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NSW FaCS Where We Are Today

Posted: April 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

It has been over seven years since I began to find myself on an intense journey with the NSW Department of Community Services. In the beginning of that journey I had no idea that things would turn out how they did, none.

I thought the department helped people. I found out that for many of us they do not help our families, and the journey ends in a heart breaking and mind boggling experience, in the NSW Children’s Courts, with an agency that aims to portray many unsuspecting parents as unfit.

Often, these parents and grandparents, have gone to the department asking for assistance or for help for children in their own families who are in need of care and protection. Only to find that the answers they receive involve removal of the children they are attempting to help.

This means the gigantic foster care industry is involved and currently there is a changing attitude towards adoption, being the preferred arrangement, for what becomes known to most, as unwanted Australian children. For the most part this child protection industry involves Non Government Organisations or NGO’s and religious groups such as Anglicare and Catholicare, although a plethora of these services exists under the current arrangements with the state and federal governments in Australia.

Not much information exists in the mainstream media or the community about parents who are involved in the system, a community of like minded people affected by the departments operating state wide has evolved in an attempt to tell their stories and to understand who is who within the various state and federal government corporate agencies. There is no main frame or streamline for child protection in Australia, and a range of current laws exists under the “Best Interests of the Child” for child acquisitions.

In Australia, state and territory governments are responsible for the administration and operation of child protection services. Legislative Acts in each state and territory govern the way such services are provided. The principal child protection Acts in each Australian state and territory are listed in Table 1. The table also outlines other Acts of Parliament pertinent to the operation and delivery of various services to children and families across Australia.

Table 1. Child protection legislation in Australian states and territories
Jurisdiction Principal Act Other relevant Acts/Legislation
Australian Capital Territory (link is external) Children and Young People Act 2008 (ACT) Adoption Act 1993 (ACT)

Human Rights Act 2004 (ACT)

Human Rights Commission Act 2005 (ACT)

Public Advocate Act 2005 (ACT)

Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)

New South Wales (link is external) Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (NSW) Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Amendment (Parental Responsibility Contracts) Act 2006 (NSW)

Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Act 2000 (NSW)

Crimes Act 1900 (NSW)

Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998 (NSW)

The Ombudsman Act 1974 (NSW)

Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)

Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Amendment Bill 2009

Northern Territory (link is external) Care and Protection of Children Act 2007 (NT) Information Act 2006 (NT)

Disability Services Act 2004 (NT)

Criminal Code Act 2006 (NT)

Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)

Queensland (link is external) Child Protection Act 1999 (Qld) Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2014 (Qld)

Public Guardian Act 2014 (Qld)

Family Child and Commission Act 2014 (Qld)

Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (Qld)

Public Health Act 2005 (Qld)

Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000 (Qld)

Adoption of Children Act 1964 (Qld)

Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)

South Australia (link is external) Children’s Protection Act 1993 (SA) Young Offenders Act 1994 (SA)

Adoption Act 1988 (SA)

Children’s Protection Regulations 2006 (SA)

Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)

Family and Community Services Act 1972 (SA)

Tasmania (link is external) Children, Young Persons and their Families Act 1997 (Tas.) The Family Violence Act 2004 (Tas.)

Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)

Children, Young Persons and their Families Amendment Act 2009 (Tas.)

Victoria (link is external) Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (Vic.) Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic.)

Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005 (Vic.)

The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic.)

Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)

The Commission for Children and Young People Act 2012

Western Australia (link is external) Children and Community Services Act 2004 (WA) Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004 (WA)

Family Court Act 1997 (WA)

Adoption Act 1994 (WA)

Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)

Child Care Services Act 2007

Additionally, as the following link shows it is extremely easy for the general public to anonymously report parents or a family group, if someone feels that there is something wrong in a family.

For information on the state or territory agency responsible for child protection see Reporting Abuse and Neglect: State and Territory Departments Responsible for rotecting Children
This also opens an area up for great debate, about vindictive ex partners, sibling group issues, nosey neighbours, and infringement on the privacy rights within a family. The list of reasons why people come to the attention of the department is endless, and it becomes easy to come to the conclusion, that a preordained judgement begins with the anonymous report to the department.

Defending yourself as a parent is a difficult to navigate and extremely emotional journey, that is misunderstood by the community and court system. Unlike the criminal courts, there is a presumption that you are guilty until proving yourself innocent, often of the most ridiculous and fictitious claims being made against you, such as, your child being “at risk of future emotional harm” from you. Or having to defend yourself for seeking psychological help for issues such as your own childhood sexual abuse, these things are regularly being brought up by caseworkers who have violated rights to privacy to make a case against parents in the courts right around Australia.

Many people are unable to defend themselves, often the most vulnerable, yet innocent people, within our society are targeted for child removals. In simplicity the various departments use affidavits created by caseworkers, rather than solicitors, and these are used in the courts. Parents often complain, that state legal aid agencies refuse to help them or work against them. Which leads to increasing dilemma if you have neither the mental or emotional capacity to argue your own case in the courts. At times, the department will engage a guardian ad litem against a parent who refuses to cooperate with processes, or who is overly emotional at their child being removed from their care and protection. It is a legal nightmare for the parents who find themselves in the situation where the department fails to “work with the family”.

For Help When Dealing With The Department In Your State Or Territory Contact

lukesarmy.com

or

alecomm.com

You will find the following departmental agencies are not mindful of parental or family needs. However, it is important to know your situation inside and out when dealing with them. The name of the department in your state or territory, and the those involved in your case from the minister to the director general, the secretary, and on down the chain of command. The human services divisions are in a general sense, failing our communities as we see children in care, case after case, of murders, child rapes and sexual exploitation, teenage pregnancy in care, and a progression into the juvenile justice system for many of these “unwanted” kids in “care”. Senate Enquiries and Royal Commissions, seem to have done little to forward the progression of the child protective services or to encapsulate the views of parents of loss, the view seems to still be to remove the child and accuse the parent. Afterwards, sitting back and seemingly saying that nothing can be done to improve services, or change operational procedures. Again, there is no national framework in place to protect children or parents from child protection agencies in Australia, and legal representation is few and far between, let alone, fair and just when it comes to defending yourself against false accusations or defamation by the department of community services, and their counterparts around the country.

Contact details for each state and territory

“Please note that you do not need to be absolutely certain that abuse or neglect of a child has occurred to call these authorities. If you suspect a child is at risk of harm, you may call the authority to discuss your concerns and they will decide whether an investigation is required”.

I find that the above paragraph is appalling, however note that it is recognised in the literature that people do ring the authorities for reasons found to be trivial and of no importance. However for a parent dealing with them, these trivial reports add to the information held against you, if the department decides to build a case against you.

 

Australian Capital Territory
Reporting authority Further services / information Contact details
Office for Children, Youth and Family Support (link is external)

Ph: 13 22 81

Child and Youth Protection Services  (link is external)is responsible for facilitating coordination across government for the care and protection of children and young people.

If you are concerned about a child and want further information on mandatory reporting, refer to Keeping Children and Young People Safe (PDF 2.1 MB) (link is external)

Mandated reporters
Ph: 1300 556 728
Email: Child Protection Reports (link sends e-mail)

General public
Ph: 1300 556 729

New South Wales
Reporting authority Further services / information Contact details
Department of Family and Community Services (link is external)

Ph: (02) 9716 2222

By law, Community Services must assess reports where a child or young person is or may be at risk of significant harm from abuse or neglect. Information about the process of reporting child welfare concerns in NSW can be found on the department’s Reporting Suspected Abuse or Neglect (link is external) website.

Resources for mandatory reporters (link is external)

Child Protection Helpline
Ph: 13 21 11 (TTY 1800 212 936)

Non-imminent reports can also be made using eReporting (link is external)

For urgent reports, mandatory reporters should phone 13 36 27

Northern Territory
Reporting authority Further services / information Contact details
Department of Children and Families (link is external)

Ph: (08) 8999 2737

In the Northern Territory every person is required to report suspected child abuse and neglect. Information specific to health practitioners can be found in Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: Information for Professionals (PDF 689 KB) (link is external)

For further information about the process of reporting concerns about a child’s welfare in the NT refer to the Child Abuse page (link is external) of the department’s website.

Child Protection Hotline
Ph: 1800 700 250 (24 hours)
Queensland
Reporting authority Further services / information Contact details
Department of Communities Child Safety and Disability Services (link is external)

Ph: (07) 3224 8045

Child Safety Services is the lead child protection agency in QLD. For information about the process of reporting concerns about a child’s welfare in QLD refer to the Reporting Child Abuse (link is external) page of the department’s website.

