60 Minutes


That was my question too, I’ll have to check the ads for it here and also see if it does air.



Hmm…seems dodgy for Nine to direct Tasmanians to content which they might not legally be allowed to see.

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…but they are entitled to see (but that’s for another topic). There was an article in today’s Sunday Herald Sun on this interview so some Tasmanians might have read it.
Tonight’s episode has been posted on 9Now with the Meaghan Vass interview. That interview is also available on YouTube.
So did Tasmania get to see the Hanson / Latham story at all or a repeat of a past episode?


I was out and forgot it was coming up so didn’t see it but good old Vigilante News on Facebook had a post about it and had comment from Nine saying their Hobart affiliate had chosen not to air it. I didn’t think they were legally allowed to show it so really there was no choice.


Karl Stefanovic is expected to reappear as a reporter on 60 minutes next year, The Australian is speculating.


Next year? Why wait?


Probably at this time next year :slight_smile:


Good outcome if so.
Karl was great with the stories he did produce for the show.

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60 Minutes with more cheque book journalism and then caught trying to cover it up.



Sunday 17 March at 8:30pm



Is there a more hated woman in Australia than Kathleen Folbigg? Over a period of 10 years, one by one, she killed her four babies. Her crimes are so inconceivable it is still hard to fathom how and why she did it. That is, until you consider this – maybe Kathleen Folbigg was wrongly accused. She has always maintained her innocence, and on Monday a judicial inquiry reviewing her conviction begins. After 15 years in prison, it might lead to her freedom. Hoping that’s the case is Carol Matthey. More than anyone, she knows what Kathleen has endured because, incredibly, she too was accused of killing four of her babies. As Tara Brown reports in this 60 MINUTES special investigation, the two cases are remarkably similar, right down to the expert witnesses called upon to determine the truth. Yet while Kathleen was convicted as Australia’s worst female serial killer, the prosecution against Carol was thrown out.

Reporter: Tara Brown
Producer: Grace Tobin


Sarah Abo with a special report from Christchurch tonight.






Like many people, Tara Brown has mixed feelings about snakes. She says she quite likes the reptiles as long as there’s thick glass between her and them. Out in the wild though it’s a different story. So when told she’d be going on an epic adventure to a tiny speck of land off the coast of Brazil, inhabited by thousands of the most venomous vipers in the world, in her own words she was “freaked out”. Not surprisingly this place is known as Snake Island, and it’s probably the most dangerous location on the planet. In fact it’s so unsafe that it’s usually off limits to humans. But as deadly as the Golden Lancehead vipers of Snake Island are, they’re actually saving lives because their venom is being used to produce new groundbreaking medications. With science leading the way, Tara agreed to follow, even though she was always ready to run.

Reporter: Tara Brown
Producer: Stefanie Sgroi


Australians are competitive and love to win. No secret there. But there is one contest where winning might really mean losing: the population race. Currently our country is growing at more than twice the rate of America, the United Kingdom, and even China. Many politicians and economists say big is not only beautiful but essential, and that a booming population fuelled by immigration will guarantee our future prosperity. However, as Liam Bartlett finds out, that is a difficult argument to cop for everyday Aussies crushed by endless development, congestion and overcrowding.

Reporter: Liam Bartlett
Producers: Nick Greenaway, Madeleine Apps


There are almost eight billion people on this crowded planet; some of us like to be individuals while others prefer to simply blend in. Charles Wooley meets Kewal Shiels, a young man who has no such choice. He stands out by standing head and shoulders above the world. At 2.21 metres – seven foot three on the old scale – he is Australia’s tallest man. With no medical condition to account for his height, doctors say Kewal is simply the recipient of a lucky – or unlucky – hand in life.

