Next Episode of Australian Story is
Season 23 / Episode 33 and airs on 26 November 2018 09:00
These are the stories of who we are. Australian Story presents unique tales that provide an insight into Australian life with all its complexities and challenges.
Over many years, Australian Story has followed the efforts of farmer Peter Andrews to drought-proof the land.
His unorthodox approach, which involves planting weeds and installing 'leaky weirs', was once considered heretical but a growing band of supporters has taken up his cause
At Mulloon, outside Canberra, Tony Coote and a group of like-minded landholders set out to prove that the Andrews method works.
Now, during one of the worst droughts in living memory their results are cause for hope and have attracted the eye of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
When Australian Story first filmed with Dr Justin Yerbury, the world-renowned scientist's research into motor neurone disease had taken on a terrible urgency. Diagnosed with the disease in 2016, his condition had begun to deteriorate dramatically.
By last Christmas he was unable to breathe unassisted and without major surgery to provide permanent mechanical ventilation he wouldn't survive.
Determined to continue his search for a cure and spend more time with his family, he had the operation and when the episode aired early in the year he was in ICU, struggling with post-operative complications. He would remain there for six months.
But the past couple of months have seen some remarkable developments. Not only has he finally returned home, he is now going into the office two days a week to continue his vital research into the disease.
Australian Story caught up with Justin and his family to record his astonishing progress.
When former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer and his wife Judy learned that their young son was autistic, they were told he would probably never have a job or live independently.
But Harrison Fischer, now aged 25, has defied everybody's expectations.
Harrison has a job helping primary schoolers in Wodonga, is paying tax and has his own home.
As his father Tim Fischer, one of Australia's most-loved politicians, battles a life-threatening illness, Harrison's growing independence is a source of joy for the Fischer family.
Introduced by former Wallabies captain John Eales
By the time this year's Queensland schoolboy rugby union season was over, four teenagers had broken their necks, their lives changed forever.
Two of them, Conor Tweedy and Ollie Bierhoff, should have competed against each other.
Instead, after separate accidents a week apart, they found themselves side by side in the Spinal Injuries Unit contemplating quadriplegia.
In hospital, both boys threw themselves into their recoveries.
One had a recovery deemed ‘miraculous'; for the other, the road back is much steeper.
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