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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." 

Posted 11-04-2017
Catalyst for Renewal Incorporated – Where to from here?

An unreserved ‘call to action’ from Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council. He calls on members of the Catholic Church to no longer be bystanders and to hold the church hierarchy to account for their “avoidance of the truth and a failed attempt to divert the public from the scale of the abuse and the depths to which Church officials had sunk as they tried to keep it hidden”.

Posted 05-04-2017
Anti-DV advocate appointed Qld mediator

A well-known domestic violence prevention campaigner will lead the reconciliation process between the Queensland government and women inappropriately placed in a state asylum as children.

Red Rose Foundation chief executive Betty Taylor has been enlisted as an independent mediator to engage with those wrongfully sent to the old Wolston Park facility and find out what they want from the process.

Posted 22-03-2017
'Housing first' takes second place

"Homelessness is not just the product of too few houses and high rentals. Poor health, and the consequent loss of employment and income, is a major factor. The same people who are most at risk of homelessness – the poor, Indigenous Australians, those with a mental illness, prisoners, and women and children who have experienced domestic violence – have the lowest levels of access to primary care."

Posted 09-03-2017
Dr Cameron Parsell's article on the advantages of Supportive Housing discussed on 'The Weekly' with Charlie Pickering.

"The solution to people needing houses, is houses. It seems so simple, too simple. No it really is that simple. AND it's cheaper! A recent two year study found that tenants in Supportive Housing cost $13,000 less in government funded services compared to when they were homeless. And that INCLUDES the cost of the housing." Charlie Pickering