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Posted 19-03-2018
Five-year homelessness funding to provide more stability

For the first time since 2013, an agreement between the federal and state governments has been reached to provide funding in a five-year blocks to let agencies plan long-term to fight rising homelessness.

In Queensland, that means assured five-year funding for 89 non government organizations to provide 170 specialist homelessness services.

Posted 02-03-2018
South Australia to opt in to National Redress Scheme for sex abuse victims

South Australia will opt into the National Redress Scheme for sexual abuse survivors after a deal was struck to recognise the state’s already established compensation scheme, Premier Jay Weatherill says.

Mr Weatherill had previously held out from opting in to a national scheme, arguing SA should not have to “pay twice” because other states had been slow to set up redress schemes.

The federal scheme provides much greater compensation for victims, granting payments of up to $150,000, as well as access to psychological support.

In contrast, the state scheme’s compensation is capped at $50,000 for cases before 2015, and $100,000 for cases after that.

Posted 14-02-2018
The PM and premiers forgot about sexual abuse compensation

"When the nation’s premiers and chief ministers fronted the media on Friday, following their COAG meeting with the prime minister, there was one notable issue missing from the post-meeting remarks.

It’s almost impossible to imagine the horror that was inflicted on these children, and the psychological burden they’ve carried since.

And yet now the very governments and institutions that let them down in the first place are squabbling over the cost and political implications of establishing a national scheme that will provide little more than token compensation."

Posted 06-02-2018
Statement on past mental health practices – The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

"The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists commends the Queensland Government's acknowledgment of the past harmful mental health treatment of children in state care, and supports its commitment to meaningfully reconciling with all those affected."

Posted 14-12-2017
Final Sitting Opening Address by the Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

"The Commissioners thank each of the survivors who told us their story. They have had a profound impact on the Commissioners and our staff. Without them we could not have done our work. Each survivor’s story is important to us. Their stories have helped us to identify what should be done to make institutions safer for children in the future. It has been a privilege for the Commissioners to sit with and listen to survivors. The survivors are remarkable people with a common concern to do what they can to ensure that other children are not abused. They deserve our nation’s thanks," The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM.

Posted 04-12-2017
Australian Royal Commission itemises a 'National Tragedy'

"Sexual abuse of children has occurred in almost every type of institution in Australia where children lived or attended."

"Society's major institutions have seriously failed. In many cases those failings have been exacerbated by a manifestly inadequate response to the abused person. The problems have been so widespread, and the nature of the abuse so heinous, that it is difficult to comprehend," Royal Commission Chair Justice Peter McClellan.

Posted 30-11-2017
Brisbane Roar 'Orange the World'

Brisbane Roar’s Westfield W-League side has banded together to support the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service in raising awareness through the Orange The World campaign.

The global campaign, which is designed to raise awareness around violence against women and young girls, spans from November 25 through to December 16 with ’16 days of activism.’

Posted 09-08-2017
Don't respond to injustice by bringing in the cops to Martin Place

"Australian research, with Sydney's Way2Home and Brisbane and Melbourne Street to Home programs, has shown that with skilled assertive outreach workers, permanent affordable housing, and flexible, voluntary, and ongoing support, people who have lived on the streets for the longest with the most significant problems can immediately exit homelessness and sustain housing."

Posted 06-06-2017
Uluru Statement from the Heart

"We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart: ...

We seek constitutional reforms to empower our people and take a rightful place in our own country. When we have power over our destiny our children will flourish. They will walk in two worlds and their culture will be a gift to their country.  We call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution."

Posted 28-05-2017
Mark Zuckerberg’s address at Harvard

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivered the commencement address at his alma mater 25 May 2017. He spoke of redefining equality to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose, and of building a global community to address the great challenges of the 21st century.

"Today I want to talk about three ways to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose: by taking on big meaningful projects together, by redefining equality so everyone has the freedom to pursue purpose, and by building community across the world.

"We should have a society that measures progress not just by economic metrics like GDP, but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things. We’re going to change jobs many times, so we need affordable child care to get to work and health care that aren’t tied to one company. We’re all going to make mistakes, so we need a society that focuses less on locking us up or stigmatizing us. And as technology keeps changing, we need to focus more on continuous education throughout our lives."