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The demand for organs is growing but supply is not, so many people who need transplants die waiting. The demand for organs is growing but supply is not, so many people who need transplants die waiting. North Dakota National Guard

Black-market lottery: organ donation and the international transplant trade

Estimates suggest more than two million people worldwide would benefit from an organ transplant. While the donation rates vary greatly between countries, the contrast between the increasing numbers of…
The ABC’s Four Corners program investigated the people smugglers allegedly behind this asylum seeker boat, which sank off the coast of Java in September this year. The ABC’s Four Corners program investigated the people smugglers allegedly behind this asylum seeker boat, which sank off the coast of Java in September this year. AAP

Four Corners: human smuggling and the spectacle of suffering

Last night, the ABC’s Four Corners program fed us with yet another 50 minutes worth of emotional, heartbreaking and harrowing testimonies of traumatised survivors of yet another human smuggling tragedy…
Our health system is geared towards saving lives – even when the person being revived might not want to live. Our health system is geared towards saving lives – even when the person being revived might not want to live. Julie Kertesz

How the care conveyor belt tortures people back to life

ABC’s Four Corners tonight is about a young man who has decided to end his life after 36 years of suffering a debilitating illness. But because euthanasia is illegal in Australia, he has to apply to another…
Cameras were secretly taken in to detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru by the ABC to film the living conditions there. Cameras were secretly taken in to detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru by the ABC to film the living conditions there. ABCTV

What if it was our kids? Four Corners and asylum seekers

The federal government does not say how it chooses those it sends for offshore processing. It does not explain how it chooses children to go to Manus Island. Australian doctors have told the Department…
Public housing never used to be the centre of disadvantage. What changed? Public housing never used to be the centre of disadvantage. What changed? Dean Lewins

Growing up poor in Australia: what has happened to public housing?

A good job, like where you get like heaps of money. I’d be like a decent mum, like a husband with no violence and everything, so it could be a happy family, you know, but like that would never happen…
The Autism Enigma presents one of many theories about the causes of autism. The Autism Enigma presents one of many theories about the causes of autism. hepingting/Flickr

Can a gut bacteria imbalance really cause autism?

ABC’s Four Corners recently aired a controversial documentary (The Autism Enigma) on how gut bacteria might affect autism. Here we review some of the science surrounding what it suggested caused autism…
The Autism Enigma aired on ABC’s Four Corners’s on Monday August 27, 2012. The Autism Enigma aired on ABC’s Four Corners’s on Monday August 27, 2012. ABC TV

ABC’s Four Corners and the messy truth of autism

Autism is a “messy” truth. It doesn’t have the high blood sugar of diabetes, the uncontrolled cell division of cancer, nor the clear brain degeneration of Alzheimer’s disease. Autism is a condition (or…