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"Slaughter" house — the scandal inside ANZ

42:42 | May 25th

Porsches and $5 million bonuses, drinking and late night strip clubbing — we go deep into one of Australia’s biggest ever corporate investigations. This is an alleged rate-rigging scandal that engulfed our third largest bank, dragging in some of t...Show More
Proxy war: The outsiders campaigning for the major parties

44:47 | May 11th

This election campaign has involved more than political candidates and parties on the hustings. We’ve seen grassroots community groups, political activist organisations and social media players getting involved too. But, just how influential are th...Show More
Proxy war: The outsiders campaigning for the major parties

45:00 | May 11th

This election campaign has involved more than political candidates and parties on the hustings. We’ve seen grassroots community groups, political activist organisations and social media players getting involved too. But, just how influential are th...Show More
From bias to brutality: How Australia is failing minority groups

40:27 | May 4th

They’ve been spat on, punched in the face, and told to go back to where they came from. Minority groups in Australia insist hate crimes are on the rise since the Christchurch massacre. There have been thousands of reports of property damage as well...Show More
Shitposting to the Senate: How the alt-right infiltrated Parliament

44:28 | Apr 20th

The global rise of the alt-right movement has caught the attention of politicians and police in Australia. But few could have predicted its followers would have already found a home in our federal parliament. Background Briefing has obtained leaked...Show More
The sexual abuse scandal nobody's talking about

43:54 | Apr 13th

When you place a parent or loved one into a nursing home, you trust they'll be looked after by staff. But sexual abuse in aged care is on the rise and the perpetrators are often the very people paid to care for residents. The disturbing trend has ...Show More
The sexual abuse scandal nobody's talking about

43:56 | Apr 13th

When you place a parent or loved one into a nursing home, you trust they'll be looked after by staff. But sexual abuse in aged care is on the rise and the perpetrators are often the very people paid to care for residents. The disturbing trend has ...Show More
How some of Australia's biggest live music shows were funded by a Ponzi scheme

39:13 | Apr 6th

The 2000s were a great time for Australian live music lovers with some of the biggest artists of the decade touring the nation. It was also a time when many of these acts were financed by an elaborate Ponzi scheme. With an exclusive interview with ...Show More
Flight of fancy

43:25 | Mar 30th

When he rediscovered the elusive night parrot in 2013, John Young became a hero in the bird world. But his reputation is now in tatters after the veracity of his latest fieldwork was criticised by a panel of experts. Did the charismatic naturalist...Show More
Haircuts and hate

45:53 | Mar 21st

On Friday 15 March 2019 an Australian man opened fire on two mosques in Christchurch, killing 50 people and wounding as many. There has been much speculation since about where he came from and what his motivations were. A manifesto published online...Show More
This meth we're in

45:48 | Mar 16th

Jacki Whittaker thought one of the bedrooms in her Melbourne rental home smelt like "cat piss". But the real culprit was something far more sinister. The previous tenants had been cooking methamphetamine in the bathroom resulting in significant cont...Show More
Inside Australia's segregated hotel rooms

42:53 | Mar 9th

In this episode, we investigate allegations that staff at a popular Alice Springs hotel managed by Australia’s largest hotel group, Accor, have been segregating Aboriginal guests into inferior rooms. Undercover recordings and a whistleblower account...Show More
Doxxed: Exposing the terrifying new frontier in online abuse

52:10 | Feb 23rd

You've heard of online trolls, but what happens when they share your private data, like your contact details, with malicious intent? ABC Life’s Osman Faruqi found out the hard way. Last August, a far-right activist posted his phone number on social ...Show More
What if your day in court lasted just five minutes?

47:41 | Feb 16th

"Bush Court" is based on a simple premise. If you live in a remote Australia, you won't be forced to travel to the city to seek justice. Instead, justice will come to you. It's kind of like a judicial roadshow with a judge, prosecutor, and defence t...Show More
Murder on trial

40:56 | Feb 9th

In 2011, Boronika Hothnyang was accused of fatally stabbing her best friend, William Awu, directly in the heart. But when police arrived at the scene of the crime, Boronika's apartment in Dandenong south-east of Melbourne, she was fast asleep. Six...Show More
Gridlock

46:01 | Feb 2nd

Australia's national electricity grid has once again buckled under the pressure of a scorching hot summer. Consumers are furious not only about blackouts but rising power bills, too. For decades, politicians have promised solutions they failed to de...Show More
Haircuts and hate

44:36 | Jan 26th

In this episode, Alex Mann investigates how Australia's alt-right movement is covertly influencing mainstream politics. He tracks operatives from a secretive fight club in Sydney to the moment one member was elected to the NSW executive of the Young...Show More
The death of Jeremy Hu

