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Sunday Extra presents a lively mix of national and international affairs, analysis and investigation, as well as a lighter touch.

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    • Society & Culture

Sunday Extra presents a lively mix of national and international affairs, analysis and investigation, as well as a lighter touch.

    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
    Summer special: This meth we’re in

    Summer special: This meth we’re in

    Jacki Whittaker thought one of the bedrooms in her Melbourne rental home smelt like "cat piss". But the real culprit was something far more sinister.

    The previous tenants had been cooking methamphetamine in the bathroom resulting in significant contamination.

    Jacki and her two adult children were told by a testing company they must leave immediately because it wasn’t safe to stay in the house.

    But no one really knows how many of us are actually at risk from meth residues because even scientists haven’t even worked it out.

    In this episode, Hagar Cohen investigates how some operators in an unregulated meth testing industry are scamming the public and profiting from our fear.

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

    • 45 min
    Summer special: Welfare to worse

    Summer special: Welfare to worse

    Whistle-blowers from inside Australia's lucrative employment services industry are claiming profits are being prioritised over the needs of vulnerable welfare recipients.

    Reporter Andy Burns investigates alleged murky behaviour inside the government's 350-million-dollar "Parents Next" program.

    She follows allegations that some private providers are benefitting at the expense of single mothers, some of whom are homeless.
    This is a repeat of a program that aired in August 2019.

    • 45 min
    Summer special: Flight of Fancy

    Summer special: Flight of Fancy

    When he rediscovered the elusive night parrot in 2013, John Young became a hero in the bird world.

    But his reputation is now in tatters after the veracity of his latest fieldwork was criticised by a panel of experts.

    Did the charismatic naturalist fake evidence of the green and yellow feathered creature?

    Ann Jones investigates a scandal that threatens to undermine conservation efforts.

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

    • 43 min
    What does 2020 hold for Australians?

    What does 2020 hold for Australians?

    It's been another year of surprises, from Scott Morrison's election victory to the elevation on young climate protestors onto the world stage.

    • 29 min

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