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Background Briefing is daring narrative journalism: Australian investigations with impact. Our award-winning reporters forensically uncover the hidden stories at the heart of the country’s biggest issues.

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Background Briefing is daring narrative journalism: Australian investigations with impact. Our award-winning reporters forensically uncover the hidden stories at the heart of the country’s biggest issues.

    Summer Season: how one school failed its students

    Summer Season: how one school failed its students

    Kimberly's sunny, athletic and inquisitive about everything.

    But for years she harboured terrible secrets about what happened to her.

    This week, Janine Fitzpatrick investigates why her school failed to heed credible warnings that she was in danger.
    This is a repeat of a program that aired in October 2020.

    • 39 min
    Summer Season: This judge’s unfair decisions upended people’s lives. What can be done about it?

    Summer Season: This judge’s unfair decisions upended people’s lives. What can be done about it?

    These Australians were denied a fair hearing by one controversial judge.

    Now, for the first time, they're speaking out about their experiences.

    Hagar Cohen investigates what happens when the behaviour of a judge inside a courtroom is called into question.

    This is a repeat of a program that aired in February 2020.

    • 41 min
    Summer Season: He wanted an ambulance. He got a police "dog box".

    Summer Season: He wanted an ambulance. He got a police "dog box".

    Tristan was a kind and gentle 23-year-old surfer from Byron Bay.

    One night he suffered a drug-induced psychotic episode.

    And ended up driven to hospital in a small steel cage.

    Police say it is probably the worst place he could be.

    Tristan later died in hospital.

    Mario Christodoulou investigates the series of tragic events that led to Tristan's death that raise questions about how emergency services treat young drug-affected people in New South Wales.

    This is a repeat of a program that aired in March 2020.

    • 41 min
    Summer season: Inside the brazen tax scam where the homeless are made company directors

    Summer season: Inside the brazen tax scam where the homeless are made company directors

    It's a long-running ‘dummy director’ scam that’s siphoned tens of millions of dollars from workers, small businesses and the taxpayer.
    In Victoria, a small group of accountants spent 15 years signing on drug users and homeless Australians to help their clients cheat the system.
    Reporter Dan Oakes investigates how this was allowed to go on for so long.
    This is a repeat of a program that aired in February 2020.

    • 39 min
    Buyer Wanted - Mothballed Oil Rig

    Buyer Wanted - Mothballed Oil Rig

    Did you know you're the lucky operator of a rusty oil rig floating in the Timor Sea?

    You, along with 25-odd-million others, that is.

    This week, reporter Alex Mann investigates why Australian taxpayers are forking out four million dollars a month for this facility, some 550km off the coast of Darwin.

    • 34 min
    The billion-dollar sports industry that can't keep up with the cheats

    The billion-dollar sports industry that can't keep up with the cheats

    It's got audiences bigger than the Superbowl.

    Its star players earn more for a single tournament than the winner of the Australian Open.

    Mario Christodoulou investigates how esports became such a success with the match-fixers too.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
927 Ratings

927 Ratings

JonBonJovial ,

Deep dives we need to know about.

Thanks for such dedicated research and excellent presentation and production, on stories of great interest that otherwise wouldn’t get told. Nice one!

Erin Perth ,

Well done BB

Such wonderful, detailed, nuanced story-telling.

Cuppalea ,

Well-researched

If you’re tired of click-bait and twitter snatches of news then listen to this. Well- researched journalism on issues that need to be discussed in depth but often glossed over (or sometimes not even mentioned) in the 24hr news mill. Broad issues or sometimes personal stories that speak to wider societal issues are covered. I understand the world a lot better because of this informative pod. This is why we need an ABC.

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