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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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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


Critical failure: the preventable deaths that keep happening in hospitals

8/26/2017
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How a series of blunders and the death of an 18-year-old girl have fed a wave of anger over the treatment of suicidal patients in hospitals. Tim Roxburgh investigates.

Duration: 00:40:13


The Base: Pine Gap's role in US Warfighting

8/19/2017
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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: 00:43:13


Shot to pieces: How the Adler fight threatens our national gun laws

8/12/2017
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Could the political fight over the Adler unravel Australia’s national gun laws? Paddy Manning reports.

Duration: 00:40:00


Rape shaming: Why some women are naming their alleged attackers online

8/5/2017
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Women who say the police have failed to properly investigate their rape cases are taking matters into their own hands, and they have police worried. Hagar Cohen reports.

Duration: 00:41:22


Nowhere to go

7/29/2017
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A radical move to privatise government group homes for people with disability is underway in NSW ahead of the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. David Lewis investigates.

Duration: 00:35:06


Europe's drug wars

7/8/2017
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Twenty years after the assassination of Irish crime reporter Veronica Guerin, gangland killings continue in Dublin. The gangs have links across Europe, where authorities are struggling to keep up with an ever-changing drug trade.

Duration: 00:00:34


Drill and fill: dentists up in arms over the risks of corporate dentistry

7/1/2017
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As health insurance companies and corporate chains buy up surgeries, some dentists say benchmarks and bonuses are influencing the type of treatment you get when you’re in the chair. Paddy Manning reports.

Duration: 00:38:50


Shadows of the Sheikh: how an Adelaide Imam with a mysterious past became a media star

6/24/2017
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He warns we're facing an infestation of radical clerics, and he's called for Islamic schools to be shut down. But Mohammed Tawhidi has a mysterious history that sits awkwardly alongside his new image as reformer-in-chief of Islam in Australia.

Duration: 00:40:42


Under the radar: how the global gambling industry is encroaching on amateur sport

6/17/2017
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The global gambling industry is moving in on Australian amateur sport, offering live odds and exotic bets for offshore gamblers on small-time matches that barely draw a crowd.

Duration: 00:35:18


Cyber insecurity: the skills shortage exposing Australia to attack

6/10/2017
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Australian governments and businesses have finally woken up to the scale of the cyber threats we face. But in the race to snap up computer security experts, we may have started too late.

Duration: 00:34:14


On deadline: countdown to crunchtime for newspapers

6/3/2017
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Newspapers are slashing jobs, and the Senate has launched an inquiry into the future of journalism. But amidst the gloom, some ex-Fairfax journalists are putting everything on the line to launch new media outlets.

Duration: 00:33:29


The cost of a kidney

5/27/2017
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It's a long wait to receive a kidney transplant if you're part of an ethnic minority in the UK. Some patients are so desperate, they're travelling to countries like Pakistan for risky operations, and there's evidence that Australians may be doing the same thing.

Duration: 00:01:41


A failure to care: the Oakden nursing home

5/20/2017
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How did Oakden, a state and commonwealth funded home for the elderly, fail its vulnerable patients and their families? Christine El-Khoury investigates.

Duration: 00:36:18


WestConnex: good debt or bad debt?

5/13/2017
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As the government talks up its commitment to infrastructure, some experts are querying whether the nation’s biggest transport project will solve the problem it was designed to fix. Paddy Manning investigates.

Duration: 00:38:33


Machetes, migrants, and misinformation: why Africans are copping the blame for Melbourne crime wave

5/6/2017
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Should young migrants be deported if they commit a criminal offence? A new federal inquiry is considering just this, and in the frame are Sudanese youth accused of home invasions and car jackings in Melbourne. David Lewis investigates .

Duration: 00:39:53


The RSL at War

4/22/2017
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On the eve of Anzac day the RSL is facing its biggest test yet, as diggers question whether their leaders have their true interests at heart.

Duration: 00:38:37

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