Updated April 5, 2016 10:10:00


The Panama Papers: Secrets of the Super Rich - Monday 4 April 2016
It's the shadowy world of secret international finance and tax avoidance.
"What we're looking at here is really a parallel universe."
This Four Corners investigation will reveal how the rich and powerful exploit the system.
"What this really says is a lot about the system itself and how broke the system is and how crazy the whole thing is."
Our reporter Marian Wilkinson follows the money trail and it's worth trillions of dollars.
"I was on their immigration stop list. But we've gotten in." Marian Wilkinson, Reporter

The Panama Papers: Secrets of the Super Rich, reported by Marian Wilkinson and presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 4th April at 8.30pm EST. It is replayed on Tuesday 5th April at 10.00am and Wednesday 6th at 11pm. It can also be seen on ABC News 24 on Saturday at 8.00pm, ABC iview and at abc.net.au/4corners. #PanamaPapers
This story was produced in collaboration with Suddeutsche Zeitung and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Background Information

RESPONSES
Mossack Fonseca Statement - Mossack Fonseca would not respond to individual questions citing client confidentiality but released this general statement to international journalists, but instead presented us with this statement. [pdf]
Wilson Security - Wilson Security's response to questions on the structure of its offshore holding company, dated 29 March 2016. [pdf]
BHP Billiton Statement - BHP Billiton statement following questions on the use of their British Virgin Islands entities, dated 30 March 2016. [pdf]
Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited - Response to questions about its use of offshore companies, dated 18 March 2016. [pdf]
Department of Defence - Response to questions on their hiring of Wilson Security and probity checks undertaken for major tenders, March 2016. [pdf]
Department of Immigration and Border Protection - Response to questions on Wilson Security and probity checks undertaken for major tenders, dated 24 March 2016. [pdf]
Department of Finance - Response to questions on whether corruption charges would influence the awarding of a government tender, 23 March 2016. [pdf]

THE PANAMA PAPERS NEWS COVERAGE
Australian security company Wilson linked to Hong Kong corruption scandal, by Four Corners, Lisa Main & ICIJ | ABC News | 4 Apr 2016 - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-04/australian-company-wilson-linked-to-hong-kong-corruption-scandal/7291178
Panama Papers: Vladimir Putin associates, Jackie Chan identified in unprecedented leak of offshore financial records, by Four Corners & ICIJ | ABC News | 4 Apr 2016 - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-04/unprecedented-leak-of-offshore-financial-records-exposes-secrets/7293524
Explainer: The Panama Papers and Mossack Fonseca Explained | ABC News | 4 Apr 2016 - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-04/explained-what-are-the-leaked-mossack-fonseca-panama-papers/7270690
Inside Story: Mossack Fonseca leak takes Four Corners on a taxing journey into a parallel universe, by Marian Wilkinson | ABC News | 4 Apr 2016 - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-04/four-corners-reveals-parallel-world-of-tax-havens/7295490
Tax office investigating 800 Australians identified in financial record leak, by Four Corners | ABC News | 4 Apr 2016 - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-04/tax-office-investigating-800-australians-in-panama-papers-leak/7296512
Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca labels leak a 'crime and attack' | ABC News | 4 Apr 2016 - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-04/mossack-foncesa-says-panama-papers-a-crime-and-attack/7296858
Iceland PM Gunnlaugsson urged to resign amid Mossack Fonseca data leak, by ICIJ & ABC | ABC News | 4 Apr 2016 - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-04/iceland-pm-urged-to-resign-amid-panama-papers-scandal/7295742
FIFA officials, Lionel Messi, Michel Platini named in secret offshore files | ABC News | 4 Apr 2016 - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-04/fifa-officials-and-lionel-messi-named-in-offshore-files/7296140
INTERACTIVE: The Power Players | ICIJ | 4 Apr 2016 - This interactive produced by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) explores the stories behind the use of offshore companies of politicians and their relatives and associates. - https://projects.icij.org/panama-papers/power-players/
Giant Leak of Offshore Financial Records Exposes Global Array of Crime and Corruption | ICIJ | 3 Apr 2016 - Millions of documents show heads of state, criminals and celebrities using secret hideaways in tax havens. - https://panamapapers.icij.org/20160403-panama-papers-global-overview.html
The Panama Papers | ICIJ reports on the rogue industry hiding politicians' cash. - https://panamapapers.icij.org/
About the Panama Papers | Suddeutsche Zeitung - Background on the project and cross-border collaboration. By Frederik Obermaier, Bastian Obermayer, Vanessa Wormer and Wolfgang Jaschensky. (English) - http://panamapapers.sueddeutsche.de/articles/56febff0a1bb8d3c3495adf4/