In China, almost 2000 people have died as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) with tens of thousands more infected. Authorities are resorting to extreme measures to try to halt the contagion. To try to contain the spread, Australian authorities have effectively sealed our borders to people travelling from China. Four Corners charts how the outbreak occurred and investigates whether a cover up by Chinese authorities allowed the virus to spread.
Private school privilege and a cover up culture. Schools promise academic excellence and pledge to turn out fine young men and women, but has a desire to protect reputation at all costs allowed a toxic culture to flourish? Four Corners uncovers evidence of how a desire to protect reputation at all costs has allowed a toxic culture to flourish. Louise Milligan reports on the "toxic masculinity" culture that allegedly thrives within St Kevin’s College in Toorak.
A criminal scandal stretching from the White House to Australia. Stephanie March investigates the insider trading scandal that engulfed US congressman Chris Collins and his Sydney-based investment, posing major questions for Australian regulators.
They are the videos that stunned the world - images from the firegrounds capturing the ferocity of the bushfires that have raged across Australia. We bring you the people and the stories behind the heart-stopping footage.
There’s no more precious resource in Australia than our children. Equipping them with the reading and writing skills to face the future is vital, not only for their own success but for the nation's prosperity. Alarmingly, a number of test results and international benchmarks indicate some of our children are slipping behind in the key area of literacy. Four Corners examines the way reading and writing is being taught in our schools to find out what is going wrong.
The man wrongly accused in the William Tyrrell child abduction investigation, Bill Spedding, speaks publicly for the first time. How did a single-minded approach by police lead to mistakes and missed opportunities?
The promises are big, bold and enticing: massive salaries, cars, holidays and life as an ‘influencer’. Job advertisements inviting young women to join online selling schemes are sweeping through social media feeds and attracting millions to sign up. It's sold as a dream job where you can work flexible hours from home and earn a commission on what you sell. What’s not clear from the advertisements is the true business model, based on network or multilevel marketing.
The scandalous case of Lawyer X and the underbelly murder investigations. Prominent figures reveal the story of cops, criminals, murder and betrayal, and how the actions of Victoria Police have undermined the justice system.
Australia's universities are embroiled in a growing geopolitical storm amid rising concerns over expanding Chinese power abroad. Is Australian technology and know-how being used to help strengthen China's repressive regime?
Sir Trevor McDonald investigates the extraordinary case of one of Britain's worst serial killers: Beverly Allitt, a young female nurse who murdered and attacked children in her care.
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Dying is an expensive business with the billion-dollar funeral industry virtually unregulated. We reveal the dubious tactics of some in the industry, from price gouging, unethical conduct and questionable treatment of bodies.
Social media has transformed the way we communicate and how we express our thoughts and emotions. Whether it's Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp or any number of digital platforms, there are more ways than ever for people to make their views known. Now the concern is that social media sites have morphed into the perfect platform for orchestrated disinformation campaigns which could shape identities and attitudes. As governments around the world grapple with calls to regulate what is published on social media, and with tech companies fiercely resisting attempts to curtail their business model, this timely program explores these key issues.
How your postcode can determine the quality of the care you get. Hospitals are supposed to be a place of care where patients are treated by highly trained staff well versed in dealing with emergencies and a vast range of illnesses. But not every hospital is delivering first class care. Four Corners reveals concerning evidence about the standard of hospital care many Australians are receiving.
After nearly three months of taking to the streets, we follow Hong Kong's protesters as they fight for freedom.
In a Canberra court room one of the most controversial trials ever to be held in Australia will soon get under way. The case is highly sensitive, with key evidence central to the allegations unlikely to ever be heard by the public. A former spy and his lawyer have been charged with conspiring to reveal secret information relating to an Australian intelligence operation aimed at a friendly foreign government. The two men involved are a former intelligence operative known only as Witness K and his lawyer, the former ACT attorney-general Bernard Collaery. Witness K and Collaery are accused of disclosing an Australian bugging operation carried out in the government offices of Timor Leste in 2004. Four Corners investigates the extraordinary steps the Australian government has taken to prosecute these men and to keep them silent.
For 20 years the nation's city skylines have been changing with the building of more than 650,000 apartments across the country. Glossy advertising has wooed buyers away from the traditional Aussie dream of a house with promises of sophisticated apartment living and high-end finishes. But the shine has well and truly come off the apartment property boom. Four Corners investigates Australia's apartment building crisis, from shoddy workmanship to lax laws, leaving owners out of pocket and in some cases out of a home altogether.
Can Boris Johnson deliver Brexit and keep the kingdom together? Phil Williams explores his career from journalist to politician, through epic gaffes, scandals and a colourful turn of phrase to become Britain's 77th PM.
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