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25 May 2018

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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.

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    Fentanyl: A national emergency (part 2)

    Paramedics across Australia are stealing lethal opioids to cope with workplace trauma. Freedom of Information documents reveal nearly 100 investigations into the misappropriation of addictive drugs by ambulance workers since 2010. In this co-production with the 730 program, reporter Hagar Cohen asks why paramedics have stolen fentanyl for personal use. A warning, this episode deals extensively with suicide. It might not be suitable for everyone and if it brings up any issues at all for you please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

  • Posted on 27 May 2018

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    Fentanyl: A national emergency (part 1)

    Alarming numbers of Australians are dying from fentanyl overdoses at increasing rates and undercover recordings show just how easy it is to get it. A NSW coronial inquest into the deaths of six people has just found double the amount of people die from prescription opioids than they do from heroin. In the first of a two part investigation, reporter Hagar Cohen revisits a story first broadcast last year, she speaks to people whose lives have been torn apart by fentanyl abuse.

  • Posted on 20 May 2018

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    Best laid plans update: The Senate votes

    The Australian Senate passed an amendment to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan this week. This means that remaining water recovery, more than 600 billion litres, for the environment will not go ahead. Reporter Sarah Dingle and executive producer Alice Brennan cover this and other developments since our investigation went to air.

  • Posted on 11 May 2018

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    Best laid plans (Part 2)

    The Federal Senate is due to vote on major changes to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan– if it passes, it will effectively end further water recovery for the environment in the river system. The Basin States claim we can stop water recovery now, because they have 36 engineering projects throughout the Basin which can achieve similar outcomes. But critics hotly dispute that. In part two of our investigation into the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, reporter Sarah Dingle reveals the politicking going on behind the scenes for Australia's most expensive environmental program. Note: Professor John Sheehan is now a former Commission of the Land and Environment Court, not Acting.

  • Posted on 06 May 2018

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    Best laid plans (Part 1)

    Australia is halfway into the most expensive environmental program ever mounted—the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. We've spent more than $8 billion trying to ensure the future of this crucial river system, but the plan is at risk of failing. Over two episodes, reporter Sarah Dingle investigates serious allegations that the money spent has been for very little environmental gain. UPDATE: The incoming South Australian Minister for the Environment and Water, David Speirs, said he did not know his department was preparing to reset the limits of acceptable change in the Coorong and allow up to 80 per cent of species to die, until Background Briefing's investigation. The minister said an 80 per cent death rate was not acceptable and that he would get funding for the science to sustain the Coorong.

  • Posted on 29 Apr 2018

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