Outback kids know a thing or two about remote learning – Life Matters

If your kids have home-schooled over the last 12-months, you’ll appreciate the trials and tribulations of turning the kitchen table into a classroom.

But if you are one of the hundreds of outback children who has attended the School of the Air since the 1960s, remote learning won’t be news to you.

With the School of the Air turning 70 this year, outback home-schooling has come a long way since bandwidth and broadcast.


Tanya Heaslip, Author and former School of the Air student

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When did you last prune your ‘friendscape’? – Life Matters

There’s a lot of information out there on how to make friends but not as much about ditching those friends who are no longer making us feel good.

But, this week an article about how to curate our ‘friendscapes’ has gone viral.

So, how do you strengthen the friendships in your life that are working, cull the ones that aren’t, and work out which is which?


Julie Fitness, Emeritus Professor at the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University in Sydney

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Talkback: Your right to repair – Life Matters

If any products you’ve bought break, from appliances to cars, phones and tractors, did you know that you have a legal right to have them repaired at a reasonable cost?

And the Productivity Commission has just released a report suggesting ways to strengthen that right further.

What are you entitled to under your right to repair? And what can you do if you feel you’ve been given a raw deal?


Julie Abramson, Commissioner, Productivity Commission

Guido Verbist, longtime repair guru, one of the founders of the Repair Cafe movement in Australia, NSW Community Environmental Educator of the Year

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Too Hard Basket: ‘Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup’ – Life Matters

You recently ordered food from your favourite restaurant, one you’ve been going to for nearly a decade, and, to your horror, there was a fly in your meal.

You’ve asked for a refund but should there be some other form of compensation? This is a health and safety issue after all. You’re thinking perhaps it’s a one off, but maybe it has happened to others. What would you do?


Yianni Agisilaou, writer and comedian

Jennifer Wong, writer, comedian and host of ABC series Chopsticks or Fork

Every Friday we challenge our guests with a dilemma from your ‘too hard basket’ – to discuss, unravel, and maybe even help solve for you. Send your dilemma via email on the Life Matters web page or Facebook, ABC Radio National, or send us a voice memo. Keep it to 150 words and you can always use another name.

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