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.
The 'holy grail' of IVF that went wrong
IVF has grown into a huge industry, with companies competing to provide fertility services.
But in the quest to innovate and gain an edge, one Australian company may have taken things too far.
Now hundreds of those who used a controversial new genetic test are taking legal action
Reporter Rachael Brown investigates.
When the floodwater goes, what's next?
Reporter Geoff Thompson followed several residents of Lismore as they tried to recover from February's monster flood in Northern NSW.
But before they'd finished the clean-up, the waters started to rise again.
The mums accused of poisoning their kids
An almost unimaginable crime: two women accused of poisoning their own children at the same Sydney hospital.
Both were charged and spent years separated from their families, but both say they were falsely accused.
Reporter Hannah Ryan investigates whether the system has failed these families.
The end of Australia's biggest coal fired power plant
Jim works in the control room at Eraring Power Station, where one quarter of NSW's power is produced.
But Jim and his 450 colleagues have recently found out that his workplace will be closing down, 7 years ahead of schedule.
Reporter Mayeta Clark investigates what plans are in place to transition communities away from coal jobs.
The quiet drug crisis you haven't heard about
Prison authorities know that drugs are constantly finding their way into our prisons.
But the most commonly detected drug is one you might never have heard of.
And health experts are warning there’s a disaster looming for addicted inmates when they get out.
Mahmood Fazal reports.
This episode contains explicit language.
The scientists questioning a serial murder case
She was convicted of killing her four children nearly two decades ago.
But new scientific evidence has come to light, leading some of Australia’s most respected scientists to argue that Kathleen Folbigg was actually the victim of a terrible miscarriage of justice.
Some of those scientists now say Australia needs to establish a whole new body to review potentially wrongful convictions.
Rachael Brown reports.
Special thanks to Flinders University Adjunct Associate Professor Robert Moles for his research assistance.
Do more true crime please
Your true crime specials are so engaging the latest one with about bupe in jail was so good
Australian investigative journalism at its finest
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