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No Winners/Chuck Off!
Nine  |  November 19, 2017
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No Winners
After months of negotiations, Nine News correspondent Tom Steinfort was given rare permission to travel to North Korea. There he worryingly discovered a country whose people are ready for conflict, and bizarrely, almost gleeful that a consequence of it could be the end of the world.

Chuck Off!
The NT News is a fish and chip wrapper that is trying to buck the trend of declining circulation with outrageous front page headlines and cheeky stories, like the old days. So when the editor offered the 60 Minutes reporter a job, Charles Wooley happily went looking for a scoop.

No Winners
After months of negotiations, Nine News correspondent Tom Steinfort was given rare permission to travel to North Korea. There he worryingly discovered a country whose people are ready for conflict, and bizarrely, almost gleeful that a consequence of it could be the end of the world.

Chuck Off!
The NT News is a fish and chip wrapper that is trying to buck the trend of declining circulation with outrageous front page headlines and cheeky stories, like the old days. So when the editor offered the 60 Minutes reporter a job, Charles Wooley happily went looking for a scoop.

Gamble of life
Soon after meeting and falling in love, Andrew and Olivia Densley agreed they both adored kids and wanted a large family. They got married and got on with their dream. But after having their fourth child they received terrible news. Their third child, a son, had a genetic immune deficiency disease which looked likely to kill him. Just when all seemed lost though, he was saved by a long-shot miracle. His little brother, the couple’s fourth child, was a match as a bone marrow donor. But as Tom Steinfort reports, at this point the story gets even more complicated. While Andrew and Olivia knew the substantial risks of having more children, it didn’t stop them. Olivia fell pregnant with a fifth child who was also born with the usually fatal disease. But having rolled the dice and lost, the couple refused to give up. It has taken several years and a hundred thousand dollars, but they’ve managed to engineer another extraordinary solution.
A magpie called Penguin
Somewhere, flying around the northern beaches of Sydney, is a magpie called Penguin who often thinks she’s a human. And if that’s not incredible enough, this amazing bird has another claim to fame – she’s a lifesaver. Penguin taught Sam Bloom, a mother of three, how to live again after she fell from a balcony, broke her back and became a paraplegic. It’s a truly inspiring tale that not surprisingly will also soon be a Hollywood movie

60 Minutes: Gamble of life/ A Magpie called Penguin

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Years 9-10, 11-12 News and current affairs
48:40
Gamble of life Soon after meeting and falling in love, Andrew and Olivia Densley agreed they both adored kids and wanted a large family. They got married and got on with their dream. But after having their fourth child they received terrible news. Their third child, a son, had a genetic immune deficiency disease which looked likely to kill him. Just when all seemed lost though, he was saved by a long-shot miracle. His little brother, the couple’s fourth child, was a match as a bone marrow donor. But as Tom Steinfort reports, at this point the story gets even more complicated. While Andrew and Olivia knew the substantial risks of having more children, it didn’t stop them. Olivia fell pregnant with a fifth child who was also born with the usually fatal disease. But having rolled the dice and lost, the couple refused to give up. It has taken several years and a hundred thousand dollars, but they’ve managed to engineer another extraordinary solution. A magpie called Penguin Somewhere, flying around the northern beaches of Sydney, is a magpie called Penguin who often thinks she’s a human. And if that’s not incredible enough, this amazing bird has another claim to fame – she’s a lifesaver. Penguin taught Sam Bloom, a mother of three, how to live again after she fell from a balcony, broke her back and became a paraplegic. It’s a truly inspiring tale that not surprisingly will also soon be a Hollywood movie
The China Syndrome
It’s no secret that Australia’s relationship with China is as complicated as it is fragile. On the one hand, China is the key to our economic prosperity, so if we want to be rich we need to embrace the Chinese. On the other hand, there’s no question we have a fear of China’s expanding influence, and we don’t want them getting too close. Which is why what is happening in the South Pacific is causing growing concern. Somewhat arrogantly, Australia has always considered it our “patch of paradise” to protect and nurture. But now the Chinese are moving in and splashing their cash in places like Fiji and Vanuatu. So what’s next? Tom Steinfort investigates claims the Chinese may ultimately be planning to build military bases right on our doorstep.
Fake News
For millions of tourists visiting Australia the boomerang and the didgeridoo are iconic and highly sought after symbols of our indigenous culture. But unbelievably, most didgeridoos and boomerangs are now made in Indonesia, in Bali specifically, not here in Australia. It’s not because there’s a thriving expatriate Aboriginal community living up there, it’s all about money. Indonesian workers can churn out cheap copies of our artefacts by the shipload. And that’s very attractive for the businesses involved, which are happy to exploit or disrespect 40,000 years of culture in the pursuit of cashing in on gullible tourists.
Taken - Update
It is one of the most bizarre crimes 60 Minutes has ever encountered: the abduction last July of 20-year-old glamour model Chloe Ayling. She says she was snatched off a street in Milan and kept hostage in a remote Italian farmhouse while her kidnappers arranged to auction her off as a sex slave to the highest bidder. Chloe’s escape from this terrifying ordeal was so extraordinary that many accused her of making the whole story up – an elaborate publicity stunt for fame and fortune. Earlier this week a judge in an Italian court had his say, and as Liam Bartlett reports, the intrigue continues.

