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Background Briefing is investigative journalism at its finest, exploring the issues of the day and examining society in a lively on-the-road documentary style.



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Europe's drug wars

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 08:05:00 +1000

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.Law enforcement agencies are struggling to keep up with an ever-changing trade in drugs (BBC)


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Drill and fill: dentists up in arms over the risks of corporate dentistry

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 08:05:00 +1000

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.Bonuses for the amount of work done may be encouraging unnecessary treatments (Getty Images)


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Shadows of the Sheikh: how an Adelaide Imam with a mysterious past became a media star

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:05:00 +1000

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.Imam Tawhidi's media appearances have caused controversy among Australian muslims (Islamic Association of SA)


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Under the radar: how the global gambling industry is encroaching on amateur sport

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 08:05:00 +1000

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.Small matches like this one in Hobart's Southern Basketball League have been offered up for live online betting (Carol Rääbus / ABC)


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Cyber insecurity: the skills shortage exposing Australia to attack

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 08:05:00 +1000

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.The WannaCry virus affected hundreds of thousands of computers across the globe including at hospitals, banks and universities (ABC)


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On deadline: countdown to crunchtime for newspapers

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 08:05:00 +1000

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.Established newspapers are slashing staff, while Crinkling News is just getting started. (Tiger Webb / ABC)


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The cost of a kidney

Sun, 28 May 2017 08:05:00 +1000

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 same thing.Getty / Owen Franken


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A failure to care: the Oakden nursing home

Sun, 21 May 2017 08:05:00 +1000

How did Oakden, a state and commonwealth funded home for the elderly, fail its vulnerable patients and their families? Christine El-Khoury investigates.The Oakden Older Persons Mental Health facility is being closed after allegations of abuse. (ABC News: Matt Coleman)


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WestConnex: good debt or bad debt?

Sun, 14 May 2017 08:05:00 +1000

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.(Hugh Peterswald/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)


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Machetes, migrants, and misinformation: why Africans are copping the blame for Melbourne crime wave

Sun, 07 May 2017 08:05:00 +1000

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 .Melbourne's Sudanese youth have been blamed for a variety of crimes, but are they really to blame? (David Lewis/ABC)


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The RSL at War

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:05:00 +1000

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.Australia's oldest veterans organisation is dogged by scandal. (ABC News: Michael Vincent)


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Doctors and suicide: Why does it keep happening?

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 08:05:00 +1000

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 15, 2015A doctor takes a break in a hospital. (Chris Whitehead/Getty images)


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Nightmare build

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 08:05:00 +1000

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 investigates.


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Katherine Hospital: Back from the brink

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:05:00 +1100

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 and the lessons to be learned.Gaye was diagnosed with tongue cancer and sent to Darwin Hospital for chemotherapy, when she returned to Katherine Hospital medical staff there realised she was deaf. Now she has a hearing aid and can communicate with the doctors and nurses. She couldn't do this at Darwin hospital. (Dr Simon Quilty)


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The schools squeeze: how the apartment boom is overcrowding classrooms

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 08:05:00 +1100

Too many students and not enough classrooms. How did government's get it so wrong? David Lewis investigates.Students sit in a classroom, generic (ABC TV)


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How did Westpac's e-waste end up on the worst dump in the world?

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 08:05:00 +1100

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.Young men burning e-waste to extract metals at the Agbobbloshi dump in the Ghanaian capital Accra. (ABC RN: Mike Anane)


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How Centrelink's 'robodebt' ran off the rails

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 08:05:00 +1100

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.Australia's Human Services Minister Alan Tudge speaks during House of Representatives Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (AAP: Lukas Coch)


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No shelter at the showground

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:05:00 +1100

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.(Bronwyn Adcock/ABC Radio National)


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Up the creek: Less water for the Murray-Darling Basin

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 08:05:00 +1100

The strategy to fix the Murray-Darling hangs in the balance as states and irrigators squabble over returning more water back to the river.Should the river recovery plan be dialled back? (James Hancock: ABC News)


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Surrogacy secrets

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 08:05:00 +1100

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.


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Bullied to death: the short life of Tyrone Unsworth

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 08:05:00 +1100

The 13-year-old Brisbane schoolboy committed suicide after years of being bullied at schools for being different. David Lewis investigates did his school let him down?Tyrone Unsworth loved to dress up. (Supplied: Gypsie-Lee Edwards Kennard)


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Why did my baby die?

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 08:05:00 +1100

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.Experts say up to a third of stillbirths are preventable. (ABC RN: Alex McClintock)


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Death in Kalgoorlie

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:05:00 +1100

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.Memorial to teenager Elijah Doughty in Kalgoorlie (ABC: Sarah Dingle)


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Sis, we've got your back

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 08:05:00 +1100

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.Agnes Donovan : "Dootch saw us sitting there with the victim, and then he looked at his family and said 'Did you see all the ass wipes sitting on this side of the courtroom?" Seated with her best friend Veronica Bird (ABC RN/Bronywn Adcock)


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The death of VET FEE HELP

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:05:00 +1100

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.TAFE Victoria faces $100m in cuts (Lateline)


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Insurance industry stuck in 'dark ages', say mental health advocates

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:05:00 +1100

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.One in five Australians will experience mental illness, and insurers say extending coverage for mental health as they do for broken bones would send them broke. (ABC News: Patrick Williams)


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Why is CSIRO losing its brightest stars?