Who are mandatory reporters in QLD? (link is external)

For a list of contact numbers during business hours, go to: Regional Intake Services (link is external)

To locate your nearest Child Safety Service Centre, Ph: 1800 811 810

Child Safety After Hours Service Centre
Ph: 1800 177 135

South Australia
Reporting authority Further services / information Contact details
Department for Education and Child Development (link is external)

Ph: (08) 8124 4185

The primary area of concern for Families SA is the protection of children. For information about SA mandatory reporting requirements and the process of reporting concerns about a child’s welfare, refer to the department’s Protecting Children (link is external) webpage. Child Abuse Report Line
Ph: 13 14 78

After hours crisis care
Ph: 13 16 11

Report child abuse online (link is external)
See: New users instructions to register and prepare to use the system  (PDF 274 KB)
(link is external)

Tasmania
Reporting authority Further services / information Contact details
Department of Health and Human Services (link is external)

Ph: 1300 135 513

The role of Child Protection Services is to protect children and young people who are at risk of abuse or neglect.

For information about the process of reporting concerns about a child’s welfare in TAS refer to the department’s Child Protection Services (link is external) webpage.

Information about mandatory reporting can be found in the department’s information sheet: Responsibilities of Mandatory Reporters (PDF 89 KB) (link is external)

24 hour contact number: 1300 737 639

Report child abuse online (link is external)

Victoria
Reporting authority Further services / information Contact details
Department of Human Services (link is external) The Child Protection Service is specifically targeted to those children and young people at risk of significant harm.

For information about child protection and mandatory reporting requirements in Victoria, refer to the department’s Child Protection (link is external) webpage.

Child Protection Crisis Line (urgent concerns)
Ph: 13 12 78

For a list of regional and metropolitan phone numbers, go to: Child Protection Contacts (link is external)

Western Australia
Reporting authority Further services / information Contact details
Department for Child Protection and Family Support (link is external)

Ph: (08) 9222 2555

TTY: (08) 9325 1232

The Department for Child Protection and Family Support offers a range of services to support children and families.

For further information about the process of reporting concerns about a child’s welfare refer to the department’s If You are Concerned about a Child (link is external) webpage.

Who are mandatory reporters in WA? (link is external)

Ph: (08) 9222 2555 or
Country Freecall: 1800 622 258

After hours:
Ph: (08) 9223 1111 or
Country Freecall: 1800 199 008

If you are a mandatory reporter
Ph: 1800 708 704

Lodge a written mandatory report online using the department’s secure Mandatory Reporting Web System (link is external) or download and complete a Mandatory Reporting Form (PDF 237

NSW FaCS Minister Brad Hazzard

Brad Hazzard is the current Minister for the Department of Family and Community Services, under the Liberal Leadership of NSW

Brad Hazzard is the current Minister for the Department of Family and Community Services, under the Liberal Leadership of NSW

Brad Hazzard was the former NSW Attorney General. Bradley “Brad” Ronald Hazzard MP (born 30 August 1951), an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Family and Community Services and the Minister for Social Housing since April 2015 in the second Baird government Hazzard is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Wakehurst for the Liberal Party since 1991. Hazzard previously served as the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure and the Minister Assisting the Premier on Infrastructure NSW in the O’Farrell government between 2011 and 2014; and as the Attorney General of New South Wales and the New South Wales Minister for Justice between 2014 and 2015 in the first Baird ministry.

Hazzard was educated at Manly Boys’ High School (now Manly Selective Campus), Macquarie University where he gained a Bachelor of Arts (Science) and a Diploma of Education, the University of New South Wales where he graduated Bachelor of Laws, and the University of Sydney where he graduated Master of Laws. Hazzard was then employed as a science teacher (1974-1977) before being admitted as a Solicitor in 1977. He was a partner in a Manly law firm from 1981 to 1996.

In 1983, Hazzard joined the Liberal Party and quickly rose through the ranks, becoming regional president and a member of the state executive from 1985 to 1986. Hazzard was pre-selected as Liberal Party candidate for Wakehurst in April 1991, ahead of the sitting Liberal Party member John Booth. He was elected to NSW Legislative Assembly in 1991 and sat in the backbench during the Greiner and Fahey governments.

Hazzard played a role in the ‘Metherell affair‘, involving the neighbouring Member for Davidson, Terry Metherell, who upon his resignation from the Liberal Party had expressed to Hazzard his interest in one of the Directorships at the new Environmental Protection Authority. Hazzard discussed this with Premier Greiner and the Minister for the Environment, Tim Moore, at Greiner’s residence in February 1992. Greiner and Hazzard then discussed the matter with Metherell while in Parliament ten days later. The government subsequently created the job for Metherell, which he accepted, effectively engineering a vacancy in a seat that the Liberal Party would recover at a by-election. At the May 1992 by-election the Labor Party did not nominate a candidate, and a field of Independents and minor parties reduced the Liberal vote by 16 points (14 points after preferences), nevertheless won by Liberal candidate Andrew Humpherson.

After the Labor party won the 1995 election, Hazzard was appointed to the Opposition frontbench and held various shadow portfolios. Under Opposition Leader Peter Collins, Hazzard was Shadow Minister for Corrective and Emergency Services (1995–96), Environment (1996-1997), Aboriginal Affairs (1996-2007), and Sport and Recreation (1997–99) Under Kerry Chikarovski he was Shadow Minister for Housing (1999-2000), Corrective Services (1999-2000), Disability Services and Ageing (2000–03), and Community Services (2000–03). Under John Brogden he was Shadow Minister for Energy and Utilities (2003–05), Science and Medical Research (2003–05), Youth (2005), and Community Services (2005).

Under Peter Debnam and Barry O’Farrell he was Shadow Minister for Education (2005–07) and was made Shadow Minister for Redfern Waterloo (2007–08). He was also appointed Shadow Minister for Planning (2008-11) and Shadow Minister for Infrastructure (2008-11). Between 2007 and 2011 Hazzard criticised the State Labor Government’s move to take planning powers away from Local government and handing them to government-appointed planning panels and their attitudes towards development of heritage areas.

In April 2011 Hazzard was appointed Minister for Planning and Infrastructure and Minister Assisting the Premier on Infrastructure NSW. He also served as Leader of the Legislative Assembly from April 2011 to April 2014.

Due to the resignation of Barry O’Farrell as Premier, and the subsequent ministerial reshuffle by Mike Baird, the new Liberal Leader, in April 2014 Hazzard was sworn in as the Attorney General and as the Minister for Justice; and lost the portfolio of Planning and Infrastructure. In April 2015, following the 2015 state election, Hazzard was sworn in as the Minister for Family and Community Services and the Minister for Social Housing in the second Baird ministry.

Hazzard has two adult sons

Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
John Booth
Member for Wakehurst
1991–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Tony Kelly
Minister for Planning and Infrastructure
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Pru Goward
as Minister for Planning
Preceded by
Greg Smith
Attorney General of New South Wales
2014–2015
Succeeded by
Gabrielle Upton
Minister for Justice
2014–2015
Succeeded by
Troy Grant
as Minister for Justice and Police
Succeeded by
David Elliott
as Minister for Corrections
Preceded by
Gabrielle Upton
Minister for Family and Community Services
2015–present
Incumbent
New title Minister for Social Housing
2015–present

 

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This man is the NSW Minister in charge of Care and Protection for our most vulnerable families. It is very interesting to see that he states that Australia can no longer afford to have a welfare state.

This gives rise the growing reality that there are targeted families out in our society. So today we ask the question, who are the targeted families, and what are there crimes in regard to their families. Within such evaluations, we already see a growing evidence that Domestic Violence databases were designed for removing children from their parents, even from protective mothers or fathers.

NSW Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard has called on the corporate sector to invest more funds and expertise in social safety nets, saying the government and non-profit groups cannot be expected to address growing welfare needs on their own.

While he acknowledged some corporates were collaborating well with welfare groups, he said Australian businesses lacked the philanthropic culture of their counterparts in the US.

Brad Hazzard
“Philanthropy is top of the pops in the US”: Brad Hazzard
“There are some amazing partnerships happening but nowhere near enough. Philanthropy is top of the pops in the US. Here it’s on the charts but it’s not top of mind for companies.”

Almost one-quarter of the working age population receives some form of government assistance, including family payments, carer supports and disability allowances. The number of recipients has risen steadily over the past five years, federal government figures show.

“Our community has people who are doing very well but there are many for whom life is very tough,” Mr Hazzard said.

