Helping foster carers

One of the problematic aspects of politics is the way in which policy debates can turn into rhetorical stoushes, which do not necessarily relate to the reality of how things are at community level. I try to ensure that my office regularly touches base with a range of community organisations so we can retain an…

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Abuse in Indigenous communities

Yesterday’s Senate Committee hearing into petrol sniffing in Adelaide was overlaid by new salacious media controversy detailing terrible allegations of sexual assault and abuse of very young children in some aboriginal communities. One of the people who gave evidence to the inquiry was Kate Reynolds, a former Democrat MP who lost her seat at the…

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Killer had history of animal cruelty

A report in the Courier-Mail this weekend gives me cause to repeat the fact I mentioned in a recent post about the clear link between people committing cruelty to animals and violence to humans. The newspaper quoted from a psychiatric report for Francis Michael Fahey, who has just been given two life sentences for murdering…

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Pets and Domestic Violence

On Friday night I attended a fundraising dinner for the RSPCA in Queensland. I wrote some thoughts on the RSPCA a month ago (click here to read them), but in short, my experience with them in Qld is that they are quite effective at what they do, and are willing to try some different approaches…

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Catholic church and child assault

If you wanted to predict a headline for a mainstream newspaper article in Ireland, you wouldn�?Tt expect something like �??Church Role in Schools Must End�??, but that was an article in Thursday�?Ts edition of the Irish Times. While removing the church from schools won�?Tt happen, the fact that it can be seriously proposed gives an…

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enthusiastic young people

I’ve been meaning to mention a forum I spoke briefly at on Wednesday before the election in Canberra. It was a gathering of young people (and some of their families and supporters) at Parliament House who had won a writing competition on human rights issues. There was a booklet of the winning entries which were…

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