Gifted children, global warming and refugees this week on 60 MINUTES

60 Minutes
Source: Nine Network

THIS WEEK ON 60 MINUTES

SUNDAY, JULY 7, ON NINE AFTER THE VOICE GRAND FINALE

 

GET SMART

As any parent knows, every child is a gift. But a rare few are also gifted. These are the children born with genetic quirks giving them extraordinary talents which far exceed their tender years. Of course, they have to work long and hard to hone their genius, and as Tom Steinfort discovers, it’s here where the subject of child prodigies gets tricky and controversial. What role do parents play in nurturing their kids’ abilities? And how far should they push them in the pursuit of perfection?

Reporter: Tom Steinfort

Producer: Steve Jackson

 

PARADISE LOST

Close your eyes and cast your mind back to another time. A simpler age when the dream holiday destination for many Australians was a tropical island on the Great Barrier Reef. Think Dunk, Great Keppel, South Molle and Hayman, and think swaying palm trees, frolicking families and loved-up honeymooners. There was nothing better. But then a few years ago there was, quite literally, a sea change. A strange mix of global warming, low-cost airlines and our indulgent obsession for selfies in far-flung parts of the world saw the sun set on these local attractions. Today, almost half the resorts on and off the Queensland coast are closed; silent and decaying shells of their former glory. On 60 MINUTES, Charles Wooley finds out if they can be saved.

Reporter: Charles Wooley

Producer: Bryce Corbett

 

KEEP OUT

 Anyone who has watched the television news in the last few weeks will almost certainly remember the tragic images of the young father and his two-year-old daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande River while trying to enter the United States illegally. The pictures are distressing, but the deaths of these people fleeing from El Salvador are ammunition for the critics of President Donald Trump and his obsession with building a fifteen-billion-dollar wall on the US border with Mexico. He says it’s the best way to keep unwanted refugees out of America, but his opponents scream it’s an obscene waste of money that won’t work. Fair enough, except why have so many other countries built very similar walls?

Reporter: Sarah Abo

Producer: Laura Sparkes

 

60 MINUTES  SUNDAY, JULY 7, AT 9.30PM ON NINE & 9NOW