Reporter: Charles Wooley
Producer: Bryce Corbett

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On 60 MINUTES, Sarah Abo reveals the incredible account of a police investigation like no other – how detectives solved an horrific double murder they didn’t even know about. It began with the discovery of a woman’s bones in bushland south of Sydney. But police had no idea who the victim was, and despite their substantial efforts, for five years she remained unidentified. Then came another chance discovery – seemingly unrelated – a thousand kilometres away in outback South Australia. In a suitcase lying by the side of a remote highway, a passing motorist found more bones, this time of an infant girl. But again, police were clueless about her identity. It took even more coincidence before the crimes were connected and a tragic breakthrough was uncovered. As it turns out, the two victims were a mother and daughter, murdered by one of the most evil monsters Australia has known.

Reporter: Sarah Abo
Producers: Alice Dalley, Stefanie Sgroi


Right now, Hollywood is abuzz with anticipation about four upcoming Charles Manson feature films. The obsession with the crazed cult leader marks a dark anniversary: fifty years since he and his band of deluded devotees, most of them young women, went on their murderous rampage. Manson, who lived as the embodiment of insanity, died in prison 18 months ago. But as Tara Brown reports, three of the other perpetrators are still alive and one, Leslie Van Houten, could walk free from jail in the next few weeks. Van Houten claims that after half a century behind bars she deserves her release because she’s a reformed woman. However, that assurance holds little weight for the loved ones of the victims. Debra Tate, the younger sister of Sharon Tate, the beautiful Hollywood actress slain by the Manson family, tells Brown how she has devoted her life to ensuring her sister’s killers are never released.

Reporter: Tara Brown
Producer: Stefanie Sgroi



SUNDAY 7 April at 8.30PM

It would be difficult to find anyone more honest and reliable than Dan Jones. He always prided himself on being a law-abiding, hardworking member of the community. But what he, and his equally decent parents, Ian and Michelle, have endured over the past eight years beggars belief and has led them to question the way the police and the legal system operate in Australia. The Jones’ family trauma began in 2011 when Dan met Sarah Jane Parkinson. They fell in love, got engaged and planned their future together. But bizarrely, just as the couple seemed destined for a life of romantic bliss, Parkinson started making up vile stories and complete fabrications about her fiancé. She went to the ACT police accusing Dan of despicable domestic violence and rape. He vociferously denied the allegations, but to no avail. Instead, he was deemed such a threat he was thrown into a maximum security prison while he awaited trial. As Liz Hayes reports in a 60 MINUTES special investigation, the stress of being wrongly accused of heinous crimes was not only unbearable for Dan, it fractured the entire Jones family. The ordeal contributed to the break-up of Ian and Michelle’s 30-year marriage as well as costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees. But just as devastating for this family is how easily police and prosecutors were duped into believing Sarah Jane Parkinson was a victim when in fact she was a pathological liar.
Reporter: Liz Hayes
Producers: Gareth Harvey, Madeleine Apps


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There is no doubt Australia is one of the most wasteful nations in the world, so the practice of recycling helps to lessen our guilt. As we drag our bins out for collection each week, we feel like we’re helping the environment. But the reality is that we’re all being conned. Right now, Australia is stuck in an unsightly and worsening recycling crisis. What is being done with plastic waste, the material most people think would be easy to salvage and re-use, is of the greatest concern. As Liam Bartlett discovers, most of it ends up either being buried or worse – exported to countries like Malaysia, a place we are now treating like a garbage bin.
Reporter: Liam Bartlett
Producer: Grace Tobin

Anyone who thinks five long weeks of a federal election campaign in Australia is going to be a substantial test of patience and sanity should spare a thought for the people of the United Kingdom. In London, the parliament is a complete mess of chaos and confusion, all because of Brexit: the decision taken at a referendum three years ago for the UK to withdraw from the European Union. As Sarah Abo reports, the problem – an enormous one – is the politicians, who can’t agree on how to do it. While they’re being distracted by bickering and backstabbing, many others fear the “great” is being ripped out of Great Britain.
Reporter: Sarah Abo
Producers: Joel Tozer, Stefanie Sgroi

