Child safety reforms still progressing slowly

Friday 18 October 2019

Eureka Street

Trigger warning: sexual abuse, sexual assault, child abuse.
Twelve months has passed since the national apology to survivors and victims of institutional child abuse. Such national and other official apologies for a variety of social calamities are now so common that it makes this anniversary easier to overlook because it is just one among many milestones. It also contained an important symbolic element. Nevertheless, the significance of what Senator Mathias Cormann described as a 'collective systemic national failure' demands that it not to be forgotten.

Child poverty in Australia: Anti-poverty week CSSV lunchtime conversation

Thursday 17 October 2019

Media and Communications Office
As part of anti-poverty week, Catholic Social Services Victoria hosted a lunchtime conversation in the Cathedral Room in the Cardinal Knox Centre with Dr Nick Halfpenny, Director of Policy and Research at MacKillop Family Services. The event followed a casual and conversational format, with Dr Nick establishing the scale of the problem around child poverty in this country: ‘1 in 6 Australian kids under the age of 15 are living in poverty; an estimated 730,000 children.’