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  1. Introducing Ear Hustle2018/01/04
    (Ear Hustle: Antwan Williams)
  2. The Base: Pine Gap's role in US Warfighting2017/12/17
    A rare photograph of Pine Gap. (Supplied: Kristian Laemmle-Ruff @kristianlaemmleruff)
  3. No place for paedophiles2017/12/10
    Prison populations are getting older (Science Photo Library)
  4. Fire ant threat: Mismanagement of Australia’s eradication effort2017/12/03
    Fire ants range vary in size but are distinct in their coppery-brown colour. (Supplied: Qld Department of Agriculture and Fisheries)
  5. Prescription killer: Australia's imminent fentanyl epidemic2017/11/26
    Fentanyl misuse is on the rise and addicts are cooking it into solutions that can be deadly. (Lucy Barbour)
  6. Burning obsession2017/11/19
    (Getty Images: chrispecoraro)
  7. Katherine Hospital2017/11/12
    Gaye was diagnosed with tongue cancer and sent to Darwin Hospital for chemotherapy, when she returned to Katherine Hospital medical staff there realised she was deaf. Now she has a hearing aid and can communicate with the doctors and nurses. She couldn't do this at Darwin hospital. (Dr Simon Quilty)
  8. The toughest schools: Walgett's education experiment2017/10/29
    Walgett school student Isaac plays basketball before school. (ABC RN: Brendan King)
  9. Betting on bitcoin: The risky world of cryptocurrency2017/10/22
    (Getty Images: Siegfried Layda)
  10. Fiji silenced part 2: Controlling the message2017/10/15
    A press pack in Fiji cover a visit to the United Nations headquarters by the Attorney General. (ABC RN: Hagar Cohen)
  11. Fiji silenced part 1: China's secret mission exposed2017/10/08
    A house in Nadi, Fiji, where dozens of Chinese people were rounded up by both Chinese and Fijian police and deported. (ABC RN: Hagar Cohen)
  12. Mafia on the move: How the 'ndrangheta came to Australia2017/10/01
    The Italian magistrate Bruno Caccia was killed in 1983 by the 'ndrangheta. Whistleblower Domenico Agresta testified at the trial for his murder. (Getty Images/Pacific Press/LightRocket: Elena Aquila)
  13. Drug justice: The Duterte solution2017/09/24
    Prisoners lean against a metal door, their faces and hands poking through barred windows at Quezon City Jail. (ABC RN/Lateline: Ginny Stein)
  14. No place for paedophiles2017/09/17
    Prison populations are getting older (Science Photo Library)
  15. A whisky business2017/09/10
    Hundreds of investors found out that the barrels of whisky they invested in were never filled (Felicity Ogilvie / ABC)
  16. South Sudan: a failure to act2017/09/03
    A police officer examines remains of a logistic base of the UN World Food Program, Jebel District, Juba (Albert Gonzalez/AFP/Getty Images)
  17. Critical failure: the preventable deaths that keep happening in hospitals2017/08/27
    Ahlia Raftery's parents, Kirstie and Mike. (ABC Newcastle: Robert Virtue)
  18. The Base: Pine Gap's role in US Warfighting2017/08/20
    A rare photograph of Pine Gap. (Supplied: Kristian Laemmle-Ruff @kristianlaemmleruff)
  19. Shot to pieces: How the Adler fight threatens our national gun laws2017/08/13
    Queensland MP Robbie Katter tries an Adler shotgun near Cloncurry. (ABC RN: Paddy Manning)
  20. Rape shaming: Why some women are naming their alleged attackers online2017/08/06
    Lauren Ingram outside of Kings Cross police station. (ABC RN: Tiger Webb)
  21. Nowhere to go2017/07/30
    Harry Guinan has Down Syndrome, and lives in a government-run group home. Here he is at art class. (ABC RN: David Lewis)
  22. Europe's drug wars2017/07/09
    Law enforcement agencies are struggling to keep up with an ever-changing trade in drugs (BBC)
  23. Drill and fill: dentists up in arms over the risks of corporate dentistry2017/07/02
    Bonuses for the amount of work done may be encouraging unnecessary treatments (Getty Images)
  24. Shadows of the Sheikh: how an Adelaide Imam with a mysterious past became a media star2017/06/25
    Imam Tawhidi's media appearances have caused controversy among Australian muslims (Islamic Association of SA)
  25. Under the radar: how the global gambling industry is encroaching on amateur sport 2017/06/18
    Small matches like this one in Hobart's Southern Basketball League have been offered up for live online betting (Carol Rääbus / ABC)
