It was 20 years ago today.

It was 20 years ago today. On 20 November 1989, the international Convention on the Rights of the Child (CROC) was formally adopted.  According http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/11/18/us-ratify-children-s-treaty?tr=y&auid=5614841 to Human Rights Watch, the Convention became “the most widely and rapidly ratified human rights treaty in history.  Twenty years on, only two countries have failed to ratify the Convention […]

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Paedophiles part III

Following up on my previous pieces here on the controversies in Queensland surrounding Dennis Ferguson,  Jeremy Gans at Charterblog writes about the possible impact of a new piece of legislation that allows for a judge-only trial in cases where pre-trial publicity may effect jury deliberations.

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Prioritising children in child protection

There is an excellent article by Joe Tucci & Chris Goddard, examining the federal government’s discussion paper on the establishment a national framework for protecting children against abuse and neglect. It is a welcome thing that we are finally getting some national leadership on this issue. However, the article points out that the discussion paper focuses mostly […]

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Paedophiles part II

The Dennis Ferguson issue continues to garner a lot of media in Queensland. As Paul Norton notes in a comment on a previous thread, the Courier-Mail has been running strongly on whether or a not a form of Megan’s Law – where the community is notified when a sex offender is living in their region – […]

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Sexualisation of children report

The Senate Committee report into the sexualisation of children was tabled last week. It doesn’t seem to have pleased some of the children’s advocacy groups, or Family First for that matter. Clive Hamilton, who has campaigned on the issue for some time, is also pretty peeved, if his piece in Crikey is anything to go by – […]

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The final question

Pretty much everything I did this week could have had a ‘last time’ label attached to it – last Party Room meeting, last Committee meeting, last Whips meeting, etc. I’ve avoided recording all of those, as it quickly gets rather tiresome. However, I thought I’d record the last Democrat question ever asked in the Senate. Partly […]

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Priorities

Last week, Ted Mullighan, a former Supreme Court Judge in South Australia, produced a report containing over 50 recommendations and detailing his findings from a three year long inquiry which heard evidence from hundreds of children who had been subjected to sexual abuse. Naturally, we all say how terrible this is. But as he told a National Family […]

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Aboriginal Children VI

Yesterday marked one month since the Prime Minister declared there was “a national emergency in relation to the abuse of children in indigenous communities in the Northern Territory,” in response to the first sentence of the first recommendation of the Little Children are Sacred report. At the time, it appeared the federal government was ignoring […]

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Aboriginal Children II

I have been one of many people, black and white, who have been calling on governments for a long time to make child abuse and Indigenous issues major, national priorities. As was noted in the Foreward of the recent Northern Territory Report on the Protection of Aboriginal Children from Sexual Abuse, it was via my […]

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Aboriginal Children

Just before parliament rose for a six week break, the Prime Minister announced a major series of proposals to take control of Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory, and significant aspects of their lives, as part of responding to the latest report on sexual abuse of Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory – a topic […]

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David Jones does a McLibel?

A few months ago I wrote a piece on a discussion paper put out by The Australia Institue which raised the issue of the sexualising of children in advertising and marketing – a concern which I believe definitely merits debate. The major Australian retailer David Jones was named as one of those who engaged in […]

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Sexualising Children

The Australia Institute has just issued a report provocatively titled Corporate Paedophilia (see summary here). It examines concerns with the early sexualisation of children, particularly young girls, and the role of corporate Australia in supporting and promoting this through marketing. Emma Rush, who co-authored the report, also touches on aspects such as sales and peer […]

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Child protection should be a national priority

Reading some of the reports of the latest massive failures by state agencies responsible for child protection is very distressing. See these media articles for examples: “Why won’t you protect the children, Premier?” in the West Australian “Children in protective care beaten, starved” in The Australian “Child abuse, neglect at critical level” by AAP (through […]

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