Media Comment

Posted 19-09-2018
Landmark legislation paves the way to redress for thousands of Queensland child sex abuse victims

Child Safety Minister Di Farmer says approximately 10,000 people who suffered sexual abuse as children in institutions are expected to seek redress after the passage of landmark legislation in the Queensland Parliament today.

Minister Farmer, who guided the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Commonwealth Powers) Bill 2018 through Parliament, hailed it as a significant step in acknowledging and supporting those who had been abused in Queensland Government and non-government institutions.

“This legislation paves the way for the commencement of the government’s participation in the National Redress Scheme in our state,” Ms Farmer said.

Posted 08-08-2018
Homelessness Week 2018

Homelessness Week, 6-12 August, is an annual week coordinated by Homelessness Australia to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face and the action needed to achieve enduring solutions.

Micah Projects is working in collaboration with its partners to end homelessness. Our efforts to identify the gaps in the supply of affordable housing in Brisbane, and the ongoing need to match housing, health and support services for the most vulnerable in our community, are all important.

Posted 01-05-2018
$500 Million for Survivors of Child Sex Abuse

Queensland will pay its share to survivors of sexual abuse in government run institutions.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was an important milestone acknowledging the suffering of those abused in care. “Although no amount of money can return a lost childhood it is important that we acknowledge what these victims have been through,” the Premier said.

Posted 16-10-2017
Time to tackle child poverty

As Anti-Poverty Week gets underway, ACOSS (Australian Council of Social Service) has released a briefing paper addressing the scourge of child poverty in Australia.

The briefing paper is available online and it makes sorry reading in a wealthy, progressive nation such as ours.

Karyn Walsh, CEO of Micah Projects and co-Convenor of Anti-Poverty Week in Queensland, sees the devastating effects of child poverty every day, and is joining the call for something to be done about it.

Dr Casandra Goldie will be joined by speakers including Deputy Premier Jackie Trad MP and Dr Richard Denniss, Chief Economist of The Australian Institute, at a Public Forum to be held at The Edge, State Library of Queensland at 9.30am on Tuesday 17 October.

Posted 10-10-2017
Bill adds to domestic violence protections

Victims of domestic violence will be provided greater protection under proposed new laws introduced to Parliament today. 

“These amendments act in two ways: they stop a person on a DV order getting an explosives licence and if they have a licence, it’s suspended immediately,” Dr Lynham said.

Posted 05-09-2017
Premier to attend Remembrance Day event for Child Protection Week

Remembrance Day is held each year to acknowledge the legacy of past failures in the Child Protection system, and the courage and determination of survivors in seeking justice.

“The secrecy of the past has been broken, and community expectations on accountability for children in State care have changed,” says Karyn Walsh, CEO of Micah Projects.

Posted 23-08-2017
Music, Dancing and Social Inclusion

One of Brisbane’s most hotly awaited events is on again this Friday night as the Moonlight Magic Dinner Dance gets its dancing shoes on. This year’s special guest Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk MP will join with corporate leaders, politicians and the wider community with people experiencing social and economic exclusion in a wonderful social setting.

Posted 23-05-2017
Inala shines a light on domestic violence

As the final public event for Domestic and Family Violence Month, a Community Candle Lit Circle will take place at Inala at 5.15pm on Friday 26 May 2017, beginning at the Inala Civic Centre.

Posted 11-05-2017
Continuation of homelessness funding welcomed

Karyn Walsh, CEO of Brisbane community organisation Micah Projects, has welcomed the continued funding for homelessness services announced in the Federal Budget.