Daily News - Monday 9 December 2013
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will begin hearings today into the Catholic Church’s victim’s reparation and pastoral response scheme, Towards Healing.
Verity Edwards, The Australian
UP to 75 per cent of ministers, pastors and priests suffer from stress-related issues, says a psychologist researching clergy concerns, and up to 25 per cent have taken stress leave or suffered serious burnout.
Josh Frydenberg, The Australian
WHEN the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index recently ranked 148 countries in terms of their regulatory burden and placed Australia a pitiful 128th, Australia's decision-makers were sent an ominous message. Cut red and green tape now or the cost will be high.
Matt Wade, Sydney Morning Herald
Families with one child in full-time day care are devoting about 9 per cent of their disposable incomes to childcare fees even though the federal government spends more than $5 billion a year subsiding parents.
Anna Patty, Sydney Morning Herald
The child protection caseworker vacancy rate has almost doubled this year despite Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward's directive to her department in March to fill all vacancies.
Amanda Vanstone, The Age
Politicians, journalists, indeed all of us, have a role to play in improving our democracy.
Desmond Tutu, The Sydney Morning Herald
Nelson Mandela embodied what he proclaimed.
Debt blowout: Budget deficit forecast to hit $40b peak
Peter Martin, The Sydney Morning Herald
The budget update to be unveiled next week will forecast a deficit of about $40 billion and a peak in debt of more than $400 billion.