60 Minutes on Channel 9 – with reports from Tara Brown and Tom Steinfort will air Sunday 18 June at 7.00pm on 9 and 9Now.

IN CHINA’S SIGHTS

It’s well known that China won’t stand for any criticism. There, opponents of the communist regime are simply not tolerated. But it seems Beijing now thinks it also has the right to ignore international borders and silence dissent anywhere it sees fit.

Around the world it’s setting up illegal outposts called “Chinese Overseas Police Service Stations”, and as the name implies, the objective of these offices is clear. Our law enforcement agencies deny there are any of these stations in Australia, even though Chinese authorities openly publicise their existence.

But as Tara Brown reports in a special 60 MINUTES investigation, that’s not the end of the intimidation. China is also using disgraceful new tactics to target Australians who dare to speak out.

Reporter: Tara Brown

Producer: Laura Sparkes

THE STING

Volunteering to help further the cause of science is a noble endeavour, but as Tom Steinfort discovers, being a human guinea pig can also hurt like hell.

He has just experienced a spectacular but rather painful adventure around Australia with a group of researchers on an extraordinary mission.

While most people would instinctively run from the dangerous creepy crawlies of the outback, these brave scientists deliberately seek out spiders, scorpions and centipedes, and then invite them to attack.

Their aim is to get bitten to understand the pain of the stings.

They then use the information, as well as the venom they collect, to develop much-needed medicines and painkillers. It’s amazing work that’s already saving lives.

Reporter: Tom Steinfort

Producer: Serge Negus

60 MINUTES – SUNDAY, 18 JUNE 2023, AT 7.00PM ON CHANNEL 9 & 9NOW

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