Australasia

Jehovah’s Witnesses condemned for using 2,000yo rules regarding child sex abuse

Jehovah’s Witnesses use of 2,000-year-old protocols when dealing with abuse complaints has been condemned in a report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. ABC Michelle Brown Last year, the commission examined the experiences of two abuse survivors within the Jehovah’s Witness organisation. It also looked at evidence from case files that… Jehovah’s Witnesses condemned for… Read More »

Hamid Khazaei: Iranian asylum seeker on Manus Island needed higher care, paramedic tells inquest

There was a general consensus among staff working at the medical clinic at the Manus Island detention centre that Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei needed to be provided with higher care, an inquest into his death has heard. ABC Louisa Rebgetz Mr Khazaei died in Brisbane’s Mater Hospital in August 2014, 13 days after presenting to the medical clinic on Manus Island with a fever and chills. The 24-year-old was flown from… Hamid Khazaei: Iranian asylum seeker on… Read More »

Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten unite against Indigenous domestic violence in bipartisan display

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Labor Leader Bill Shorten have linked arms with MPs from across the political spectrum to unite against staggering rates of domestic violence inflicted on Indigenous Australians. ABC Dan Conifer Politicians from both houses and major parties joined together on the forecourt of Parliament House in Canberra this morning. The bipartisan display was part of the… Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten unite against… Read More »

Child abuse survivor worries community ‘fatigued’ by issue

A child abuse survivor says his biggest fear is that the momentum generated by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will dissipate, stopping any meaningful reform. ABC David Marchese Peter Gogarty was abused by a Catholic priest in the New South Wales Hunter region as a child and now spends his time advocating for other survivors. He will address a hearing of… Child abuse survivor worries… Read More »

Delay to treatment of Hamid Kehazaei before he died revealed in leaked files

Exclusive: Ahead of inquest, documents show how Australian immigration department held up transfer of asylum seeker from Manus Island for treatment The Guardian Ben Doherty In the weeks before he contracted an infection inside the Manus Island detention centre that would ultimately lead to his death, asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaeispent his days caring for and cleaning excrement from the body, clothes and bed of a fellow asylum seeker who was in the grip of a severe “mental crisis” but whom ... Read More »

The ‘latte libel’ is a brilliant strategy. The left cannot counter it with facts alone

Rational argument and good policy cannot win against the emotional appeal of railing against elites. Just ask Hillary Clinton and Julia Gillard The Guardian Alex Frankel Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was superior to Donald Trump’s in almost every way. But Trump won because he had a stronger, more emotive and relevant narrative. Trump’s campaign borrowed its narrative strategy from the… The ‘latte libel’ is a… Read More »

Pill-testing trial needs to happen in Canberra

It is a shame that the ACT government continues to reject calls for a pill-testing trial in the territory when doing so could save lives. The Canberra Times A focus on harm minimisation is noble and indeed educating people about the risk of drug taking is part of a successful strategy. But not promoting a scheme where tests will… Pill-testing trial needs to happen… Read More »

Youths detained in maximum security adult jail ‘held in solitary confinement’

Up to 40 youths moved to adult jail ‘unfit for children’ following riots at two juvenile prisons haven’t seen the sky for a week, say lawyers The Guardian Melissa Davey Human rights lawyers say that children being kept in a maximum security prison in Victoria are being held in solitary confinement, denied access to fresh air, feel threatened and are kept in conditions that are “unequivocally unfit for children”. Up to 40 children were transferred to a secure unit of… ... Read More »

FASD: Record Indigenous incarceration rates could be avoided with early clinical assessment: experts

Leading experts in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) believe Australia’s record rates of Indigenous incarceration could be dramatically reduced if children were clinically assessed when their troubled behaviour first emerged in the classroom or at home. ABC Russel Skelton The experts said parents, teachers and health workers were often well aware of unacceptable behaviour in young people — both Indigenous and non-Indigenous — long before they appeared before the courts. Around 70 per cent of young people in… FASD: Record ... Read More »

Sex workers want full decriminalisation in NT, Attorney-General says legislation will be reviewed

Sex workers in the Northern Territory would be significantly safer if the industry was decriminalised, and the Northern Territory Government holds true to its promise to review the legislation, peak bodies have said. ABC Stephanie Zillman If sex work is decriminalised, as a motion called for at a Labor conference held in February, the Northern Territory would become only the second state or territory in Australia to do so, after New South Wales. The Attorney-General and Minister for… Sex workers ... Read More »

Citizenship test to get a major overhaul: reports

Extremists and radical migrants will be prevented from becoming Australian citizens in planned changes to visa laws, according to media reports. SBS Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has held talks at Parliament House this week to reform Australia’s citizenship test, reports The Daily Telegraph. The changes are reportedly aimed at… Citizenship test to get a major… Read More »

Cambodia offers amnesty so Australians can collect surrogate babies

Cambodia has offered a limited amnesty to Australians who have paid for surrogacy services, saying they can collect their babies without fear of arrest. ABC Liam Cochrane The assurance comes a week after Australian nurse Tammy Davis-Charles was arrested in Phnom Penhfor operating a surrogacy agency and allegedly falsifying documents. The Cambodian Government wants Australian intended parents to… Cambodia offers amnesty so Australians can… Read More »

Rubbing salt into the wound for abuse victims

When I think things cannot get worse for my institutional child sexual abuse clients – wham! – another round of trickery is thrust at already vulnerable victims by the highly legalistic and parsimonious hierarchy of the Catholic Church. SMH Judy Courtin Whilst feigning compassion, this hierarchy is nervously propelling unknown millions of dollars at lawyers to help them defend the indefensible and to conceal the truth. The Archdiocese of Melbourne, hiding in the shadows until the… Rubbing salt into the wound ... Read More »

Claims of inappropriate touching, petty theft in NT children’s group home

Staff members inappropriately touched children at a residential care home in the Northern Territory, a former worker has alleged. ABC Alex Barwick Helen (not her real name), who worked for an organisation she declined to name in 2014, told the ABC she saw a fellow staff member inappropriately touching children in one of the group homes the organisation managed. Despite taking her concerns to management, she claims they… Claims of inappropriate touching, petty theft in… Read More »