1. Further distressing details of newborn baby’s death at hands of teen Dad.
Warning: This item contains details of child abuse and death and may be distressing for some readers.
The teenage father of a newborn baby had been left with his son for just minutes at Bunbury Hospital when he smashed his 27-day old baby’s head against a wall twice.
The father who was 15 at the time has admitted to manslaughter.
The teenager told police he had ‘bumped’ the baby on a door frame.
PerthNow reports that the surgeon who examined the baby said he had suffered the worst head and brain injuries she had ever seen.
The baby boy died in his mother’s arms days later.
2. Disability support payment overhaul.
The final recommendations of the sweeping review of Australia’s welfare system conducted by Patrick McClure is to be released today.
It will recommend that the current system of government payments be simplified into five types of assistance.
The overhaul calls for a working age payment, a supported living pension for people with a severe and permanent disability, age pension, child and youth payment and carer payment.
The reports suggest that income support should not be available to young people in their own right until they are 22 but go to their parents instead.
3. Knox Grammar School provided reference for known abuser.
The second day of hearings into the elite boys school, Knox Grammar at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard the former headmaster provided a glowing reference for a teacher he had sacked for indecently assaulting one student and hitting two others – the reference meant the teacher could work for another 20 years in schools before he was arrested by police.
The reference former headmaster Dr Ian Paterson wrote for the teacher Damien Vance in 1991, tendered in evidence said “Mr Vance is a strong teacher and personality. He is highly experienced and he knows the art and craft of teaching, both in the classroom and the sports field.”
Vance was sacked after he was accused of indecently assaulting a student known as ASD in a room under the Knox Chapel.
Fairfax Media reports that a former boarder have evidence that four former staff members including Vance shared cigarettes and alcohol with students while watching explicit films.