Daily News - Tuesday 25 March 2014

Posted 25 March 2014 9:17am



Let's put refugee policy on a bedrock of decency

Andrew Leigh, The Drum

I would like to see the same outbreak of bipartisan decency occur with asylum seeker policy as happened on Indigenous policy.

Disability hopes will be dashed if time’s not taken

Nick Carter, The Australian

Beware the minister in a hurry. As political scientists Anthony King and Ivor Crewe observe in a recent analysis of British government stuff-ups, “a considerable proportion of our blunders were committed at speed”.

$128 million Napthine plan to keep sexually vunerable children safe

Henrietta Cook, The Age

The Napthine government hopes to transform the lives of vulnerable children in out-of-home care with a $128 million plan that will expand residential care beds and therapeutic placements and create a new electronic reporting system to reduce sexual exploitation.

Asylum seekers describe boat turn-back at centre of burns allegations


An asylum seeker whose boat was turned back to Indonesia by Australia has given the ABC a detailed first-person account alleging he was deliberately burned by Australian military personnel while in their custody.

ACTU to seek rise in minimum wages as home ownership becomes a pipedream

Anna Patty, The Sydney Morning Herald

Home ownership is beyond the reach of an estimated 1.5 million Australians because the growth in house prices has outstripped the rise in minimum wage more than twofold, unions say. 

George Pell denies being aware of details of John Ellis abuse case

Helen Davidson, The Guardian

Cardinal George Pell rebuffed the testimony of former colleagues who said he was far more aware of the details of the infamous John Ellis case than he maintains as he appeared before a child abuse inquiry in Sydney.

Childcare rebate freeze set to end

Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

The Abbott government quietly let through legislation that will end the freeze on the childcare rebate, leaving the Coalition searching for a new way to keep the payment at $7500 a child.

Children neglected on Christmas Island, human rights inquiry finds

Sarah Whyte, The Age

An inquiry into the treatment of asylum seeker children on Christmas Island detention centre has found children in a state of gross neglect, with little to no access to education.

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