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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.

    "People will die": a country hospital fears it won't cope with coronavirus

    "People will die": a country hospital fears it won't cope with coronavirus

    What does it take to prepare for a pandemic? 

    Many hospitals around the world are already overwhelmed by patients infected with COVID19.
    Australian doctors and nurses are bracing for something most of them have never faced before. 

    In our country hospitals, resources are already stretched: beds are in short supply and there’s a greater proportion of older people.
    Preparation will, in many cases, be the difference between life and death.

    ABC National Regional Reporter Jess Davis takes us inside the Wimmera Base Hospital in Horsham, Victoria, as the team tries to prepare for the unimaginable.

    • 38 分鐘
    How we're getting through this

    How we're getting through this

    Coronavirus is changing the way the entire human race lives.
    Emergency workers are scrambling together contingency plans, fearing hospitals could soon be overwhelmed.
    Scientists are racing to invent a faster, cheaper Covid-19 test kit available for us all.
    Restaurants are reinventing themselves as delivery services, artists are turning to live-streaming to make a living.
    This week, the entire Background Briefing team investigates how each of us are finding new ways to get by.

    • 53 分鐘
    He wanted an ambulance. He got a police "dog box".

    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.

    • 41 分鐘
    Mutants or miracles? Australia's GM cows

    Mutants or miracles? Australia's GM cows

    Removing the piercing horns of cattle has long been an unfortunate consequence of the world's great demand for dairy products.
    So when American scientists made a gene-editing breakthrough, with the promise that farmers could soon safely breed hornless

    • 36 分鐘
    'If I can't get my house fixed, I'm homeless'

    'If I can't get my house fixed, I'm homeless'

    Even after the black summer Australians have just endured, it's not bushfires that's keeping the nation's insurers awake at night.

    Climate change is bringing cyclones further south - towards highly populated areas like Brisbane, the Gold Coast and northern NSW.

    Insurers are warning that unless the Federal Government takes drastic action, parts of the country may even become uninsurable.

    And as Geoff Thompson discovers, it's not some threat on the horizon - the conditions are already here.

    • 38 分鐘
    How fracking could threaten Australia's Paris target

    How fracking could threaten Australia's Paris target

    The Morrison Government claims Australia will meet its emissions targets "in a canter".

    It points to Australia's status as the world's largest LNG exporter to show how the nation's carbon footprint is getting smaller.

    But Background Briefing has seen bombshell emails by government advisors that reveal a very different picture.

    Jane Bardon investigates the true extent of Australia's fracking emissions.

    • 37 分鐘

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