60 Minutes: China Syndrome/Fake News/Taken-Update

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Years 9-10, 11-12 News and current affairs
43:52
The China Syndrome It’s no secret that Australia’s relationship with China is as complicated as it is fragile. On the one hand, China is the key to our economic prosperity, so if we want to be rich we need to embrace the Chinese. On the other hand, there’s no question we have a fear of China’s expanding influence, and we don’t want them getting too close. Which is why what is happening in the South Pacific is causing growing concern. Somewhat arrogantly, Australia has always considered it our “patch of paradise” to protect and nurture. But now the Chinese are moving in and splashing their cash in places like Fiji and Vanuatu. So what’s next? Tom Steinfort investigates claims the Chinese may ultimately be planning to build military bases right on our doorstep. Fake News For millions of tourists visiting Australia the boomerang and the didgeridoo are iconic and highly sought after symbols of our indigenous culture. But unbelievably, most didgeridoos and boomerangs are now made in Indonesia, in Bali specifically, not here in Australia. It’s not because there’s a thriving expatriate Aboriginal community living up there, it’s all about money. Indonesian workers can churn out cheap copies of our artefacts by the shipload. And that’s very attractive for the businesses involved, which are happy to exploit or disrespect 40,000 years of culture in the pursuit of cashing in on gullible tourists. Taken - Update It is one of the most bizarre crimes 60 Minutes has ever encountered: the abduction last July of 20-year-old glamour model Chloe Ayling. She says she was snatched off a street in Milan and kept hostage in a remote Italian farmhouse while her kidnappers arranged to auction her off as a sex slave to the highest bidder. Chloe’s escape from this terrifying ordeal was so extraordinary that many accused her of making the whole story up – an elaborate publicity stunt for fame and fortune. Earlier this week a judge in an Italian court had his say, and as Liam Bartlett reports, the intrigue continues.
F for Fail
To the outside world they are highly respected, prestigious institutions committed to supporting young Australians as they embark on their journey through tertiary education. But behind the closed doors of many university residential colleges lurks a very different story. In March, Allison Langdon exposed disgusting initiation rituals, out-of-control drunken behaviour and most disturbingly, sexual assaults at colleges around the country. Following the broadcast of our story, “D for Disgrace” 60 Minutes was contacted by many more college residents, sick of the toxic culture which they say is fostered by a hierarchy of people who should know better. Now many students want change and they’re determined to fight for it. Their stories sent to 60 Minutes, along with supporting video and photographic evidence, will shock Australia. As one former college resident warns parents, “Do not send your children to college, because you have no control over what happens, and the atmosphere of secrecy stops you having any knowledge of what your child is going through.” Another tells Allison Langdon that when she raised an allegation of sexual assault with the management of her residential college she was told it was “all part of growing up”.
Wings over the world
To get the most out of their lives together, Glenn Singleman and Heather Swan go to extraordinary lengths. Or heights, to be more precise. Then, dressed in wingsuits, the couple jump out of planes and fly. They’ve soared over some amazing locations around the world and set multiple adventure records doing it. But there’s one place no one has ever flown in a wingsuit: Antarctica. So when Glenn and Heather told Liz Hayes of their dream to fly over the frozen continent, she thought it was mission impossible.

60 Minutes: F for Fail/Wings over the world

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Years 9-10, 11-12 News and current affairs
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F for Fail To the outside world they are highly respected, prestigious institutions committed to supporting young Australians as they embark on their journey through tertiary education. But behind the closed doors of many university residential colleges lurks a very different story. In March, Allison Langdon exposed disgusting initiation rituals, out-of-control drunken behaviour and most disturbingly, sexual assaults at colleges around the country. Following the broadcast of our story, “D for Disgrace” 60 Minutes was contacted by many more college residents, sick of the toxic culture which they say is fostered by a hierarchy of people who should know better. Now many students want change and they’re determined to fight for it. Their stories sent to 60 Minutes, along with supporting video and photographic evidence, will shock Australia. As one former college resident warns parents, “Do not send your children to college, because you have no control over what happens, and the atmosphere of secrecy stops you having any knowledge of what your child is going through.” Another tells Allison Langdon that when she raised an allegation of sexual assault with the management of her residential college she was told it was “all part of growing up”. Wings over the world To get the most out of their lives together, Glenn Singleman and Heather Swan go to extraordinary lengths. Or heights, to be more precise. Then, dressed in wingsuits, the couple jump out of planes and fly. They’ve soared over some amazing locations around the world and set multiple adventure records doing it. But there’s one place no one has ever flown in a wingsuit: Antarctica. So when Glenn and Heather told Liz Hayes of their dream to fly over the frozen continent, she thought it was mission impossible.
The Teller
The regard which Australians have for banks has never been lower, and with the banking Royal Commission recommencing its public hearings on Monday, it will probably sink even further. Liz Hayes meets a very brave former bank worker who, through shame, feels compelled to speak out. For three decades Catherine was a teller. She says at first it was an honourable job, and she genuinely thought her role was to help the customers, but then the banks started putting profits before people - and her bosses made her do the same.
The dirty tricks Catherine reveals provide an alarming insight into the culture of Australian banking institutions.

The Holy Real Estate
The great prize in the battle for dominance between Israelis and Palestinians is Jerusalem. Ironically, its name means “city of peace”, but that’s something neither side seems to want. This week there were more protests, and more deaths, after the United States relocated its embassy to the holy city. The move recognises Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state and that enrages Palestinians like nothing else.

The Royal Wedding
Allison Langdon reports on the most anticipated wedding in years, and asks palace insiders where to now for the Royal newlyweds?
The week leading up to her wedding to Prince Harry is not what Meghan Markle ever would have expected – with her own family stealing the bride-to-be’s limelight. While it has been a stressful time for Ms Markle, there’s one thing Hollywood celebrities and the Royal Family both understand – the show must go on!

