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Background Briefing

ABC (Australia)

Background Briefing is investigative journalism at its finest, exploring the issues of the day and examining society in a lively on-the-road documentary style.

Background Briefing is investigative journalism at its finest, exploring the issues of the day and examining society in a lively on-the-road documentary style.
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Melbourne, VIC

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Background Briefing is investigative journalism at its finest, exploring the issues of the day and examining society in a lively on-the-road documentary style.

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English

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Background Briefing ABC Radio National GPO Box 9994 Sydney 2001 (02) 8333 1385


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International crime figures parking money in Australian real estate

2/17/2018
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International experts are warning that Australia is one of the most attractive destinations to launder money through real estate. Criminals from all over the world are looking at mansions in the suburbs of Melbourne and Sydney to park their cash. Reporter Connie Agius investigates the gaps in our money laundering laws and why they haven't been closed.

Duration:00:36:58

Sexual harassment in the police force

2/10/2018
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Each year, NSW Police officers lodge around 200 harassment complaints against their own colleagues. About a quarter of those are for sex-based harassment. But for many victims, speaking out can be just as bad as the abuse itself. Alex Mann investigates the efforts by NSW Police to stamp out sexual harassment in the workplace and the experience of officers who try to report it to their superiors.

Duration:00:42:40

The forgotten cancers

2/3/2018
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They're responsible for half of all cancer-related deaths in Australia, but receive only a small amount of research funding. As a result, rare and less common cancers have incredibly low survival rates. Reporter David Lewis follows one woman's desperate search for a treatment that might allow her to extend her life.

Duration:00:36:41

Ear Hustle: Left Behind

1/20/2018
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How do inmates with profoundly long sentences cope with their realities, and maintain a sense of hope and well-being as the years pass?

Duration:00:00:29

Introducing Ear Hustle

1/3/2018
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How do you make a podcast inside prison? Ear Hustle's Nigel Poor talks risky stories, Australian listeners and toilet humour.

Duration:00:15:11

The Base: Pine Gap's role in US Warfighting

12/16/2017
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Summer series: Top-secret documents exclusively obtained by Background Briefing reveal the extent to which Australia is assisting the United States military in conflicts worldwide. Peter Cronau reports.

Duration:00:43:12

No place for paedophiles

12/9/2017
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Summer series: Prisons and aged care providers are sounding the alarm over the growing number of elderly convicted sex offenders and other serious criminals, and the lack of appropriate aged care facilities to take care of them their twilight years. Alex Mann reports.

Duration:00:31:11

Fire ant threat: Mismanagement of Australia’s eradication effort

12/2/2017
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Whistleblowers accuse the agency in charge of the largest pest eradication effort in Australia’s history of mismanagement.

Duration:00:39:23

Prescription killer: Australia's imminent fentanyl epidemic

11/25/2017
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New exclusive figures show alarming numbers of Australians are dying from fentanyl overdoses at increasing rate.

Duration:00:37:11

Burning obsession

11/18/2017
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Why do bushfire arsonists commit their crimes? Alex Mann investigates.

Duration:00:34:00

Katherine Hospital

11/11/2017
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Repeat: How Katherine Hospital turned its fortunes around and the lessons to be learned.

Duration:00:41:19

The toughest schools: Walgett's education experiment

10/28/2017
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Can a failing school be turned around with money and community engagement? Brendan King investigates.

Duration:00:40:24

Betting on bitcoin: The risky world of cryptocurrency

10/21/2017
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The technology behind cryptocurrency could revolutionise our financial system—but is this unregulated innovation worth the risk?

Duration:00:33:36

Fiji silenced part 2: Controlling the message

10/14/2017
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First-hand accounts and leaked documents reveal the extent of the Fijian government’s control over the media and public service, and why freedom of the press is at an all-time low. Hagar Cohen reports.

Duration:00:41:58

Fiji silenced part 1: China's secret mission exposed

10/7/2017
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Why did Chinese police enter Fiji and deport 77 of their own citizens? Hagar Cohen investigates.

Duration:00:40:30

Mafia on the move: How the 'ndrangheta came to Australia

9/30/2017
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A mafia member who turned informant warns that the ‘ndrangheta, or Calabrian mafia, have an organised presence in Australia. Connie Agius reports.

Duration:00:40:20

Drug justice: the Duterte solution

9/23/2017
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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has seen hundreds of thousands imprisoned and many killed. Ginny Stein reports.

Duration:00:41:31

No place for paedophiles

9/16/2017
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Prisons and aged care providers are sounding the alarm over the growing number of elderly convicted sex offenders and other serious criminals, and the lack of appropriate aged care facilities to take care of them their twilight years. Alex Mann reports.

Duration:00:31:11

A whisky business

9/9/2017
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It was a whisky investment scheme marketed by a famous cricketer and a fast yacht, but it turned into an almighty hangover, with hundreds left wondering where their barrels went.

Duration:00:41:57

South Sudan: a failure to act

9/2/2017
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When local and international aid workers came under attack in South Sudan's capital, why did UN peacekeepers just over a kilometre away fail to respond?

Duration:00:00:15

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