Daily News - Monday 16 September 2013

Posted 16 September 2013 9:42am

Royal Commission’s public hearings into child sexual abuse to begin in Sydney
Philippa McDonald and Rebecca Armitage, ABC

Make no mistake; few institutions caring for children in Australia are likely to be spared the scrutiny of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Foster children left in care despite serious allegations of abuse
Lisa Pryor, SMH

A NSW father who fostered more than 300 children around Sydney confessed to raping a foster child in his care, documents obtained by the Herald show. 

Julie Bishop: we will negotiate with Indonesia face to face, not via media
Paul Owen, the Guardian

Incoming foreign minister responds to Indonesian rejection of Coalition asylum seeker policy.

Virtue and vexation: the policy vacuum in the 2013 election
Barry Jones, the Conversation

I have been around for a long time and involved in some terrible campaigns, but the policy vacuum in 2013 was the worst I can recall. There was no serious debate on issues, whether simple or complex, and an obsessive emphasis on personalities, stunts and trivia.

Ian Macdonald dumped as Tony Abbott is to unveil Cabinet
Gemma Jones, Courier Mail

Liberal Senator Ian Macdonald says he has been dropped from the Tony Abbott frontbench, calling it "one of the worst'' days of his life.

Domestic violence reality check for the ‘manosphere’
Sarah McKenzie, Eureka Street

Domestic violence is a crime in which, overwhelmingly, the victims are women and the perpetrators are men. A recent 11-year summary of domestic violence trends in Victoria by the Department of Justice found that nearly 80 per cent of victims were female and over 90 per cent of perpetrators were male.

New team, but all eyes on opposition
Daniel Hurst, SMH

Here we go again. The main election is out of the way but Labor has just fired the starter's gun on a whole new one.

Catholic order sued for alleged abuse
Dan Box, the Australian

Five men are taking legal action against a Sydney-based Catholic order alleging they were abused as schoolboys by a priest who remains with the organisation despite church leaders having known for decades about similar allegations against him. 

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