“I appreciate corporates are accountable to their shareholders in terms of dividends but my point is the biggest dividend is making sure that every Australian has every opportunity. Australia can’t afford to have a social welfare system that just keeps growing.”

The Department of Family and Community Services has teamed with Youth Off the Streets and a number of businesses including Telstra, Randstad Recruitment, Wesfarmers and Harvey Norman to establish an educational assistance program aiming to help disadvantaged students complete the HSC.

Youth Off the Streets chief executive Father Chris Riley said such partnerships were “the way of the future” for social services but ultimate responsibility lay with the government.

Belmore Boys High year 12 students Ahmad Ali and Samy Gafour described taking part in the Local Educational Assistance Program as a great privilege.

“We are a disadvantaged school,” said Samy, who hopes to study business or law. “We might lack resources but this program puts us on a more equal footing.”

Internet giant Google has also embraced the idea of collaboration, launching a $500,000 computer skills program with non-profit tech group Infoxchange. Launched on Friday, the Digi House project will roll out to 20,000 people on low incomes.

ABS figures show almost 50 per cent of low-income households do not have home internet and do not go online on a regular basis.

“All Australians should have the ability to access the internet and the education they need to be comfortable using it,” Google Australia managing director Maile Carnegie said. “It shouldn’t be something just for the ‘haves’.”

Google supports a range of social programs, with Ms Carnegie saying “everyone has a role to play” in community welfare.

Infoxchange chief executive David Spriggs said corporate partnerships have a “critical role” in social services.

“Governments have an ongoing role but the corporate partnerships bring not just money, but skills and opportunities for employees to volunteer,” he said. “Not-for-profits need to move beyond the era of the novelty cheque.”

 

What Issues Are Important In Australian Society?

It seems that child protection is not an issue to Australian Society, it is never mentioned when elections are in full swing, and it is not something the public is interested in unless to say how terrible those parents must be. It is an unfortunate place where you find those willing to talk about child protection because the ones who are speaking out are often parents of loss.

Indeed it is one of the greatest nightmares for a parent to loose a child, if a child dies people have sympathy for the parents but if your child is removed into the foster care system we see an instant targeting of the person/persons who are responsible for the child.

The Child Protection Industry has maintained the ability to continue the practices of the past in this fashion, by remaining a secretive government agency with legal controls above the Federal Court System, and a jurisdiction within each state with overriding power and control of children’s lives.

We don’t hear much about the deaths in the Child Protection Industry nor about the suicides of parents and children. We do not hear about the abuse and molestation that occurs in the system, and when we do, it still seems like many people in our communities prefer to still hold parents accountable. Often a parent who speaks out is made to explain why the department of Child Protection, took their child in the first place, instead of gain any ground in speaking about what resulted after the child was removed.

These two examples show how government is not interested at examining the potential to use funding to maintain stable relationships within the family. They show blatant disregard that child protection matters are always individual circumstances and that often the child should never have been removed. If there is concern that a child is in danger in OOHC that in itself should override any other concern’s about parents otherwise we are not acting in “The Best Interests of the Child” at all.

It is definitive to say in my experience that the parents interests in their child is not of concern to any of the professionals who are participating in the actions of the departments around the country.

Tony Harrison CEO of the SA Department for Education and Child Development states that the only way to protect children is to put them in a detention-type facility and that they, I guess he means politicians would not have that these days.

Tony Harrison fears for the safety of children who are removed from parents and says the only way to protect children is to lock them up in detention type facilities.

Tony Harrison fears for the safety of children who are removed from parents and says the only way to protect children is to lock them up in detention type facilities.

I can only think that with so many asking ministers for help with Child Protection Industry issues, and with so many people reaching out to other people who have been involved with the Child Protection Industry in the past, any thinking person might understand that the actual behaviour of removing children from the home is an outdated practise that in all probability should end.

“What keeps me awake … is, irrespective of how robust your system is, it still takes a degree of luck to keep these people alive,” Tony Harrison, chief executive of the South Australian Department for Education and Child Development, told the commission. “What keeps me awake at night-time is, I guess, the dreaded telephone call that a child has left a facility (and) has taken their own life.”

The only way to completely prevent this taking place, Mr Harrison said, would involve institutionalising young children in a detention-type facility, which we wouldn’t support.”


Simone Jackson, acting head of the Northern Territory Out-of-Home Care Division said she had worked in two jurisdictions where staff levels were down by 40 per cent.

“If people aren’t there for long enough, you can’t build a relationship that is meaningful (with a child). We have to reverse it to the point that people … have an opportunity to reinvest in the relationship component, not being stuck with the admin component,” she said.

Simone Jackson NT Department Of Families

Simone Jackson NT Department of Communities and Families worries about funding for her employees, the employees having relationships with removed children and the administration of child removals.

Simone Jackson talks about the increase of child abuse reporting in the Northern Territory and the issues as to why child abuse has increased.

There has been an almost 30 per cent jump in the annual number of child protection reports in the Northern Territory, a royal commission in Darwin has heard.

The large increase in the number of allegations of child abuse in the jurisdiction has shocked local authorities, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was told.

In 2013/14, 12,940 child protection reports were received – an increase of 29.7 per cent on the previous year. Of that number, there were 4,906 child protection investigations.

Simone Jackson, the executive director of the Out of Home Care Division at the NT Department of Children and Families, said she thought the jump was a mixture of better ability for children to report, and a real increase in child abuse.

“We are all shocked and trying to work with that increase in volume,” Ms Jackson told the royal commission.

I think we are watching lots of different things to see if we can understand better what this is about.

Simone Jackson, NT Department of Children and Families

“It is sad to say we have lots of parents who are unable to provide the minimum care requirements for the young people.

“I think we are watching lots of different things to see if we can understand better what this is about.”

Under questioning from John Lawrence SC, Ms Jackson said she did not think the rise was linked to a change in the NT government’s approach to problem drinking since the Country Liberal Party took office.

Earlier Ms Jackson told the hearing there was supposed to be regular training for people who worked as carers in the NT, but training did not include information about protective behaviours in regards to child sexual assault.

She said there was only a little bit of training about how carers should identify indications of child sex assault.

Ms Jackson said about 85 per cent of children in care in the NT are Aboriginal children.

Last week the royal commission focused on the Retta Dixon home that operated in Darwin between 1946 and 1980.

The home, which housed mainly Aboriginal children, was allegedly the scene of numerous physical and sexual assaults of children.

There was testimony from one person who claimed he was abused as a child. He said he was not able to privately speak with social workers at the time about what was happening to him.

Ms Jackson said presently children in care were supposed to have private meetings with case workers each month, although the widely dispersed nature of some communities in the NT means that was “very difficult to achieve”.

Meanwhile, there was no decision announced during the royal commission’s morning session about whether sitting NT magistrate Michael Carey would give evidence in person.

Last week the commission was told a memo written by Mr Carey had been pivotal in seeing charges dropped against convicted sex offender Don Henderson.

Chair of the commission, Justice Peter McClellan, said he wanted the magistrate to appear.

The hearing continues, with NT Children’s Commissioner Howard Bath due to testify and Professor Muriel Bamblett from La Trobe University in Melbourne also expected to give evidence.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-29/royal-commission-hears-of-jump-in-child-abuse-allegations-in-nt/5776482


Our Vulnerable Children, In Care And Their Parents In Mourning.

THOUSANDS of reports that some of Australia’s most vulnerable children have been sexually abused were received by authorities nationwide during the past two years alone, a royal commission has heard.

With more than 50,000 children in foster or other out-of-home care nationwide, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse today heard there is no accurate data about how many are suffering abuse or neglect.

Figures on the levels of abuse are patchy, difficult to compare or unavailable, meaning “that comparison between states and territories, and a national overall count, is impossible,” counsel assisting the commission, Gail Furness SC, said.

Reliable data on the support provided to child victims is also widely unavailable, while “there is very limited, rigorous evidence available about the effectiveness of practices or programs that prevent child sexual abuse,” she said.

The commission has received evidence of over 3600 reports that children in care were abused within the past two financial years, Ms Furness said, the great majority of which were received by the state and territory governments who are responsibility for these children themselves.

Even these figures are uncertain, Ms Furness said, with some reports potentially duplicating each other while others may relate to historical abuse that took place years earlier. Some state and territory governments were unable to provide sufficient information, while not all of the non-governmental organisations looking after children in care were surveyed, she said.

Children in care, many of whom have been taken from their parents or whose parents were unable to look after them, are among the most vulnerable in Australia. There are 51.4 indigenous children in care for every 1000 children in the general population, nine times the rate of non-indigenous children.

