Fixing the Child Protection System in Australia

Blair Boyer writes for Challenge Magazine.

It's hard to remember a time when the child protection system wasn't in the spotlight. In South Australia we have had two Royal Commissions in the past three years along with the ongoing National Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Other jurisdictions too have been embroiled in cases where child protection systems have let kids, parents and the broader community down. But with numerous Royal Commissions, Coronial Inquests and Independent Reports one would be forgiven for thinking that we might not be asking the right questions.  In Adelaide, Uni SA's Australian Centre for Child Protection has been looking at the bricks and mortar of the system with a view to redesigning the way we engage with families both in, and on the periphery, of the system.

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Why the Labor Left should embrace Jeremy Corbyn

In the Summer 2016 Edition of Challenge, Andrew Giles MP wrote of Jeremy Corbyn's success in the UK Labour Leadership contest. Giles, whilst indicating there was much we can learn from Corbyn's victory, concedes he would not have voted for him if he were eligible. In response, NSW Young Labor Left member Chris Warren writes why the Australian Labor Left should be more supportive of Corbyn and inspired by his victory.

I would have voted for Jeremy Corbyn, and the Socialist Left should be inspired by his victory.

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Trade Union Royal Commission: A Labor Left Analysis

Blair Boyer from the SA Left writes on the Trade Union Royal Commission 

The festive season has come and gone in a flash of riotous consumerism, cricket, celebrity Twitter rants and B grade political scandals.  But amidst the post-Christmas sales, ill-advised trips to Hong Kong bars and the odd SMS sent astray, an event with long term significance also occurred; the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption (TURC) delivered its Final Report on 28 December.  When one considers that the Commission had been running since March 2014, it was somewhat surprising to have such an immense Report (Volume I is 336 pages alone) land when most people were disengaged from current affairs.  Having said that, many of the people named in the Report were no doubt thankful it emerged in the off-season.  And, predictably, the headlines were all about a series of individuals who are now household names.

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We must balance public safety and the right to privacy

Jo Haylen is Labor MP for Summer Hill

My generation of Australians will be the last to remember a life before the internet.

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After Paris, only Labor leads on fair clean energy future

Mark Butler is the Shadow Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water

As a progressive conservative in the mould of British prime minister, David Cameron, and New Zealand prime minister, john key. More recently, he’s even tried to bask in some progressive star power reflected off the new Canadian liberal prime minister, Justin Trudeau.

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