60 Minutes: May 20, 2018

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Years 9-10, 11-12 News and current affairs
47:25
The Teller The regard which Australians have for banks has never been lower, and with the banking Royal Commission recommencing its public hearings on Monday, it will probably sink even further. Liz Hayes meets a very brave former bank worker who, through shame, feels compelled to speak out. For three decades Catherine was a teller. She says at first it was an honourable job, and she genuinely thought her role was to help the customers, but then the banks started putting profits before people - and her bosses made her do the same. The dirty tricks Catherine reveals provide an alarming insight into the culture of Australian banking institutions. The Holy Real Estate The great prize in the battle for dominance between Israelis and Palestinians is Jerusalem. Ironically, its name means “city of peace”, but that’s something neither side seems to want. This week there were more protests, and more deaths, after the United States relocated its embassy to the holy city. The move recognises Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state and that enrages Palestinians like nothing else. The Royal Wedding Allison Langdon reports on the most anticipated wedding in years, and asks palace insiders where to now for the Royal newlyweds? The week leading up to her wedding to Prince Harry is not what Meghan Markle ever would have expected – with her own family stealing the bride-to-be’s limelight. While it has been a stressful time for Ms Markle, there’s one thing Hollywood celebrities and the Royal Family both understand – the show must go on!
Striking a Nerve
There's no question that bullying is shameful behaviour that claims too many young Australian lives. What is terrifying is that the tormentors no longer leave their taunts in the schoolyard. Technology and social media let bullies follow their victims home. For parents, the dilemma is how to protect their children. Last month Mark Bladen decided to confront the teenager he thought was bullying his daughter. But what started as heated words became an ugly and violent scuffle. Liz Hayes reports the outrage that followed was not what many expected.

Pay Up
In 2018, is it too much to ask that women be paid the same amount as men for doing the same job? Tara Brown investigates the gender pay gap, tracking the issue to Iceland the first country in the world to achieve mandatory pay parity for men and women.

100 million Dollar Baby
Not too many 21-year-old men can boast a Ferrari in their garage and a pop star girlfriend by their side. But there are not too many 21-year-olds like Aussie Ben Simmons. In a very short time, he has made a big name in the lucrative sport of basketball. Playing in his first year with NBA team the Philadelphia 76ers, he's done so well that he's already being compared to legends of the game such as Magic Johnson and LeBron James. Now there's intense speculation that his next playing contract will earn him $100 million. But as Tom Steinfort discovered after spending several days with Ben, none of the attention is going to his head. As the youngest of six kids, Ben's very grounded family simply won't allow it.

60 Minutes: Striking a Nerve/Pay Up/100 million Dollar Baby

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Years 9-10, 11-12 News and current affairs
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Striking a Nerve There's no question that bullying is shameful behaviour that claims too many young Australian lives. What is terrifying is that the tormentors no longer leave their taunts in the schoolyard. Technology and social media let bullies follow their victims home. For parents, the dilemma is how to protect their children. Last month Mark Bladen decided to confront the teenager he thought was bullying his daughter. But what started as heated words became an ugly and violent scuffle. Liz Hayes reports the outrage that followed was not what many expected. Pay Up In 2018, is it too much to ask that women be paid the same amount as men for doing the same job? Tara Brown investigates the gender pay gap, tracking the issue to Iceland the first country in the world to achieve mandatory pay parity for men and women. 100 million Dollar Baby Not too many 21-year-old men can boast a Ferrari in their garage and a pop star girlfriend by their side. But there are not too many 21-year-olds like Aussie Ben Simmons. In a very short time, he has made a big name in the lucrative sport of basketball. Playing in his first year with NBA team the Philadelphia 76ers, he's done so well that he's already being compared to legends of the game such as Magic Johnson and LeBron James. Now there's intense speculation that his next playing contract will earn him $100 million. But as Tom Steinfort discovered after spending several days with Ben, none of the attention is going to his head. As the youngest of six kids, Ben's very grounded family simply won't allow it.
Deadly Danger
The problem with the word influenza is its misappropriated meaning. We get a cough or cold and then wrongly moan that we've got the flu. It's a mistake which means we don't take the real flu seriously enough, even though last year it killed 1100 Australians and put another 30,000 in hospital. It's a deadly danger but there is some good news. On assignment for 60 Minutes, Karl Stefanovic reports how scientists are working on a super vaccine to beat the different and often mutating strains of the virus. It is hoped that the new vaccine will be much more effective and longer lasting than the current annual flu jab. In the meantime, Australians need to do all they can to avoid the flu.

On the Brink
There is no diplomatic way of saying it: Russia and the West are heading to war. Last week's US-led airstrikes on Syria infuriated Moscow. But last month the West was equally enraged at the attempted assassination of a former Russian spy in the UK, using a nerve agent. That incident caused farcical tit-for-tat expulsions of Russian and Western diplomats in nearly 30 countries. So far no leaders are willing to blink or back down, but they do want to be heard. Vladimir Putin's man in Canberra, ambassador Grigory Logvinov, warns that Australia's blind support of Russia's enemies is helping to bring the world closer to global nuclear conflict.

Being Barry
Forget housewife superstar Dame Edna Everage and cultural attache Sir Les Patterson, Barry Humphries has another extraordinary character to add to his act. Himself. After 60 years of revealing his genius through others, audiences will now get to know the real Barry Humphries. And in a career as successful as his there's plenty to know, including how his demons almost destroyed him. But as Barry tells Liz Hayes in a candid and sometimes naughty interview, nothing can beat his addiction to making people laugh.

