60 Minutes: Mar 26

60 Minutes is earlier this Sunday night, screening from 8:10pm due to a shorter Married at First Sight.

Stories include Australia’s refugee vetting process, parental leave in Sweden and the demise of the Great Barrier Reef.

Extreme Vetting
Tragically this week the world once again experienced the barbarity of Islamic State extremism when homegrown terrorist Khalid Masood went on a deadly rampage on London’s Westminster Bridge and at the Houses of Parliament. Even though it occurred on the other side of the world, the atrocity is a reminder that Australia remains a target for terrorists. Unfortunately the London attack also raises critical questions about the Australian Government’s special humanitarian intake of 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq. Reports suggest up to 500 applicants have already been refused entry on security grounds. But just who is being allowed in? And how can we be confident that those who seek to do us harm don’t beat Australia’s version of extreme vetting? For the first time the government has agreed to lift a curtain of secrecy and showed Liam Bartlett just how the selection process works.
Reporter: Liam Bartlett
Producer: Howard Sacre

Family Business
On Friday it was announced that after substantial negotiations, the Turnbull Government has finally agreed on a deal with crossbench Senators about childcare and welfare reforms. The proposals are complicated, and given the current distrust of all politicians, almost guaranteed to disappoint sections of the community. So why is providing the best for our children such a headache? Perhaps we need to look at what’s happening in Sweden, where there’s a completely different attitude. There, family business is the most important business, and it starts with a paid parental leave scheme that is so generous it’s hard to believe. And it’s not just for mums.
Reporter: Peter Stefanovic
Producer: Stefanie Sgroi

Great Barrier Grief
The Great Barrier Reef has always been Australia’s great treasure. It’s not just beautiful, it’s also bountiful, and worth billions of dollars in tourism revenue. But now the largest living structure on the planet is becoming the largest dying structure. Vast amounts of coral are being killed off by rising ocean temperatures. One scientist, Dr Charlie Veron, has been warning of this looming catastrophe for years, but few have listened. However, as Tom Steinfort reports, now that it’s probably too late to do anything about this disaster, the world is finally taking notice.
Reporter: Tom Steinfort
Producer: Nick Greenaway

8:10pm Sunday on Nine.

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