There are millions of dollars being made in the Australian marijuana business but these entrepreneurs and investors aren't risking jail to make their fortunes. They're betting big on the home grown medicinal marijuana industry and riding the "pot stock" boom.
On Monday night Four Corners brings you the undercover investigation that has left social media giant Facebook reeling through the unmasking of the secretive political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica and the dirty tricks they deployed. Four months in the making, this ITN investigation for Channel 4 in the UK used hidden cameras to reveal the tactics used by the UK firm Cambridge Anayltica to influence elections and undermine the democratic process in several countries. And the company's former director of research, Chris Wylie, explains how they did it.
The Australia Taxation Office is a formidable enforcer with extraordinary powers. It can raid your home or business without a warrant, it can compel you to answer questions and treat you as guilty until proven innocent. While there's strong public support for a crackdown on major multinational corporations to force them to pay their fair share, there is growing concern that the ATO is targeting people a long way from the big end of town. In a major joint Four Corners-Fairfax investigation, reporter Adele Ferguson puts the actions of the ATO under the microscope, examining how it uses its extensive powers.
Australia's superannuation retirement savings pool is enormous. At $2.5 trillion dollars, it's one of the largest in the world. But there are fears that even that huge sum of money won't be enough. Millennials are entering a very different workforce from the one that existed 30 years ago when compulsory superannuation was adopted. In the broader economy, it's estimated that between $3 and $6 billion dollars' worth of super entitlements per year are not being paid. Now there are calls to take a fresh look at super and make some major reforms.
The sex scandal that has engulfed American film producer Harvey Weinstein triggered headlines around the world and prompted a searing discussion about the treatment of women. Much of the attention has focused on the actresses who say they were preyed upon by the movie mogul. Behind the scenes, there were other women, work colleagues and employees, who allege that Harvey Weinstein used his power to abuse them. They kept their experiences secret for decades, fearing legal action and reprisal. Now they are speaking out.
The numbers tell the story. Australia's population is growing fast. Across the country, we've added almost 400,000 people in the past year alone. The populations of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth have expanded by nearly 3 million extra people in the last 10 years. And we're feeling the strain. It's time for the nation to have a conversation about how big Australia is going to grow.
Across Australia, farmers, small businesses, government planners and major corporations have stopped waiting for politicians to decide whether climate change is real. They're acting now. Mounting evidence suggests our changing climate is having an impact on everything - from what we grow, eat and drink, to house prices and the cost of insurance. Four Corners has travelled from coast to coast to chart how Australians are adapting to the new weather challenges.
Secret parties, sly booze and slinky cocktail dresses are a long way from the conservative images usually associated with the Islamic Republic of Iran. For decades the republic's morals police have enforced strict rules that seem to cover just about everything, from dog ownership, which is banned, to clothing. Drinking alcohol is punishable with 40 lashes. Repeat offenders can face the death penalty. Despite the rules, many young people in Iran are rebelling. They're taking their lives in their hands and defying the regime to party in secret.
For four long years Islamic State ruled its "caliphate" from its capital, the city of Raqqa. IS propaganda painted it as a pure paradise and extremists travelled from around the globe to join the terror group. Now the city is giving up its secrets. On Four Corners Middle East correspondent Matt Brown goes on an intense journey into the city freed from the Islamic State dictatorship.
They are the hidden workforce kept behind closed doors. Domestic workers, in Australia, living in slave like conditions and made to work around the clock. This powerful Four Corners reveals disturbing cases of extreme overwork and underpayment and explains why those responsible are getting away with it.
He's the financial mastermind who laundered money for the world's most dangerous terrorists and criminals. His operations stretched across the globe, helping everyone from Mexican drug cartels to bikie gangs hide their criminal profits. He also operated right here in Australia. He evaded capture for decades until an unprecedented international police operation, initiated by Australia, set out to take him down. With exclusive access, Four Corners takes you inside this extraordinary undercover investigation into money launderer Altaf Khanani.
Justice Lionel Murphy was one of the most senior political and legal figures in Australia. He was also at the centre of one of the most extraordinary scandals in our nation's history. Now this sensational chapter in Australia's history has been reopened with the release of documents kept secret for 30 years. Four Corners takes you into the heart of this story with powerful first hand accounts from many of the key players in this astonishing saga. Some are speaking publicly for the first time in 30 years.
In the week the same-sex marriage survey results will be announced, Four Corners takes you into the battle for control raging inside the Liberal Party. As reporter Michael Brissenden shows, whatever the results of the postal survey, the politicking will be far from over. When Malcom Turnbull took the leadership of the Liberal Party he promised to do things differently, end the slogans and act decisively. But for the past two years he's been unable to stamp his authority on his government.
Four Corners will take you inside the secretive world of tax havens where corporations and the wealthy operate far from public view. In an investigation that spans the globe, Four Corners will reveal the lengths some of the world's most powerful business figures and global corporations are going to, to avoid paying tax.
For the first time since the dark days of Hitler's Nazi Germany, a right-wing nationalist party is centre stage in German politics. Right-wing extremism in Germany has surged to its highest level since the downfall of the Third Reich, with a record number of attacks against asylum seekers and their supporters. This film, from the BBC's Panorama program, charts the rise of one notorious anti-immigrant group which stands accused of a wave of violent attacks. In an exclusive interview, one of the group's ringleaders talks for the first time about his motivations and his actions.
From the start, Australia's National Broadband Network was billed as a game changer that would future-proof the nation by delivering super fast internet services. Almost a decade on from those promises, there's a growing number of angry residential customers and small businesses who are bitterly disappointed with the NBN. On Monday night, as the NBN reaches a milestone, passing the half-way point in its rollout, Four Corners investigates the problems fuelling this dissatisfaction.
In a special edition of Four Corners, Hillary Clinton, in her only Australian television interview, talks with Sarah Ferguson. This riveting conversation, recorded in New York, takes us into the heart and mind of the woman at the centre of the most stunning election loss in modern US history. This is a very different Hillary Clinton to the managed political performer. Candid, open and at times angry, the former presidential candidate talks about what went wrong and her fears for the future.
It's one of the biggest environmental scandals in Australian history. Harmful chemicals, leaching into the ground and waterways, contaminating the water relied upon for drinking. These chemicals are the toxic legacy of fire-fighting foam, used for decades on Defence Force bases and other sites around Australia. On Monday, Four Corners investigates the gross failures by the Department of Defence that led to this chemical contamination.
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