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.
When Four Corners travelled to India to investigate the activities of the giant Adani group, they soon discovered the power of the company. While attempting to film and gather information about Adani's operations, the Four Corners team had their cameras shut down, their footage deleted and were questioned for hours by police. Four Corners examines the troubled corporate history of the Adani group - the corporate colossus that plans to build Australia's biggest mine site.
Every year more than 30,000 people are kidnapped around the world. A small number are taken for political reasons, many more are held for financial gain. With exclusive access to leading hostage recovery agents, The Ransom reveals the cat and mouse games employed to bring a hostage out alive.
There's nothing subtle about the Gold Coast, from its towering sky scrapers to its bikini-clad meter maids. The glitter strip, famed for its stunning beaches, theme parks and nightlife is marketed as Australia's endless playground. Along with the tourists, developers are welcomed with open arms. There's barely a metre of land that hasn't been built on or earmarked for change in the holiday mecca. The larger than life Gold Coast mayor, Ferrari-driving Tom Tate, is famous for his crash through style and build them big vision. But in this pro-development town, a series of controversial billion dollar proposals has prompted a collection of unlikely allies to come together to say enough is enough. Four Corners investigates how deals are being done on the Gold Coast and whether developer donations are influencing decision making. Critics say crucial decisions are being made without proper scrutiny or consultation. And warn that the public isn't being told the whole truth about massive proposals which will have a lasting impact on one of Australia's most important tourist destinations.
Across the globe, tensions are rising as North Korea flaunts its growing missile capability and nuclear weapons program. The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, shows no sign of backing away from this high stakes game, prompting many to ask what's motivating him. Kim Jong-un was only in his twenties when he was installed as North Korea's leader, but holding onto power was not guaranteed. In this BBC film, the program traces Kim Jong-un's rise to power and the lengths he's gone to, to shore up his position, from aggressively pursuing a nuclear weapons program to eliminating potential rivals. In February 2017 the North Korean dictator's half-brother Kim Jong-nam was assassinated in Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur airport. The brazen murder, with the chemical weapon, VX, was like something out of a spy novel but behind the tabloid headlines, it revealed a frightening capacity. In interviews with former members of the North Korean regime, former intelligence officers and friends of Kim Jong-nam, the program examines why he was such a threat to his half-brother. This investigation also sheds light on North Korea's secret international business network which is helping to fund the regime.
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