The commission has spoken privately to over 3000 child victims of sexual abuse to date, with more of these saying they were abused in care than in any other institution. In the Northern Territory, there have been 89 reports of children abusing other children in residential care facilities within the past six months alone, the commission heard.

“The number of children who cannot live safely at home is increasing (and) children coming into care are younger and staying in care younger,” Ms Furness said.

Gail Furness QC RC Abuse Inquiry Concerned About Children In Care

Gail Furness QC RC Abuse Inquiry Concerned About Children In Care

The commission also heard evidence given by one former child victim who was placed in the care of a foster father who had previously been charged with child sexual abuse offences.

When she was about seven years old, her foster father “asked her to come into his bedroom and lie down next to him on the bed. He put his hands down her pants.

“At other times, he came into the bathroom … he touched himself and made noises which at the time (the victim) didn’t understand. But she now knows he was masturbating,” Ms Furness said.

The victim could only remember being visited once by a caseworker during her five years in the foster family’s home, she said.

The Australian, March 10, 2015


Kept Awake At Night Worrying About Your Child, Well So Are Those Who Take Them!

SENIOR government officials from across Australia have told a royal commission they are kept awake at night worrying about their ability to protect children in their care. 

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard this morning that some states and territories do not train staff to recognise potentially predatory behaviour among those working with children in care. Others do not require formal qualifications for staff working with the non-governmental organisations that are increasingly responsible for looking after children in care, the commission heard.

There are roughly 50,000 children in foster or other out-of-home care across Australia, the commission heard, many of whom are significantly disadvantaged and often have intellectual or physical disabilities.

Around 3,600 reports that these children had been sexually abused were received by authorities nationwide over the past two years.

“What keeps me awake … is, irrespective of how robust your system is, it still takes a degree of luck to keep these people alive,” Tony Harrison, chief executive of the South Australian Department for Education and Child Development, told the commission. “What keeps me awake at night-time is, I guess, the dreaded telephone call that a child has left a facility (and) has taken their own life.”

The only way to completely prevent this taking place, Mr Harrison said, would involve institutionalising young children in a detention-type facility, which we wouldn’t support.”

Other senior state government officials told the commission that their departments have suffered staff deficits of up to 40 per cent, while the weight of paperwork actually prevented staff from physically meeting those in their care.

“What keeps me awake at night is what we’re not seeing,” Tony Kemp, the Tasmanian Deputy Secretary for Children and Youth Services, told the commission.

“And one of the reasons is not that people would prefer to be sitting behind desks and prefer to be filling out forms … but we have an over-engineered system … in trying to seek to be compliant with all of the instructions and requirements and procedures and policies.

“The voices of the child in that space are loud and clear … but we have created an architecture which I believe prevents workers from engaging in that in a purposeful and meaningful way,” he said.

Simone Jackson, acting head of the Northern Territory Out-of-Home Care Division said she had worked in two jurisdictions where staff levels were down by 40 per cent.

“If people aren’t there for long enough, you can’t build a relationship that is meaningful (with a child). We have to reverse it to the point that people … have an opportunity to reinvest in the relationship component, not being stuck with the admin component,” she said.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/in-depth/it-takes-luck-to-keep-our-children-in-care-alive/story-fngburq5-1227258429570

The Major Issues On The Far North Coast – The Campaign Trail NSW Election 2015

I always take a great deal of interest in both the State and Federal elections, even though there are times when I truly think why should I vote and that off course, has caused me to give up and not go and vote a few times for which I then was fined.

Let’s be frank and all realise that the most important issue now is the environment, specifically, that the country maintains or attempts to achieve, in some cases a fresh water supply because many of our catchments in Australia are indeed in terrible condition.

The most important issue we face is fracking, and as the public becomes more aware about the dangerous involved in this activity and puts pressure on the political parties we are seeing a simple approach being taken by all three of the major players in the NSW election.

  1. What NSW Labor is saying, is that, they will have a blanket ban until the science is further explored, so that doesn’t mean that the ban on Coal Seam Gas through Labor, will continue, if the science improves in some way then they could change their minds to frack for CSG.
  2.  What NSW Liberals are saying is that it is full steam ahead with Coal Seam Gas mining, and every man for himself.
  3. The NSW Greens say no to Coal Seam Gas and will have a complete and holding ban on the CSG industry.

Luke Foley The NSW Labor Party

Today Luke Foley the NSW Labor Leader was up on the North Coast taking a tour and supporting his candidates, Labor Candidates Ron Goodman (Tweed), Isaac Smith (Lismore) and Paul Spooner (Ballina) and listening to local farmers, with Walt Secord .

“Today we met with Phil, a farmer in Myocum, one of many Northern Rivers residents worried about how CSG will impact the land and water. Labor has listened to the concerns of communities – we will ban all CSG activities in the Northern Rivers.
Luke Foley NSW Labor Leader 2015

Luke Foley on the NSW North Coast 5th of March 2015. Looking at the face of the Coal Seam Gas issues.


Speaking With Labor Candidates Today On Facebook

Labor will BAN CSG mining on the North Coast.
Coal Seam Gas has the potential to destroy soil and poison our water supply. Despite these high stakes – CSG mining has been expanding at a growing speed across NSW. It’s time we put the brakes on CSG in NSW.Let us know if you’re on board at http://act.nswlabor.org.au/actoncsg

Kathleen O’Brien When you say ban it does that mean for good? What about all those new six year leases for the area including Lismore?

I am interested in other things too, but this is by far the most important issue, the Nationals want to have CSG in Lismore and surrounds and Thomas George after a 50 year National stronghold is going to be ousted here.

Water is our most precious resource. It is that simple.

Lismore is going to be Green for sure, as people realise the Nationals have not done a thing here.

The library for example, and lack of computer space or even seating, for example is an issue, on a recent visit the library was packed and not such a great place to study. If you have nothing at home or problems at home where can you go to find a study nook, if you can’t even get that in a library?

I heard it is bigger and better than the last space they had. Obviously then something bigger and more modern is needed. Grafton just got a new library, where’s Lismore’s?

Also some of us don’t even have tv coverage because there is no reception here, why is that? I got coverage in the middle of nowhere at Cowper and here I can’t even get a channel.

And there are things like having a phone connected to the house which doesn’t exist for some people, so they can’t even have a decent internet connection in the home because they have no phone line. Why is that here? And why won’t Telstra service the broke phone connection hole in the street?

I am just flabbergasted and don’t know how to get things done in the area.

Very backward indeed.

I mean Lismore has an amazing arts population and the art gallery couldn’t even fit the Archibald Prize Collection Tour inside, why is nothing funded here?

The population is not small and the cities of Brisbane and Sydney are crowded so people generate her for the healthy lifestyle.

Lismore is a university town, the head quarters of Southern Cross University, it’s not a remote two horse town.

Thomas George has done nothing for the people of Lismore, you can’t even park for free to go to hospital if you are sick!

I am new here and I have been in a few places in life, I would think a progressive understanding place like Lismore would have more spaces for the public interest and definitely more to offer from the TAFE system.

I have to know where is all that government tax payer money going? What is being funded in our country?

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  • Paul Spooner Great questions Kathleen O’Brien. In regards to CSG the ban is for good. For all your questions on Lismore I suggest you talk to Isaac Smith who is standing for Labor in that seat.
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    Isaac Smith You have hit the nail on the head there Kathleen. The Nationals have done nothing for us. I think we were all glad when the previous Labor govt was removed as it was overdue and they were part of the problem. But now after 4 year of the National party support for CSG we are faced with a region wide disaster.Labor want to put all the money back into TAFE and Hospitals and we will stop CSG. It’s time we were not neglected by Sydney and the CSG ban is proof that they are listening to local Labor members.
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The Greens Have Been Protesting Against CSG From The Beginning

Adam Guise for the Greens responded today to the following suggestion by ABC polling guru, Antony Green, that the “State seat of Lismore is going to be a three-way contest”.”We all know that CSG is one of the issues that separates us from our competitors. It’s a huge one locally, as it should be. We were the party on the ground right from the start, working with the other groups at the Bentley Blockade”. he stated.

Bentley Blockade 2014

Bentley Blockade 2014

Mr Guise made reference to the current sitting National Party member Thomas George  “The sitting Member didn’t show his face, and the Labor candidate came to visit a few times. His Party only realised the political importance of the Bentley Blockade when it became a hot political potato. That’s when they changed their policy, but even then not decisively. The Greens have never wavered in their opposition to coal seam gas mining. We’ve never done the hokey pokey and put the left foot in and then the right foot”. Adam Guise responded.