41:43 | Jan 19th

An alleyway brawl that left a Melbourne schoolboy dead, has raised questions about who’s responsible for keeping international students safe in Australia. Year 12 student Jeremy Hu, was repeatedly kicked and stomped on, and he later died of his inju...Show More
Not fare

1:02:13 | Jan 12th

After a spate of recent suicides, taxi licence holders and their families are warning of the mounting human toll of deregulating their industry. Since the arrival of Uber and other ride-sharing apps, a once lucrative investment has plummeted in valu...Show More
The drugs don't work

37:30 | Jan 5th

Thousands of patients may have been put at risk of exposure to tampered drugs by the Queensland Ambulance Service. One 74-year-old grandmother from Brisbane, Barbara Cook, believes paramedics unwittingly gave her a contaminated IV injection. She als...Show More
The anatomy of a scam

41:50 | Dec 22nd, 2018

Binary option scams are one of the biggest financial scams in the world right now and Australians are targets. Scammers use flashy websites to trick victims into thinking they're trading on financial markets. But it's all a charade aimed at encoura...Show More
Could Tara Costigan's murder have been prevented?

37:15 | Dec 15th, 2018

Three years ago Marcus Rappel murdered 28-year-old Tara Costigan with an axe. The murder continues to confront our definition of domestic violence because despite a pattern of verbal aggressions, Rappel had never previously physically abused Costiga...Show More
Could Tara Costigan's murder have been prevented?

37:15 | Dec 15th, 2018

Three years ago Marcus Rappel murdered 28-year-old Tara Costigan with an axe. The murder continues to confront our definition of domestic violence because despite a pattern of verbal aggressions, Rappel had never previously physically abused Costi...Show More
The bird and the businessman

45:01 | Dec 8th, 2018

It’s only 30 kilometres east of Brisbane but the economic gap between Cleveland and the Queensland capital is massive. Now an influential developer wants to revitalise the coastal town by building a $1.4 billion precinct on the foreshore. There’s...Show More
The Implant Files (Part 2)

46:51 | Dec 1st, 2018

Depending on who you believe, getting medical devices approved for use in Australia is either too difficult or alarmingly easy. An investigation by Background Briefing in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has...Show More
The Implant Files (Part 2)

46:57 | Dec 1st, 2018

Depending on who you believe, getting medical devices approved for use in Australia is either too difficult or alarmingly easy. An investigation by Background Briefing in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has...Show More
The Implant Files (Part 1)

46:11 | Nov 25th, 2018

At their best, they save lives. At their worst, they end them. There are more than 57,000 medical devices approved for use in Australia, but how safe are they? An investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in partners...Show More
Burning obsession

33:02 | Nov 24th, 2018

Why would someone intentionally start a bushfire? And if authorities knew why, could they stop them? Background Briefing gains rare access to convicted arsonists and at-risk teens to find out. Alex Mann investigates a new approach that fire authori...Show More
Slavery in the suburbs

43:23 | Nov 17th, 2018

It’s domestic violence with the added threat of deportation. In many South Asian cultures, the bride’s family often pays the groom. But sometimes the demands for dowry don’t stop with the wedding. Migrant women in Australia speak to Sarah Dingle fo...Show More
Breaking point (Part 2)

22:35 | Nov 7th, 2018

The federal government says it's been "quietly" removing children from Nauru "in accordance with our policies", but lawyers in Australia tell a different story. They've been fighting the Department of Home Affairs in the Federal Court to secure the ...Show More
Two years of Trump

41:48 | Nov 3rd, 2018

He promised to ''drain the swamp'' in Washington, but has Donald Trump kept his word? The upcoming midterm elections are shaping up as a referendum on his presidency so far. Reporter James Bennett travelled to Virginia to investigate whether the bus...Show More
Breaking point (Part 1)

37:15 | Oct 27th, 2018

Has the federal government been ignoring a mental health crisis among child refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru? Background Briefing has obtained dozens of questionnaires that provide a snapshot of how kids on the island were faring between 2015 an...Show More
Seeds of doubt

43:13 | Oct 20th, 2018

Across the country, there have been more than 100 reports of needles found inside strawberries picked and packed for public consumption. The contamination scandal brought an industry to its knees and police are no closer to the truth. It's a myster...Show More
Haircuts and hate

44:43 | Oct 13th, 2018

In this episode, Alex Mann investigates how Australia's alt-right movement is covertly influencing mainstream politics. He tracks operatives from a secretive fight club in Sydney to the moment one member was elected to the NSW executive of the Young...Show More
More than a fight