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 08:05:00 +1100

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. Hagar Cohen investigates.


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The Joint Strike Fighter

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 08:05:00 +1100

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.A Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in February 2013. (Lockheed Martin)


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System black

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 08:05:00 +1100

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.(7pm TV News SA)


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Death in Kalgoorlie

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 08:05:00 +1100

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 language.)Memorial to teenager Elijah Doughty in Kalgoorlie (ABC: Sarah Dingle)


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Murder on the Derwent

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:05:00 +1100

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 boat at the centre of the murder case, the Four Winds, on the Derwent River. (Supplied)


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The China Syndrome

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 08:05:00 +1100

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.China experts are raising concerns about the influence of China's government on Australian university campuses. (Getty: Kokkai Ng)


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The battle over Sydney's heart

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 08:05:00 +1100

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.Some social housing residents are attempting to stay in Millers Point. (ABC RN: Tiger Webb)


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Betting the farm

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 08:05:00 +1100

It's been a year of wild weather and farmers are asking is climate change biting harder and faster than predicted?Climate change is here, there is no doubt about it, says Tasmanian potato farmer Mark McDougall (ABC RN/Jo Chandler)


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Early inheritance syndrome

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:05:00 +1000

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.At any one time, the office of the Public Guardian in Queensland is investigating hundreds of potential cases of financial elder abuse (Getty Images/Maskot)


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The body in the freezer

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 08:05:00 +1000

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'.An artist's interpretation of crime scene photos in the police report for Derrance Stevenson's murder. (ABC RN: Paul McClintock)


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No love lost in the Greens

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:05:00 +1000

You might not know it, but the Greens have a right wing. Mind you, they deny it. Inside the split in the Greens.Jane Oakley, Michael Osborne, Lee Rhiannon and John Kaye. (ABC News: Dan Cox)


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Why did my baby die?

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 08:05:00 +1000

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.Experts say up to a third of stillbirths are preventable. (ABC RN: Alex McClintock)


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Battle of the brewery

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 08:05:00 +1000

How do three casuals in Perth get to decide on a wages deal at the CUB brewery in Melbourne?Union member wears a 'Bitter Victorians' jumper in support of striking workers from Carlton and United Breweries. (ABC RN/Jeremy Story Carter)


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The Brexit factor: Why one in four voters abandoned the major parties

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:05:00 +1000

Disenchanted and feeling left behind one in four voters deserted the old parties. Reporter David Lewis investigates the Brexit factorRay Harvey voted for Pauline Hanson, despite his Chinese wife Sholitze's opposition to her. (ABC RN/David Lewis)


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The brutal politics of a virus that won't go away

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 08:05:00 +1000

Putin's war on drugs is fuelling an AIDS crisis, while in Uganda HIV+ people are being criminalised. Natasha Mitchell reports.Protestor at a march through the Durban CBD, 18 July, 2016 to coincide with the 21st International AIDS Conference (International AIDS Society/Rogan Ward)


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Black Saturday's long shadow

Sun, 07 Aug 2016 08:05:00 +1000

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 investigatesA burnt-out bed and breakfast, destroyed in the Black Saturday bushfire in 2009. (Jeremy Story Carter)


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Banks on trial

Sun, 31 Jul 2016 08:05:00 +1000

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, bad behaviour, champagne and lap dancing.The facade of a ANZ bank branch (ABC RN/Fiona Pepper)


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An inside job

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:05:00 +1000

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.(Gards / Getty Images)


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Selling the stem cell promise

Sun, 17 Jul 2016 08:05:00 +1000

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.(Edward Olive / Getty Images)


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The Extra Mile

Sun, 10 Jul 2016 08:05:00 +1000

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.There’s been a 70 per cent rise in the number of Aboriginal children removed from their families in Victoria over the past three years. (VACCA / Deon Van Den Berg)


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The price of milk

Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:05:00 +1000

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 sourGippsland dairy farmer Ron Paynter says there should be a more transparent and robust way of setting milk prices


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The price of politics

Sun, 19 Jun 2016 08:05:00 +1000

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.A new report reveals Australian companies aren't very transparent about their political activities (Getty Images)


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Sis we've got your back

Sun, 12 Jun 2016 08:05:00 +1000

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.Agnes Donovan : "Dootch saw us sitting there with the victim, and then he looked at his family and said 'Did you see all the ass wipes sitting on this side of the courtroom?" Seated with her best friend Veronica Bird (ABC RN/Bronywn Adcock)


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Taken to the cleaners

Sun, 05 Jun 2016 08:05:00 +1000

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 paid.A study has found sixty percent of international students are being ripped off by their employers (Getty images)


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