If you believe the investigation carried out by Adelaide’s Advertiser newspaper, many parents are smackers but they refuse to tell anyone about it because they’re worried of the backlash. Experts tend to agree that smacking a child is harmful, though their are many who say if it was ‘good enough 50 years ago’ it’s good enough today. If you’re a smacker, are you open about it?
The Country Fire Authority has aired new warning advertisements in Victoria, which goes inside a families burning home and shows their last moments alive. Grieving families and survivors of the 2009 bushfires said the ads seemed to blame victims for not getting out soon enough and brought back horrifying memories of the worst blazes in Australian history. The CFA defended the ads, saying they were confronting yet necessary. 173 people died during the ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires, 414 people were injured and around 450,000ha were burned. Tell us what you think:
Labor Conference round-up
So you probably heard there was a big Labor conference on the weekend. We ran a piece here about the big debates, now, for the big updates. You’re probably aware Labor voted to change its party platform to officially support gay marriage. But not to make that support binding. If someone introduces a same-sex marriage bill into parliament, for instance, Labor MPs can still vote along their individual consciences. They also voted to officially remove the ban on uranium sales to India, despite fierce debate from the left faction. But the fighting stopped when it came to support for a National Disability Insurance Scheme which the Party backed unanimously. The scheme, which will be introduced in 2018 and cost $6 billion a year, aims to provide financial support directly to people with disabilities who will be assigned a single case worker to help them deal with all their requirements such as equipment, schools, workplaces and government payments. Labor also voted to officially advocate for offshore processing of asylum seekers (no mention of its failed Malaysia Solution policy) and to increase the number of refugees Australia takes in each year to 20,000 from just under 14,000. But that target was ‘aspirational’ and not a promise. It also rejected a push by some members to ban live cattle exports. The Party also confirmed its desire to be in surplus for 2013 and blocked a left faction push to expand the mining tax, to broaden its ‘earnings’ for the national coffers.