44:35 | Sep 29th, 2018

On New Year's Eve, 1983, the driver of a train passing through Kempsey in NSW made a grim discovery. The body of Lewis "Buddy" Kelly was strewn across the tracks. Police said the 16-year-old's death was an accident, but his family suspects foul play...Show More
Update: The talented Mr Daly

43:57 | Sep 22nd, 2018

It was a $20 million investment scheme that saw the retirement savings of more than 100 investors used as a piggy bank for company directors who borrowed funds to cover cash flow problems and even a divorce settlement. This week, Mario Christodoulo...Show More
The clinic of last resort

44:49 | Sep 8th, 2018

They're legal in most states, subject to conditions, so why are women so often denied late surgical abortions? In this episode, Hagar Cohen goes inside the only private clinic in the country where pregnancies can be terminated between 20 and 24 wee...Show More
Burning down the house

39:35 | Sep 1st, 2018

We now have our seventh prime minister in 10 years. What the hell is going on? This week, Background Briefing brings you a three-part special on the Liberal Party's leadership crisis. We witness the downfall of Malcolm Turnbull, speak to the conser...Show More
The talented Mr Daly

43:01 | Aug 25th, 2018

Peter Daly projects confidence and success. He wears gold rings, gold cufflinks, and a gold watch. The market, he says, is his backyard and he knows it "damn well". But the 59-year-old is actually in a world of trouble. The corporate watchdog, ASIC...Show More
Notes on a scandal

43:25 | Aug 18th, 2018

Jaimie Byrne was supposed to be checked by nurses every 15 to 30 minutes while he was sleeping at Coffs Harbour Hospital in NSW on July 5, 2014. But the 42-year-old was found dead inside the mental health unit the next morning, leaving his wife and ...Show More
Russia, If You're Listening: Paul Manafort On Trial

21:38 | Aug 11th, 2018

Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort is the subject of the first trial of the Mueller investigation, which is underway in Alexandria, Virginia. Despite the fact that his charges have nothing to do with the Trump campaign, there is intense scr...Show More
Not fare

41:56 | Aug 4th, 2018

After a spate of recent suicides, taxi licence holders and their families are warning of the mounting human toll of deregulating their industry. Since the arrival of Uber and other ride-sharing apps, a once lucrative investment has plummeted in valu...Show More
Rough justice

43:06 | Jul 28th, 2018

The shocking rape of a two-year-old girl in the Northern Territory this February exposed a child protection system in crisis. Some caseworkers say the threshold for removing a child from their family is too high and that authorities should interven...Show More
They're still victims

44:16 | Jul 21st, 2018

There is an ethical dilemma confronting the national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse. Should applicants who have themselves committed serious crimes receive financial assistance? The federal, state, and territory governments belie...Show More
When the dust settles

38:21 | Jul 14th, 2018

Asbestos continues to kill more people than car accidents every year in Australia. Once seen as a wondrous building material it remains in millions of homes in neighbourhoods around the country. Reporter Mario Christodoulou investigates Australia’s ...Show More
The drugs don't work

37:28 | Jul 7th, 2018

Thousands of patients may have been put at risk of exposure to tampered drugs by the Queensland Ambulance Service. One 74-year-old grandmother from Brisbane, Barbara Cook, believes paramedics unwittingly gave her a contaminated IV injection. She als...Show More
Remembering Liz Jackson

46:38 | Jul 4th, 2018

Last week, Australian journalism lost one of its greats. Liz Jackson, who won multiple Walkley awards, is perhaps best known for her work at Four Corners, but she cut her teeth in investigative journalism here at Background Briefing. In 1992, Liz t...Show More
Carers who kill

40:03 | Jun 23rd, 2018

Almost one person with a disability is killed by their carer every three months in Australia. For the first time, Background Briefing has calculated this number by reviewing years of court documents and media reports. When a person with disabilitie...Show More
Changing habits: Regional city calls for drug and crime rethink

42:03 | Jun 16th, 2018

A community in regional NSW is pushing for a different approach to how it handles drug-related crime. While politicians have promised a drug court to divert offenders into rehabilitation, very little has been done. In this Background Briefing inve...Show More
Unravel: Blood on the Tracks

43:41 | Jun 9th, 2018

30 years after a young Aboriginal boy was found dead on the train tracks in the NSW town of Tamworth, the cause of his death remains a mystery. After a botched police investigation, his family decided to seek answers on their own – with devastating ...Show More
Macquarie'd - The advice scandal at Australia's fifth-largest bank

42:30 | Jun 2nd, 2018

Former Macquarie Bank clients are accusing the institution of pushing them into higher risk trading categories with fewer protections. Thousands of customers, including those with self-managed superannuation funds, were categorized as “sophisticated...Show More
Introducing ... Russia If You're Listening

