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Season 2017 / Episode 17 and airs on 28 May 2017 11:00
60 Minutes is a popular Australian current affairs program based on the U.S. version of the same name. Featuring many noted Australian journalists over the years, the current presenters include Liam Bartlett, Tara Brown, Liz Hayes and Peter Overton.
Where's baby Tegan? Keli Lane's parents break their 20 year silence. Radical weight loss surgery for teens and meet the Superman of the slopes - extreme skier JT Holmes.
Parental as Anything: As every mother and father knows, there's no rulebook for the right way to raise children. Good parenting is just as much about good luck as it is about good management. This week Karl Stefanovic meets parents who pursue a more ‘unconventional' path to bringing up their children. And while you may not agree with what they do, remember that like the rest of us, they're as proud and loving of their children as anyone else.
Our House: These days the great Australian dream of home ownership has been replaced with the great Australian whinge that for most people, it's no longer possible. What's left is the great Australian divide between the haves and the have-nots. The reason why buying a home is so expensive seemingly defies the rules of economics, but the reality means it's cheaper to call Paris or New York home instead of Sydney or Melbourne. Want-to-be home owners might be down, but they're not out and as you'll see, there are ways to turn dilemma into opportunity.
American Villain: As a footballer, there was none better than OJ Simpson. As a human, there aren't too many worse. It's more than twenty years since Simpson was famously charged with murdering his former wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman. The court case, an eight month spectacle fuelled by the public's obsession with celebrity, ended with the jury's surprising 'not guilty' verdict. But two years later a civil court decided Simpson was liable for the deaths, and ordered him to pay more than thirty million dollars in compensation. In 2008 OJ Simpson was jailed for 33 years after a botched armed robbery in Las Vegas. The one-time American hero is likely to be paroled next year, which means more torment for the victims' families.
Keep Out!:What would you do if someone walked into your backyard, dug a big hole and put a fence around it with a sign saying ‘No Trespassing'? In all likelihood you'd shout and scream and call the police. But what if when the police came they threatened to arrest you, not those who wrecked your property and locked you out? In many parts of rural Australia this is the outrageous scenario now playing out between farmers and big gas companies, whose relentless – often ruthless – quest for new sources of gas seems to have no limits. In a special 60 MINUTES investigation, Michael Usher reveals evidence showing the high-pressure, secret tactics used by some gas companies which are driving hard-working country folk from their land. Queensland farmer Kane Booth used to have a multi-million-dollar cattle business until three coal seam gas wells were drilled on his property. He says the wells affected the water supply on his land, rendering it useless for fattening his cattle. He's now been forced to abandon the property and sell off his herd. Not surprisingly, Kane and his young family are devastated, but have vowed to fight on. However, a similar battle on a neighbouring property has had a tragic outcome. George Bender fought a coal seam gas company for years, blaming it for polluting his property. But it turned out to be a battle of attrition he was never going to win.
Top Price: You have to marvel in awe and wince in pain at Toby Price's commitment to being the best off-road motorcycle racer in the world. At last count, the 28-year-old daredevil from the Hunter Valley had racked up 27 broken bones. His worst riding injury three years ago fractured vertebrae in his neck, which left him perilously close to becoming a quadriplegic. His mum, Pauline, and dad, John, might disagree, but Toby reckons the rewards of hurtling through the desert at breakneck speeds justify the risks. In January this year he became the first Australian to win the Dakar Rally in South America, the most prestigious and gruelling off-road race in the world. And last week he was at it again, winning the Finke Desert race in outback Australia, for an amazing fifth time.
Oscar Pistorius - The Interview: From Paralympian to pariah, Oscar Pistorius is now a shamed figure. On July 6 he will be sentenced for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. He shot her at his home in South Africa on Valentine's Day 2013 and then concocted a convoluted story about mistaking her for an intruder hiding in the bathroom. The courts didn't accept his defence, and he is now facing at least 15 years in prison for the crime. As he waits to hear his fate he has decided to tell his story publicly for the first time. The interview, with British reporter Mark Williams-Thomas, is a macabre and at times graphic insight into the night Reeva was killed. Pistorius explains in excruciating detail his recollection of what happened, and its aftermath. The Blade Runner is both defiant and tearful, but the big question is whether his performance will influence public opinion. Pistorius didn't seek the court's permission for the interview, and by doing it he has further outraged Reeva Steenkamp's grieving family.
