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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.

    Inside the brazen tax scam where the homeless are made company directors

    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.

    • 39 min
    This predator targeted victims on Tinder for years. Why wasn’t he stopped sooner?

    This predator targeted victims on Tinder for years. Why wasn’t he stopped sooner?

    Glenn Hartland is a serial rapist who lured four Melbourne women on Tinder.
    His victims say he continued to use dating apps while on bail.
    How did the police, the court, and the company behind Tinder allow this to happen?

    • 41 min
    This judge’s unfair decisions upended people’s lives. What can be done about it?

    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.

    • 41 min
    Summer special: Murder on trial

    Summer special: Murder on trial

    In 2011, Boronika Hothnyang was accused of fatally stabbing her best friend, William Awu, directly in the heart.

    But when police arrived at the scene of the crime, Boronika's apartment in Dandenong south-east of Melbourne, she was fast asleep.

    Six men who had earlier been drinking at her place each gave detectives a very different version of events.

    In this episode, Sarah Dingle uncovers new evidence that raises serious questions about the strength of the case against Boronika.

    • 40 min
    Summer special: The Golden Nugget Affair

    Summer special: The Golden Nugget Affair

    The annual Uluru Camel Cup attracts a prize pool of tens of thousands of dollars, but is largely unregulated under NT law.

    After a champion camel named “Golden Nugget” won the 2018 race in controversial circumstances, allegations surfaced that the result was rigged.

    Reporter Alex Mann delves deep into the Camel Cup operator’s colourful past to investigate what really happened that day.

    This is a repeat of a program that aired in July 2019.

    • 40 min
    Summer special: The Birdman of Surry Hills

    Summer special: The Birdman of Surry Hills

    From piles of rubbish to leaking sewers, rats, and gas leaks.

    Pierre the Birdman is on a one-man mission to save his public housing block -- but he doesn’t own a computer, only just got a mobile phone, has never had legal training, and he barely finished high school.

    Despite this... he’s been winning cases against the NSW Government.

    Mario Christodoulou reports.

    • 43 min

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