60 Minutes: Deadly Danger/On the Brink/Being Barry

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Years 9-10, 11-12 News and current affairs
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Deadly Danger The problem with the word influenza is its misappropriated meaning. We get a cough or cold and then wrongly moan that we've got the flu. It's a mistake which means we don't take the real flu seriously enough, even though last year it killed 1100 Australians and put another 30,000 in hospital. It's a deadly danger but there is some good news. On assignment for 60 Minutes, Karl Stefanovic reports how scientists are working on a super vaccine to beat the different and often mutating strains of the virus. It is hoped that the new vaccine will be much more effective and longer lasting than the current annual flu jab. In the meantime, Australians need to do all they can to avoid the flu. On the Brink There is no diplomatic way of saying it: Russia and the West are heading to war. Last week's US-led airstrikes on Syria infuriated Moscow. But last month the West was equally enraged at the attempted assassination of a former Russian spy in the UK, using a nerve agent. That incident caused farcical tit-for-tat expulsions of Russian and Western diplomats in nearly 30 countries. So far no leaders are willing to blink or back down, but they do want to be heard. Vladimir Putin's man in Canberra, ambassador Grigory Logvinov, warns that Australia's blind support of Russia's enemies is helping to bring the world closer to global nuclear conflict. Being Barry Forget housewife superstar Dame Edna Everage and cultural attache Sir Les Patterson, Barry Humphries has another extraordinary character to add to his act. Himself. After 60 years of revealing his genius through others, audiences will now get to know the real Barry Humphries. And in a career as successful as his there's plenty to know, including how his demons almost destroyed him. But as Barry tells Liz Hayes in a candid and sometimes naughty interview, nothing can beat his addiction to making people laugh.
The Surgeon and the Soldier
When Munjed Al Muderis fled war-torn Iraq, he escaped with just two things: a medical journal and the determination to start a new life. In the years since, he has put both to great use. After arriving in Australia as an illegal immigrant, associate professor Al Muderis is now one of the most skilled surgeons in the world. His expertise is in a revolutionary procedure called osseointegration, which fuses human bones with robotic limbs. On assignment for 60 Minutes, Mark Burrows reports on an operation this remarkable surgeon performs to rebuild the often-troubled soldiers who fought in conflict zones like his old homeland - good men such as US Army captain Luis Montalvan.

The Yorkshire Rose
At 91, Jack Crane should be enjoying a quiet life at his home in Lithgow, west of Sydney. Instead he has found himself at the centre of one of World War Two's most intriguing mysteries, the disappearance of an RAF Stirling bomber known as the Yorkshire Rose. In June 1944 the plane was flying a top-secret mission deep inside Nazi-occupied France when it vanished. There's been no trace of it, or the 23 servicemen on board, since. But with a lot of help, Jack thinks he now knows where the Yorkshire Rose is and he's fighting reluctant bureaucrats at the British Ministry of Defence, demanding they conduct a search. He desperately needs answers because his brother Bob was the pilot, and after three-quarters of a century, time is running out to bring this war hero home.

Going for Gold
This time last year Lauren Parker was one of Australia's most promising triathletes. Supremely fit, her life was an exciting blur of international competition and full-time training. Then she was involved in a dreadful, freakish accident that left her paralysed. Sadly, Lauren wasn't just broken physically and mentally - she could see no hope. But after months of misery something extraordinary happened. Next week she'll be going for gold at the Commonwealth Games. Peter Overton reports on Lauren's inspiring reinvention, and how some mighty help from an unlikely friend got a gifted athlete back on track.

You Can
On this holiday weekend Peter Overton also meets a beautiful young Australian for whom life has not been a holiday. Jess Van Zeil is fighting a brutal battle with melanoma, but incredibly, despite her illness, she says she's a lucky one. That's because she has been able to receive treatment at the newly established Melbourne You Can Centre, a facility specially designed by young cancer patients, for young cancer patients. Jess's story highlights the urgent need to close the gap in care that currently exists for those with cancer who are aged between 15 and 25.

60 Minutes: The Surgeon and the Soldier/The Yorkshire Rose/Going for Gold/You Can

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Years 9-10, 11-12 News and current affairs
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The Surgeon and the Soldier When Munjed Al Muderis fled war-torn Iraq, he escaped with just two things: a medical journal and the determination to start a new life. In the years since, he has put both to great use. After arriving in Australia as an illegal immigrant, associate professor Al Muderis is now one of the most skilled surgeons in the world. His expertise is in a revolutionary procedure called osseointegration, which fuses human bones with robotic limbs. On assignment for 60 Minutes, Mark Burrows reports on an operation this remarkable surgeon performs to rebuild the often-troubled soldiers who fought in conflict zones like his old homeland - good men such as US Army captain Luis Montalvan. The Yorkshire Rose At 91, Jack Crane should be enjoying a quiet life at his home in Lithgow, west of Sydney. Instead he has found himself at the centre of one of World War Two's most intriguing mysteries, the disappearance of an RAF Stirling bomber known as the Yorkshire Rose. In June 1944 the plane was flying a top-secret mission deep inside Nazi-occupied France when it vanished. There's been no trace of it, or the 23 servicemen on board, since. But with a lot of help, Jack thinks he now knows where the Yorkshire Rose is and he's fighting reluctant bureaucrats at the British Ministry of Defence, demanding they conduct a search. He desperately needs answers because his brother Bob was the pilot, and after three-quarters of a century, time is running out to bring this war hero home. Going for Gold This time last year Lauren Parker was one of Australia's most promising triathletes. Supremely fit, her life was an exciting blur of international competition and full-time training. Then she was involved in a dreadful, freakish accident that left her paralysed. Sadly, Lauren wasn't just broken physically and mentally - she could see no hope. But after months of misery something extraordinary happened. Next week she'll be going for gold at the Commonwealth Games. Peter Overton reports on Lauren's inspiring reinvention, and how some mighty help from an unlikely friend got a gifted athlete back on track. You Can On this holiday weekend Peter Overton also meets a beautiful young Australian for whom life has not been a holiday. Jess Van Zeil is fighting a brutal battle with melanoma, but incredibly, despite her illness, she says she's a lucky one. That's because she has been able to receive treatment at the newly established Melbourne You Can Centre, a facility specially designed by young cancer patients, for young cancer patients. Jess's story highlights the urgent need to close the gap in care that currently exists for those with cancer who are aged between 15 and 25.
Enough
This weekend many cities in the US will be taken over by teenagers, fed up with the way adults are running their country. The nationwide protests are to demand tougher gun controls. What's significant - and impressive - is that these rallies are being organised and led by the very students who last month endured the horror of seeing their own classmates gunned down at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Their simple message is getting louder by the day: enough is enough. And as Tom Steinfort reports, the students also have a very unlikely ally. Evan Ramsey is a convicted school shooter who is now spending the rest of his life in prison, regretting his moment of madness.