The Greens Lismore Adam Guise

Adam Guise The Greens Lismore

Furthermore he went on to suggest to punters that “On the 28th of March we’ve got a chance to change the political landscape in the seat of Lismore, and in the Northern Rivers, by electing a candidate who knows all about the evils of coal seam gas, a candidate who is committed to stopping Metgasco and any other mining company who wants to ruin our farmlands and our water supply”.In order to give the Greens the best opportunity to rid the Northern Rivers of one of the most ineffective representatives we’ve ever had in the NSW Parliament, make sure you vote 1 Adam Guise, number all the boxes, and put the LNP last.https://www.facebook.com/adamguise.greens
#‎VoteGreen2015‬


Antony Green Explains The Polls And Where Liberal Voters Centralise

http://blogs.abc.net.au/antonygreen/2015/03/why-the-baird-government-is-vulnerable.html


Mike Baird The Liberal Party Of NSW Current Ministry

The current Baird Liberal Ministry as it sits for the NSW Election

Full New South Wales Government Ministry List under Premier Mike Baird
The Hon Mike Baird MP (Lib)
Premier of NSW
Minister for Infrastructure
Minister for Western Sydney
The Hon Andrew Stoner MP (Nat)
Deputy Premier of NSW
Minister for Trade and Investment Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services
Minister for Tourism and Major Events
Minister for Small Business
Minister for the North Coast
The Hon Andrew Constance MP (Lib)
Treasurer
The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP (Lib)
Minister for Transport
Minister for the Hunter
The Hon Adrian Piccoli MP (Nat)
Minister for Education
The Hon Michael Gallacher MLC (Lib)
Minister for Police and Emergency Services
Minister for Industrial Relations
Minister for the Central Coast
The Hon Duncan Gay MLC (Nat)
Minister for Roads and Freight
The Hon Anthony Roberts MP (Lib)
Minister for Resources and Energy
The Hon Jillian Skinner MP (Lib)
Minister for Health
Minister for Medical Research
The Hon Prudence Goward MP (Lib)
Minister for Planning
Minister for Women
The Hon Bradley Hazzard MP (Lib)
Attorney General
Minister for Justice
The Hon Gabrielle Upton MP (Lib)
Minister for Family and Community Services
The Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP (Nat)
Minister for Primary Industries
Assistant Minister for Tourism and Major Events
The Hon Kevin Humphries MP (Nat)
Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water
Minister for Western NSW
The Hon John Ajaka MLC (Lib)
Minister for Ageing
Minister for Disability Services
Minister for the Illawarra
The Hon Stuart Ayres MP (Lib)
Minister for Fair Trading
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney
The Hon Victor Dominello MP (Lib)
Minister for Citizenship and Communities
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Minister for Veterans Affairs
Assistant Minister for Education
The Hon Robert Stokes MP (Lib)
Minister for the Environment
Minister for Heritage
Assistant Minister for Planning
The Hon Troy Grant MP (Nat)
Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing
Minister for the Arts
The Hon Dominic Perrottet MP (Lib)
Minister for Finance and Services
The Hon Paul Toole MP (Nat)
Minister for Local Government
The Hon Jai Rowell MP (Lib)
Minister for Mental Health
Assistant Minister for Health

Remember at the NSW 2015 Elections put the Liberal/National Coalition Last and number every box.

If the people can get together to save the environment over a terrible issue like Coal Seam Gas and the corporate greed behind it, it will be just as easy for the people to stop the corruption within the NSW Parliament and spread that onwards to the rest of the States and Territories. Then the people can take on the Federal Government. It has been too long that government has stood over the citizens of Australia, too long that many people have suffered, some even having their families ripped from under them, never to see their children again.

Coal Seam Gas and a Green Revolution will see the two major parties once again become accountable. Australian’s do not want an undercurrent in society. We do not want to see politicians ignoring our questions, or turning away when we call for help and using excuses that we have all heard before to exclude themselves from major problems in our country by saying they are personal issues or private matters. The children of Australia and the families of Australia deserve so much more.

Let’s give the children that much, clean air, clean water, clean country and a family and a home. It is the basis of a functional society. The flow on affects from this investment will be multiple and perhaps the adults can retire a bit earlier than at 70.

I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, of rugged mountain ranges…

What Does Sorry Mean? Sorry Means You Don’t Do It Again

These pictures were taken at the Brisbane National Day Of Action Against DoCS, in May 2014. There was a great turnout at this event with people from the Forgotten Australians Movement, The First Nations, and victims of the current Child Protection Industry walking together from Parliament House to the QLD Department or Community Services Head Office, with a police escort. Protesting is a great way to understand that you are not alone in the problems you are experiencing with the Child Protection Industry.

It is often a scary and unknown road you begin to travel when the Department of Community Services enters your life. The organisation is run in each State and Territory, but has a different name where ever you are living. When State Government changes hands, meaning Labor or Liberal Parties running the show, the name they give to themselves also changes.

Your child may have been stolen by NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS) or they may have been stolen by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS) those names are never stable, but with either side of politics they claim that this is the Department for Child Protection. Most people feel as those their children have been kidnapped, and are left alone and distressed with no assistance from the department besides demanding phone calls, that require specific actions right away to engage with the service.

This causes many problems for people as there is never anyone in the job for long enough to actually care for the children who are really at risk and families can be caught up in the systems under various ministers for the lifespan of their fertile years and the lifespan of their children. The problems can and do become intergenerational.

Of even greater concern is the lack of professional standards regarding solicitors when you have a DoCS matter, the lack of Legal Aid assistance and the obvious problem that you are being assumed as guilty before any court case even starts because the children have been removed.


The Real Bravehearts.

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How Australia Worked to Achieve the Current System of Child Protection.

I was wondering today about people with a low IQ, Asperger’s, Autism Spectrum, other such things now classed as Special Needs and Disability Sector.

I picked up on “we know what is best, we will tell them what to do” and “mainstream values are the only values”.

There will always be an underprivileged minority with lots of reasons why it exists. So, how will these people be able to house, feed and clothe themselves if the safety net is taken away? Meanwhile we look at how other countries exist and tut tut about their politics as we send out humanitarian aid.

As far as politics goes, it is a sham now, where are the great leaders of the past?

Gough Whitlam created welfare policies to protect the vulnerable in Australia, particularly women.

Gough Whitlam created welfare policies to protect the vulnerable in Australia, particularly women.

http://www.whitlam.org/gough_whitlam/achievements/healthandsocialsecurity

What is this country producing as leadership for us mere commoners to follow?

This is a reflection on our education system and how our children are being taught and treated in Australian schools.

Bullies in parliament and in the schools, common decency seems like some long ago idealist quirk.

Now it is the individualism of self that is central to existance. The great “I AM”.

I was thinking about Emily’s List and the past ideas promoted as Feminism because I saw Germain Greer on the Today Show and when asked what she thought about the Prime Minister she said she had bad taste in clothes particularly her jackets. I found this very distasteful and unhelpful to any woman.

Germaine Greer is an Australian theorist, academic and journalist, and is regarded as having been a major feminist voice of the mid-20th century.

Germaine Greer is an Australian theorist, academic and journalist, and is regarded as having been a major feminist voice of the mid-20th century.

I thought, my God, she is one of the founding mothers of Feminism, and all she thinks of the PM is about her clothes yet women are living the way they are now because of people like her.

People trying to be superwomen/supermum/super I am, just like the women hosting shows such as Today and having grown up under the auspices of people like Ita Buttrose. There are many very public faces who do not speak about the issues facing women today.

Then I thought about how Feminism was meant to be about women having a choice to experience what men can do and receive what men get paid, we can run further back in time and talk about women achieving the vote or even wearing pants.

Feminism as a political movement is established as giving women equal rights to what men have always had but is it still a place of support for all women these days?

I see that Feminism in its current state has aided ideologies that destroy the whole idea of family and create an exhausted society. Choice is no longer an option for women as they have to work or have a career to be considered a Feminist.

Feminism leaves some women like me homeless, but modern Feminists don’t seem to care, they don’t care that some womens families are destroyed, because of the ideas that rotate around thoughts such as, we are and you aren’t, and that it’s your own fault, these attitudes now exist because we are free to vote and wear what we like these days.

These ideas exist because of working women existing in the marketplace and a willingness to do jobs that impact on other females as ideas such as being a stay home mother and supporting other women in need, fade away into history.