Over his lengthy career at 60 MINUTES, Charles Wooley has reported on many stories about amazing advances in medicine, the result of outstanding work by researchers who’ve discovered new treatments for cancer, heart disease and the like. But he laments the same progress hasn’t always been the case for the tragic affliction of spinal cord injury – until now. In this special report, Wooley travels to Switzerland to watch something incredible – a paralysed man walking. They’re faltering steps, but they signal a giant leap forward for science. And it is all part of a global effort involving the most brilliant doctors and the most courageous patients.
Reporter: Charles Wooley
Producer: Stefanie Sgroi



Back in the 1960s when Elvis Presley first swooned Are You Lonesome Tonight , he wouldn’t have had any idea that his heartbreaking lament would take on its greatest significance six decades later. But in Australia, and around the world, loneliness has become a massive health epidemic. In fact, researchers say being lonely is just as detrimental to our wellbeing as smoking and excessive drinking. And that means loneliness can be deadly. Just as worrying, it doesn’t discriminate. Loneliness can strike anyone, young, old, male, female, rich or poor.
Reporter: Tom Steinfort
Producers: Nick Greenaway, Madeleine Apps

For the past 12 months, 60 MINUTES has been investigating a highly mysterious church called The Truth . It operates in regional areas of Australia and enforces bizarrely strict rules for its 10,000 members. It bans television, music and dancing. No parishioners can wear jewellery; females must always be dressed in long skirts and are forbidden from cutting their hair. But that’s by no means the worst of it. On Sunday, 60 MINUTES will reveal shocking and shameful secrets the church doesn’t want anyone to know about. They include allegations from former worshippers of being subjected to unspeakable sexual attacks by fellow members of the church, which when brought to the attention of the organisation’s hierarchy were largely ignored. As Allison Langdon discovers, the truth about The Truth is highly disturbing and demands a formal inquiry by police and welfare authorities.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producer: Laura Sparkes

It might be difficult to believe, but there has been an upside to the misery that has afflicted the Australian men’s cricket team for much of the past 12 months. Fans disappointed by the blokes have turned their attention to the women’s game. And what they’ve found is a champion team of world beaters. Leading the charge is Alyssa Healy, Australia’s female cricketer of the year. If her last name sounds familiar, it is – Alyssa is the niece of legendary wicketkeeper Ian Healy. She also happens to be married to Mitchell Starc, Australia’s very fast fast bowler. But as Charles Wooley reports, that doesn’t mean Alyssa hides in anyone’s shadow.
Reporter: Charles Wooley
Producer: Thea Dikeos



When it comes to education, every parent wants the best for their child. But because most of them have strong opinions on how to achieve it, this is causing conflict in schools. More and more mums and dads want more and more say about what goes on in the classroom, and if they don’t get their way, watch out. On the receiving end, teachers and principals say they’re sick of the bullying, the violence, and calls for their sacking. As Liam Bartlett reports, they just want to get on with doing what they know best – teaching.
Reporter: Liam Bartlett
Producers: Thea Dikeos, Steve Jackson

There’s no middle ground when it comes to what the world thinks of Julian Assange. He’s either loved or loathed. Just over a fortnight ago, the Australian founder of WikiLeaks made more headlines when police dragged him, not so much kicking, but definitely screaming, out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he’d been holed up for seven years. Watching the shock eviction was Assange’s father, John Shipton, who fears his son will be sent to the United States, locked up and never released. In a 60 MINUTES world exclusive, Shipton tells Tara Brown he wants everyone to know the real Julian Assange is not some careless villain computer hacker, but a hero of free speech.
Reporter: Tara Brown
Producer: Stefanie Sgroi

Everyone knows Steve Martin is a brilliant comedian and very accomplished Hollywood actor. The same is said about Martin Short. But less well known is the fact that Martin and Short have been best mates for more than 30 years. Now the two amigos have created a stage show, and they’re hitting the road to tell the world the secret of their friendship. As Liz Hayes finds out, it’s pretty simple really – a lot of laughter.
Reporter: Liz Hayes
Producer: Grace Tobin

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