Help Us Before It's Too Late
It's difficult to imagine a more desperate situation or a more desperate mother. For 33 years Yvette Nichol did her very best to look after and raise her intellectually disabled son. But as they both got older, she needed to know he'd be cared for when she was gone. Try as she might to get help, it never came, so fearing he had no reasonable future, Yvette did something shocking and deeply troubling. She attempted to kill her child and herself. In a remarkably candid interview with Liz Hayes, Yvette explains what drove her to the brink, and how her drastic action has exposed a shameful truth about the ongoing care of disabled Australians.

Golden Girl
Although it seems as if she's been around for as long as anyone can remember, surely it cannot be true that Kylie Minogue is about to turn 50. For most of us, this showbiz idol is ageless, or at least perpetually twentysomething. And even more enviably, her career - in TV, movies and song - continues to flourish. It's little wonder Kylie's new album is called Golden. But in an exclusive interview with Karl Stefanovic, on assignment for 60 Minutes, Kylie reveals the pain of her recent broken engagement and talks about reports that it led to a nervous breakdown.

60 Minutes: Enough/Help Us Before It's Too Late/Golden Girl

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Years 9-10, 11-12 News and current affairs
47:40
Enough This weekend many cities in the US will be taken over by teenagers, fed up with the way adults are running their country. The nationwide protests are to demand tougher gun controls. What's significant - and impressive - is that these rallies are being organised and led by the very students who last month endured the horror of seeing their own classmates gunned down at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Their simple message is getting louder by the day: enough is enough. And as Tom Steinfort reports, the students also have a very unlikely ally. Evan Ramsey is a convicted school shooter who is now spending the rest of his life in prison, regretting his moment of madness. Help Us Before It's Too Late It's difficult to imagine a more desperate situation or a more desperate mother. For 33 years Yvette Nichol did her very best to look after and raise her intellectually disabled son. But as they both got older, she needed to know he'd be cared for when she was gone. Try as she might to get help, it never came, so fearing he had no reasonable future, Yvette did something shocking and deeply troubling. She attempted to kill her child and herself. In a remarkably candid interview with Liz Hayes, Yvette explains what drove her to the brink, and how her drastic action has exposed a shameful truth about the ongoing care of disabled Australians. Golden Girl Although it seems as if she's been around for as long as anyone can remember, surely it cannot be true that Kylie Minogue is about to turn 50. For most of us, this showbiz idol is ageless, or at least perpetually twentysomething. And even more enviably, her career - in TV, movies and song - continues to flourish. It's little wonder Kylie's new album is called Golden. But in an exclusive interview with Karl Stefanovic, on assignment for 60 Minutes, Kylie reveals the pain of her recent broken engagement and talks about reports that it led to a nervous breakdown.
Home of Horror
After enduring years of misery, there's finally some good news for the many victims of the Daruk Boys' Home at Windsor, north-west of Sydney. A breakthrough in a major police investigation means several men who have been accused of dreadful physical and sexual crimes against teenagers will soon be receiving a visit from detectives. And what 60 Minutes will also reveal is the identity of the superintendent of the government-run home whose job it was to protect the boys from harm. The young victims of the institution - now middle-aged men - say the superintendent not only refused to act on their claims of abuse, he punished them for speaking out in the first place. It led to even more suffering for the boys while he went on to a successful life in federal politics.

The Waco Insider
Waco, in the middle of Texas, used to be one of those American towns destined to be forever unremarkable. But 51 days of hell 25 years ago changed all that. It started when David Koresh, a cult leader who thought he was Jesus Christ, decided to take on the US government. There was a violent gun battle and 10 people, including four federal agents, were killed. But that bloodbath led to a bizarre standoff which lasted almost two months before Koresh, and 79 of his followers, were burned alive in a deliberately lit inferno. Only nine people survived. One of them was Australian man Graeme Craddock, and now for the first time he is telling what it was like inside Waco - and why he still believes David Koresh will one day return to Earth as the son of God.

60 Minutes: Home of Horror/The Waco Insider

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Years 9-10, 11-12 News and current affairs
47:04
Home of Horror After enduring years of misery, there's finally some good news for the many victims of the Daruk Boys' Home at Windsor, north-west of Sydney. A breakthrough in a major police investigation means several men who have been accused of dreadful physical and sexual crimes against teenagers will soon be receiving a visit from detectives. And what 60 Minutes will also reveal is the identity of the superintendent of the government-run home whose job it was to protect the boys from harm. The young victims of the institution - now middle-aged men - say the superintendent not only refused to act on their claims of abuse, he punished them for speaking out in the first place. It led to even more suffering for the boys while he went on to a successful life in federal politics. The Waco Insider Waco, in the middle of Texas, used to be one of those American towns destined to be forever unremarkable. But 51 days of hell 25 years ago changed all that. It started when David Koresh, a cult leader who thought he was Jesus Christ, decided to take on the US government. There was a violent gun battle and 10 people, including four federal agents, were killed. But that bloodbath led to a bizarre standoff which lasted almost two months before Koresh, and 79 of his followers, were burned alive in a deliberately lit inferno. Only nine people survived. One of them was Australian man Graeme Craddock, and now for the first time he is telling what it was like inside Waco - and why he still believes David Koresh will one day return to Earth as the son of God.
D for Disgrace
The past few weeks have been an exciting time for thousands of young Australians who have taken the educational leap from high school to university. For many of the students there's the added adventure of moving out of home and into on-campus residential colleges. But in a major 60 Minutes investigation, Allison Langdon exposes a sinister underbelly at many of these residences, a seedy culture of degrading initiation rituals. The "hazing", as it's called, is often dismissed as university tradition or harmless fun, but for an increasing number of victims who have been subjected to humiliating bullying and sexual assaults it's anything but. Even worse, many of the administrators of these residential colleges - the people responsible for looking after the students - are actually looking the other way.

