An investigation into the allegations of corruption and match fixing in the multi-billion dollar sport of international cricket. Ten years ago the cricket world was rocked when players admitted they had conspired to "throw" matches for cash. Authorities promised to root out the corruption and keep the game honest. Now reporter Marian Wilkinson looks at the latest allegations involving Pakistan's national team.
Part one of a startling expose revealing what really happened in Iraq after the occupation of the country by Coalition troops. Made for Quicksilver productions by producer Sam Collyns, the series tells the story of Iraq not simply from the point of view of the invaders but from the insurgents who fought them. It tells how fundamental strategic mistakes made by the Americans pushed formerly peaceful Iraqis into the arms of the fanatical Al Qaeda.
This week on Four Corners, The Deal. The inside story of the historic deal that created Australia's first national minority government in seven decades. Reporter Sarah Ferguson goes behind the scenes for history in the making. The three Independents Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott and Bob Katter gave Four Corners unprecedented access for 17 days as they decided who would be Australia's next Prime Minister. Each day they disappeared behind the closed doors of their offices, Four Corners was there.
This week on Four Corners, Oxy - the Hidden Epidemic - a story that reveals how the misuse of powerful prescription drugs is creating a new generation of addicts. For much of the past three decades, authorities have waged war against the importation and sale of illegal drugs. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on law enforcement and drug rehabilitation programs. Now, reporter Matthew Carney reveals that while illegal drugs remain a major problem, many experts believe the widespread use and abuse of legally prescribed opioid-based drugs (known as oxycodone) could create a new and devastating drug epidemic across the suburbs of Australia.
A story that attempts to finally get to the truth of a murderous attack that new Zealanders describe as an act of state sponsored terrorism. It's easy to understand why French agents would want to sink the Greenpeace flagship, Rainbow Warrior. They wanted to stop it sailing with a flotilla of boats to disrupt French nuclear testing in the Pacific. But who planned and authorised the attack, and how many agents were really involved?
How a monsoonal rain storm transformed a country already racked by social division and violence into a massive disaster zone. It began with heavy rain that turned into a rolling wall of water destroying everything in its path. Now reporter Liz Jackson retraces the progress of Pakistan's devastating floods.
The story of the battle that will decide who owns your body and the biological building blocks that make you the person that you are. Right now across the globe there is a major legal and scientific battle raging over one simple question: should we allow individuals and corporations to patent genes? Some biotech companies say yes, claiming patents reward medical research and promote the investigation of life saving treatments. Others see it very differently, describing patenting as a biotech land-grab that's less about patients and more about greed.
An investigation that takes us inside major Australian organised crime networks. Four Corners details the activities of these powerful networks. The program reveals how these networks are able to function despite attention from the police. It shows how officials on the waterfront and other points of authority are paid off to assist the importation of drugs and the chemicals needed to make them. As a result, the networks imported and sold drugs worth millions of dollars. The program also reveals the identity of the men involved, the network they created and the police operation that targeted them.
This is the story of the the greatest financial crisis we will ever see. The one that is on its way. Have you maxed out your credit card? Bought shares with borrowed money? Taken out a large home loan believing that prices always go up? Then you may be living on borrowed time. Filmmaker Martin Borgs takes a provocative look at the events leading up the Global Financial Crisis and asks if the attempts to avoid a ruinous collapse of banks and other major finance houses may set the world on the path to an even bigger meltdown.
Twelve months ago no one was predicting Julia Gillard or Tony Abbott would lead their respective parties into a Federal election. Now they are involved in the political fight of their lives. Both have moved to re-invent themselves, ditching policies they once endorsed. Four Corners looks at the election battle so far. Reporter Marian Wilkinson talks extensively to both leaders. She looks at the promises, the policies and the back-flips and asks: are these leaders really seeking to lead, or are they simply telling voters what they believe they want to hear?
