For three months in 2020, the elderly and vulnerable residents of the Newmarch House aged care facility have effectively been locked in as coronavirus COVID-19 raged through their home. As the disaster unfolded, Four Corners captured the experiences of several families with loved ones effectively trapped inside. The program investigates key decisions taken by the facility and the state and federal health departments about the care of residents and the treatment of those that fell ill. Health authorities have now announced they believe the crisis has passed. But for these families, the time has come for answers.
In part one of our series of special reports on The Virus Recession, Alan Kohler investigates the impact of COVID-19 on our economy. Plus, Dr Norman Swan looks at the surge in coronavirus cases in Victoria.
Secrets, spies and hidden trials: Balancing national security with your right to know. Closed courts, police raids on journalists and whistleblowers facing jail. Is Australia becoming a secret state? Who decides what we know? Panellists: Dennis Richardson, former ASIO director-general; Nick Xenophon, lawyer and former senator; Annika Smethurst, News Corp journalist and AFP raid victim; Clinton Fernandes, national security analyst; and Jacinta Carroll, counter-terrorism expert.
King Hit Here's a tip worth remembering. Under no circumstances should anyone stand between Peter Foster and his ill-gotten gains. For three decades Foster has been scamming his way to millions and millions of dollars of other people's money. He's Australia's best - correction, worst - con artist, but until now the real impact of his crimes has often been diluted by ridiculing the gullible victims who were duped by his fast-talking and dodgy schemes. The truth though is simple: Foster is a hard-nosed criminal, and as you're about to see - and hear - he'll stop at nothing to get to his loot. On assignment for 60 Minutes, Karl Stefanovic reports on explosive new allegations involving Australia's most despicable conman and the cop who finally beat him, in an epic battle that gets downright dirty. Top Secrets Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has made his name - and plenty of enemies - by publishing military and other highly sensitive secrets of multiple governments around the world. As a consequence, he now calls a maximum-security jail in the UK home while he fights a bitter battle with the Trump administration which wants him extradited to the US. Before prison, the controversial - and now very frail - Australian spent seven years holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. And that's where Assange conceived his own top secrets - two sons with his, until now, equally secretive fiancee, Stella Moris.
David Spears interviews shadow minister for health Chris Bowen, and Mike Bowers talks pictures with comedian Benny Eggmolesse. On the panel are the Guardian’s Lenore Taylor, ANU’s Mark Kenny and the Herald Sun’s James Campbell to discuss branch-stacking allegations within the Victorian Labor Party, another 230,000 jobs lost in May, university overhaul plus the large-scale cyber attack.
Statues are toppling, but who's looking out for the pigeons?
As coronavirus COVID-19 measures begin to ease, renters say they're facing looming debt and possible eviction with government protections set to lift. Plus, a push to make it easier for households to install underground bushfire shelters.
Some parents are unsure if they can still afford child care when fees return. Plus, the closure of so many regional newspapers is seeing some small towns lose a vital tool for accountability and communication.
One in eight Australians reportedly think coronavirus COVID-19 is caused by 5G mobile technology. Marc Fennell travels to the anti-vaccination capital of Australia to meet the protesters on the frontline of anti-5G sentiment. Plus, Alice Matthews weighs up the case for and against forcing populations and employees to undergo mandatory vaccination for COVID-19.
Romantic love can be forbidden for many reasons including cultural, religious, social and legal grounds. We explore why some loving relationships are frowned upon, and in some cases even considered illegal, and what lasting effects having a forbidden relationship can have on the couple and those around them.
We investigate how coronavirus COVID-19 is disrupting food production in Australia, the UK, and Germany. Are there enough workers to ensure crops are harvested and food makes it to the table?
What began as a hashtag seven years ago has transformed into a global movement for justice for black people. Sally Sara reports on #BlackLivesMatter, the force galvanising rage and grief sparked by George Floyd's death
Despite being on the frontline of the pandemic, many local GP clinics are now struggling to stay afloat. Cotton growers are picking their smallest crop in 40 years, as drought persists across growing regions in NSW and Queensland.
Australian sporting institutions are making hard decisions about their financial position, how to bring back crowds and navigate closed state borders. Many grassroots clubs are struggling to survive coronavirus COVID-19 restrictions. Panellists: Andrew Abdo, interim NRL CEO; Brendon Gale, Richmond Football Club CEO; Tracey Holmes, sports broadcaster and journalist; Bruce Djite, Adelaide United director of football and former A-League player; and Sharni Layton, world champion Australian Netballer and AFLW All-Australian.
AI, or artificial intelligence, will be one of the defining developments of the 21st century. The ability of machines to ‘think’ at a speed and depth far beyond the capacity of any human is unleashing incredible possibilities. China is emerging as an AI superpower, staking its reputation on catching up then overtaking the US for AI supremacy within the decade. Critics say the Chinese Communist Party is using AI as an instrument of authoritarian control. Outside of China, even long-term backers of the tech industry say the rise of the global tech giants is a threat to us all. A PBS Frontline documentary.
The controversial forensic test catching killers and rapists through relatives' DNA. Plus, while medical researchers race to develop a coronavirus COVID-19 vaccine, there's also a search for existing treatments that can save lives.
The Faceless Man This Sunday night a major investigation by 60 Minutes and The Age newspaper, that’s been one year in the making. Reporter Nick McKenzie presents explosive evidence of shocking misconduct as the dark underbelly of Australian power is exposed. Victorian Labor minister Adem Somyurek is accused of branch stacking and using offensive language to describe female colleagues.
David Speers interviews federal health minister Greg Hunt, and Mike Bowers talks pictures with SBS’s Brett Mason. On the couch are the Australian’s Simon Benson, News Corp’s Annika Smethurst and the ABC’s Bridget Brennan to discuss Black Lives Matter protests, robodebt apology, coronavirus COVID-19 stimulus, childcare support, interstate borders and ongoing tensions with China.
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