The Vault: Imagine for a moment if a comet strikes the earth, or a super volcano erupts, blacking out the sun for years. Or worse still, there's a nuclear war. Only a small number of human beings would survive and they – or hopefully we – would have to be incredibly well prepared for the future. But just how would we restart our lives when the sun shines again? Where would we get the seeds to grow the crops to feed ourselves? Luckily, scientists have been imagining the unimaginable and have built an incredible facility, hidden deep in the remote mountains of the Arctic Circle. Appropriately, it is known as the Doomsday Vault.
Election 2016: The Results: Charles Wooley reports the latest results from Election 2016, the winners and losers, and assesses where Australia is headed now.
Great White Hope: The mantra of marine experts is that the risk of being taken by a shark while swimming, surfing or diving is so miniscule it's not even worth thinking about. But it seems lately the rate of shark attacks has been increasing dramatically. Every new incident, every tragic death or horrific injury, invariably leads to heated debate about the need to cull sharks so humans can be safe in the water. On 60 MINUTES, a breakthrough which could save man and beast – new technology whose makers are confident will keep us apart. But as Ross Coulthart reports, there's only one way to find out if it really works and that involves getting very close to very large sharks.
Not So Great Britain: When Britain voted to leave the European Union just days ago the rest of the world was caught completely unaware. Almost immediately, however, the decision assumed the proportions of an ugly divorce as politicians on both sides of the English Channel began bickering about the logistics of how and when to sever ties. Brexit has also created disturbing divisions in England, especially over immigration policy, but as Liz Hayes reports from London, there is one man who could not be happier. Nigel Farage is the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party and the key architect of the split from Europe. He's spent the last 17 years working towards this very moment.
Heroin usage across the United States; ballet choreographer Christopher Wheeldon; bonobo orphanage in the Congo.
Big Brother: Everyone knows the Bee Gees because they're responsible for half a century of hit songs. It's a remarkable achievement in a business where success is rare, and if it does happen, is usually fleeting rather than enduring. But the Gibb boys – Barry and the twins Robin and Maurice – just refused to leave the stage even when times were tough. Now, sadly, there's only one Bee Gee left, big brother Barry Gibb. He says the show must go on and this 70-year-old grandfather of seven has a new album, his first in 15 years, and is preparing to once again hit the road.
Death in a Café: A young woman walks into a busy upmarket café in Jakarta to have a coffee with her friends. According to police, what happens next is truly shocking. A deliberate poisoning, all caught on CCTV cameras. Australian resident Jessica Wongso is now on trial for murdering her friend, Mirna Salihin, who she met when they were studying in Sydney. The prosecution accuses Jessica of spiking Mirna's iced coffee with cyanide and then calmly standing by and watching her beautiful friend's last gasps of breath. And this story is even more bizarre – it's alleged the reason for the killing is rage fuelled by jealousy. Jessica resented her friend's fairytale life so much she decided to end it. Four judges in an Indonesian court are trying to determine the truth, but the stakes are particularly high because if she's found guilty of the crime, Jessica Wongso could face the death penalty.
Kylie's Law: t's entirely understandable that we prefer not to talk – or even think – about death. But when asked, more than 70 per cent of Australians are clear on one thing – their support for voluntary euthanasia. We want to be given choice about how and when we die. It's a sensitive issue for governments, but in South Australia the politicians seem to be listening to Kylie Monaghan, the brave and beautiful 35-year-old woman who is the face of a new campaign to legalise euthanasia – even though the cancer she suffers from is so advanced it's denying her the choice she wants. Among the many Australians supporting Kylie is Andrew Denton, who reveals to Liz Hayes the very personal reasons motivating him to fight for voluntary euthanasia legislation.
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