60 Minutes November 30

60 Minutes this weekend begins it’s summer series with four stories from the past year.

Sandakan

Australia is a nation well-versed in the cost of war. From Gallipoli to Afghanistan, Iraq to Vietnam, we honour young Australians lost on the battlefield. For the servicemen and women who come home, there can be a heavy, often invisible cost. It’s called Post Traumatic Stress. Treating the psychological scars of conflict can be challenging, but one group of veterans has found a remarkable form of therapy. Allison Langdon recently joined them on the infamous Sandakan death march route in Borneo. Despite being one of the deadliest chapters in our military history, this trek was all about life.

Reporter: Allison Langdon

Producer: Nick Greenaway

 

Dirty Business

Banks are supposed to be held to the highest corporate standard and they’re never shy to tell us when they’re doing things right. But there’s a story that our big four banks are not telling you. It’s a story of alleged forced evictions and land acquisitions – families losing the homes they’ve held for generations. And it’s been happening with the financial backing of Australian banks. The Commonwealth, Westpac, ANZ and NAB are all accused of putting profit before people. You see, the banks have invested in, or financed, big overseas agricultural companies in poorer, developing nations. The result is land grabs on a scale that would be condemned if they happened here in Australia.

Reporter: Michael Usher

Producer: Phil Goyen

 

John Cleese

There aren’t too many comedians who could boast that they’ve changed the face of comedy, but John Cleese can, even if he’s far too modest to make such a claim. From Monty Python to Fawlty Towers, John Cleese has created some of the funniest and most enduring characters of our times. And at 75, he’s showing no signs of retiring. He’s just penned an autobiography, and while it explains a lot about the man, one thing he can’t explain is why John Cleese makes us laugh.

Reporter: Liz Hayes

Producer: Stephen Rice

 

Little Legend

Like all new parents, Jade and Ross Morley just hoped their baby would be healthy or ‘normal’, as we often say. But not long after their son Floyd-Henry was born, they learned he had a rare medical condition. He was healthy but ‘different’. Jade and Ross wouldn’t be the first couple to face such news. But the way they told friends and family certainly was new… and inspiring.

Reporter: Allison Langdon

Producer: Ali Smith

 7:30 PM Sunday on Nine