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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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Eighteen years and six premiers later, calls for an inquiry into child sex abuse in Tasmania have been answered

Key points: A commission of inquiry will this year examine Tasmanian government institutions' responses to allegations of child sexual abuse The Tasmanian Greens tried in 2003 and 2004 to establish a similar Commission of Inquiry Advocates say the inquiry is an important chance to overcome the secrecy that has existed around institutional abuse for too long Almost 20 years have passed and six premiers have held office in Tasmania since the Greens first called for a commission of inquiry into child sexual abuse in the state. In November, Premier Peter Gutwein, under increasing pressure as allegations relating to three departments came to light, announced a commission of inquiry to investigate Tasmanian government agencies' responses to allegations of child sexual abuse....

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Australia's anguish: the Indigenous kids trapped behind bars

In a new series, Childhood in custody, Guardian Australia investigates the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in juvenile justice and examines how the system operates – by telling the personal stories of those who live and work in it ‘Hell scared’: how a terrified homeless boy found himself locked up alone in the ‘hole’ by Lorena Allam and Laura Murphy-Oates On an average night in 2019, there were 949 children behind bars in Australia – more than half of them were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Of all 10-year-olds incarcerated, 80% were Aboriginal children. Aboriginal kids make up only 6% of all 10- to 17-year-olds in Australia but they are 54% of the juvenile detention population. They are jailed at 22...

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'I'm still the same person inside': Olivia's journey coming out as a transgender teen

For teenager Olivia Stewart, coming out as transgender was one of the best things she has ever done and also one of the hardest. Olivia, who turns 17 in March, realised almost four years ago that her lifelong feeling of being different from boys her own age was because she was a girl. It took another nine months for her to work up the courage to speak to her mother about it. "It's quite a hard thing to accept," Olivia says. "Once you acknowledge it, it's a really long path you have to take and quite a tough one so I sat on it for a while. I was just really scared of coming out." During that time, Olivia withdrew...

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Australia calls on EU to protect children online

Australia and its Five Country partners have called on the European Parliament to protect children around the world by addressing unintended consequences of the new European Electronic Communications Guide. The new Code, which came into effect in the European Union (EU) on 21 December 2020, introduced a broader definition of ‘electronic communications services’, compelling service providers in the EU to comply with the rules of the ‘ePrivacy Directive’, inadvertently making it easier for criminals to abuse children online. Under the new Code, it is now illegal for electronic service providers, including social media companies, operating in the EU to use the necessary tools to detect child sexual abuse material on online platforms. Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said protecting...

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