It's a telling statistic that seven out of ten Australians die what might be called an "expected death". In many cases doctors can tell patients roughly how long they have to live.
Typical of many regional centres around Australia, Mackay in Queensland is a place that appears to have it all - tourism, lucrative mines and lush farmlands.
Doug Longbottom, an Aboriginal elder from the south coast of NSW, is laying down the law to young Robert Ardler.
The harrowing story of the therapist whose work led some patients to believe they'd committed or been the victim of shocking sexual crimes.
Every day, worldwide, laboratories routinely analyse human genes to pinpoint a whole range of suspected diseases. Life-saving treatment can depend on fast, accurate diagnoses.
For some time now there's been a bruising debate about the balance of funding handed out to public and private schools.
Twins Anne and Helen were 20 years old when they learned they had been conceived from an anonymous man’s sperm. They spent the next 20 trying to crack the mystery of his identity.
In 2010 no one was predicting Julia Gillard or Tony Abbott would lead their respective parties into a Federal election. Now they are involved in the political fight of their lives.
Private tollways are catching on in Australia’s biggest cities, an experiment in controversial deals called Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).
Almost daily, the barrackers for nuclear power notch up a small new victory.
Over five decades thousands of women gave up their newborn children for adoption.
What happens when a foreign mining company bails out of a big project in a developing country? Who wins? Who loses?
Leading up to the global financial crisis, the entrepreneurs of Ireland were having a field day. Money was being borrowed, investment projects approved and the economy was booming.
Ask most Australians about the impact of the GFC and they'll tell you it wasn't too bad.
It's been described as the boom that keeps on giving - an export bonanza that will help Australia ride through a world-wide economic downturn.
Twenty years after the High Court's Mabo judgement, the inside story of the court decision that threatened to divide a nation.
"We haven't brought you justice... No-one's been called to account." This is the unflinching judgement of Gary Jubelin, one of the nation's leading murder investigators.
A Four Corners team investigates both the merits and the risks of the "kill-capture" campaign.
Right now there are over 4,000 people held in immigration detention centres across Australia.
One suicide is a tragedy. But what happens when a community is rocked by a series of suicides, one after another, all of them young people?