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Longer jail term for child abuse material

A Queensland man convicted of accessing and transmitting child exploitation material has had his jail term extended following an appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions. Daniel Leslie Cooper used messaging apps and social media to transmit, solicit and access child abuse material between January 2016 and November 2017. He pleaded guilty to eight offences and was sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment in February last year. Images showing children subjected to the "most vile and despicable depravity" and the fact Cooper played "an active role in the child pornography market" were highlighted as key features of the case relevant to the ultimate sentence. "The respondent's self-professed sexual interest was in the abuse, exploitation and degradation of very young children, particularly...

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Disturbing video of baby removal from mum sparks outrage

WARNING: Distressing video A disturbing video of a topless breastfeeding mum having her baby forcibly taken by police has caused outrage in the Byron Bay community. The mum, who was seated on the ground cradling her infant child is shown pleading with police not to take her baby over several minutes, in footage taken in bushland in northern NSW last week. "No. No! This is not right," the mum pleads. "This is my baby," she pleads, telling officers it's "against human rights". The mum was then restrained by two officers as she screamed, and her baby was forcibly removed from her arms by three other women. A spokesperson for the Department of Communities and Justice told news.com.au it cannot comment...

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Premier calls on submissions on Tasmania's first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy

The state government is pushing ahead with its promise to develop Tasmania's first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, with the demographic able to make submissions through drawings, paintings or postcards. In March, the government announced it would develop the strategy to cover every age from zero to 25 years old, before on Tuesday it opened up submissions and shared a discussion paper. Premier Peter Gutwein said the strategy would specifically focus on the first 1000 days of a child's life, as it provided a critical foundation. "Students who have greater wellbeing are more likely to have better educational outcomes, and a better quality of life, with the strategy providing the blueprint for Tasmanian children to thrive," he said. "The consultation...

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Australian man flees child sexual abuse charges in Thailand, denies guilt

An Australian man on the run in Thailand is denying accusations he exploited impoverished children at his home under the guise of providing education and care, claiming the charges are a set-up. Adam James Fox, 44, was charged by the Royal Thai Police in early 2020 but received bail and did not attend his trial in December. He is being prosecuted in Mae Sot, a city on the border with Myanmar that has a reputation for human trafficking and exploitation. The case has also raised concerns about corruption among the authorities in the local Tak Province, with accusations he has bribed high-ranking officials to avoid investigation, manipulate charges and receive bail after he was first arrested. An arrest warrant for...

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Philip Wilson, former Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, dies aged 70

Key points: The Adelaide Archdiocese said while he had suffered ill health, his death was sudden Emeritus Archbishop Wilson went through a high-profile court case in 2018, before his conviction was overturned Church leaders led tributes to the former Adelaide archbishop Former Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson has died aged 70.  Archbishop of Brisbane Mark Coleridge said on Twitter that Emeritus Archbishop Wilson had died unexpectedly on Sunday afternoon. In 2018, Emeritus Archbishop Wilson became the highest-ranking Catholic in the world to be convicted with concealing child sex abuse, over paedophile priest Jim Fletcher's crimes in the Hunter Valley in the 1970s. That conviction led him to resign but it was later quashed on appeal, with a court finding there were...

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