18:31 | May 29th, 2018

The oligarchs hold the power and the money in Russia. So who are they and why does your average Russian billionaire care about who sits in The White House? This week on Background Briefing we're introducing you to the ABC's new podcast, Russia if Yo...Show More
Fentanyl: A national emergency (part 2)

37:56 | May 26th, 2018

Paramedics across Australia are stealing lethal opioids to cope with workplace trauma. Freedom of Information documents reveal nearly 100 investigations into the misappropriation of addictive drugs by ambulance workers since 2010. In this co-produc...Show More
Fentanyl: A national emergency (part 1)

36:05 | May 19th, 2018

Alarming numbers of Australians are dying from fentanyl overdoses at increasing rates and undercover recordings show just how easy it is to get it. A NSW coronial inquest into the deaths of six people has just found double the amount of people die f...Show More
Best laid plans update: The Senate votes

17:08 | May 10th, 2018

The Australian Senate passed an amendment to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan this week. This means that remaining water recovery, more than 600 billion litres, for the environment will not go ahead. Reporter Sarah Dingle and executive producer Alice...Show More
Best laid plans (Part 2)

40:06 | May 5th, 2018

The Federal Senate is due to vote on major changes to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan– if it passes, it will effectively end further water recovery for the environment in the river system. The Basin States claim we can stop water recovery now, because...Show More
Best laid plans (Part 2)

40:06 | May 5th, 2018

The Federal Senate is due to vote on major changes to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan– if it passes, it will effectively end further water recovery for the environment in the river system. The Basin States claim we can stop water recovery now, because ...Show More
Best laid plans (Part 1)

39:18 | Apr 28th, 2018

Australia is halfway into the most expensive environmental program ever mounted—the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. We've spent more than $8 billion trying to ensure the future of this crucial river system, but the plan is at risk of failing. Over two e...Show More
Is that a steroid in my supplement? (Part 2)

36:42 | Apr 21st, 2018

More Australians use sports supplements than almost any other country – but do we know what’s in them? triple j reporter James Purtill and Alex Mann investigate the killer contaminants fuelling Australia’s body beautiful obsession. The team talks t...Show More
Is that a steroid in my supplement? (Part 1)

38:27 | Apr 14th, 2018

Organised criminals and heavy steroid users are importing raw powders to manufacture the drugs in their own backyard. Our two part program shows that while police trumpet their successes through rising arrest figures, users and dealers say it’s neve...Show More
Churches for sale

41:56 | Mar 31st, 2018

Background Briefing investigates the stretched finances of the Anglican Church. The Newcastle Diocese is struggling to find the money to pay victims of child sexual abuse so it is using money raised from selling churches to foot the bill. Reporter ...Show More
Esteemed Australian scientist at the centre of a sexual harassment investigation

41:12 | Mar 24th, 2018

Sexual harassment allegations against one of Australia’s most esteemed statisticians are forcing the country's science organisations to confront the issue, head on. The science community has been quietly grappling with the issue, but until now it’s ...Show More
The death of Jeremy Hu

41:12 | Mar 17th, 2018

An alleyway brawl that left a Melbourne schoolboy dead, has raised questions about who’s responsible for keeping international students safe in Australia. Year 12 student Jeremy Hu, was repeatedly kicked and stomped on, and he later died of his inju...Show More
The anatomy of a scam

41:52 | Mar 10th, 2018

Binary option scams are one of the biggest financial scams in the world right now and Australians are targets. Scammers use flashy websites to trick victims into thinking they're trading on financial markets. But it's all a charade aimed at encoura...Show More
Introducing ... The Signal

19:13 | Mar 1st, 2018

ABC has a new daily podcast. It’s called The Signal, and it's here to sort the news from the noise. To get a new episode of The Signal every morning, search for it where ever you get your podcasts, and hit subscribe.
Could Tara Costigan's murder have been prevented?