Size Matter
It may seem obvious, but when it comes to big wave surfing, size definitely matters. And at up to 100 feet, or more than 30m, the largest and meanest waves in the world slam into a headland in Portugal called Nazare. Such is this monster break it often breaks those brave - or crazy - boardriders who attempt to take it on. Just this week, Australian surfer Ross Clarke Jones almost died after being wiped off a Nazare wave. But the precarious divide between disaster and glory is precisely the reason he and other Aussie big wave legends like Mick Corbett can't stay away from the place.

60 Minutes: D for Disgrace/Size Matters

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Years 9-10, 11-12 News and current affairs
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D for Disgrace The past few weeks have been an exciting time for thousands of young Australians who have taken the educational leap from high school to university. For many of the students there's the added adventure of moving out of home and into on-campus residential colleges. But in a major 60 Minutes investigation, Allison Langdon exposes a sinister underbelly at many of these residences, a seedy culture of degrading initiation rituals. The "hazing", as it's called, is often dismissed as university tradition or harmless fun, but for an increasing number of victims who have been subjected to humiliating bullying and sexual assaults it's anything but. Even worse, many of the administrators of these residential colleges - the people responsible for looking after the students - are actually looking the other way. Size Matter It may seem obvious, but when it comes to big wave surfing, size definitely matters. And at up to 100 feet, or more than 30m, the largest and meanest waves in the world slam into a headland in Portugal called Nazare. Such is this monster break it often breaks those brave - or crazy - boardriders who attempt to take it on. Just this week, Australian surfer Ross Clarke Jones almost died after being wiped off a Nazare wave. But the precarious divide between disaster and glory is precisely the reason he and other Aussie big wave legends like Mick Corbett can't stay away from the place.
Warning!
There's no nice way to put it: Goran Markovic is a con artist. He's very good at being very bad, and no-one should ever believe or trust him. For 40 years he has been perfecting his nasty craft, lying his way around Australia and the world, fleecing almost everyone he encounters. From millionaire businessmen to unsuspecting women - anyone it seems is a potential target. Even police, tasked with trying to bring Markovic to justice, have been mocked and taunted by this elusive "catch me if you can" crook. But in a special 60 Minutes investigation, the tables are turned as the conman gets stung by two of his victims. Goran Markovic is finally caught and it's all on camera.

The Kiwi That Soared
Politicians in Australia need to take note. It is possible to be liked. For proof they only need to look at New Zealand's new prime minister, 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern. Four months after taking the top job, her approval ratings are soaring, with 70 percent of the country believing she's doing well. And now she's taking nation building to the next level by combining politics with pregnancy. When she gives birth in June, she'll be the first elected female leader in the western world to have a child in office. But becoming a mum isn't expected to slow Ms Ardern down - she says she'll be back running the country within weeks. As Charles Wooley finds out, Prime Minister Adern's no-fuss, can-do attitude is an enormous hit with Kiwi voters.

The Extroverted Introvert
Liam Bartlett's not sure if it's good news or bad news, but he has discovered there are actually two Robbie Williamses. One is one of the best-selling solo artists of all time, the charismatic and cheeky showman from the north of England. The other is a complete contradiction, an introspective, almost unsettled soul who often questions his self-worth. But no matter which Robbie Williams is in the room, Bartlett says both make for a must-watch interview.

60 Minutes: Warning!/The Kiwi That Soared/The Extroverted Introvert

News and current affairs

Years 9-10, 11-12 News and current affairs
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Warning! There's no nice way to put it: Goran Markovic is a con artist. He's very good at being very bad, and no-one should ever believe or trust him. For 40 years he has been perfecting his nasty craft, lying his way around Australia and the world, fleecing almost everyone he encounters. From millionaire businessmen to unsuspecting women - anyone it seems is a potential target. Even police, tasked with trying to bring Markovic to justice, have been mocked and taunted by this elusive "catch me if you can" crook. But in a special 60 Minutes investigation, the tables are turned as the conman gets stung by two of his victims. Goran Markovic is finally caught and it's all on camera. The Kiwi That Soared Politicians in Australia need to take note. It is possible to be liked. For proof they only need to look at New Zealand's new prime minister, 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern. Four months after taking the top job, her approval ratings are soaring, with 70 percent of the country believing she's doing well. And now she's taking nation building to the next level by combining politics with pregnancy. When she gives birth in June, she'll be the first elected female leader in the western world to have a child in office. But becoming a mum isn't expected to slow Ms Ardern down - she says she'll be back running the country within weeks. As Charles Wooley finds out, Prime Minister Adern's no-fuss, can-do attitude is an enormous hit with Kiwi voters. The Extroverted Introvert Liam Bartlett's not sure if it's good news or bad news, but he has discovered there are actually two Robbie Williamses. One is one of the best-selling solo artists of all time, the charismatic and cheeky showman from the north of England. The other is a complete contradiction, an introspective, almost unsettled soul who often questions his self-worth. But no matter which Robbie Williams is in the room, Bartlett says both make for a must-watch interview.
Taken?
Chloe Ayling is a stunning and in-demand glamour model, but last July she was abducted off a street in Milan in Italy by two masked men. She was drugged, gagged, and held hostage in a remote farmhouse. The kidnappers' evil intention was to auction Chloe on the internet as a sex slave to the highest bidder. The plan failed, because the 20-year-old model says she was able outwit her captors. But Chloe's story of escape from this nightmare is almost too heroic to believe, and many people think she's lying.

