Monday, August 30, 2004

Apologise to children abused in care: report

A Senate report on children placed in institutional care has called for the Federal Government to apologise to those who were harmed by their experience.

The report has also recommended a fund be set up, with contributions from the states and the churches, so children who suffered abuse can claim compensation outside the court system.

Committee chair, Labor's Jan McLucas, says the report calls for an independent review body to investigate complaints.

She has told the Senate that in the meantime groups involved in providing institutional care should be more transparent.

"We have called on the churches and other care providing organisations to open their books and to allow care leavers all the information which has been collected about them," she said.

"We have said if this does not occur then the only course of action is for the Federal Government to implement a royal commission."

By Just Us 30 August 04


Aboriginal Children's Day focuses on family violence
"Our childhood, our chance" is the theme of today's national Aboriginal Children's Day. This year's event will be marked by the launch of an Aboriginal family violence prevention kit.

Qld puts forward national child abuse strategy
Queensland's Minister for Child Safety, Mike Reynolds, will take the idea to Hobart and says all levels of government should be working closely to protect vulnerable children.

International No-Smacking Day April 30 2004
A Cure For Violence and Domestic Violence simple as ABC.

Three slaps? Three bad lessons!
A MOTHER became a convicted criminal yesterday, for smacking her three-year-old son at a supermarket. She lost control after her son threw a tantrum in the middle of Coles at Dee Why. As a Coles employee and a shopper watched, the mother hit the kicking and screaming child about the head two or three times. She then dragged him to where his father was waiting at the checkout.

Valuing children now!
The 2001 legislation specified where a child could legally be hit, which only perpetuates the view that physical punishment is normal and a parent's right, Bernadette Saunders, of the Child Abuse and Family Violence Research Unit at Monash University, says.

ATSIC call to smack kids?
Aboriginal parents should be able to smack their children to improve discipline, ATSIC Northern Zone Commissioner Kim Hill said yesterday.

No-Smacking Day for Children in NSW
Patmalar Ambikapathy the Children's Commissioner, HOBART Tasmania spoke to Gregory Kable a caseworker at Justice Action at the Controlling Crime Conference at Redfern in Sydney yesterday and we both realised how parallel our ideas about crime prevention were.

WA police ministers quick fix on domestic violence
Western Australian Police Minister Michelle Roberts says recommendations from the Gordon Inquiry into family violence in Aboriginal communities has led to a coordinated police approach to the crimes.

Development problems hit 1 in 4 kids: study
Australian of the Year Fiona Stanley has described the results of a groundbreaking study into child development as frightening.

Spanking-ban critics offer compromise?
London: An unlikely alliance of lawyers, child professionals and politicians is condemning as unworkable plans to "jail" parents in Britain who administer anything stronger than a light smack to their children.   

Children in refugee detention links:

Gillard stirs Liberal leadership pot
Mr Costello yesterday said that the Federal Government should aim to get all children out of immigration detention and he suggested there should be an increase in immigration levels.

Compo claims could follow child detention, group warns
A refugee group has predicted a string of compensation claims, after the Human Rights Commission found numerous and repeated breaches of the UN convention on the rights of the child in immigration detention.

Child detention breaches UN convention: human rights report
A leaked final draft report by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) is calling for urgent changes to Australia's immigration detention laws.

Detention centre media ban criticised
The Howard Government has been criticised in a report by media freedom advocate Reporters Without Borders for stopping journalists covering the conditions in refugee detention centres.

Report recommends freeing child detainees
The Human Rights Commission has found that some children held in Australia's immigration detention centres have been exposed to cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.

No more children for Baxter, pleads SA
The South Australian Government is urging the Commonwealth not to shift any more children into the Baxter detention centre in the state's north.

Nauru staff 'fear children are next'
Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone says women and children are sitting in on a hunger strike at the Nauru detention centre, but are not participating.

Australian Govt human rights record 'worsening'
Community groups have given the Federal Government five out of ten for its record on human rights this year. Mr Purcell said the Government was also marked down because of the policy of holding children in immigration detention centres.

Here is a new project
1. Do you believe it is right to imprison innocent children?
2. Do you believe it is right to imprison innocent women?
3. Do you believe it is right to imprison innocent people?