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Australian Story: Last Train to Boree Creek

ABC August 26, 2019

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A widely respected and quirky political figure, Tim Fischer's remarkable career began as a 20-year-old conscript fighting in the jungles in Vietnam and ended in the Vatican as ...

A widely respected and quirky political figure, Tim Fischer's remarkable career began as a 20-year-old conscript fighting in the jungles in Vietnam and ended in the Vatican as Australia's top diplomat. But the Boy from Boree Creek (a tiny town near Wagga Wagga) made his greatest contribution in politics as the deputy prime minister, and will be remembered for the key role he played in reforming Australia's gun laws. Recently as his health faded, Tim’s family invited Australian Story to join them on what turned out to be one of his last trips to his home town of Boree Creek. By train, of course.

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Australian Story: The Final Bow

ABC September 2, 2019

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The Choir of Hard Knocks took homeless people and turned them into a choir. Charismatic choirmaster Jonathon Welch guided them through thick and thin, but after a decade he's ...

The Choir of Hard Knocks took homeless people and turned them into a choir. Charismatic choirmaster Jonathon Welch guided them through thick and thin, but after a decade he's moving on, to concentrate on his foster children.

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Australian Story: The Good Fight

ABC September 9, 2019

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What would you do if you were told you had 16 months to live? That was the harsh reality for Jill Emberson when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. With the survival rate ...

What would you do if you were told you had 16 months to live? That was the harsh reality for Jill Emberson when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. With the survival rate of the disease half that of the breast cancer survival rate, she's using her last moments to make a change.

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Australian Story: A Fortunate Life (Part 1)

ABC September 16, 2019

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Unknown until his early 30s, Paul Hogan went on to become a global superstar. As he approaches 80, Paul and those who know him best look back over a remarkable career.

Unknown until his early 30s, Paul Hogan went on to become a global superstar. As he approaches 80, Paul and those who know him best look back over a remarkable career.

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Australian Story: A Fortunate Life (Part 2)

ABC September 23, 2019

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From rigger on the Sydney Harbour Bridge to accidental star, we continue our honest look at the ups and downs of Paul Hogan's extraordinary career. His son Todd speaks ...

From rigger on the Sydney Harbour Bridge to accidental star, we continue our honest look at the ups and downs of Paul Hogan's extraordinary career. His son Todd speaks publicly for the first time.

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Australian Story: Perfect Strangers

ABC September 30, 2019

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Emma and Richard Austin endured ten years of gruelling fertility treatments in their unsuccessful quest for a baby. Two months after making the difficult decision to stop IVF, ...

Emma and Richard Austin endured ten years of gruelling fertility treatments in their unsuccessful quest for a baby. Two months after making the difficult decision to stop IVF, the offer of a lifetime arrived when a mutual friend introduced them to a Brisbane couple. Jessica and JP DiZane’s family was complete and they had leftover embryos that they didn’t want to destroy. After a series of heartfelt and challenging discussions between the couples, an altruistic donation led to Emma and Richard becoming the parents of baby Henry. One year later, the couples come together to discuss how a surprise gift helped to solve everyone’s problems.

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Australian Story: Dancing with the Dead

ABC October 14, 2019

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A slain spy, suicide or something else? The baffling body-on-the-beach case of Somerton Man has remained a mystery for 70 years. We go inside one of Australia’s greatest true ...

A slain spy, suicide or something else? The baffling body-on-the-beach case of Somerton Man has remained a mystery for 70 years. We go inside one of Australia’s greatest true crime mysteries.

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Australian Story: Crime and Punishment

ABC October 21, 2019

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For the past decade, Australian Story producer Belinda Hawkins has been following the case of Jock Palfreeman, a young Australian man convicted in Bulgaria for a stabbing ...

For the past decade, Australian Story producer Belinda Hawkins has been following the case of Jock Palfreeman, a young Australian man convicted in Bulgaria for a stabbing murder he says he didn’t commit. He claims he was acting in self-defence when he was protecting a Gypsy who was being attacked; the court found him guilty of murder with hooliganism. When Jock was released on parole recently having served 12 years in jail, he and his father, Simon Palfreeman, could have been forgiven for thinking their nightmare was over. But a new crisis unfolded when Jock was caught up in a bitter stoush when politicians argued against his parole. He remains in limbo.