I have to say that victims do exist, it’s very nice to say “bad luck for you, now being a victim is your fault, you pull yourself up, we don’t care who or what or why” the fact is when you’ve been pushed down repeatedly then a government do it to you too, it is soul destroying.

It is easier at 20 years old to wipe yourself off than it is at 50 but it is always hard when there is no one there to turn to.

Although this country is making it harder for people to live, chuck in some trauma and it’s a recipe for disaster.

There are many women in the productive child bearing years who have fallen through the Feminist Political System cracks, to have lives that are now seen as a danger to their children, by the women working in the Child Protection Industry.

These women are looked down on by other women because of reasons such as lack of opportunity, poverty, domestic violence, and mental health diagnosis based on historic incidents in their pasts.

Unfortunately, we are also dealing with racism and that is an issue that Australian people do not like to talk about, because it is much easier to blame the victims.

It seems that Australian’s will talk about racism outside of Australia, but when it comes to our own people it is easier to make jokes about them, or sit in judgement of the actual people, than to really take any action that might help people as individuals.

It is common to hear how they get everything and it is their own fault if they don’t take advantage of the opportunities they get, because they get more than us as white people. You can see comments like these all over Facebook pages.

Yes, they do, First Nations Australian Children are being removed at higher rates than other Australian Children in 2015. They get more removals than any other culture in Australia.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Religions are practicing female circumcision and marrying off children to grown men and we are failing these children who have been brought to live safely in Australian society.

We are so busy protecting Indigenous children from their families that we let a few white children die unnoticed whilst they are in “The Care of the Minister” and we let Muslims ship their children off overseas to get circumcised and married to grown men. Meanwhile, another group of children sits in detention because they were brought illegally to Australia, because their parents too asked our government for some help.

The Grandmothers Protesting Against The Removal of Their Children.

The Grandmothers Protesting Against The Removal of Their Children.

The children around Australia are being removed from their mothers by groups of women who see themselves as knowing what is best for the lives of other people’s children and they rely on anonymous reports, some of which come through mandatory reporting and others which come from vindictive people and gossip.

These two forms of anonymous reporting can interact depending on who knows who, and or, who informs who about a targeted mother.

In this instance the very principles of Feminism have changed to the point of failing these targeted women.

These are issues that the faces of Feminism do not seem to acknowledge exist as women’s issues. One has to wonder then where such women exist politically? Who takes responsibility for the abused and mentally ill mothers of loss?

Are these women now Fringe Dwellers of our society and political systems?

Feminism as it currently exists, has become a part of the whole Department of Community Services existence.

Keeping people employed, the economic revolution, and a modern Working Women’s Feminist Movement, is the basic ideology behind the removal of children from those seen as lesser individuals or unfit parents to the social worker at State Government Agencies such as the NSW Department of Family and Community Services or NSW FaCS, previously known as the NSW Department of Community Services or NSW DoCS.

These agencies work together with Non Government Agencies or NGO’s to create reports that are used in sworn affidavits in court rooms around the country on a daily basis, to remove children from the care of their parents into “The Care of the Minister” under “The Best Interests of the Child” laws using “Care Plans”.

I really think that our children should get to come first, why would you have a child if you did not want to look after them and why can’t we live in a society that supports mothers to stay home with the kids anymore?

The Feminist Movement was meant to be about greater choices for women in society as a whole, but it is not looking like women have much choice, however they can now choose abortions. The shock value in that is society seeing pregnancy and parenting in this very way.

It tends to be that pregnancy and children are consumer options and if you can’t afford it then you shouldn’t do it. Somehow, every other situation is deemed inappropriate and your own fault, by such comments.

I am concerned at the abandonment a child would feel at being left in childcare for most of their young life.

I see a world full of attachment disorder and a detachment in our society from the family, causing a community of people who are unable to feel for others because those who were meant to be there in the beginning were not there for them when they were in infancy and merely became busy weekend parents.

In co existence drugs and alcohol become very real problems in an out of control, disrespectful community, lacking in parental rights, with state agencies ever ready to remove children from their homes and create life long rifts within familial units. Such threats are carried out on bewildered parents daily in Australia.

Exhaustion seems rampant in this modern Feminist society as both parents work to afford such luxuries as a place to live in our growing country and decent food for the table. Alcoholism is a by product of such exhaustion and becoming more apparent as a reason for child removals.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-24/children-impacted-by-alcohol-abuse/6242804

I also think that Feminism has caused a problem in how men think about females, it’s effected our values on both sides, and not in the way it was intended to do. I think equality was once the point of it. I think the outcome has turned to a position that is, at times, extremely detrimental to both women and men, equality has also meant that women now drink as much as men.

It is also clear that many modern working women have become abusive to other females who are not in a position to defend themselves.

It is clear that these women will go to extreme lengths to defend their rights to maintain their positions of power over other women by using their own children against them through removals.

At times a mother of loss would have already experienced these same tactics whilst in domestic violence situations. The women who do this work at the top of the ministry often go on to great political power.

Charities have been the great abusers of the past on our countries children.

Charities have been the great abusers of the past on our countries children.

The Honourable Linda Burney MP has gone from the Child Protection portfolio to become the Deputy Leader of Labour in NSW Parliament, she is thought to be the best person to lead the NSW Labor Party by many, and she continues to be the Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services for Labor.

By extreme lengths I can say honestly that Child Protection Industry Caseworkers, produce affidavits for courts that misrepresent women and blatantly lie about situations that have brought them to the attention of agencies like the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS) previously known as DoCS and a multitude of similar  agencies around Australia and indeed throughout the Western World.

Gabrielle Cecelia Upton MP (born 16 December 1964), an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Family and Community Services in the Baird government since April 2014;[1] and a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Vaucluse for the Liberal Party of Australia since 2011. Upton was the Minister for Sport and Recreation between 2013 and 2014

Gabrielle Cecelia Upton MP (born 16 December 1964), an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Family and Community Services in the Baird government since April 2014;[1] and a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Vaucluse for the Liberal Party of Australia since 2011. Upton was the Minister for Sport and Recreation between 2013 and 2014

I am not advocating for the dark ages, I like the idea of working women, but I have to ask why did women get told to speak up about domestic violence and then get more abuse for doing so? Do the services exist as a perpetual cycle to help themselves or women?

If we were helping women then surely the rates of removals would be decreasing, rather than what we are seeing which is an increase in removals. We would possibly see an improvement in mental health and a decrease in the services needed to deal with the fallout from family violence, including within the court systems. We may even see a changing dynamic within the social housing communities which incidentally falls into the NSW FaCS portfolio for 2015.

Was it a better result for a woman to get hit in the head and keep her child, than to leave domestic violence, speak up, loose her career, her friends, her family, and then have no secure housing, and finally get kicked in the teeth to then have NSW Family and Community Services, previously known as the NSW Department of Community Services take her kids?

Did the woman of loss, not earn enough money to set herself up, therefore putting herself and her children at fault, or should she be shamed for breeding children in the first place by a NSW State Government Public Servant.

Is the discussion about whether the mother should have had sex, or a resultant child? How politically correct is it to state in an affidavit, “that the mother should never have been allowed to have children, and the department should have removed the children at birth”? How does a community develop ideas such as these?

Is it ever about the fathers not taking any responsibility and lying about their behaviour towards women?

I sometimes think that Feminism lost the plot and maybe even became the NSW Department of Family and Community Services and it seems very clear that a political agenda is at play to work against some existing and very vulnerable people in great need.

I think this is very anti social and that the targeted agenda is Gough Whitlam’s social inclusion policies, as economic policy fails to include everyone who needs to work but then states that welfare spending is out of control and needs to be addressed. It could be addressed by looking at the problems governments themselves create by the ugly systems of abuse they generate to maintain government jobs.

Interestingly, it has been the Federal Labor Feminist leaders who have pushed the Child Protection Industry agenda started by the Howard Liberal Government.

Women in great power are responsible for the ongoing stolen generations and the neglect of family rights Australia wide.

Women in great power are responsible for the ongoing stolen generations and the neglect of family rights Australia wide.

These reforms began with the Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory, as the news media pushed out stories showing us raging alcoholism and child sexual assaults on First Nations Children in Australia.

Feminism may have been working for the previous PM, Julia Gillard but it hasn’t worked for all of us as women.

While Prime Minister Gillard introduced the Royal Commission into Sexual Abuse of Children in Institutions, the Royal Commission does not fully realise the abuse of children by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, or that the department is an institution itself.

