Sunday August 28 at 6.30pm AEST on Channel 7
In the week the country mourns the loss of another Aussie digger in Afghanistan, Sunday Night presents the most powerful story you will see on our involvement in the War on Terror. Twenty-nine Australian soldiers have died in Afghanistan and hundreds more injured by bomb blasts and mortar fire. Yet these injured heroes are rarely seen, and generally suffer in silence. Now reporter Rahni Sadler joins 20 serving diggers on an extraordinary emotional journey as they take leave to complete their most important mission yet; to walk the Kokoda Track in memory of their mates who didn’t make it home. With no government minders or spin doctors in sight, what these brave men achieve at Kokoda will move you to tears, what they say will make you question everything you thought you knew about Australia’s involvement in Afghanistan. This is the raw and rarely told truth from the men who’ve served on the devastating front line.
The mega-ships invasion
They’re floating super cities – three times larger than The Titanic, the biggest man-made moving objects in the world, and they’re heading our way. This week Sunday Night looks at the staggering mega-liners revolutionising the way the grey nomads go cruising. Life aboard the ‘Voyager of the Seas’ – soon to call Australia home – will take your breath away. It boasts a nine-hole golf course, four-storey promenade, 900 seat arena, an ice skating rink, 2000-seat dining room and an Australian executive chef who oversees eight kitchens. And, as reporter Alex Cullen discovers, there is a production line of even bigger ships on the way – staggering, billion-dollar luxury liners so large that four A380 Airbus planes would fit inside.
Hey True Blue
It began life as a theme song for a TV program that never went to air. Then it became jingle for an ad campaign. Today John Williamson’s bush ballad ‘True Blue’ is Australia’s unofficial national anthem, and he’s so protective of it he’s turned down hundreds of thousands of dollars from advertisers to use it again. It gets sung by the Australian cricket team, played when Danny Green wins a fight and features at memorial services for the likes of Steve Irwin. Twenty-five years after the ‘Australian Made’ ad campaign launched ‘True Blue’ Sunday Night’s guest reporter Peter FitzSimons reveals the true story behind this iconic song.