  26. Cyber insecurity: the skills shortage exposing Australia to attack2017/06/11
    The WannaCry virus affected hundreds of thousands of computers across the globe including at hospitals, banks and universities (ABC)
  27. On deadline: countdown to crunchtime for newspapers2017/06/04
    Established newspapers are slashing staff, while Crinkling News is just getting started. (Tiger Webb / ABC)
  28. The cost of a kidney2017/05/28
    Getty / Owen Franken
  29. A failure to care: the Oakden nursing home2017/05/21
    The Oakden Older Persons Mental Health facility is being closed after allegations of abuse. (ABC News: Matt Coleman)
  30. WestConnex: good debt or bad debt?2017/05/14
    (Hugh Peterswald/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
  31. Machetes, migrants, and misinformation: why Africans are copping the blame for Melbourne crime wave 2017/05/07
    Melbourne's Sudanese youth have been blamed for a variety of crimes, but are they really to blame? (David Lewis/ABC)
  32. The RSL at War2017/04/23
    Australia's oldest veterans organisation is dogged by scandal. (ABC News: Michael Vincent)
  33. Doctors and suicide: Why does it keep happening?2017/04/09
    A doctor takes a break in a hospital. (Chris Whitehead/Getty images)
  34. Nightmare build2017/04/02
    Buying a new apartment?

    Defects are driving many owners to court to get their leaks and defects fixed after they discover changes to insurance law means they are no longer covered.

    It's you versus the builder, so bring your lawyer. Tim Roxburgh investigates.
  35. Katherine Hospital: Back from the brink2017/03/26
    Gaye was diagnosed with tongue cancer and sent to Darwin Hospital for chemotherapy, when she returned to Katherine Hospital medical staff there realised she was deaf. Now she has a hearing aid and can communicate with the doctors and nurses. She couldn't do this at Darwin hospital. (Dr Simon Quilty)
  36. The schools squeeze: how the apartment boom is overcrowding classrooms2017/03/19
    Students sit in a classroom, generic (ABC TV)
  37. How did Westpac's e-waste end up on the worst dump in the world?2017/03/12
    Young men burning e-waste to extract metals at the Agbobbloshi dump in the Ghanaian capital Accra. (ABC RN: Mike Anane)
  38. How Centrelink's 'robodebt' ran off the rails2017/03/05
    Australia's Human Services Minister Alan Tudge speaks during House of Representatives Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (AAP: Lukas Coch)
  39. No shelter at the showground2017/02/26
    (Bronwyn Adcock/ABC Radio National)
  40. Up the creek: Less water for the Murray-Darling Basin2017/02/19
    Should the river recovery plan be dialled back? (James Hancock: ABC News)
  41. Surrogacy secrets2017/02/12
    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.
  42. Bullied to death: the short life of Tyrone Unsworth2017/02/05
    Tyrone Unsworth loved to dress up. (Supplied: Gypsie-Lee Edwards Kennard)
  43. Why did my baby die?2017/01/29
    Experts say up to a third of stillbirths are preventable. (ABC RN: Alex McClintock)
  44. Death in Kalgoorlie 2017/01/22
    Memorial to teenager Elijah Doughty in Kalgoorlie (ABC: Sarah Dingle)
  45. Sis, we've got your back2016/12/11
    Agnes Donovan : "Dootch saw us sitting there with the victim, and then he looked at his family and said 'Did you see all the ass wipes sitting on this side of the courtroom?" Seated with her best friend Veronica Bird (ABC RN/Bronywn Adcock)
  46. The death of VET FEE HELP2016/12/04
    TAFE Victoria faces $100m in cuts (Lateline)
  47. Insurance industry stuck in 'dark ages', say mental health advocates2016/11/27
    One in five Australians will experience mental illness, and insurers say extending coverage for mental health as they do for broken bones would send them broke. (ABC News: Patrick Williams)
  48. Why is CSIRO losing its brightest stars?2016/11/20
    Some of CSIRO's top women astronomers are quitting due to a dysfunctional workplace that they say protects harassers and punishes them instead. It's not just a loss for Australia's leading science organisation, but an appalling loss to the nation. Hagar Cohen investigates.
  49. The Joint Strike Fighter2016/11/13
    A Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in February 2013. (Lockheed Martin)
  50. System black2016/11/06
    (7pm TV News SA)
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