Julia Gillard previously Prime Minister for Australia, introduced the Royal Commission into the Sexual Abuse of Children in Australian Institutions

Julia Gillard previously Prime Minister for Australia, introduced the Royal Commission into the Sexual Abuse of Children in Australian Institutions

Getting any recognition of the failures of these agencies around Australia and the abuse children are suffering in “The Care of the Minister” because of the behaviour within these listed corporations is very difficult.

I think compassion is one of the things that has gone out with the advent of Feminism. I don’t see equality in this country at all.

Malcom Fraser has become a retired political leader showing humanitarian ideology and I always find he is right on target these days with what I too feel about these issues, and he is willing to speak out. Unlike many others.

I don’t see the Feminist Army advocating for the underprivileged, or for more low income housing or for families to stay together.

I don’t see them helping young single mums out of poor situations anymore, or real outcomes for women experiencing domestic violence to get their lives back together.

I don’t see them fighting for women’s refuges (I am updating this from something I previously wrote and we saw what Tony Abbott, the PM and Minister for women, did with the women’s refuges funding for 2015).

I see funding models and NGO’s, I see women helping themselves to maintain their own jobs in a variety of sectors funded by the Federal and State Governments, at the expence of women in great need of practical help with such things as safe, affordable, stable housing to bring up their children.

I see a need for changes within that provide funds to make sure that women and children leaving domestic violence or without support are given practical help and shown how to get out of poverty and into real jobs that support them, but not at the expense of other women.

I think Jenny Macklin is a terrorist for many families pushing her agenda. In my life, it was Linda Burnie who has had no moral compass regarding my “journey” and that terrorised my life while she was also the Minister for Women in 2009.

Both are pushing the new mandate to remove children and reach protection targets that help to keep their jobs and maintain their roles in Public Office. There are many more Feminists like them and others waiting in the wings.

As one of the women who has missed the boat of financial independence, and a secure home base for my children, and because I was a stay at home mother, who later went on to experience domestic abuse which I had to leave, our countries way of life and the loss of community ideals gives me great concern.

Like many other mothers out there, don’t know what will happen to us, as we age out of a system that failed our families.

Many women are unable to put their lives back into place and have become disabled from the actions of the NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS) and currently the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS) is still creating future mothers of loss.

I am scared of these State and Federal Public Services.

I have worked, I have given my all to my children and partners, I have studied, I’m not an addict but I also became a disabled victim and part of the disadvantaged minority that lives in our country because I lost two of my children to the department.

I have tried to get over my problems and my loss, to be a better human being, but still along came the government into my life, with a mandate to keep their own jobs at the expense of another persons future and that of four children. The damage was accomplished much to the happiness of my ex partner and his new wife.

Having just watched the Hunger Games I realise I am still in trauma, because the people in that reminded me of our politicians, they don’t care about children either. That movie left me in shock. (As I said I wrote this a while back, and nothing has changed except Catching Fire, the sequel of Hunger Games came out, and 3 years have passed).

Perhaps Tony Abbot should talk to Malcolm Fraser, if Julia Gillard can pull in Bob Carr (what a joke/regional Australia will prosper so move to the country) perhaps Tony can consult as well, at least then the Koories wouldn’t be spoiling the ministers luncheon as Malcolm Fraser would probably go have a picnic on the lawn with them these days.

Just joking, but I would like to see a more humanitarian approach by our leaders before it is too late.

( Yes, Tony Abbott came into power and he locked up the children in refuge camps, where they got sexually assaulted. He also worked with Debra Lee Furness to bring back Forced Adoption Policies, some things did therefore change, only it was not humanitarian at all).


 Malcolm Fraser On The Northern Territory Intervention Of Aboriginal Communities.

Former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser has attacked the federal government’s consultation process with Aboriginal communities over plans to extend the NT intervention, saying Australia is “light-years” behind on indigenous policy.

Malcolm Fraser

Malcolm Fraser former Federal Liberal Leader

 

Mr Fraser also called on the Labor government to scrap the proposed next phase of the intervention, which will last 10 years, arguing it ignores the wishes of Aboriginal people.

The government’s Stronger Futures legislation, which extends the former Howard coalition government’s NT intervention begun in 2007, passed the lower house on the day of Labor leadership ballot.

A Senate inquiry is scrutinising the draft laws, which propose alcohol restrictions and a controversial program that cuts the welfare payments of parents whose kids skip school, known as the student enrolment and attendance measure (SEAM).

The inquiry is due to release its report next Tuesday, after conducting a round of hearings with communities and indigenous leaders, many of whom who told the committee the consultation process was flawed.

“I think 30 years ago we were ahead of Canada, America and perhaps New Zealand on some aspects of indigenous policy,” Mr Fraser told AAP.

“We are light years behind now … it’s the single greatest failing.”

Mr Fraser said Canberra-based officials appeared not to have the capacity to “talk to Aboriginal people with respect or treat them as equals” when visiting remote communities.

“It’s the saddest thing that in 2012 the Australian government has not learnt to communicate on a reasonable basis with its indigenous people,” he said.

“Their attitude is `We know best, they’ll do what we tell them to do”.

The University of Technology Sydney’s Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning on Thursday night released a critical assessment of the NT consultations, entitled “Listening but not Hearing.”

The centre filmed 10 community consultations and released the transcripts. The Department of Indigenous Affairs has declined to release its own transcripts.

Mr Fraser, who spoke at the Jumbunna report launch in Melbourne, said the consultations were rushed and accused the government of a lack of cooperation with communities.

“They must remember they are not the masters of Aboriginal people, they are meant to serve the Aboriginal people and the rest of the Australian community,” he said.

Mr Fraser said the government had not sought input from indigenous people about how the consultations should be run and in many cases the meetings clashed with local events.

As well, Mr Fraser argued there was a lack of hard evidence the NT intervention, aimed at addressing violence and alcohol in communities, was delivering on its goals.

He said school truancy could be better tackled by making the curriculum more relevant to indigenous children and by bringing back bilingual classes.

“In Aboriginal communities, a teacher might fly in for one day a week or one day a fortnight,” he said.

“If that was happening to a white community … it would bring the house down.”

The Jumbunna report gives the Gillard government a fail mark – of 26 per cent – for the Stronger Futures pre-consultation, consultation and post-consultation phases.

It said the consultations “focused on dysfunction and despair, characterising Aboriginal people as the authors of their own misfortune”.

“They ignored successful community led initiatives and identified only mainstream values as the basis of a stronger future,” it added.

“Consultations should allow the affected indigenous people to genuinely influence the decision-making processes rather than be a tokenistic mechanism for providing affected people with information about decisions already made.”

It also said documents intended to guide discussion were not translated into Aboriginal languages and were handed out at short notice.

The Department of Indigenous Affairs and its minister Jenny Macklin have vigorously defended the consultation process, describing the 100 meetings as “unprecedented”.

By Lisa Martin, 8th February 2012


Malcolm Fraser The New Radical

http://www.smh.com.au/national/people/malcolm-fraser-an-unlikely-radical-20140425-36ze8.html

Have you been removed from your child’s life?

This has been my experience of family breakdown. I know that although it has been almost six years now that I still deal with my grief on a daily basis.

After the Family Court gave me the Parental Rights and before I lost my child to DoCS and then back to Family Court to sign off on being "Excluded From The Child's Life"

After the Family Court gave me the Parental Rights and before I lost my child to DoCS and then back to Family Court to sign off on being “Excluded From The Child’s Life”

The problem here is that I am grieving for someone who is alive, and I am grieving for my family that was.

It has been a long struggle to get to the place of accepting what happened, accepting does not mean that I have to stop the conversation though and only through conversation will people see any ideas about changing these systems that are causing a multitude of societal problems.

This was me trying to explain to my daughter why I am not allowed to see her. It was a lucky coincidence to be driving down a country road and see her, my friend insisted I say hello to my child, and turned the car around. It is up to her father if I can see her, my daughter asked me "mum where ya been"? It was hard to explain to an 8 year old that a court said I am not allow to see her, I did though, and she responded with "you have to go to supervised access if you want to see me". I tried and was told there was a year long waiting list for Relationships Australia.

This was me trying to explain to my daughter why I am not allowed to see her. It was a lucky coincidence to be driving down a country road and see her, my friend insisted I say hello to my child, and turned the car around. It is up to her father if I can see her, my daughter asked me “mum where ya been”? It was hard to explain to an 8 year old that a court said I am not allow to see her, I did though, and she responded with “you have to go to supervised access if you want to see me”. I tried and was told there was a year long waiting list for Relationships Australia.

