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.
Reporter Debbie Whitmont goes to the north-west coast of Western Australia to talk to the people at the centre of a bitter dispute over the location of a gas processing plant the mining company says will be worth $50 billion over the next thirty years. Twelve months ago this appeared to be a deal with something for everyone, now the Premier of the state says if necessary he'll compulsorily acquire the land. How did it come to this and why do some Indigenous land owners feel betrayed by their own people?
A story that reveals how a toxic cocktail of investment packages helped poison the retirement funds of hundreds of Australians. The Federal Government was quick to boast that Australia avoided the worst of the global financial crisis, but many people here did pay a terrible price. Reporter Marian Wilkinson lifts the lid on the behaviour of investment bank Goldman Sachs in the United State. Speaking to a whistleblower who brought allegations against the company to the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the FBI, she also examines key internal company documents that show how the deal was sold in Australia.
The battle between the mining companies and the Federal Government over the new resource super profits tax. For more than five decades, Australians have argued over how to best take advantage of the country's abundant natural resources. Now, reporter Sarah Ferguson takes a close look at the bitter public battle currently being fought between the Federal Government and the country's powerful mining industry.
The story of three young girls living in modern day South Africa. Each of them has been raped, each lives in fear. Meanwhile, the authorities do little to protect them or punish their attackers. South Africa has the highest incidence of rape in the world, and almost half the victims are children. On average, a child is raped every three minutes and yet there is apparently no concerted effort to stop this epidemic.
How the central pillar of Australia's financial system, the Reserve Bank, became ensnared in an international bribery scandal.
The story of a young woman's confronting journey back to the war-ravaged country of her birth. Born in Afghanistan, raised in Britain, Nel Hedayat talks and thinks like a child of the West, but something in her life doesn't quite make sense. In her words, she's not English and she's not Afghan. Britain is the only home she has known but she wonders what her life might have been like had her parents not fled the violence of her homeland. Now she's about to find out, as she goes back to Kabul and the country she left behind.
Quentin McDermott looks at the potential impact of the Government's mandatory filtering system. A story that reveals how an apparently well meaning attempt by government to protect children from video nasties on the net turned into a policy that critics say promotes censorship and reduces personal freedom.
An investigation that exposes the way children are used to produce the raw materials that drive a multi-billion dollar industry. Cocoa beans are the basic ingredients of chocolate. They are one of the most heavily traded commodities in the world. In Europe, major chocolate makers have signed up to Fairtrade programs, claiming some of their products are made without abusive labour practices. Now the BBC's Paul Kenyon, posing as a cocoa bean buyer, puts those claims to the test, revealing the Fairtrade seal of approval on chocolate is not all always what it appears to be.
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