The Australian Human Rights Commission heard evidence from health professionals who have worked in Australian detention centres yesterday at the national inquiry into children in immigration detention. Witnesses revealed startling allegations including sexual abuse against children by detention centre staff and an alleged government cover-up of the mental health problems of child asylum seekers.
Mining billionaire Andrew Forrest has stepped into politics proposing for the federal government to expand its income management systems. It means if this happen, those on Newstart and Disability Support Pension - their income would be managed by the gorvernment, but the Abbott governement has yet rejected the review saying that it is bold and radical.
Research released this week by the Australian Institute of Family Studies shows many refugees who have been granted permanent residency in Australia feel welcome and relatively settled.
But many face ongoing challenges with mental health and housing.
Figures released in 2013 show Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are 10 times more likely to be placed in foster care than their non-Indigenous counterparts.
Monday August 4 is National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day, so we’re looking into what it’s like to be a foster parent for an Indigenous child.