60 Minutes October 21

This weekend 60 Minutes deals with energy prices and catches up with Johnathon Thurston.

GOING NUCLEAR

Who isn’t sick of expensive and unreliable electricity in this country? Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he is and has made it one of his government’s priorities to lower our bills. But to do so, he says he may have to take provocative action, including overturning the current ban on nuclear power. It is a cheap and dependable power source, but opponents of the idea always scream two words: Chernobyl and Fukushima. They’re the scenes of the world’s worst nuclear meltdowns, catastrophic disasters which apparently prove that going nuclear is a dangerous, deadly option. But are the critics right? What if the reality is that nuclear power is nowhere near as threatening as we have all been led to believe? To test the theory, Tom Steinfort and Australian energy expert, Dr Ben Heard, venture deep into the infamous radioactive reactor at Fukushima in Japan.

Reporter: Tom Steinfort

Producer: Nick Greenaway

 

THE CHAMPION

On the field, Johnathan Thurston was such a skilful player that his legend transcended the sport of rugby league. Even one-eyed Aussie rules, rugby union and soccer fans applauded his brilliance. What makes this especially remarkable was that he almost didn’t make it. As a kid, footy clubs declared he was too scrawny to ever make an impact. How wrong they were. But in a career bursting with accolades, there have also been controversies and hardships. At 35, Thurston has decided it is time to hang up his boots, and talking to Allison Langdon on 60 MINUTES, he looks back on a career that almost never happened.

Reporter: Allison Langdon

Producer: Bryce Corbett 

8:30pm Sunday on Nine.