37:13 | Feb 24th, 2018

Three years ago Marcus Rappel murdered 28-year-old Tara Costigan with an axe. The murder continues to confront our definition of domestic violence because despite a pattern of verbal aggressions, Rappel had never previously physically abused Costi...Show More
International crime figures look to Australia to launder money

36:58 | Feb 17th, 2018

International experts are warning that Australia is one of the most attractive destinations to launder money through real estate. Criminals from all over the world are looking at mansions in the suburbs of Melbourne and Sydney to park their cash....Show More
Sexual harassment in the police force

42:40 | Feb 10th, 2018

Each year, NSW Police officers lodge around 200 harassment complaints against their own colleagues. About a quarter of those are for sex-based harassment. But for many victims, speaking out can be just as bad as the abuse itself. Alex Mann...Show More
The forgotten cancers

36:41 | Feb 3rd, 2018

They're responsible for half of all cancer-related deaths in Australia, but receive only a small amount of research funding. As a result, rare and less common cancers have incredibly low survival rates. Reporter David Lewis follows one woman'...Show More
Introducing Ear Hustle

15:11 | Jan 3rd, 2018

How do you make a podcast inside prison? Ear Hustle's Nigel Poor talks risky stories, Australian listeners and toilet humour.
The Base: Pine Gap's role in US Warfighting

43:12 | Dec 16th, 2017

Summer series: Top-secret documents exclusively obtained by Background Briefing reveal the extent to which Australia is assisting the United States military in conflicts worldwide. Peter Cronau reports.
No place for paedophiles

31:11 | Dec 9th, 2017

Summer series: Prisons and aged care providers are sounding the alarm over the growing number of elderly convicted sex offenders and other serious criminals, and the lack of appropriate aged care facilities to take care of them their twilight years. ...Show More
Fire ant threat: Mismanagement of Australia’s eradication effort

39:23 | Dec 2nd, 2017

Whistleblowers accuse the agency in charge of the largest pest eradication effort in Australia’s history of mismanagement.
Prescription killer: Australia's imminent fentanyl epidemic

37:11 | Nov 25th, 2017

New exclusive figures show alarming numbers of Australians are dying from fentanyl overdoses at increasing rate.
Burning obsession

34:00 | Nov 18th, 2017

Why do bushfire arsonists commit their crimes? Alex Mann investigates.
Katherine Hospital

41:19 | Nov 11th, 2017

Repeat: How Katherine Hospital turned its fortunes around and the lessons to be learned.
The toughest schools: Walgett's education experiment

41:08 | Oct 28th, 2017

Can a failing school be turned around with money and community engagement? Brendan King investigates.
Betting on bitcoin: The risky world of cryptocurrency

33:36 | Oct 21st, 2017

The technology behind cryptocurrency could revolutionise our financial system—but is this unregulated innovation worth the risk?
Fiji silenced part 2: Controlling the message

41:58 | Oct 14th, 2017

First-hand accounts and leaked documents reveal the extent of the Fijian government’s control over the media and public service, and why freedom of the press is at an all-time low. Hagar Cohen reports.
Fiji silenced part 1: China's secret mission exposed

40:31 | Oct 7th, 2017

Why did Chinese police enter Fiji and deport 77 of their own citizens? Hagar Cohen investigates.
Mafia on the move: How the 'ndrangheta came to Australia

40:18 | Sep 30th, 2017

A mafia member who turned informant warns that the ‘ndrangheta, or Calabrian mafia, have an organised presence in Australia. Connie Agius reports.
Drug justice: The Duterte solution

41:31 | Sep 23rd, 2017

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has seen hundreds of thousands imprisoned and many killed. Ginny Stein reports.
No place for paedophiles

31:11 | Sep 16th, 2017

Prisons and aged care providers are sounding the alarm over the growing number of elderly convicted sex offenders and other serious criminals, and the lack of appropriate aged care facilities to take care of them their twilight years. Alex Mann repor...Show More
A whisky business

41:54 | Sep 9th, 2017

It was a whisky investment scheme marketed by a famous cricketer and a fast yacht, but it turned into an almighty hangover, with hundreds left wondering where their barrels went. David Lewis investigates.
South Sudan: a failure to act

00:15 | Sep 2nd, 2017

When local and international aid workers came under attack in South Sudan's capital, why did UN peacekeepers just over a kilometre away fail to respond?
Critical failure: the preventable deaths that keep happening in hospitals

40:13 | Aug 26th, 2017

How a series of blunders and the death of an 18-year-old girl have fed a wave of anger over the treatment of suicidal patients in hospitals. Tim Roxburgh investigates.
The Base: Pine Gap's role in US Warfighting

43:13 | Aug 19th, 2017

Top-secret documents exclusively obtained by Background Briefing reveal the extent to which Australia is assisting the United States military in conflicts worldwide. Peter Cronau reports.
Shot to pieces: How the Adler fight threatens our national gun laws

40:00 | Aug 12th, 2017

Could the political fight over the Adler unravel Australia’s national gun laws? Paddy Manning reports.
Rape shaming: Why some women are naming their alleged attackers online

41:34 | Aug 5th, 2017

Women who say the police have failed to properly investigate their rape cases are taking matters into their own hands, and they have police worried. Hagar Cohen reports.
Nowhere to go

