Background Briefing - Program podcast

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Background Briefing is investigative journalism at its finest, exploring the issues of the day and examining society in a lively on-the-road documentary style.


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Surrogacy secrets

February 11th, 2017

As Asian countries crack down on surrogacy, it's booming here in Australia. The rules say a surrogate can't be paid, but desperation is driving some people to flout the law.

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The 13-year-old Brisbane schoolboy committed suicide after years of being bullied at schools for being different. Did Tyrone Unsworth's school let him down?

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Why did my baby die?

January 28th, 2017

Summer series: Six babies are born still every day in Australia. Up to a third of those deaths might be preventable, but experts say fatalistic and outdated attitudes are holding back progress. Hager Cohen investigates.

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Death in Kalgoorlie

January 21st, 2017

Summer series: The death of a young indigenous boy sparked a town riot at the court house, and the search for answers as to why he died. Sarah Dingle reports.