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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.

    The Archbishop, the luxury pad, and the COVID-ravaged aged care home

    The Archbishop, the luxury pad, and the COVID-ravaged aged care home

    It was the site of Australia's deadliest coronavirus outbreak.

    This week, Ashlynne McGhee investigates how Melbourne's St Basil's Homes for the Aged has been funnelling tens of millions of taxpayer dollars into the Greek Orthodox Church.

    • 38 min
    The hidden park of last resort

    The hidden park of last resort

    It’s one of the last affordable caravan parks near Sydney's CBD where people can actually make a home.

    Many of the residents were driven here in one of life's desperate moments, but as Mridula Amin discovers, not everyone wants to leave.

    • 44 min
    The Base Tapes | Part 2

    The Base Tapes | Part 2

    In the second and final episode of his investigation, Alex Mann tracks down the two youngest candidates who applied to join the neo-Nazi group and tries to find out how they were radicalised.

    • 45 min
    The Base Tapes | Part 1

    The Base Tapes | Part 1

    Secret recordings reveal how a global white supremacist terror group dedicated to inciting a race war recruited young Australian men.

    Alex Mann investigates.

    • 41 min
    The small town torn apart by big bets

    The small town torn apart by big bets

    Peter and Kath were investors in a secret punters' club that turned out to be a multi-million dollar scam.

    When the kingpin pleaded guilty, there were nearly two thousand victims left desperate to find out where their money went.

    Rachael Brown investigates whether the middlemen know.

    • 38 min
    The place where people mysteriously disappear

    The place where people mysteriously disappear

    Warren Meyer was a keen bushwalker who always came prepared for a hike.

    When he vanished in the wild terrain of the Yarra Ranges, police were baffled.

    Ashlynne McGhee investigates whether his disappearance could be linked to the other unsolved mysteries of Victoria's high country.

    • 43 min

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