35:06 | Jul 29th, 2017

A radical move to privatise government group homes for people with disability is underway in NSW ahead of the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. David Lewis investigates.
Europe's drug wars

00:34 | Jul 8th, 2017

Twenty years after the assassination of Irish crime reporter Veronica Guerin, gangland killings continue in Dublin. The gangs have links across Europe, where authorities are struggling to keep up with an ever-changing drug trade.
Drill and fill: dentists up in arms over the risks of corporate dentistry

38:50 | Jul 1st, 2017

As health insurance companies and corporate chains buy up surgeries, some dentists say benchmarks and bonuses are influencing the type of treatment you get when you’re in the chair. Paddy Manning reports.
Shadows of the Sheikh: how an Adelaide Imam with a mysterious past became a media star

40:42 | Jun 24th, 2017

He warns we're facing an infestation of radical clerics, and he's called for Islamic schools to be shut down. But Mohammed Tawhidi has a mysterious history that sits awkwardly alongside his new image as reformer-in-chief of Islam in Australia.
Under the radar: how the global gambling industry is encroaching on amateur sport

35:18 | Jun 17th, 2017

The global gambling industry is moving in on Australian amateur sport, offering live odds and exotic bets for offshore gamblers on small-time matches that barely draw a crowd.
Cyber insecurity: the skills shortage exposing Australia to attack

34:15 | Jun 10th, 2017

Australian governments and businesses have finally woken up to the scale of the cyber threats we face. But in the race to snap up computer security experts, we may have started too late.
On deadline: countdown to crunchtime for newspapers

33:29 | Jun 3rd, 2017

Newspapers are slashing jobs, and the Senate has launched an inquiry into the future of journalism. But amidst the gloom, some ex-Fairfax journalists are putting everything on the line to launch new media outlets.
The cost of a kidney

01:41 | May 27th, 2017

It's a long wait to receive a kidney transplant if you're part of an ethnic minority in the UK. Some patients are so desperate, they're travelling to countries like Pakistan for risky operations, and there's evidence that Australians may be doing the...Show More
A failure to care: the Oakden nursing home

36:18 | May 20th, 2017

How did Oakden, a state and commonwealth funded home for the elderly, fail its vulnerable patients and their families? Christine El-Khoury investigates.
WestConnex: good debt or bad debt?

38:33 | May 13th, 2017

As the government talks up its commitment to infrastructure, some experts are querying whether the nation’s biggest transport project will solve the problem it was designed to fix. Paddy Manning investigates.
Machetes, migrants, and misinformation: why Africans are copping the blame for Melbourne crime wave

39:54 | May 6th, 2017

Should young migrants be deported if they commit a criminal offence? A new federal inquiry is considering just this, and in the frame are Sudanese youth accused of home invasions and car jackings in Melbourne. David Lewis investigates .
The RSL at War

38:37 | Apr 22nd, 2017

On the eve of Anzac day the RSL is facing its biggest test yet, as diggers question whether their leaders have their true interests at heart.
Doctors and suicide: Why does it keep happening?

35:43 | Apr 8th, 2017

In the last few months there has been another cluster of young doctors taking their own lives. Critics say the culture of medicine and doctors' own fear of being vulnerable is stopping them asking for help. This story was originally broadcast on Feb...Show More
Nightmare build

38:19 | Apr 1st, 2017

Buying a new apartment? Defects are driving many owners to court to get their leaks and defects fixed after they discover changes to insurance law means they are no longer covered. It's you versus the builder, so bring your lawyer. Tim Roxburgh i...Show More
Katherine Hospital: Back from the brink

41:24 | Mar 25th, 2017

Just five years ago this Northern Territory hospital was facing closure. Its doctors were out of their depth and indigenous patients were leaving the wards in droves. This is the remarkable story of how Katherine Hospital turned its fortunes around a...Show More
The schools squeeze: how the apartment boom is overcrowding classrooms

37:43 | Mar 18th, 2017

Too many students and not enough classrooms. How did government's get it so wrong? David Lewis investigates.
How did Westpac's e-waste end up on the worst dump in the world?

