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From care to custody: the tragic trajectory of crossover kids

Darcy first came onto the radar of child protection authorities at birth. Early protective concerns related to his parents' abuse of alcohol and other substances, transience, and severe family violence, including attempted murder, for which his father spent time in jail. At age six, while Darcy and his mother were fleeing, she died from the impact of family violence and he went to live with his father, until the latter was jailed for the violence against his mother. Darcy then briefly lived with relatives, during which time he was sexually abused. He returned to live with his father, who had been released from prison, but was subsequently physically abused, including having a weapon held to his throat. Darcy was nine years...

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Scott Morrison's religious freedom is damning the nation

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is prioritising his religious freedom bills over the environmental catastrophes destroying our country, writes Noely Neate. WHILE AUSTRALIA was burning and people in Sydney were getting an even bigger taste of what other Australians in regional areas have been living with for months now, our Prime Minister addressed the nation. Not about a climate emergency. Not about a bushfire emergency. Not about a health emergency. Instead, Scott Morrison addressed that urgent need to protect the right for religious folk to discriminate — discriminate further, that is. Even the usually fawning journalists at major publications who normally praise the PM and his so-called mastery of the “game of politics” were struggling to find anything positive to say. To be fair, they were also probably struggling...

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Australian “Child Marketing” and Exploitation Business is Flourishing

I write this article with a sad and heavy heart. I’ve lived on four continents and have some understanding of racism, national pride, and why a tribe or nation might attack or defend itself from another. But I was not prepared to uncover a society that was prepared to attack itself — and prey on its most vulnerable (children). And like a cancer, erode every part of humanity, empathy, and decency to destroy itself — from within. The New Normal It’s been over a year since we started to receive desperate accounts from protective parents embroiled in Family Court and child protection departments. We have over 90 articles on the topic now. There’s one common factor that spears through the...

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South Australia welcomes signing of Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration

Education Minister John Gardner has welcomed the signing of the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration, along with a host of outcomes and actions from the final Education Council meeting of 2019. The Declaration aims to help all young Australians realise their potential by delivering education systems that promote excellence and equity, to empower our young people to become successful lifelong learners and be active and informed members of the community. It recognises that early childhood is critical in giving every child the best possible start in life, reinforces the importance of literacy and numeracy in the early years of school as the foundation for future learning, and commits to ensuring the development of creative and critical thinking skills. “I welcome...

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