I Love Lucy
There are two words prime ministers never want to hear in the same sentence: sex and scandal. Just ask Malcolm Turnbull, who has been lumbered with cleaning up the political mess caused by the personal life of his deputy, Barnaby Joyce. By Thursday, the prime minister had had enough of Joyce, describing his actions as a "shocking error of judgement". On Friday, Barnaby Joyce hit back, accusing Turnbull of being "inept and unnecessary" in his comments. This embarrassing crisis for the coalition government played out while Liz Hayes filmed a profile story on Malcolm Turnbull for 60 Minutes.

Bitcoin or Bitcon?
There has been an incredible amount of noise recently about the bitcoin boom. For canny - or lucky - investors who got in early, watching the value of this crypto-currency soar to unimaginable highs was like winning the lottery. The price of bitcoin is now rapidly retreating, but true believers say there are going to be many more digital goldrushes just like it. As Tom Steinfort discovers though, buyers need to beware, because this crypto-craziness is attracting the crypto-sharks, who are circling with some outrageously brazen scams.

60 Minutes: Taken?/I Love Lucy/Bitcoin or Bitcon?

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Years 9-10, 11-12 News and current affairs
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Taken? Chloe Ayling is a stunning and in-demand glamour model, but last July she was abducted off a street in Milan in Italy by two masked men. She was drugged, gagged, and held hostage in a remote farmhouse. The kidnappers' evil intention was to auction Chloe on the internet as a sex slave to the highest bidder. The plan failed, because the 20-year-old model says she was able outwit her captors. But Chloe's story of escape from this nightmare is almost too heroic to believe, and many people think she's lying. I Love Lucy There are two words prime ministers never want to hear in the same sentence: sex and scandal. Just ask Malcolm Turnbull, who has been lumbered with cleaning up the political mess caused by the personal life of his deputy, Barnaby Joyce. By Thursday, the prime minister had had enough of Joyce, describing his actions as a "shocking error of judgement". On Friday, Barnaby Joyce hit back, accusing Turnbull of being "inept and unnecessary" in his comments. This embarrassing crisis for the coalition government played out while Liz Hayes filmed a profile story on Malcolm Turnbull for 60 Minutes. Bitcoin or Bitcon? There has been an incredible amount of noise recently about the bitcoin boom. For canny - or lucky - investors who got in early, watching the value of this crypto-currency soar to unimaginable highs was like winning the lottery. The price of bitcoin is now rapidly retreating, but true believers say there are going to be many more digital goldrushes just like it. As Tom Steinfort discovers though, buyers need to beware, because this crypto-craziness is attracting the crypto-sharks, who are circling with some outrageously brazen scams.
The Survivor
Twenty years ago this year the world was transfixed by the frantic search for life at the alpine ski resort of Thredbo. A landslide had obliterated two ski lodges, burying 19 people beneath an enormous deluge of mud, concrete and rock. As hours turned into days, and with temperatures plunging well below freezing, the prospect of finding survivors began to fade. That was until the muffled cries of Stuart Diver were heard from beneath the rubble. With incredible courage, Stuart clung to life as an extraordinary rescue effort got underway. And 65 nerve-wracking hours after the landslide, Thredbo's sole survivor emerged to the cheers of the world. 

For Stuart Diver the elation was short-lived. Numbed by the loss of his beloved wife Sally and so many close friends and neighbours, he struggled to rebuild his life. Eventually he found new love and looked to start a family. But once again tragedy struck when his second wife, Rosanna, was diagnosed with cancer. She lost her fight for life, but not before giving birth to a beautiful baby girl. In a breathtaking 60 Minutes interview, Stuart Diver speaks candidly to Tara Brown about Thredbo and his life of love and loss. We meet those who were pivotal to his survival and the daughter who has become his world. Two decades after the disaster, Stuart's incredible zest for life is an inspiration to us all.

Hamish and Andy
Like Dame Edna and Kylie before them, Hamish and Andy have achieved such a level of fame there's no need to bother with their last names. For the record though, they're Blake and Lee. The stars of radio and television have been making Australia laugh for 15 years now, although when the gangly duo first came to our attention, no-one predicted their longevity or celebrity. On 60 Minutes, Hamish and Andy share the rather simple secret to their business success - if they're having fun, then so too will their fans. Liz Hayes is also invited behind the scenes to meet the best mates' families and she discovers there's a new generation of performer who can't wait to steal the show.