36:15 | Mar 11th, 2017

There's a roaring international racket in hazardous e-waste. This is the story of how one of our biggest banks discovered its e-waste dumped on West Africa's notorious Agbogbloshie dump in Ghana. Rebecca Le Tourneau investigates.
How Centrelink's 'robodebt' ran off the rails

34:52 | Mar 4th, 2017

The government's troubled debt recovery system has caused an uproar. Thousands of welfare recipients have been hit with debts which they have no idea how they were calculated. Colin Cosier investigates.
No shelter at the showground

42:51 | Feb 25th, 2017

An Australian town rises up against homeless people who set up a tent shantytown at the local showground. Bronwyn Adcock reports on a big city problem that's come to Nowra on the NSW south coast.
Up the creek: Less water for the Murray-Darling Basin

37:44 | Feb 18th, 2017

The strategy to fix the Murray-Darling hangs in the balance as states and irrigators squabble over returning more water back to the river.
Surrogacy secrets

32:29 | Feb 11th, 2017

As Asian countries crack down on surrogacy, it's booming here in Australia. The rules say a surrogate can't be paid, but desperation is driving some people to flout the law.
Bullied to death: the short life of Tyrone Unsworth

32:13 | Feb 4th, 2017

The 13-year-old Brisbane schoolboy committed suicide after years of being bullied at schools for being different. Did Tyrone Unsworth's school let him down?
Why did my baby die?

36:31 | Jan 28th, 2017

Summer series: Six babies are born still every day in Australia. Up to a third of those deaths might be preventable, but experts say fatalistic and outdated attitudes are holding back progress. Hager Cohen investigates.
Death in Kalgoorlie

40:34 | Jan 21st, 2017

Summer series: The death of a young indigenous boy sparked a town riot at the court house, and the search for answers as to why he died. Sarah Dingle reports.
Sis, we've got your back

40:41 | Dec 10th, 2016

Summer series: The women who spoke out against a protected paedophile in their midst were trolled and threatened by their own community. Their story is extraordinary.
The death of VET FEE HELP

37:07 | Dec 3rd, 2016

Summer series: It was the student subsidy that was too good to be true. Students were the losers when billions were rorted by cowboys who spotted a government scheme that was just too easy to rip-off.
Insurance industry stuck in 'dark ages', say mental health advocates

41:11 | Nov 26th, 2016

Doctor shopping. Delaying vital medical care. Digging into your private records. When it comes to your mental health, are insurers playing fair? Natasha Mitchell investigates.
Why is CSIRO losing its brightest stars?

39:36 | Nov 19th, 2016

Some of CSIRO's top women astronomers are quitting due to a dysfunctional workplace that they say protects harassers and punishes them instead. It's not just a loss for Australia's leading science organisation, but an appalling loss to the nation. Ha...Show More
The Joint Strike Fighter

41:00 | Nov 12th, 2016

US president-elect Donald Trump is on record saying the JSF is 'not a very good plane'. Reporter Sarah Dingle investigates one of our most expensive and troubled defence acquisitions ever.
System black

32:37 | Nov 5th, 2016

When a massive storm ripped through South Australia the state went into 'system black'. With the blackout barely hours old it became a political football. David Lewis investigates.
Death in Kalgoorlie

40:23 | Oct 29th, 2016

When a 14-year-old Indigenous boy was allegedly run over and killed by a 55-year-old white man driving a ute, a WA mining town erupted. Sarah Dingle investigates death and desperation in Kalgoorlie. (Warning: This audio download contains strong lang...Show More
Murder on the Derwent

39:42 | Oct 22nd, 2016

It's the murder trial that split Tasmania. But is Sue Neill-Fraser innocent or is she - as the jury found - a calculating, manipulative liar who murdered her husband?
The China Syndrome

40:31 | Oct 15th, 2016

Is Chinese soft power curtailing academic freedom in our universities? And why are Chinese students afraid of speaking out against the Chinese communist party? Hagar Cohen investigates.
The battle over Sydney's heart

40:48 | Oct 8th, 2016

The eviction of social housing tenants from Sydney's CBD is nearly complete. Heritage, history and the wellbeing of an ageing population has been traded off to build more social housing elsewhere.
Betting the farm

40:11 | Oct 1st, 2016

It's been a year of wild weather and farmers are asking is climate change biting harder and faster than predicted?
Early inheritance syndrome

38:09 | Sep 24th, 2016

Children and carers are trying to get their hands on the assets of elderly and vulnerable people who still have many years of life ahead of them. As David Lewis found out, the perpetrators often get away with it.
The body in the freezer

40:01 | Sep 17th, 2016

In 1979 an Adelaide lawyer was shot and his body stuffed in a freezer with frozen food. His boyfriend was found guilty. Now he's appealing that and now suggests the killing was linked to the infamous 'family murders'.
No love lost in the Greens

38:13 | Sep 10th, 2016

You might not know it, but the Greens have a right wing. Mind you, they deny it. Inside the split in the Greens.
Why did my baby die?

