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Young men abused in disability care never received apology, Disability Royal Commission hears

Two young men with disabilities who suffered abuse in care never received compensation or any formal apology. The Disability Royal Commission recently examined allegations of Abuse by a carer at NDIS provider Afford. Disability carer jailed for three years A disability support carer in Sydney’s west was jailed for three years on abuse-related charges. Police …

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Campaign to draw attention to abuse in Defence Force

A group of survivors and advocates are calling for an end to abuse within the Australian Defence Force (ADF), off the back of the Royal Commission. The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide will not only examine suicides but also the underlying culture and practices that leads to Australian Defence Force abuse. A group …

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Campaign to draw attention to Australian Defence Force abuse

Push to ban spit-hoods nationwide after continued use in Northern Territory

After the continued use of spit hoods on kids in the NT, advocates are pushing for nationwide ban on the barbaric devices. If you wish to support the move to ban spit hoods: SIGN THE PETITION HERE The NT News confirmed today that all states except for Queensland and Northern Territory stopped using spit hoods …

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Push to ban spit-hoods nationwide after continued use in Northern Territory

NT Government support use of spit hoods in police custody

The Northern Territory government is resisting calls to ban the use of spit hoods on children. New data has shown that the use of spit hoods on children increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Spit hoods had been used 27 times on children since 2018, and chair restraints six times. The youngest child was 12 years …

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NT Government support use of spit hoods in police custody

Hillsong founder facing charges of concealing child sexual abuse

Hillsong founder Brian Houston announced he will step down from all ministry responsibilities to defend criminal charges relating to the Hillsong child abuse scandal. Police charged Houston late last year, accusing him of concealing information related to a child his father allegedly abused. Hillsong child abuse scandal: founder’s father accused of child sexual abuse In …

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Hillsong founder facing charges of concealing child sexual abuse

Royal Commission evidence and imputations: recent defamation cases

Recent defamation cases have set down precedents for the use of Royal Commission material in defamation proceedings, and for determining how different your claim can be from the truth. I can’t remember exactly what they said – can I still sue for defamation? The answer is “yes”. This was the gist of the decision handed …

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SA Department of Human Services failed to probe threats against disabled man, Royal Commission told

The Disability Royal Commission has been urged to find that South Australia’s Department of Human Services failed to adequately investigate threats of violence against a man living in disability accommodation. A threatening letter arrived at the home address of Mitchell’s family. The letter warned that their nephew Mitchell would be “abused with cruelty, violence, regularly …

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SA department failed to adequately probe threats against disabled man, Royal Commission told

Former top cop to head Royal Commission into Veteran and Defence Personnel Suicides

Former Deputy Commissioner of the NSW Police Nick Kaldas will be heading the new Royal Commission into Veteran and Defence Personnel Suicides. The Prime Minister announced the role at the official launch of the commission last Thursday. A mental health epidemic for veterans Between 2001 and 2017, one Australian veteran died by suicide every two …

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Former top cop to head Royal Commission into veteran and defence personnel suicides

Family of Aboriginal man who died in custody was prevented from visiting him because of COVID-19

Frank “Gud” Coleman was found unresponsive in his cell on the morning of last Thursday 8 July in Long Bay Jail. The 43-year-old Aboriginal man hadn’t seen his family in 18 months due to restrictions on in-person visits. The Ngemba man was healthy, according to family, which has set off alarm bells as to the …

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Family of Aboriginal man who died in custody was prevented from visiting him for 18 MONTHS because of COVID-19

Threat of cruelty and violence against disability resident not investigated for three years

A South Australian family, represented by O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors, has told the Disability Royal Commission of a threatening letter received by a disability client. The anonymous letter warned that their nephew, the client, would be “abused with cruelty, violence, regularly and repeatedly” and might be poisoned or drowned at this accommodation. Disability Royal …

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