Four Corners exposes people smugglers living in Canberra

By David Knox on June 5, 2012 / Filed Under News 6

Four Corners last night broke a major story that people smugglers are residing in Canberra under refugee visas.

Four Corners claims at least six people smugglers have come to Australia by boat, won refugee status and were released from detention to cities across Australia.

Some of them went on to set up lucrative people-smuggling deals from inside Australia.

The ABC named several men, including some connected with a vessel which disappeared at sea with 97 people in 2010, as fraudulently obtaining refugee status and operating people smuggling rings from inside Australia. It claimed the government has provided their families with public housing.

Sarah Ferguson, who also broke the story on the treatment of cattle in Indonesia, attempted to confront a man supervising shopping trolleys, who is alleged to head up a people smuggling racket.

You can read more on the story at ABC Online.

6 Comments »

  1. Ann June 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm -

    Yes well done 4 Corners

  2. Sydney2K June 5, 2012 at 7:46 pm -

    Hmmm, weren’t we complaining that Four Corners was pinching programs from Youtube not so long ago? I’d happily see 4C do that if it meant more programs like last night.

  3. aussiesue June 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm -

    I like four corners, they are great at reporting the truth. Ten out of Ten Four Corners.

  4. Secret Squirrel June 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm -

    Guys, don’t even mention those two unworthy 6:30 pieces of garbage here. They’re not just not in the same class as Four Corners, they’re not even playing the same game. Thoroughly expect both of them to “break” this story to their clueless and illiterate viewers in a few days time, if they can squeeze it in amongst the stories on wonder diets, speed cameras, copypasta celeb tosh, and advertorials for struggling businesses like Coles and Woolworths.

  5. Craig June 5, 2012 at 8:01 am -

    I agree this is what real journalism looks like, and it puts to shame the nightly dribble on ACA and TT, not to mention 60 Min.

    Noticed on some of the TENs morning show today they were talking about it. Wonder if the commercial channels will have an ‘exclusive’ on the story… yes I watched Media Watch as well.

  6. JoshS June 5, 2012 at 7:16 am -

    Hey ACA and TT (and now, sadly 60 minutes), see what real journalism looks like?

    Maybe try doing some of it for once?

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