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Digging up a scandal

18 June 2010

The story of how two journalists unearthed the Securency scandal shows what would be lost if newspapers stop funding investigative journalism. They talked to Peter Clarke

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After simmering for a year in the Melbourne Age, allegations of international bribery involving Securency, the bank-note company half-owned by the Reserve Bank, have gained national coverage following a Four Corners story late last month. Age investigative journalists Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie talk to Peter Clarke about where the first nugget of information came from, how they researched the story, how they worked with Four Corners to take it further – and why it took so long to become a “scandal.”

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The original Age report on Securency

The Four Corners program

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Kerry Packer: the interview

5 September 2012

A third Kerry Packer–based TV series is in production just as the late mogul’s magazines head offshore. In this interview in 1978 with Terry Lane, Packer provided a rare insight into his childhood and the influence of his father

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“I know full well that I couldn’t have done what my father did – build a great enterprise from nothing”: Kerry Packer in 1978. Terry Lane

“I know full well that I couldn’t have done what my father did – build a great enterprise from nothing”: Kerry Packer in 1978. Terry Lane