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Weekly Media Roundup

January 29, 2015 at 10:41 AM

Reports of child abuse fall:

Child abuse figures have fallen for the first time in a decade, driven mostly by a large drop in reports of emotional abuse.

In the year to June 2014, 9499 children were reported to have been emotionally abused, down from about 11,386 the year before.


See also: Still cause for alarm despite decrease in child abuse

and: Most child abuse victims are babies under a year old


Australia honours anti-violence campaigner:

Rosie Batty decided to act following the loss of her 11-year-old-son, Luke, who was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of his father in a public assault.

Her story jolted Australia into recognising that family violence could happen to anyone and she has given voice to many thousands of victims, the ABC reported.



National plans overhaul of state housing:

Prime Minister John Key has confirmed the Government plans to sell 1000 to 2000 state houses in the next year to community-housing providers, with with more sales possible in coming years.


See also: Reaction to John Key's state housing policy: 'He's forgotten where he came from'


Large Australian private sector employer introduces domestic violence leave:

Australian telecommunications company Telstra has announced a new policy which provides staff who are victims of domestic violence ten additional paid leave days a year.



Health worker admits accessing child porn:

A senior health professional has been found guilty of professional misconduct for accessing and viewing child pornography.



Restorative Justice: New law causing headaches:

Under a December 1st law change, all cases that result in a guilty plea, and where there is an identifiable victim must be adjourned and referred to restorative justice. Lawyers and judges say this is clogging up courts, which now have to deal with double the number of appearances in such cases. 


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