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Stories for Friday, 28 August 2015
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Australian Border Force operation dropped after PR disaster   
Produced by Steven Riggall

The government's new border protection agency is facing a PR blunder of monumental proportions after it was forced to retract claims it would be stopping people in the streets of Melbourne and asking them for their papers. The release caused a flurry of activity on social media, questioning how the force were empowered to stop people in the streets and on what basis would they make their choices. Later a press conference was cancelled along with the operation itself.

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Time for a rethink about Headspace?   
Produced by Steven Riggall

Headspace was created in 2006 to treat young people with mental illness and has been funded by the federal government since then. But how effective is it?

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Calls for reform to deal with violence in group homes   
Produced by Steven Riggall

There have been calls for national regulation of support workers after evidence of abuse reported at a public hearing of a senate inquiry violence in group homes in Sydney yesterday. Heidi Egarter told the inquiry she was advised to lock her room at night to avoid being raped by one of the residents. In June the inquiry was in Melbourne and heard similar stories.

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Is cultural destruction reason to go after ISIS?   
Produced by Steven Riggall

ISIS' destruction of the ancient temple of Baal Shamin in the city of Palmyra has drawn international criticism, which one would think isn't surprising. But is it an act worthy reprisal?

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