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All titles in the ‘News and current affairs’ genre

34 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

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The 7.30 Report – Boys Education television program – 2005

Prime-time current affairs introduced by Kerry O’Brien, this episode includes a story about boys’ education in Newcastle.

The 7.30 Report - Orchestra Tunes In television program – 2005

This episode, from March 2005, is a representative sample of the program, giving a good idea of the range of subject material and the style of coverage.

The 7.30 Report – Pneumococcal Vaccine television program – 2003

Every parent’s nightmare: Ella was a healthy baby left profoundly disabled after she survived pneumococcal meningitis.

The 7.30 Report – Tobacco Litigation television program – 2003

St Vincent Welch, head of the Tobacco Institute of Australia, reveals the policy of 'document retention’ – or destroying findings linking smoking to lung cancer.

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Australian Visit television program – 1967

Anti-Vietnam War demonstrations were timed to coincide with the five-day visit of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Vietnam and his wife in 1967.

Australia Post – News Release E-Post Electronic Mail sponsored film – 1985

This 1985 video press release explains E-Post, a new service offered by Australia Post to replace the old telegram service and superseded teleprinter technology.

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A Changing Race documentary – 1964

An insightful portrait of Aboriginal people in Central Australia in the 1960s, highlighting their experience of racial discrimination and their integration in non-Aboriginal society.

Chequerboard – My Brown Skin Baby, They Take ‘im Away television program – 1970

This powerful film documents the impact of the government’s policy of removing light-skinned children from their Aboriginal mothers to be raised in Christian missions.

Cyclone Tracy radio – 1974

Journalist Mike Hayes describes the trauma experienced by the people of Darwin post-Cyclone Tracy, 1974.

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The Dream – Days 9 and 15 television program – 2000

A lighthearted live show by Roy Slaven and HG Nelson on the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

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Four Corners – Aiding or Abetting television program – 1983

How is Australian’s aid to the Philippine Government being spent? This program was broadcast just before the overthrow of Marcos and his extravagant wife.

Four Corners – American Dreamers television program – 2003

As the world waits for the inevitable invasion of Iraq, Four Corners offers a compelling picture of the power of the Neo-cons to influence George W Bush.

Four Corners – Blue Death television program – 1988

A chilling program about Australia’s greatest industrial disaster: years after the mine closed, Wittenoom residents are dying of asbestos-related illnesses.

Four Corners – Fixing Cricket television program – 2000

A Walkley Award-winning documentary by Liz Jackson at the height of the match-fixing controversy, exposing why it had escaped official investigation for so long.

Four Corners – French Connections television program – 1985

An extraordinary docudrama about the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior and the death of a Portuguese cameraman.

Four Corners – Inside the Circle television program – 2005

Inside the circle’, a new way to deal with offenders who come up before the legal system. Robert is face-to-face with his victim and four Aboriginal Elders.

Four Corners – The First Program television program – 1961

This interview with Olympic swimming champion John Konrads, from the first Four Corners in 1961, leaves us with a better understanding of how a great athlete’s mind works.

Four Corners – The Kilwa Incident television program – 2005

A massacre, cover-up and UN report that implicates an Australian mining company in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Four Corners – We’ll All Be Rooned television program – 1982

A lack of envirommental perspective somewhat dates a tragic record of the death of a country town. The wheat belt of Coonamble is now entering its fourth year of drought.

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Holt – Film Re-enactment of the Circumstances Surrounding the Disappearance of the PM sponsored film – 1967

This unedited footage shot by Victorian Police re-creates the unexplained disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt from a Victorian beach in December 1967.

Honeybee Blues documentary – 2009

Australian bee pathologist Dr Denis Anderson is on a quest to save the honeybee from the devastating Varroa destructor mite.

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Land Bilong Islanders documentary – 1989

A significant historic record of proceedings in the Queensland Supreme Court regarding the Murray Islanders’ native title claim over their traditional lands.

Landline - Ethanol Special 2006 television program – 2006

Alarmed by a 2003 media scare campaign, Australians have been left behind by Brazil and the US with regard to developing non-fossil fuels.

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Mabo: An Address to the Nation television program – 1993

In a televised address to the nation, Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating outlines the government’s response to the High Court Mabo decision on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights.

Majestic Fanfare music – 1943

The original 1943 recording of the ABC’s much loved ‘Majestic Fanfare’, used in various forms since 1952 to introduce news broadcasts.

Media Watch – Series 11 Episode 18 television program – 1999

A weekly program that exposes the tricks journalists use. Every journalist loves the show until they are featured on it.

Media Watch – Series 9 Episode 1 television program – 1997

In this vintage Media Watch Story, presenter Stuart Littlemore thoroughly enjoys demolishing a couple of journalists from the Seven Network.

Monday Conference – PNG television program – 1971

In one of the earliest Monday Conference programs, Robert Moore moderates an interview with the impressive New Guinea politician John Guise.

Monday Conference – Rhodesia or Zimbabwe television program – 1973

Out of the studio and into the community, Robert Moore interviews Senator Glen Sheil, just returned from Rhodesia, and Bishop Donal Lamont.

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Stateline – The Transcontinental Dream television program – 2004

The spine of the story is Mark Bowling’s journey from Adelaide to Darwin on the historic Ghan, but what makes the story special are moments from the history of the region.

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This Day Tonight – The Last Program television program – 1978

It is fascinating to hear the man who dismissed an elected Australian federal government in 1975 say that he would do it again.

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Weekend Magazine – Carnarvon Gorge and the Fighting Highlanders television program – 1982

Weekend Magazine was one of the first programs on television to teach people about the environment and how it should be cherished and protected.

Whitlam – Visit to Bendigo and Eaglehawk historical – 1973

Gough Whitlam, the first Labor Prime Minister in 23 years, visits Bendigo and Eaglehaw in Victoria to lend support to the party’s campaign for the May 1973 state elections.

Whitlam – Visit to the Philippines historical – 1974

In 1974, prime minister Gough Whitlam visited Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Burma, Singapore and the Philippines with the aim of strengthening cooperation in aid, trade, investment and culture.