"We can beat anyone, as long as we do whatever it takes." - Essendon Football Club Advertisement As muscular sporting slogans go, it's a beauty. But for Essendon Football Club, it's become memorable for all the wrong reasons, symbolising the attitude that brought the Club undone. It was their motto as they prepared for the 2013 AFL season, just as the story of the Club's supplements program broke open, kicking off the biggest sports drug scandal in Australian history. Three years on, despite numerous reviews, investigations and court hearings, there are still questions the club has not answered. To this day, the players still don't know exactly what they were given. "If I don't get this information and I don't get the answers to the questions I'm asking, it's never going to go away." - Hal Hunter, Former Essendon Football Club Player This week Four Corners takes you inside one former Essendon player's battle to find out just what was in the supplements he was directed to take. "They're not even willing to tell him what (the supplement) is, they're not even willing to tell him that they don't know." - Lawyer As a rookie with the club, Hal Hunter joined the other more senior players in the supplements program. He gives an eye witness account of what it was like to be part of the regime and what went on once the scandal broke. "Now (they're) trying to make him pay for the privilege of finding out." - Lawyer He describes how the Club has stonewalled his attempts to obtain his medical records prompting him to take action in court, the first Essendon player to do so. Hal Hunter's case gives an insight into the oversight of the club and its approach to the duty of care it owed all its players. "I don't understand how an employer can treat an employee in that way." - Player Agent
The story of an Australian town that holds a lesson for each and every person who's been touched by mental illness. As the election campaign gathers pace, doctors, nurses and health administrators - along with patients and their families - are asking: who will deliver the funds and resources necessary to bring our mental health services into line with the rest of the Western world?
An expose of people smugglers and their networks in Indonesia. It's one of the biggest issues in the election campaign. While Australia spends millions of dollars to stop the flow of asylum seeker boats, its efforts are constantly undermined by criminals and corrupt military and government officials. These operators have worked in secret...until now.
The story of a young woman's search to understand the shocking conflict that has laid waste the country where she was born. The Democractic Republic of Congo is the most dangerous place in the world to be a woman. It's a place where rape has become a weapon of war. Now a BBC film crew follows Judith Wanga as she meets the survivors of the conflict. She talks to women, children, and child soldiers who've been forced to kill so that they themselves will not be killed. To her horror, she discovers that the violence is fuelled, in part, by the need to mine the minerals that go into the manufacture of mobile phones and laptops.
A forensic investigation of the killing of Kwementyaye Ryder by five white, local youths from Alice Springs. Liz Jackson reports on a killing that has had a devastating impact on six families and that has forced the town of Alice Springs to confront the ugly side of racism.
Last week reporter Chris Masters went with Mentoring Team Alpha as they confronted the Taliban. This week he details the company's efforts to forge a relationship of trust with the local people in the Miribad Valley. He shows the progress that's been made as schools and medical facilities are constructed and we see first-hand the terrible price paid to protect them when two Australian soldiers are killed by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
Part one of a rare and powerful insight into the perspectives of the soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and the people they are fighting for. If any proof was needed, last month made it clear Afghanistan is a dangerous place to be. Five Australian soldiers died, more were wounded. Two of the men lost in action were Sapper Jacob Moerland and Sapper Darren Smith. Four Corners recently spent a month with Australian troops, much of it with their company. They were there on the day Jacob and Darren were hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Now reporter Chris Masters asks the men on the frontline if Australia is making headway in this brutal conflict, and if the pain they suffer is worth the gains they are making.
This story documents the intersecting lives of three men as they struggle to survive on the backstreets of Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro is home to nearly 12 million people. Over 2 million of them live in favelas or shanty towns. Those suburbs are, for the most part, controlled by gangs and their bosses who make their living by kidnapping, theft and selling drugs. Some describe these gangs as parallel authorities to the established government. They are in constant conflict with the police. Few people get inside these communities but film director Jon Blair has been given access to tell the story of three men, one of whom will not survive.
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