60 Minutes: The Survivor/Hamish and Andy

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Years 9-10, 11-12 News and current affairs
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The Survivor Twenty years ago this year the world was transfixed by the frantic search for life at the alpine ski resort of Thredbo. A landslide had obliterated two ski lodges, burying 19 people beneath an enormous deluge of mud, concrete and rock. As hours turned into days, and with temperatures plunging well below freezing, the prospect of finding survivors began to fade. That was until the muffled cries of Stuart Diver were heard from beneath the rubble. With incredible courage, Stuart clung to life as an extraordinary rescue effort got underway. And 65 nerve-wracking hours after the landslide, Thredbo's sole survivor emerged to the cheers of the world. For Stuart Diver the elation was short-lived. Numbed by the loss of his beloved wife Sally and so many close friends and neighbours, he struggled to rebuild his life. Eventually he found new love and looked to start a family. But once again tragedy struck when his second wife, Rosanna, was diagnosed with cancer. She lost her fight for life, but not before giving birth to a beautiful baby girl. In a breathtaking 60 Minutes interview, Stuart Diver speaks candidly to Tara Brown about Thredbo and his life of love and loss. We meet those who were pivotal to his survival and the daughter who has become his world. Two decades after the disaster, Stuart's incredible zest for life is an inspiration to us all. Hamish and Andy Like Dame Edna and Kylie before them, Hamish and Andy have achieved such a level of fame there's no need to bother with their last names. For the record though, they're Blake and Lee. The stars of radio and television have been making Australia laugh for 15 years now, although when the gangly duo first came to our attention, no-one predicted their longevity or celebrity. On 60 Minutes, Hamish and Andy share the rather simple secret to their business success - if they're having fun, then so too will their fans. Liz Hayes is also invited behind the scenes to meet the best mates' families and she discovers there's a new generation of performer who can't wait to steal the show.
Is Trump's 'zero-tolerance' immigration policy violating human rights? In the days following Trump's U-turn, this program follows one family's fight to get their seven-year-old son back, after he was taken away at the border.
“Hug your son because you’re not going to see him anymore,”  Ludy Garcia was told at the U.S. Border.
Under President Trump’s Zero Tolerance Policy which took effect in April this year, immigrant children were housed in shelters, separated from their families, for an average of 41 days. Ludy’s 7-year-old son, Osmin, spent 51 days in detention between May and July this year.
Ludy and  Osmin are just two of the many victims of family separation at the U.S. border, who fled their homes under threats of gang violence and extortion.  
On April 6 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new policy for an "escalated effort to prosecute those who choose to illegally cross our border." 
Trump’s administration has directed federal prosecutors to prioritise immigration cases. Athough the policy does not explicitly call for the separation of parent and child, in practice, it does precisely that: While parents are taken to be prosecuted, their children are left with a sponsor or at a shelter.
Back home in Guatemala, mother Lesbia is at the family’s hut, eagerly awaiting her weekly phone call with Osmin – all she knows is that he has been taken to a shelter in Arizona.
“Every time I go to sleep, I pray for you,” Osmin sobs into the phone.

Dateline: Trump's Zero Tolerance

News and current affairs

Years 11-12 News and current affairs
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Is Trump's 'zero-tolerance' immigration policy violating human rights? In the days following Trump's U-turn, this program follows one family's fight to get their seven-year-old son back, after he was taken away at the border. “Hug your son because you’re not going to see him anymore,” Ludy Garcia was told at the U.S. Border. Under President Trump’s Zero Tolerance Policy which took effect in April this year, immigrant children were housed in shelters, separated from their families, for an average of 41 days. Ludy’s 7-year-old son, Osmin, spent 51 days in detention between May and July this year. Ludy and Osmin are just two of the many victims of family separation at the U.S. border, who fled their homes under threats of gang violence and extortion. On April 6 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new policy for an "escalated effort to prosecute those who choose to illegally cross our border." Trump’s administration has directed federal prosecutors to prioritise immigration cases. Athough the policy does not explicitly call for the separation of parent and child, in practice, it does precisely that: While parents are taken to be prosecuted, their children are left with a sponsor or at a shelter. Back home in Guatemala, mother Lesbia is at the family’s hut, eagerly awaiting her weekly phone call with Osmin – all she knows is that he has been taken to a shelter in Arizona. “Every time I go to sleep, I pray for you,” Osmin sobs into the phone.
Gamble of life
Soon after meeting and falling in love, Andrew and Olivia Densley agreed they both adored kids and wanted a large family. They got married and got on with their dream. But after having their fourth child they received terrible news. Their third child, a son, had a genetic immune deficiency disease which looked likely to kill him. Just when all seemed lost though, he was saved by a long-shot miracle. His little brother, the couple’s fourth child, was a match as a bone marrow donor. But as Tom Steinfort reports, at this point the story gets even more complicated. While Andrew and Olivia knew the substantial risks of having more children, it didn’t stop them. Olivia fell pregnant with a fifth child who was also born with the usually fatal disease. But having rolled the dice and lost, the couple refused to give up. It has taken several years and a hundred thousand dollars, but they’ve managed to engineer another extraordinary solution.
A magpie called Penguin
Somewhere, flying around the northern beaches of Sydney, is a magpie called Penguin who often thinks she’s a human. And if that’s not incredible enough, this amazing bird has another claim to fame – she’s a lifesaver. Penguin taught Sam Bloom, a mother of three, how to live again after she fell from a balcony, broke her back and became a paraplegic. It’s a truly inspiring tale that not surprisingly will also soon be a Hollywood movie

60 Minutes: Gamble of life/ A Magpie called Penguin

News and current affairs

Years 9-10, 11-12 News and current affairs
48:40
Gamble of life Soon after meeting and falling in love, Andrew and Olivia Densley agreed they both adored kids and wanted a large family. They got married and got on with their dream. But after having their fourth child they received terrible news. Their third child, a son, had a genetic immune deficiency disease which looked likely to kill him. Just when all seemed lost though, he was saved by a long-shot miracle. His little brother, the couple’s fourth child, was a match as a bone marrow donor. But as Tom Steinfort reports, at this point the story gets even more complicated. While Andrew and Olivia knew the substantial risks of having more children, it didn’t stop them. Olivia fell pregnant with a fifth child who was also born with the usually fatal disease. But having rolled the dice and lost, the couple refused to give up. It has taken several years and a hundred thousand dollars, but they’ve managed to engineer another extraordinary solution. A magpie called Penguin Somewhere, flying around the northern beaches of Sydney, is a magpie called Penguin who often thinks she’s a human. And if that’s not incredible enough, this amazing bird has another claim to fame – she’s a lifesaver. Penguin taught Sam Bloom, a mother of three, how to live again after she fell from a balcony, broke her back and became a paraplegic. It’s a truly inspiring tale that not surprisingly will also soon be a Hollywood movie
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