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 climate activists’ plan to shut down Australia
When protesters disrupted one of Australia’s largest container facilities, the NSW Government responded with new broad-sweeping laws that carried 2 year jail terms.
What happened to the Saudi sisters?
The mysterious discovery of the Alsehli sisters, who were found dead in a Sydney flat after more than a month, has shocked Australians.
But who are they? What were they doing here? And most chillingly - why are they dead?
Reporters Rachael Brown and Mahmood Fazal investigate.
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The billion dollar industry helping students cheat
When the pandemic pushed university assessments out of the exam room and into the bedroom, many Australian students turned to powerful new allies to help them get good grades.
Reporter Mario Christodoulou investigates.
Who's developing the wilderness?
There's a big nature tourism project about to take off in New South Wales, but many locals aren't all that happy about it.
Reporter Mayeta Clark investigates why.
The artisan farmers taking on Victoria's meat regulator
Victoria is marketed as an exciting culinary destination.
But organic farmers say they're facing draconian rules that prevent consumers from accessing the ethical food they want.
Reporter Mahmood Fazal investigates.
The fight for control over Black births
Worried about racial inequities in the health system, First Nations women are fighting for culturally safe birth options.
But as Quandamooka woman Carly Williams finds out, not everyone in the mainstream healthcare service is on board.
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