Adelaide | Jay Weatherill says the history of child protection legislation is “littered with unintended consequences”, and insists his ministerial legacy was to spearhead a move “towards removal of children in circumstances where they’re at risk”.
Last week, his Labor cabinet resolved a general principle “that the interests of the child should always be the first and foremost consideration” in public policy and application.
That the Government should have to reinforce this point is noteworthy in itself, given the embattled Education and Child Development Department’s motto: “Children and Young People are at the centre of everything we do.”
For Weatherill though, the principle was a re-statement of one he enshrined into legislation a decade earlier, when as Families and Full Story »
Comment | A woman who is raped receives a life sentence.
She will never again feel completely safe – either in her home or in public. Her relationships will be affected, her dreams haunted, her soul scarred.
Those of us who have never suffered such brutality can’t really imagine what that must feel like. But anyone who knows a sexual assault survivor understands that there is no early release for them.
This month in Adelaide, the Court of Criminal Appeal overturned the 18-year sentence imposed on a rapist, reducing it to 15 years with a non-parole period of 10.
In 1999, the man had broken into a woman’s house, armed himself with a knife, tied her up with duct tape and sexually assaulted her more than 100 times in multiple different ways over four hours. The victim said she thought sh Full Story »
MUSIC | In a music buying industry now dominated by iTunes and music streaming sites such as Spotify, Napster, Pandora and Jay-Z’s recently released Tidal, the CD and physical music store are reportedly in sharp (and potentially terminal) decline.
But a curious development in music consumption has seen vinyl, the format ostensibly rendered extinct by the compact disc with its “perfect” digital sound, make an unlikely, but significant, cultural and commercial comeback.
In an era in which even digital album sales have fallen, vinyl has bucked the trend. In 2014, record sales grew by more than 50 per cent to hit more than a million, the highest since 1996 – and the upward curve has continued in 2015.
Of course, there were those who never lost faith in the format. Vinyl is at the hear Full Story »