This is our responsibility as people who have been involved with these government systems and agencies and the Non Government and Religious Non Government Sectors that have our lives in their funded hands.

If we don’t explain our dissatisfaction with the behaviour of the government and it’s Justice Departments, then we comply with what is done in “The Best Interests Of The Child”.

Relationships Australia did nothing to help me see my child, in fact they would be charging me for the service, and I lived in Grafton NSW, and my child was taken away to live in Brisbane, QLD.

It has taken me years of self work to get to a stage where I am functioning properly that I could take myself off to Brisbane, a city I didn’t know well at the time. When I did finally move to Brisbane to see my daughter, it was the end of 2012.

I went to see Legal Aid, a very nice lawyer explained to me that I was no longer in NSW and the NSW Department of Community Services did not have any legal say in DoCS QLD.

He told me legally I could go visit my child at her school if I knew where it was. Although after what had happened I did not have the guts to do that.

In the end what the Order means is that my daughters father has “Full Parental Control”.

I was glad my friend turned my car around to see my daughter that day because it has been the only contact in six years, except for one other very special day.

The last time I received a phone call from Relationships Australia was in May 2014 at the time I received that call I was marching down the main street of Brisbane with Mary Moore at the National Day of Action, Brisbane Sorry Day Protests.

Relationships Australia is an Anglican Non Government Tax Free Organisation, the people working there supervise Australian people, who pay for the service to sit with their own biological children, and get told by the supervisor what they can and can’t say to a child.

My journey with them began at Coffs Harbour when I asked for assistance with the abuse perpetrator for the child change overs, they did not help me, and my oldest daughter was with me on the day I had my appointment with them and explained what was happening at change overs to the Manager there.

Then DoCS referred me to the Upper Mount Gravatt QLD, Relationships Australia Office for supervision, I was far to sick to get to that appointment, with not enough money to survive after spending everything to get to supervised park visits in November and December 2009.

DoCS offered one hundred dollars for petrol to get there but it would not have got me back to where I lived at the time. Back to the home I had attempted to make for my children after leaving Domestic Violence and then going through Family Courts to see my beautiful daughter again. It was a second rental in a few short years and I ended up being told to leave anyway because of all this trouble.

I was also heavily medicated on a substance that I am allergic to, because the process and the abuse still going on then had seen me Scheduled to a mental health ward in the Coffs Harbour Hospital. I thought it was just me back then, but now, healthier and more internet savvy, I know this is also common practice for people like me, going through these systems.

Park visits and my friend who helped me. Grace was taken three weeks after I was beaten in the street of a country town by a group of teenage thugs. I received multiply injuries.

Park visits and my friend who helped me. Grace was taken three weeks after I was beaten in the street of a country town by a group of teenage thugs. I received multiply injuries.

What I faced after leaving my partner of five years and having to leave my baby behind was a barrage of discrimination practises, volumes of medical, psychological and legal abuse, and a road I wish I did not have to travel. This is all told from a very truthful perspective. The most horrible truth and eventuating circumstance is that I am excluded from my childs life.

The following article by Dr. Barbara Steinberg comes from a psychological perspective and talks about becoming an activist for change and speaking up about the system that you blame for your issues. It also gives you greater perspective on how others see the issue of exclusion from the childs life.

Grief and Ongoing Pain in Parents
Dealing with Alienation

Q: A parent who has been alienated from his or her child’s life experiences extreme loss. Often we are asked by a targeted parent, “How do I deal with his on-going pain?”

Defining the problem

A: First, know that you are not alone. There are others, both mothers and fathers, who have similar experiences, and who are in deep agony over the loss of contact and meaningful relationship with their children.

Second, know that you are not crazy. In our culture we are not encouraged to experience our grief. We are taught to be strong, to rise above it, to tough it out, to get over it and get on with life. Sometimes that is wise counsel if we linger in our pain, and our outrage becomes the complete focus of our life affecting our work, our social life and our spirit. However, the loss of a child whether by death or by exclusion from that child’s life is beyond the realm of most parents’ ability to cope.

In the beginning of an alienation process, we believe, as parents, this is not really happening. We deny that the other parent of our child is capable of these vengeful acts, and we choose not to believe our child, whom we love deeply, would ever treat us in such a hurtful ways. Denial is the strongest emotional defense mechanism we have at our disposal, and it is the one on which we rely the most. For most parents, because they truly want contact and relationship with their child, their denial does not hold up under time or with the reality of the disconnection they experience.

Third, many parents feel confusion, which suggests they are not able to identify and process the bunch of emotions; they are experiencing in their gut. Usually, these can be separated into feelings of deep sadness, intense anger, extreme outrage, and desperate blame. To keep from being overwhelmed by this internal “bucket of worms,” many parents detach from the situation that they believe is an act of self-preservation. Some bargain with them using the following logic, “My child will get what’s happened when he/she turns eighteen so I’ll just wait.” Both strategies are akin to whistling in the dark.

Fourth, targeted parents want to know how to deal with these strong emotions in healthy ways because if allowed to remain unreleased, they often gain a life of their own and emerge at inappropriate and inopportune times toward others who do not understand or deserve the depth and intensity of the feeling. Sometimes, these emotions are held internally. In an attempt to self-medicate the resulting pain, the targeted parent turns to addictive behaviors or substances. Eventually, if strong emotions are held internally for a long period of time, they can convert into physical problems, which plague the individual for the remainder of his/her life.

So the dilemma remains, what do I do with my pain? Keeping a journal or diary is helpful, but strong emotions require active self-interventions. Many parents report feeling relief from their deep sadness by allowing themselves to cry and scream. If you believe this might assist you in your process, to avoid embarrassment, it is wise to isolate yourself perhaps in a quiet, natural place so you can grieve in an unrestrained and unobserved way. It is also helpful to take a sequence of your child’s pictures so you can activate your feelings of loss.

Intense anger is a physical activator so you will need to participate in a focused activity such as bowling, driving golf balls at a range or hitting balls in a batting cage. A less expensive approach is throwing ice cubes at a sturdy wall, an activity, that parents report, gives a sense of relief and release from ever tightening bands of anger.

Outrage describes a parent who feels misunderstood so there needs to be some attention paid to “telling your story.” The problem is finding a receptive listener who has the patience and energy to hear the saga of hurt, frustration and humiliation more than once. Targeted parents can tell their story into a small tape recorder; they can write their story by hand into a journal, a loose-leaf notebook or a diary. They can use a word processor and store it on computer disc, or if they are creatively inclined, they can write poems to their children. Some parents have already published their story in books and poetry.

Of importance here is the intention to alleviate the outrage of misunderstanding that, as a parent, you are unimportant, even nonessential in your child’s life. Also, it is important that you be heard, and that you remind yourself that you are still a parent by keeping your child’s pictures around you. Another approach is to involve yourself in the parenting role with other children as a Godparent, as an involved uncle or aunt, as a Big Brother or Big Sister. Validating yourself as a parent can go a long way to heal feelings of outrage.

Finally, desperate blame is probably the most difficult bereavement issue to process. Some blame is justifiable: the other parent, the other parent’s family, the legal and social services system, your child, yourself.

Solving the problem

However, the only one under your jurisdiction of control is yourself so this is the part that you work with in three separate ways. First, it is critical, regardless of the attitude and reception from the other parent, from the other parent’s family and from your child that you stay in positive contact with them. Civility and cordiality in face-to-face contact is essential regardless of what is said in your presence or behind your back. In addition, sending your child cards, letters and little packages on unimportant days is appropriate. Also, communicating with your child by telephone, by e-mail and by facsimile can be effective. If you have completely lost contact with your child, then set your priority to find him/her and restore contact at least by distance. If this is impossible, then collect items and memorabilia in a special box or trunk reserved for your child and the possibility of future contact.

Second, become active as a citizen for positive change, and learn about the strengths and weaknesses of the system you blame for preventing you from having parenting opportunities with your child. This action may not change the disposition of your situation, but you may make the system a better place for other targeted parents and their children.

Third, for your sake and for the sake of your relationship with your child, it is imperative that you forgive the other parent. Notice there was no mention of forgetting what has happened, or how you have been treated, but again, for restoring your emotional balance and your ability to cope with life challenges in healthy ways, you will need to forgive the alienator. For some, this is a spiritual journey, and for others the path is a secular one. What is important is that you go about this process in a unique way that you believe will work for you so the specter of losing your child is diminished, and your health and well being are in restoration.

By Dr. Barbara Steinberg

 

http://www.parentalalienation.org/articles/grief-by-dr-steinberg.html