22 September 2011

7.30 ACT this week

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Coming up this week on 7.30 ACT on ABC1:

Chris Kimball to compere. ( Note next week, a special program to celebrate our 10th anniversary. The program’s original host, Kathleen Hyland will be returning to compere for the occasion. Kathleen got married, moved to Newcastle and has had three children since we last saw her. )

Asbestos Nightmare

First – a story that is very close to home. Last week, one of the editors on this program -Michael O’ourke and his girlfriend were phoned at work and asked to return to their rented house because there was a problem.

The landlord had commissioned a builder to do some renovation and building work around the property.
It turned it that the dust they’d all been walking through for several days – and had landed on all their belongings, bedding and clothes – was asbestos.

Worksafe were shutting down the site.

The couple’s nightmare had just begun. Kate Evans reports.

Vale Madigan

Colin Madigan died this week. But his work will, literally, live on forever in the national capital.

He was the architect of both the High Court and National Gallery buildings. Impossible to imagine the city without them.

Adam Shirley met architects Penleigh Boyd and Andrew Wilson across the lake for a different perspective on the works of Colin Madigan.


In the old days, finding an article in the National Library’s vast collection of newspapers could take weeks of searching through old volumes or scrolling through microfilm.

Now, it can take just seconds using the Library’s online search service, Trove. But this innovation would not have been possible without the assistance of insomniac members of the public.


Earlier this year, an era ended when NASA mothballed its space shuttle program.

Time to reflect on half a century of achievements – with the obvious highlight being the moon landing in 1969.

But before the launch of Apollo 11 came years of planning and research including work by technicians and engineers from Canberra.

They’ve recently marked the 45th anniversary of an ambitious program to map the moon.


To finish this week – the Annual Waterhouse art exhibition is on at the National Archives – it is celebrates the world and works of natural history.

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