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.
If you've travelled in Europe you will know the dangers of the Roma, or Gypsy, children who stake out the major tourist centres and swarm around visitors aiming to stealing their money, credit cards and other valuables. Now Producer Liviu Tipurita, using hidden cameras and some remarkable detective skills, shows how these children operate. Far from acting alone he reveals how many of them are involved in a system of organised crime that stretches right across the continent, a system the police say they cannot stop.
A horrifying account of the brutal war that's raging on the border between Mexico and the United States. BBC's This World reporter Katya Adler reports from the frontline of the conflict involving rival drug gangs and the Mexican government.
A revealing profile of the man who wants to be the next Prime Minister of Australia. He likes to ride his bike, he's not frightened to bare his body for the cameras, but what is Tony Abbott really like? And what sort of national leader would he make? Reporter Liz Jackson talks to the people who knew him at school, at university and key Liberal powerbrokers who championed him in his rise to power.
Former members of the Church give a chilling portrait of life inside the organisation. Reporter Quentin McDermott talks to men and women who were members of an elite unit inside the Church in Australia and the United States. They explain why they joined, how they worked tirelessly for Scientology, and how, in some cases, they were pressured, and pressured others, to hand over hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Church.
The inside story of the battle to control Australian tennis. Reporter Debbie Whitmont talks to the people at the top of the game and reveals the deals and the feuds that have divided the sport. Tennis Australia is the body that controls the sport in this country. It runs one of the world's most successful tennis tournaments, the Australian Open. It's never been in a better financial situation but it's sidelined the nation's top male player, it refuses to employ the best coaches and it simply can't produce champions. The question is why?
A documentary that tells how thousands of young Afghani boys are now being hunted and groomed to become sex slaves. Over six months an Afghani journalist, Najibullah Quraishi, has risked his life to document the practice of Bacha Bazi (boy play), where young men are forced into prostitution serving the needs of rich and powerful men.
The heart-rending story that tells what it's like to live with a disability, or to care for someone who is disabled, in Australia today. Reporter Wendy Carlisle meets the families the nation has neglected.
It's a telling statistic that seven out of ten Australians die what might be called an "expected death". In many cases doctors can tell patients roughly how long they have to live. In reality, only a few take advantage of those warnings. Instead they prefer to believe that somehow modern medicine will save them. Now a small group of doctors and nurses are warning that our obsession with curing illness is leaving patients poorly cared for and unprepared for death.
The inside story of the issue, the people and politics that threaten to tear apart the once powerful Federal Coalition. Reporter Sarah Ferguson goes inside the conservative parties to find out what the party members really think about climate change and why they're so reluctant to back their leader.
What does the community do with convicted child sex offenders when they've done their time? Reporter Liz Jackson speaks to convicted paedophile Dennis Ferguson. The program looks at Ferguson's life and his crimes and asks if he is sorry for what he's done and how he believes he should be treated. The program talks to politicians, doctors and activists about the Ferguson case and the broader issues it raises. Is it possible for someone who has committed a crime against children to be re-integrated into society and if so how do we go about doing that?
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