60 Minutes October 30

This weekend 60 Minutes has a very mixed bag of topics.


In Australia there has been an explosion in the number of cases of men arrested for trading child sex abuse material online. It’s a sickening crime and those involved in viewing, producing and peddling sexually explicit images of children on their computers face substantial penalties, including prison, if caught. On 60 MINUTES, Peter Stefanovic meets some of the hidden victims of these crimes – the unsuspecting partners of the perpetrators. They are women whose lives have been ruined because the men they loved, and thought they knew, were really monsters.

Reporter: Peter Stefanovic

Producers: Garry McNab, Gareth Harvey


When Gemma Sisia used to tell people her dream was to build a school for the poorest of the poor kids of Africa, she’d be told it was a nice idea but that she was mad and it would never happen. However, for the farm girl from Armidale in northern New South Wales, all those doubters were exactly the incentive she needed to start raising money. Gemma still remembers the first donation she ever received – ten dollars from a woman called Agnes – and she hasn’t stopped fundraising since. Fourteen years ago she opened her St Jude’s school in Arusha, which quickly established itself as a showpiece of education in Tanzania. Today, every one of the hundreds of pupils who have studied at St Jude’s has just one person to thank for their success: the priceless Aussie Gem of Africa.

Reporter: Liam Bartlett

Producer: Nick Greenaway


For months presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have given each other such an almighty battering it’s surprising they are both still standing. The extent of their hatred of each other is unprecedented and only matched by a willingness to expose the most sordid and embarrassing details of their opponent’s pasts. Their behaviour even has critics accusing them of demeaning the standing of the high office both covet. The election of the 45th President is now just over a week away, and the polls – which Trump says are rigged – suggest Hillary Clinton will become the first female leader of the United States. If that happens, it won’t just be momentous for America. It will be history-making for the entire free world.

Reporter: Liz Hayes

Producer: Phil Goyen


Three weeks ago Ross Coulthart investigated the bizarre case of Jessica Wongso, the Australian resident accused of killing her best friend, Mirna Salihin, by poisoning her with cyanide in an upmarket café in Jakarta.  The court case has intrigued the people of Indonesia for months, and last Thursday a panel of judges delivered their stunning verdict – guilty.

Reporter: Ross Coulthart

Producers: Sean Power, Laura Sparkes

 8.30PM Sunday on Nine