36:58 | Sep 3rd, 2016

Six babies are born still every day in Australia. Up to a third of those deaths might be preventable, but experts say fatalistic and outdated attitudes are holding back progress. Hager Cohen investigates.
Battle of the brewery

37:11 | Aug 27th, 2016

How do three casuals in Perth get to decide on a wages deal at the CUB brewery in Melbourne?
The Brexit factor: Why one in four voters abandoned the major parties

39:06 | Aug 20th, 2016

Disenchanted and feeling left behind one in four voters deserted the old parties. Reporter David Lewis investigates the Brexit factor
The brutal politics of a virus that won't go away

41:18 | Aug 13th, 2016

Putin's war on drugs is fuelling an AIDS crisis, while in Uganda HIV+ people are being criminalised. Natasha Mitchell reports.
Black Saturday's long shadow

35:43 | Aug 6th, 2016

Seven and a half years after the deadly Black Saturday bushfires, the ordeal is still not over for many. An historic half billion dollar class action settlement has still not been paid out. Rachel Carbonell investigates
Banks on trial

38:41 | Jul 30th, 2016

Three of Australia’s biggest banks stand accused of manipulating a key part of the wiring behind our financial system. As Mario Christodoulou found out, the unfolding court battle is providing a glimpse inside a sometimes-seedy world of high salaries...Show More
An inside job

00:59 | Jul 23rd, 2016

Migrants and asylum seekers attempting to enter the UK sometimes use boats, but more often hide themselves in cars and trucks. To the frustration of UK authorities, it’s often British people smugglers who offer to take people across the border.
Selling the stem cell promise

34:38 | Jul 16th, 2016

Clinics across the country are offering stem cell therapy for everything from Alzheimer's to arthritis, but some patients are coming to harm, with little evidence to support the procedures they're undergoing. Ann Arnold reports.
The Extra Mile

40:46 | Jul 9th, 2016

As the number of Aboriginal kids in out-of-home care skyrockets, Victoria's child protection system has failed to reconnect many of these children with their culture, families and communities. Bridget Brennan investigates.
The price of milk

33:29 | Jun 25th, 2016

Thousands of dairy farmers have been hit with huge debts after Murray Goulburn misread the market and blew up the milk price. David Lewis investigates how it all went so sour
The price of politics

41:33 | Jun 18th, 2016

For the first time, Australia's top ASX companies are given a score for how open they are their political spending. Di Martin reports our biggest corporations fall well below international best practice.
Sis we've got your back

41:55 | Jun 11th, 2016

When Indigenous leader Roy 'Dootch' Kennedy was finally jailed for his sex crimes, the women who stood up for his victim were pilloried and harassed. Bronwyn Adcock investigates.
Taken to the cleaners

40:30 | Jun 4th, 2016

The exploitation of vulnerable workers goes far beyond the 7-Eleven scandal. There's a huge labour black market in cleaning and hospitality ripping off international students. Ann Arnold follows the trail of international students just trying to get ...Show More
The inconvenient scientists

41:45 | May 28th, 2016

A third of the CSIRO's climate scientists have been sacked. It's part of a radical change in direction at Australia's premier science organisation. Will this leave Australia vulnerable to climate change? Paddy Manning investigates. (Warning: This aud...Show More
Is the fertility industry misleading women?

40:14 | May 21st, 2016

Freezing your eggs is a hot topic for women in their thirties, and more of them are doing it. But is the IVF industry giving women false hope about their real chances of having a baby? Hagar Cohen investigates.
A licence to pollute: Mount Isa mines

37:57 | May 14th, 2016

Mount Isa Mines is one Australia's top polluters. Now families are starting to sue for the health impacts on their children.
Silencing public servants

34:47 | May 7th, 2016

The Fair Work Commission has ruled that Centrelink's decision to sack an employee for anonymous posts critical of the department on a discussion group was a "gross intrusion on the private lives of public servants". The Department is now appealing. W...Show More
Manildra money: did a big political donor buy favourable legislation?

40:24 | Apr 30th, 2016

What's the link between NSW's ethanol in fuel laws and political donations?
Crack a baby's back

36:14 | Apr 23rd, 2016

Chiropractors are manipulating the spines of newborns to treat colic. The practice has caused an almighty uproar in the profession
Ebola with wings: the TB crisis on our doorstop

40:57 | Apr 16th, 2016

A deadly new strain of tuberculosis is incubating on the small PNG island of Daru, 10 kilometres off the top of northern Australia. Experts are calling it 'Ebola with wings'.
The education free-for-all

38:48 | Apr 9th, 2016

The VET FEE HELP scheme has descended into chaos. Enrolment forms were being flogged on Gumtree. The Turnbull government will have to write off billions in bad debt.
Queer, young and homeless

40:04 | Apr 2nd, 2016

Why does being young and queer make you more at risk of being homeless? David Lewis investigates why home is not a safe place to be.