60 MINUTES reports on an appalling breach of security in Victoria under COVID-19 restrictions


It’s been a hell of a year for everyone. But for Victorians, and in particular people living in Melbourne, the resurgence of COVID-19 and the return to lockdown has been especially tough. Up until a few weeks ago things had looked so different and there was even cautious optimism that the virus was being beaten. But by escaping containment it has now proved how devious it really is. What remains both galling and inexcusable though is how the state government of Victoria lost control of the disease. Sarah Abo reports on an appalling breach of security that’s causing a catastrophe. 

Reporter: Sarah Abo
Producers: Darren Ally, Tracey Hannaford

It’s a Hollywood drama like the world has never seen. With an A-list cast, it’s full of intrigue and fiery dialogue, and topped off with lashings of sex and drugs. There is even a pivotal scene set right here in Australia, starring politician Barnaby Joyce. But this production isn’t playing at any theatre. Centre stage is a London court where actor Johnny Depp is suing an English tabloid for calling him a wife beater. As Tom Steinfort reveals, no one is going to win an Oscar, but Depp and his one-time bride, actress Amber Heard, have been putting on the performance of their lives, airing every sordid detail of their bizarre and doomed marriage.

Reporter: Tom Steinfort
Producer: Naomi Shivaraman

For three decades, Karen Simmons kept a terrible secret. As a young girl she was a victim of traumatic sexual abuse. In 2017, she bravely decided it was time to speak about her ordeal. She went to the police, and last year also told her harrowing story on 60 MINUTES. Now there has been a significant development in the case: Karen’s alleged attacker has been charged with eleven counts of historic child sex abuse. But while this courageous woman feels relief, she is furious because a court has ordered the man’s identity to be kept secret.

Reporter: Tara Brown
Producer: Laura Sparkes



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