Media Comment

Posted 05-08-2019
Greater investment in supportive housing needed

Expanded investment in much needed supportive housing and a recommitment to the goal of ending rough sleeping within the next three years should mark this year’s National Homelessness Week awareness campaign.

“We know why homelessness exists and we know how to end it.” Micah Projects CEO, Karyn Walsh

Posted 10-07-2019
Palaszczuk government to refer consent laws to Queensland Law Reform Commission

The Palaszczuk Government will refer the matter of consent in rape and sexual assault cases to the Queensland Law Reform Commission.

“… under Queensland’s Criminal Code, consent must be given freely and voluntarily by someone with the capacity to give it, and anyone found guilty of rape could be jailed for life,” Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath.

Posted 09-05-2019
Cafés serving hope to jobless

"Hope Street Cafés have marked their second and third year of training people for the workforce. …Training those with barriers to employment… is at the core of the cafés' efforts, with 27 now qualified in hospitality and 20 in employment."

Posted 01-04-2019
Micah Projects hosts a community event for National Close the Gap Day

The National Close the Gap Day, will be recognised today with a community event in West End, organised by Micah Projects.

Close the Gap Day results from the overwhelming need to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Posted 27-02-2019
Historic day for Queenslanders as Human Rights Bill passes

“The primary aim of the legislation is to ensure that respect for human rights is embedded in the culture of the public sector, and that public functions are exercised in a principled way that is compatible with human rights.”

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.