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Stories for Wednesday, 30 July 2014
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Church group accuses government of asylum seeker child abuse   
Produced by Stephanie Richards

The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce has accused the Federal Government of state-sanctioned child abuse. Unaccompanied children are subjected to neglect and abuse in Australian detention centres, a report shows.

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A new push to end slavery in Australia   
Produced by Catherine Zengerer

It may come as a shock that slavery still exists right here in Australia. And it's not just in the sex slave trade. More and more the figures are reflecting a trend towards forced labour, where workers are either brought into the country to work as slaves or existing residents are coerced into work for no pay. And there's nothing stopping Australian businesses importing goods that have, somewhere along the line, been made by slaves. Now campaigners are saying enough is enough.

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Making universities outstanding or elitist?   
Produced by Jessica Ball & Allanah Arcangeli

Debate over the deregulation of the Australian university sector continued today in the National Press Club. On behalf of Australia’s eight most powerful universities, Ian Young expressed his continued support for deregulation. But will the move lead to tertiary education costs soaring to $100,000 American Ivy League levels rather than affordable, quality education for all?

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Mountaineer scaling new heights   
Produced by Annie Hastwell

Australia's most accomplished high-altitude climber turned motivational speaker, Andrew Lock, has just released a memoir - 'Summit 8000' - of his experiences exploring the highest peaks around the globe. Andrew will be touring his new book around the country from next month. Image via author's site.

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