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Q&A: Dr Nick Kowalenko Speaks of Harm Done to Children in Detention
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Writing On The Wall For Australia’s Worst Ever Prime Minister
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While Australia’s PM Tony Abbott Fiddles, the World Burns
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Australia’s Future in Hands of an Economics Ignoramus
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Destruction of Scientific Research in Australia Averted – For Now

Q&A: Dr Nick Kowalenko Speaks of Harm Done to Children in Detention

Kowalenko_Nick_DrA damning new report by the Human Rights Commission suggests more than one-third of children in immigration detention centres have conditions serious enough to require outpatient care.

Hundreds of assaults against children were reported by the commission and 128 teenagers were said to have harmed themselves between January 2013 and March last year.

The Forgotten Children, which was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, also said 105 children were on suicide watch during this time.

Australian Doctor spoke to Dr Nick Kowalenko (pictured), chair the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists faculty of child and adolescent psychiatry, who interviewed some of the children for the report.

Read the full interview here: http://www.australiandoctor.com.au/news/news-insight/q-a-care-of-children-in-detention

Writing On The Wall For Australia’s Worst Ever Prime Minister

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD EDITORIAL

19 March 2015

Worst PM EverThis “being in government” business is proving to be all too hard for Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his ministers.

Too hard to frame a fair budget. Too hard to make tough decisions to place government finances on a sustainable path. Too hard to negotiate with a “feral” Senate. Too hard to be civil and constructive on policy options. Too hard to explain to voters the need for reform. Too hard to find a consistent message.

Mr Abbott has become erratic at best. It is as though he is finding it all too hard to work out what governments do. Governments lead. They prosecute their policies clearly, fairly and consistently.

And they seek solutions to problems. Unless, of course, they are the problem.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/tony-abbotts-government-by-shambles-something-has-to-change-20150319-1m2kzx.html

While Australia’s PM Tony Abbott Fiddles, the World Burns

PolarBearA report which examines the effect of climate change on some of Australia’s most common agricultural products; including fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, seafood and meat, paints a dire prediction of future production in a warming world.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-16/report-warns-of-climate-change-impact-on-food-production/6322934?section=vic

http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/thirty-years-of-consecutive-warmth-the-heat-really-is-on-20150317-1m0pyk.html

Australia’s Future in Hands of an Economics Ignoramus

EntitlementTreasurer Joe Hockey was upstaged and shirtfronted on Q&A Monday night, but not by a member of the audience or a political opponent.

The man who cut him down to size on questions including negative gearing, tax and infrastructure spending was John Daley, the Melbourne-based research economist who runs the Grattan Institute.

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/joe-hockey-outclassed-on-qa-by-an-economist-20150317-1m0nrs.html

Destruction of Scientific Research in Australia Averted – For Now

PuerileOn the brink of a self-created, avoidable crisis that threatened the destruction of Australia’s capacity for innovative scientific research, Labor combined with the Senate cross-benches has averted disaster, for now. Unchastened, Australia’s puerile Education Minister plans another attempt to destroy what he doesn’t understand.

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/christopher-pyne-splits-the-bill-but-merely-doubles-the-defeat-20150316-1m0cjr.html

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