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.
The story behind the Federal Government's multi-billion dollar home insulation scheme debacle. Reporter Wendy Carlisle speaks exclusively to bereaved father Kevin Fuller, who tells the story of his attempt to find the truth behind his son's death. Four Corners also hears for the first time from a departmental insider who says warnings were given to, and ignored, by senior bureaucrats.
Four Corners looks at events surrounding the arrest of mining executive Stern Hu and the tensions now involved in doing business with China.
How the people of a once picturesque valley found themselves surronded by coalmines, dust and toxic chemicals. Australia might be riding on the coal miner's back but it seems many Australians are paying a terrible price for the mineral export boom. Reporter Andrew Fowler goes to the Hunter Valley in New South Wales to document a community in crisis.
The harrowing story of the therapist whose work led some patients to believe they'd committed or been the victim of shocking sexual crimes. One patient shocked her family with the accusations, one told the police, while yet another was driven to madness.
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