Four Corners brings you a story from the heart of the drought, a portrait of the land and its people, where the lack of rain is biting hard. It's pushing some to breaking point, but many in this proud country community are doing all they can to give others the strength to carry on. The people of Quirindi live and work on rich black soil country that they like to boast is the best in the land. Except when it hasn't rained properly for more than a year. They opened their homes and their lives to reporter Michael Brissenden. Along the way, he encountered characters so large, they could have walked from the pages of Banjo Paterson story. From the thriving hub of the Country Women's Association, to an unexpected local victory on the dusty rugby field, he found people trying to find a sense of purpose and some joy under the relentless sun. Some are finding practical ways to make life that little more bearable with the donation of a haircut or a new pair of jeans. Despite their best efforts, you can sense the quiet desperation sitting just below the surface.
Part Two of the Four Corners special investigation into the failings in aged care details shocking cases of abuse and premature deaths in our nursing homes. Carers and families from across the country have come forward to tell their stories and demand change. Facing concerted efforts to cover up abuse and mistreatment, families are taking matters into their own hands to hold nursing homes to account. Some families have resorted to installing hidden cameras to capture evidence. They say that for too long the industry has been able to avoid rigorous public scrutiny. As this program will clearly show, there is much more to be done if our vulnerable elderly Australians are to be given the care and protection they deserve.
In the ABC's biggest crowd sourced investigation, we asked our audience to share with us their experiences of the aged care industry. More than 4,000 responded. Many of those who have come forward are professionals who have extensive experience in the industry and are concerned by what they have seen. In part one of this investigation, Four Corners examines the business of aged care and what that means for the vulnerable residents left in its care.
They were young girls and teenagers, on a night out to see their favourite pop star. Many were attending a concert, without their parents for the first time. As the Ariana Grande show ended, a terrorist detonated a home-made bomb packed with shrapnel. Twenty-two people were killed, more than 250 injured and countless lives were impacted. Filmed over many months, this program tells the story of several young survivors as they, and their families try to reclaim their lives. Some are able to return to their old routines, but in the privacy of their bedrooms, the girls reveal their struggles. Despite their darker days, some are trying to find inspiration for the future.
Steve Bannon’s new world disorder. As the Liberal Party tries to piece itself back together after the chaos of last week, Four Corners brings you an interview with the man hoping to overthrow the entire political class. "I think that Australia is going to be a hotbed of populism." Steve Bannon put Donald Trump in the White House and rewrote the rules of modern politics along the way. Described as the most dangerous political operative in America, the strategist, renegade Republican and professional provocateur channelled the anger and disappointment of those who felt left behind by globalism to install Donald Trump as president. "There's a lot of anger out there and I think that this anger can be harnessed." Now, he's taking his cause to the world in a crusade to "save" western civilisation, as the leader of a global populist-nationalist movement. He calls it a revolution. "Populism is about getting decision making away from a set of kind of global elites...and get it back to working class people." In an age of upheaval, he sees opportunity. After playing a key role in Britain's Brexit campaign, he's been forging links with right wing nationalist groups across Europe, including the French National Front. Australia is next on his radar. He's identified Australia as ripe for his brand of revolution and plans to bring it here. "Australia is at the tip of the spear on this." In an interview with Sarah Ferguson, Bannon outlines his manifesto for change and why it resonates with people around the world. "It doesn't matter how many liberal journalists come in here and say 'Oh this is a bunch of fascists, this is a bunch of Nazis, this is a bunch of racists.' This... is not going to stop."
How the Liberal Party tore itself apart. This special Four Corners investigation takes you inside a political catastrophe. We chart the rise and fall of Malcolm Turnbull and the enemies that stalked him from within.
Having a child is supposed to be the most natural thing in the world, but knowing how to raise one can be another thing entirely. Even in the most loving families, parenthood can be incredibly daunting. On Monday, Four Corners brings you the story of three mothers determined to learn how to change the way they raise their children. With extensive access to the pioneering Safecare program for parents whose children are at risk of neglect or harm, Four Corners follows these families, and the social workers teaching them, as they learn back to basic skills.
Welcome to the new world of enhanced "beauty" where there's nothing natural about the faces and bodies created by cosmetic procedures. Fuelled by social media influencers on Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat, cosmetic surgery has entered the mainstream. From dermal fillers and Botox, to butt lifts and breast implants, women are undergoing treatments that could change their lives forever, and not in the ways they were expecting.
Facebook says it's on a mission to be the place where people connect and "bring the world closer together". More than a billion people are on the social networking site every day, posting their thoughts, pictures, and videos. But alongside the family photos and FOMO inducing holiday videos is content that is truly disturbing. This British investigation has exposed the inner workings of the social media giant to reveal how and why content moderation decisions are made.
For more than three decades Cambodia has been ruled by one man, Prime Minister Hun Sen, who came to power in the country's first democratic elections after the horror years of the Khmer Rouge. Australia played a key role in the peace deal that ended the bloody civil war, but the once bright hopes for democracy have long since faded. Ahead of this weekend's elections, the Hun Sen regime launched a ruthless crackdown on the political opposition and free press. On Monday, in her first story for Four Corners, reporter Sophie McNeill travels to Cambodia to confront the man whose political opponents have been imprisoned and assassinated in mysterious circumstances. While steadily cementing their grip on power, Hun Sen and his family and cronies are accused of amassing enormous wealth through a corrupt and nepotistic system. Four Corners has uncovered evidence of how the regime's wealth has been used to buy properties and businesses in Australia, where some of Hun Sen's relatives have established a base for building support, sometimes through threats and intimidation. Since 2014, Australia has granted the regime $40 million in additional aid, in return for taking some of Australia's unwanted refugees, and the Turnbull Government upgraded ties with Cambodia last year. While the US has begun moves to sanction the regime by freezing assets and blocking visas, international observers accuse the Australian Government of cosying up to Hun Sen. While hopes for democracy have disintegrated, China has moved to dramatically expand its presence and power in the country. As Hun Sen prepares to tighten his grip on power after this weekend's elections, Cambodia's democracy campaigners say they feel abandoned.
