illegal also denies legitimate medical usages

 cannabis being kept illegal for sure shows the law to be an ass, being less intoxicating than alcohol, and more harmless than either alcohol or tobacco, and is successfully decriminalized in many places, and indeed the revenue derived from such things has been used for many further good purpose.. funnily enough , legal in many places inside the country that pushed us the hardest to make it illegal.. go figure 

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australia the backwards nation will wait till we are 20 yrs behind the changing times before it even reaches the fair and unbiased discussion point 
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The Donald Trump sideshow is fast becoming the main act, and as the race for Republican nomination continues pundits are being reminded that many thought Ronald Reagan couldn't win... until he did.

Twice.

Emma Alberici writes.

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Laurel and Hardy, Heckle and Jeckel, Trump and Abbott. All clowns.
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Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has accused Fairfax and the ABC of trying to topple Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Coalition Government. 

Mr Dutton accused some journalists of over-stepping their responsibilities, adding Fairfax was "being helped by the ABC".

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Peter Dutton accuses Fairfax and the ABC of trying to topple Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Coalition Government.
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And yet if we don't know the who and the what we can not get to the truth. We can however repeat the same mistakes of the past that got us into this mess in the 1st place.
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On tonight's #QandA panel: Award-winning journalist and author Naomi Kline; theologian Miroslav Volf; political campaigner Tariq Ali; journalist Laurie Penny; and host of Between The Lines, Tom Switzer.

Tonight, live from the Festival of Dangerous Ideas at Sydney Opera House, 9.35pm (AEST) on ABC TV and streamed live on ABC iview.

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Ah, what a nice memory. He was such a clever yet painstakingly polite host who would weave a fabulous trail through complex issues without resorting to the vacuous distractions of the mindless minority clamouring for notoriety via Twitter, or the inane drivel of semi-coherent presenters we see today.

Well said +Stephen Gunnell
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Since the 1950s, when mass production of plastics began in earnest, the world has embraced their ease of use and robustness.

But with millions of tonnes of of plastic debris entering the world's oceans every year, their durability is also a curse.

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Since the 1950s, when mass production of plastics began in earnest, the world has embraced their ease of use and robustness. But with millions of tonnes of of plastic debris entering the world's oceans every year, their durability is also a curse, as Ann Jones reports.
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Yeah, it is disgraceful, yet governments don't give a stuff. Maybe we in Australia should ban the things or at the very least have them biodegradeable. Besides the visual pollution, many smaller animals seem to get confused and eat them. Have seen the guts of dead juvenile dolphins and seals containing plastic bags which ultimately lead to their death. What is wrong with paper bags, cotton bags, hemp bags etc? Multinationals might not agree though.
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Celebrating Countdown's 40th anniversary, host Julia Zemiro takes us through the show's fascinating history.

Backed by a stellar cast of stars, original footage and music bringing the 70's and 80's alive.

Tonight from 8.30pm on ABC2.

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+Robert Chawner going to try to catch it today. When I saw this yesterday I worked out my time difference and I would be asleep. Anyway all good. 
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Over two years international designer Sibella Court has followed the trials and tribulations of seven groups of Australians committed to the daunting task of restoring heritage ruins into living homes.

From Georgian mansions to colonial pug and pine huts, these Aussie battlers attempt to restore the buildings to their former glory.

Restoration Australia begins tonight at 8.30pm on ABC TV.

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Restoration Australia .. LOL cool bro O.o 
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The beginning of spring is not all about flowers and birdsong.

For some it is also a time of fear, as magpie swooping season hits its peak.

What's the best way to fend off an attack by an angry magpie?

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What's the best way to fend off an attack by an angry magpie?
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Fortunately in my experience a lot of the swooping is near misses made to show off aerial acrobatics skills to mates 
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The plight of the koalas living in the region slated for a large coal mine on the Liverpool Plains is the focus of a four-day hearing starting in the New South Wales Land and Environment Court today.

The NSW Environmental Defenders Office will be arguing on behalf the Upper Mooki Landcare Group that the Planning Assessment Commission failed to assess whether the Shenhua Watermark mine would place a viable local population of koalas at risk of extinction.

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Oh., this is bad news-koalas are declining in my area-noticeably vanishing to extinction!!!
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The Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has given his first interview about last week's Operation Fortitude debacle, saying that the press release was 'low-level' and didn't come to his attention.

Dutton also hosed down concerns about Australia's 40 million plus deal with Cambodia to resettle refugees.

Listen here.

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Heinrich Himmler and the SS. Ring any bells?
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Dogs working with autistic children, dolphins as doulas, horses for children with intellectual disabilities: animal assisted therapy is growing in popularity, but does the research back it up?

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While animals sometimes need our help to adjust to life in the big wide world, sometimes they can help us too.
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Science is not needed if the affected is showing signs of improvement, is happier ¿
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Is there anywhere left to travel in the world that hasn't been discovered by tourist hordes and featured in travel guides?

Should we all just slow down in our quest for adventure?

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Have we lost the art of true exploration in our desire to tick destinations off our list?
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