60 Minutes January 29

60 Minutes returns this weekend with a brand new season.

SWIMMING SOUTH

Australia’s tourism industry, one of the enduring constants of our economy, is facing a tiny problem that is so enormous it could cost us billions. It’s the Irukandji jellyfish, small, barely visible and deadly. Think of a bluebottle on steroids. Officially, two people have died of Irukandji stings here but experts fear the number is going to get much higher. It used to only be found in the waters of far northern Australia, but as the seas have been heating up these jellyfish have been swimming south into far more populated areas – and the frightening news is they’re coming to a beach near you.

Reporter: Ross Coulthart

Producer: Nick Greenaway

 

BREAKING THE CYCLE

There is a terrible statistic we can no longer hide from or ignore. Every week in this country a woman is killed by her partner or former partner, with many more injured. Just as tragically, thousands of children get caught in their parents’ crossfire. When violence in families becomes the norm the consequences can be dire. Allison Langdon meets a 16-year-old boy who started abusing his mother after witnessing his parents’ volatile relationship. Courageously, he’s speaking out in the hope of stopping others doing what he did.

Reporter: Allison Langdon

Producers: Stefanie Sgroi, Grace Tobin

 

ENDLESS LOVE

Australians used to balance a healthy scepticism for our politicians with a begrudging respect. But now, if you believe the polls, politicians are about as popular as, well, journalists. Malcolm Turnbull’s not a bad bloke but it seems we can’t wait to get rid of him, just like we ditched Tony Abbott and Rudd and Gillard. Without giving any of them much of a chance to be great. Maybe aspiring PMs need to visit the master.Would you believe it is 25 years since Bob Hawke held the top job. Back then we loved him in spite of, or maybe because of, his imperfections, including that he left his wife Hazel for another woman. As you’ll see, today Bob is more popular than ever, and still wonderfully in love with Blanche.

Reporter: Charles Wooley

Producer: Steve Jackson 

60 Minutes returns 7 pm Sunday on Nine