Money for Nothing: How corporate greed and deception cost AMP its trusted place in Australian life AMP was once a trusted blue chip Australian company but its reputation is now in tatters following evidence before the Financial Services Royal Commission that it charged customers fees for no service and repeatedly lied about it to the corporate regulator. On Monday Four Corners investigates how AMP ripped off its customers and details the extraordinary measures it took to conceal its actions. In a revealing interview a former financial planner gives an insider’s account of the tactics used by AMP to cheat customers out of their own money. The former planner also blows the whistle on the company practice of pressuring financial planners to sell in house AMP products even if it meant a client would be financially worse off. AMP began selling life insurance in 1849. Four Corners examines how an iconic company with a trusted place in Australian life could have such a spectacular fall from grace. “I would never have thought that any of that sort of thing would have been going on in such an institution that has been around for so many years and has been trusted by the shareholders and by the public at large.” AMP Shareholder
The story of a brave young soccer team gripped the world. The extraordinary international effort to find and rescue 12 boys and their coach from a remote cave in northern Thailand was watched closely by millions. Four Corners documents this wonderful and tragic tale from the day the boys first disappeared until the joyous moment the last person left the cave. Reporter Mark Willacy is in northern Thailand for this special report.
Four Corners examines the secrets and scandals in Australia's horse racing industry. On the surface, Australia's racing industry has never been better. With a prize pool that's grown to more than $600 million it's one of the biggest industries in the country, employing more than 50,000 people. But away from the glamour all is not well in the sport of kings and die-hard racing identities are worried. In 2017 an astonishingly audacious doping conspiracy was uncovered. Five trainers and three stable hands were found guilty of taking part in Victoria's Aquanita doping scandal, but questions remain. Described as one of the darkest and longest chapters in the history of the sport, high profile racing figures are questioning how the sport is being policed. The damage done by the Aquanita doping conspiracy isn't the only problem facing the industry. The loss of high profile sponsors, the difficulty in attracting racegoers and concerns about animal cruelty have the racing fraternity on edge.
Four Corners investigates some of the worst biosecurity breaches in Australian history, uncovering sophisticated smuggling operations, inadequate enforcement and corruption. Last year a devastating exotic disease wiped out much of Queensland's prawn industry, threatening a lucrative trade based on our "clean" reputation and undermining faith in Australia's supposedly fortress-like borders. Now a Four Corners investigation will reveal how Australia's biosecurity measures were defeated by sophisticated smugglers. The program pieces together the dramatic fight to contain the outbreak and uncover the cause. Insiders talk about the cut-throat nature of the industry and the huge profits to be made by those breaking the law. Investigators warn that Australia's biosecurity regime can be easily exploited. Yet, the concern goes well beyond the seafood industry, with the program set to detail another significant breach that threatened a multi-billion-dollar industry.
Moscow Rules: in part three, Four Corners investigates the central allegations that members of the Trump team, including possibly the President himself, actively colluded with Russia to subvert American democracy. Sarah Ferguson investigates central allegations that members of Donald Trump's team, including possibly the president himself, actively colluded with Russia to subvert American democracy. Sarah Ferguson also speaks to Donald Trump’s long-time political adviser Roger Stone who along with several other members of the Trump campaign team is under investigation by the Special Prosecutor for possible collusion with Russia.
In part two, Four Corners speaks to key protagonists at the centre of the unfolding drama over members of the Trump team accused of being compromised by Russia. Months in the making, filmed across the United States, the United Kingdom and Russia, Sarah Ferguson charts the extraordinary allegations, interrogating the evidence and interviewing central characters in this unfolding story that could be lifted from the pages of a blockbuster spy novel.
It's the story of the century: The US President and his connections to Russia. In a Four Corners special series, award winning investigative reporter Sarah Ferguson follows the spies and the money trail from Washington, to London, to Moscow. In this three-part series, Four Corners delivers a riveting account of the allegations and evidence from the characters central to the drama that has gripped the world. On Monday night, the story begins: Follow the Money: Four Corners follows the money trail from New York to Moscow, tracking the ties between Trump, his business empire and Russia.
Mind the Gap Four Corner’s investigation tells the story of your out of pocket medical expenses. We’ve put you, the patient, at the centre of this investigation. Nine weeks ago we placed a call out, across ABC programs and social media, asking you to send us your bills. Hundreds of people across the country responded. In this joint Four Corners investigation with Dr Norman Swan from RN’s Health Report, the program examines what’s driving these out of pocket expenses. Millions of Australians fork out big money for private health insurance believing it will give them their choice of specialist and Rolls Royce service. Yet many, at a time of great personal crisis, are saddled with bills for treatment, leaving them thousands of dollars out of pocket and wondering why they bothered paying for insurance at all. Many blame Medicare and the private health funds, but often the cause of out of pocket expenses lies elsewhere and this eye-opening program reveals some hard truths for patients. For patients to get the best quality care for the money they pay, they need to rethink what high charging specialists actually deliver.
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