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Australia's nuclear option
It's the most significant defence announcement in Australia in decades.
After months of secret talks, the US and UK will help Australia develop a new fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.
It allows Australia access to one of the world's most exclusive weaponry clubs, and everyone knows the unspoken motivation is to try to contain a rising China.
So will this make us safer?
Today on The Signal, we explore what Australia's agreed to, and where it might lead.
Stephen Dziedzic, ABC Foreign Affairs Reporter
Labor's awkward choices
Federal election season is fast approaching, and lately Labor has been trying to get itself into shape.
While much of the party's policy platform remains a work in progress, personnel dilemmas have been the focus in the past few weeks.
And there've been quite a few, with the retirement of the backbencher Joel Fitzgibbon, an unseemly jostle about who would make the cut for Labor's NSW Senate ticket, and the awkward parachuting of the party's Deputy Senate Leader Kristina Keneally into a likely safe Labor seat in Sydney's South West.
So what's behind all the untidiness?
And given the Labor Party seems to believe the election isn't far off, what do we know about when it will be?
David Speers, Host, ABC TV Insiders
Can we still vaccinate the world?
If you thought Australia's vaccine rollout was on the slow side, then spare a thought for Ethiopia, Nigeria or Kenya, where vaccination rates are still in the low single digit percentage points.
Many argue it's proof the system designed to level the vaccine playing field between rich and poor countries is failing dismally.
So what went wrong with COVAX? And is it too late to turn it around?
Today on The Signal, the yawning gap between countries like Australia and the world's poorest when it comes to vaccination, and what happens if that gap isn't closed.
Andrea Taylor, Assistant Director of Programs, Duke Global Health Innovation Centre, Duke University, US
How sexual harassment laws are changing
Back in April, the Australian Government welcomed the findings of landmark report into workplace sexual harassment.
The report followed an inquiry conducted by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, and it contained 55 recommendations which the Government said it accepted 'in full, in part or in principle'.
But this month, when the Parliament finally legislated the Government's response, several key recommendations didn't make it.
So what's gone missing?
And what happens now?
Today on The Signal, how Australia's workplace sexual harassment laws are changing, what business leaders are saying about it, and what might happen next.
Rhiana Whitson, ABC Business Reporter
Kate Jenkins, Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner
Sam Schreuder, Cafe owner, St Kilda, Melbourne
James Fazzino, Champions of Change Coalition
Our not-so national COVID plan
Despite breaking its daily COVID record again on the weekend, New South Wales is now counting down to reopening in late October.
It's more or less in line with the national plan announced by the Federal Government in August, which sets out that 'Phase B' begins when 70% percent of the population older than 16 has had both doses of a vaccine.
But with every state in territory in a totally different situation, will everyone still want to stick with it?
Today on The Signal, Australia's extremely patchy and halting return to normal.
Do the states and territories have to stick to the national plan? And if not, what do the next few months look like?
Dr Anne Twomey, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Sydney
This Week: How 9/11 narrowed America’s view of the world
20 years after 9/11, we look at how the attacks fuelled American xenophobia and blinded the US to grave issues beyond terrorism. A view from a Pulitzer Prize winning foreign policy writer, Fred Kaplan, a witness to the Twin Towers catastrophe. Also why national debate about “opening up” must include wider use of rapid testing.