60 Minutes: Nov 7
In a joint investigation, Nick McKenzie explains why there’s an urgent need for a federal watchdog into political rorts.
In a joint investigation by 60 Minutes, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, Nick McKenzie explains why there’s an urgent need for a federal watchdog into political rorts.
On 60 Minutes, a critical breakthrough in the investigation into the disappearance of Russell Hill and Carol Clay. The couple, both in their 70s, vanished 19 months ago after going camping in Victoria’s remote High Country. Since then there’s been plenty of speculation but few solid leads about what happened to the pair, apart from the strong likelihood they have been murdered. But now comes a significant development. Detectives tell Sarah Abo that although there is still a lot of work to do on the case, this new piece of information could finally solve the mystery and provide answers for Russell and Carol’s families.
Reporter: Sarah Abo
Producers: Madeleine Apps, Naomi Shivaraman
Politics is often grubby, as investigative reporter Nick McKenzie discovered last year when he exposed the disgraceful behaviour of Victorian MP Adem Somyurek, then an ALP powerbroker with too much power. Somyurek’s activities are now being investigated by Victoria’s anti-corruption watchdog, IBAC. In New South Wales a similar body, ICAC, is looking at whether former premier Gladys Berejiklian breached public trust by having a secret relationship with another MP. Somyurek and Berejiklian might not be happy about it, but in both cases the politicians have been made to explain. In Canberra though, there is no such thing as a federal anti-corruption commission. In a joint investigation by 60 Minutes, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, McKenzie explains why there’s an urgent need for a federal watchdog, revealing serious but unchecked political dirty work and rorting.
Reporter: Nick McKenzie
Producer: Joel Tozer
It’s no secret that China is a bully. But the lengths it’s prepared to go to in asserting its dominance sometimes borders on farcical. Last year 60 Minutes reported how the communist regime savaged a young Queensland university student. Drew Pavlou’s supposed crime was to organise a rally on his campus highlighting Beijing’s many human rights abuses. Instead of silencing him, China’s attack did the opposite, making him an even louder critic. Now Drew is taking his fight a step further. He has started his own political party and is launching a bid for parliament.
Reporter: Tom Steinfort
Producer: Natalie Clancy
8:40pm (not really) Sunday on Nine.