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What we must learn from the Yooralla scandal What we must learn from the Yooralla scandal

Published on 25 November 2014: The revelations of sexual and other types of abuse within Yooralla reported in The Age and on ABC Four Corners are not isolated or atypical. They are symptomatic of systemic problems, particularly with out of home care.

New school asbestos claims kick off Asbestos Awareness Week New school asbestos claims kick off Asbestos Awareness Week

Published on 24 November 2014: Asbestos Awareness Week kicks off today amid new claims made by The Age newspaper that a secret audit conducted by WorkSafe into Victorian public schools, found that only eight percent of Victorian schools were free of asbestos.

Asbestos disease not expected to peak till 2023-24 Asbestos disease not expected to peak till 2023-24

Published on 24 November 2014: Asbestos and health and safety experts from across the world have been told at an international conference in Melbourne that the number of asbestos-related diseases reported is not expected to peak until 2023-24.

Christmas can lead to a marriage break up Christmas can lead to a marriage break up

Published on 21 November 2014: If you are genuinely experiencing marital stresses and strains sufficient enough to have you contemplating splitting up sometime early next year, there are three ways to protect yourself and your children.

Who gets the kids this Christmas? Who gets the kids this Christmas?

Published on 20 November 2014: Many parents who are separated but share care of the children of the relationship often have long-term agreements about where the children spend Christmas.

Royal Commission Update: Waiting list for private hearings stretches to nine months Royal Commission Update: Waiting list for private hearings stretches to nine months

Published on 12 November 2014: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has revealed the waiting list for people wanting a private session with the Commission is now nine months long.

What the $1.3m compo stress payment for teacher Doulis really means What the $1.3m compo stress payment for teacher Doulis really means

Published on 10 November 2014: When Victorian schoolteacher Peter Doulis was awarded nearly $1.3m in damages in September, the story attracted star billing in the media. You could almost hear the collective sucking in of breath at the size of the amount awarded by the Supreme Court.

Abuse survivors tell UN Australia needs redress fund Abuse survivors tell UN Australia needs redress fund

Published on 10 November 2014: Survivors of institutional child abuse have told a United Nations committee Australia has its breached international legal obligations to protect children from torture.

UK struggles to find ‘independent’ chair to run child sex abuse inquiry UK struggles to find ‘independent’ chair to run child sex abuse inquiry

Published on 06 November 2014: A much-anticipated inquiry into historical child sexual abuse in England and Wales has stalled, following the resignation of another Chair of the independent panel.

Pampered pet in $143,500 TAC payout Pampered pet in $143,500 TAC payout

Published on 05 November 2014: Both the TAC and WorkCover are no-fault schemes which are designed to offer medical and compensation assistance for anyone who is injured, regardless of the circumstances. Even if your pampered pet is the perpetrator.

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