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Australian Story: Getting Away with Murder (Shirley Finn)

ABC October 7, 2019

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Brothel madam Shirley Finn was shot through the head on a Perth golf course in 1975. After her daughter's 10-year battle to discover who killed her mother, an inquest hears ...

Brothel madam Shirley Finn was shot through the head on a Perth golf course in 1975. After her daughter's 10-year battle to discover who killed her mother, an inquest hears fresh allegations.

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Australian Story: Boots and All (Craig Foster)

ABC October 28, 2019

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Craig Foster has built a formidable reputation as a football player and broadcaster with an unrivalled passion for the game. But when a fellow footballer was imprisoned in ...

Craig Foster has built a formidable reputation as a football player and broadcaster with an unrivalled passion for the game. But when a fellow footballer was imprisoned in Thailand on a spurious charge, he led a global campaign to bring him home.

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Australian Story: Eye of the Storm

ABC November 4, 2019

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In the NSW mid-coast town of Kempsey, principal Mark Morrison brushes close to the rules to give troubled teens their last chance at a high school education.

In the NSW mid-coast town of Kempsey, principal Mark Morrison brushes close to the rules to give troubled teens their last chance at a high school education.

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Australian Story: Art of the Possible

ABC November 11, 2019

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Putting the 'real' back into reality TV, the award-winning series with no narrator and no agendas, just authentic stories told in people's own words. Immerse yourself in the ...

Putting the 'real' back into reality TV, the award-winning series with no narrator and no agendas, just authentic stories told in people's own words. Immerse yourself in the life of extraordinary Australians.

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Australian Story: Last Drinks

ABC November 18, 2019

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Putting the 'real' back into reality TV, the award-winning series with no narrator and no agendas, just authentic stories told in people's own words. Immerse yourself in the ...

Putting the 'real' back into reality TV, the award-winning series with no narrator and no agendas, just authentic stories told in people's own words. Immerse yourself in the life of extraordinary Australians.

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Australian Story: Forever Young

ABC November 25, 2019

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Ursula Barwick, 17, vanished without a trace in 1987, leaving her family in limbo for three decades. When the truth was finally revealed, it raised serious questions about the ...

Ursula Barwick, 17, vanished without a trace in 1987, leaving her family in limbo for three decades. When the truth was finally revealed, it raised serious questions about the police investigation.

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Australian Story: December 2, 2019

ABC December 2, 2019

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A catastrophic workplace accident brings together a labourer and a renowned surgeon in a world-first medical procedure. Despite their differences, the two men share remarkable ...

A catastrophic workplace accident brings together a labourer and a renowned surgeon in a world-first medical procedure. Despite their differences, the two men share remarkable parallel journeys.

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Australian Story: December 9, 2019

ABC December 9, 2019

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When Justine Barwick went for a swim off her yacht in Queensland’s iconic Whitsundays region last year, she had no idea her life would change in minutes. She was bitten by a ...

When Justine Barwick went for a swim off her yacht in Queensland’s iconic Whitsundays region last year, she had no idea her life would change in minutes. She was bitten by a shark just as she dived under water in Cid Harbour. A dramatic twilight helicopter rescue ferried the unconscious woman to Mackay hospital where surgeons managed against all odds to save her life and her leg. Her attack became the first of three in a matter of weeks in the Whitsundays. Five attacks since September last year have ignited a heated conversation about shark control in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park area. In the midst of the debate, Justine Barwick remains resolute about maintaining a positive attitude about her recovery and the Whitsundays.

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Australian Story: December 16, 2019

ABC December 16, 2019

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Putting the 'real' back into reality TV, the award-winning series with no narrator and no agendas, just authentic stories told in people's own words. Immerse yourself in the ...

Putting the 'real' back into reality TV, the award-winning series with no narrator and no agendas, just authentic stories told in people's own words. Immerse yourself in the life of extraordinary Australians.

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Australian Story: Out of the Box (Adam Boland)

ABC March 24, 2014

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Adam Boland was just 26 years old when he was handed the reins of the ailing Sunrise program on Channel 7. It was the start of something very new and a game changer for the ...

Adam Boland was just 26 years old when he was handed the reins of the ailing Sunrise program on Channel 7. It was the start of something very new and a game changer for the networks. Some observers credit Boland with paving the way for the current ascendancy of the Seven Network. But it's been a tempestuous ride for Adam Boland. Now in the aftermath of a very public implosion, he's walking away from the industry that he says nearly destroyed him.