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6/8 Media Update – Courts struggling, alleged Catholic cover-up and more…

Victorian Chief Magistrate Ian Gray appeared on the 7.30 Report to discuss the need for greater investment to cater for increasing numbers of domestic violence cases.
The Monash Weekly has highlighted the desperate need for more foster carers in the area, reporting that Waverley Emergency Adolescent Care have been turning vulnerable teenagers away because of shortages of foster homes.
Australian authorities have been accused of being influenced by an “adverse public discourse” when incarcerating children for people smuggling,
Orphans abused while in Australian state care have taken approached the United Nations Committee against Torture, hoping for support in their claims for compensation and recognition.
The group are disappointed that the parliamentary inquiry into abuse by religious and other non-government organisations will not investigate abuse by state wards. The need for an inquiry was a key recommendation within the Cummins Report, but the committee did not call for investigation into abuse of state wards.
On the accusations against the Catholic Church, The Age and Herald Sun reported that NSW Police are preparing a brief for the DPP containing evidence of child abuse being covered-up within the Catholic Church.
The Age editorials also featured a piece celebrating Bishop Bill Wright’s support of inquiries into church abuse.
Major outlets reported that the state inquiry into abuse within religious and non-government organisations has been bolstered by additional resources. The opposition called for additional investment, which has been granted with the addition of a senior legal advisor, solicitor, retired police officer and several counsellors.


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