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Perhaps deciding that it no longer felt irresponsible to show crowds mingling on Bondi Beach, the brains trust at Ten have returned this stalwart factual program to the schedule. And it continues to do what it does so well: show Aussie lifeguards at work, without over-egging the pudding, and providing some useful public service info at the same time.

Bondi Rescue.

Bondi Rescue.

Indeed, this episode in the returning season (the 15th) opens with a great little story about a surfer saving his brother’s life by mimicking the resuscitation techniques he’d seen on Bondi Rescue. (Both lads turn up at Bondi to get some proper, actual lessons.) Elsewhere, all your favourites and their absurd monikers are back: Whippet, Singlets, Bagus, Faddy et al (although you’ll have to wait to next week for Hoppo and Chappo).

Who Gets to Stay in Australia?

SBS, 8.30pm

I think we’re supposed to feel sorry for these people, to see them as victims of a brutal bureaucracy. But in the first episode of this new factual series, the lasting impression is of a succession of silly people who should have known better. The motivation behind Who Gets to Stay in Australia? is laudable: to examine the nuts and bolts of applying for permanent residency, why people are rejected, and what they can do about it, all from a very personal perspective.

But while one case study certainly seems both perverse and unnecessarily harsh (a Partner Visa for a US citizen queried on the grounds of the “character” of her Australian-born husband), another might have plenty of viewers hoping the miscreant is deported, and the third will have plenty more questioning the judgment of the filmmakers.

Overall, most of the “heartbreak” involves people hoping that somehow the rules don’t apply to them. Of course, whether the rules are fair in the first place is a whole other question but as Amanda Vanstone, one of the experts quoted, points out: if there’s a bunch of people patiently and painstakingly following those rules, what entitles another group to special treatment?