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Posted 27-10-2016
Supportive housing is cheaper than chronic homelessness

"It costs the state government more to keep a person chronically homeless than it costs to provide permanent supportive housing to end homelessness, our recent research shows," Cameron Parsell, Research Fellow, homelessness, social welfare, and poverty, The University of Queensland

Over a 12-month period, people who were chronically homeless used state government funded services that cost approximately A$48,217 each. Over another 12-month period in which they were tenants of permanent supportive housing, the same people used state government services that cost approximately A$35,117.

Posted 18-08-2016
Improving access to justice for child sex abuse victims

In addition to removing the legal barrier preventing people who have suffered child sexual abuse from claiming damages in court, the Palaszczuk Government has released an Issues Paper to seek stakeholder and community interest in broader civil litigation reform.

Posted 15-08-2016
They destroyed Denis Ryan's police career. Now they admit he was right all along

"My own circumstances have been distinctly grim since I left the force but as dark as some of those days have been, they have no parallel with those forced to endure the pain and suffering of sexual abuse." Denis Ryan

"What makes it worse and haunts my dreams to this day, is that if we as a police force did what were we were supposed to do, what we were charged to do, what we took an oath to do, so much of that pain and suffering would not exist today." Denis Ryan

Posted 10-08-2016
Brisbane homeless support program launches 'housing first' roadmap

West End-based Micah Projects, with help from US organisation Community Solutions, wants to flip the model by focusing on getting homeless people into housing above all else, instead of treating them for other problems to get "housing ready" while dealing with the added stress of nowhere to live.

Posted 02-08-2016
Time limits on legal claims by child sex abuse victims to be removed

The Palaszczuk Government will ensure greater access to justice for victims of child sex abuse in institutions, by removing the legal limit which can hamper their ability to make claims for damages.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said legislation to remove the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse in institutions, such as schools, will be introduced to Parliament this month.

Posted 19-05-2016
New rental tenancy laws will help women fleeing dangerous relationships

Domestic violence victims will now have an easier path to find a new place to live after new legislation was announced today.

Ms Fentiman said the new legislation would allow victims of domestic violence to make an application to clear their name from being black-listed by real estate agents.

Posted 15-02-2016
Dan Andrews: It wasn't a political stunt, it was a moment of clarity

“We – the Victorian Government – offered to take full care of these children and their families, because shipping them off to a sparse island is not the act of a decent nation and not our idea of a fair solution.”