When scientist Jim Bowler saw a human skeleton emerging from the sandhills of the remote Willandra Lakes in 1974, he had no idea his chance discovery would radically rewrite Australian history. The full excavation revealed a complete skeleton covered in red ochre and in astonishingly good condition. Scientists would date Mungo Man at around 42,000 years old, pushing back the known date of human occupation in Australia by thousands of years. But for Mungo Man's traditional owners, the Mutthi Mutthi, Ngiyampaa and Paakantyi/Barkandji peoples, his discovery and removal to Canberra was a deep source of upset. When his remains were finally returned to country late last year it was an emotional homecoming for all, including Jim Bowler.
In the season return of Australian Story, we go behind the scenes of the country's most high-profile same-sex wedding. Like many families across the country, the family of Christine Forster and her brother, former prime minister Tony Abbott, was divided by the same-sex marriage debate. After 10 years together, Christine has married her long-term partner Virginia Flitcroft. But beyond the champagne, frocks and flowers is a story of overcoming heartbreak, regret and family divisions.
A story from Emily about invention and contributing.
A story from Stefan about overcoming disillusionment.
A story from Mario about looking after your kids.
A story from Marchelino and Nathan about learning to be men.
Celebrate the achievements of inspiring Australians making a significant contribution to their communities and the Nation. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is joined by Chris Bath and Kumi Taguchi.
A story from Dario about international relationships and respect.
Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, the 2017 Australian of the Year and biomedical scientist specialising in adult stem cell research, in conversation with Jane Hutcheon.
A story from Lumka about doing what you have to, to survive.
Revisit the lives of three young women who we met over 10 years ago when they were part of a unique program to keep teenage mothers at school. See where they are now and how the young mothers program affected their lives.
A story from David about doing something worthwhile.
In the final episode of My Year 12 Life the cast has left high school behind and have become young adults. They reveal what life is like post-year 12 and what effect their ATAR result has had on their future.
A story from Cecilia about living amongst art.
Children growing up amongst poverty, drug addiction or chronic unemployment have the odds stacked against them. But with strength and resilience, some kids can break the cycle and disadvantage. Marc Fennell profiles three such young people and asks what it takes to survive growing up tough?
Audrey misses the final parents' group but gets a surprising one-on-one with Ambrose. Georgia organises a nurse-in and Jeremy finally reveals his Californian job offer and he and Audrey face their past and future.
Restructures and budget cuts to the vocational education system put Australia at risk of a skills shortage in the future, according to industry figures who are calling for an overhaul of the student loan system.
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