This week on 60 Minutes, Karl Stefanovic catches up with Cody Simpson as his career takes a 180, and The Veronicas open up about their family heartbreak. Plus, Jacinda Ardern on the New Zealand-China relationship.
KIWIS MIGHT FLY
In calling out China for its increasing aggression, human rights violations and COVID cover-ups, Australia is paying a hefty price for storming the high moral ground. A furious Beijing is doing everything it can, using trade tariffs to punish us economically. But across the Tasman it’s a completely different story. New Zealand has been much more circumspect – critics say weak – when it comes to its relationship with China. However, the tactic is being rewarded. Trade with China is booming, and the Kiwi economy is flying high. Despite the apparent prosperity, questions are being asked about the ethics of prioritising dollars over decency. And it’s clearly a touchy subject as reporter Tom Steinfort discovered when he tried to discuss the issue with an uncharacteristically sensitive New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.
Reporter: Tom Steinfort
Producer: Darren Ally
SING OR SWIM
Jumping into the deep end of anything and everything he does has never been a problem for Cody Simpson. He simply doesn’t know the meaning of the word impossible. At 13, he took off to America to make his name as a pop star. As unlikely as that ambition was, he succeeded way beyond his expectations. Now at 24 he’s diving into another dream. Cody wants to represent Australia in swimming at the Olympics. It sounds far-fetched, singer one day, swimmer the next, but after seeing the effort he’s putting into it, Karl Stefanovic says only a fool would write Cody off in the pool.
Reporter: Karl Stefanovic
Producer: Natalie Clancy
They’re pop princesses with punk attitudes. Lisa and Jessica Origliasso – better known as The Veronicas – say it, and sing it, like they see it. There’s no nonsense with the identical twins who quite remarkably have been stars of Australian music for almost two decades. However, what fans might have noticed recently is that the sisters have been unusually quiet. Sadly, there’s been heartbreak at home, but Lisa and Jess have been around long enough to know the show must eventually go on, and they tell Sarah Abo that’s exactly what they’re now doing.
Reporter: Sarah Abo
Producer: Amelia Ballinger