Sunday, August 7 at 7.30pm on Nine
The Big Squeeze
Well we dodged a bullet this week. The Reserve Bank decided to keep interest rates on hold yet again, and with good reason. Record numbers of Australians are struggling to keep up with their mortgage repayments. Home ownership has never been tougher or more thankless. A generation ago, buying a house was the done thing – the one investment that was considered as good as money in the bank. If you didn’t own the roof over your head, you’d failed in some way. Not anymore. Nowadays, renting might just put you ahead of the game.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producers: Jo Townsend, Steve Burling
“You’ll never walk again.” How would you feel hearing those words? And how would you go living with them for the rest of your life? Well, Peter Overton just met two determined young Australians who refuse to accept the doctor’s verdict. Josh Clift and Amanda Boxtel believed there had to be a way to get their legs working again, so they travelled halfway around the world in search of a miracle, to a place that’s right at the cutting edge of spinal research. And with doctors recently announcing they’ve just helped a paraplegic to stand up and move, it seems that miracle isn’t so very far away.
Reporter: Peter Overton
Producer: Nick Greenaway
It was the swim of three lifetimes. Last week, Melbourne girl Chloe McCardel waded into the chill waters of Southern England, determined to become just the fourth person to make a triple crossing of the English Channel. How she found the courage to dive into that rough and unpredictable ocean just amazes us. But every year, hundreds try it, all determined to conquer swimming’s Mt Everest. Maybe if they saw what happened to Chloe, they’d think twice before taking the plunge.
Reporter: Charles Wooley
Producer: Jo Townsend