Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Baseless allegations led couple to flee Australia while under investigation by Families SA
Lazy and inept social workers inflict great harm again
Baseless allegations involving a child's welfare led to an Adelaide couple committing offences which saw them serve jail time in Malaysia, a court has heard.
The man and woman, who cannot be identified, fled Adelaide in August 2014 for Malaysia with their two-year-old son, while under investigation by South Australia's child welfare authority.
The South Australian District Court heard the investigation was prompted by what eventually turned out to be baseless allegations against the man, now aged 28, involving his young daughter from a previous relationship.It led to his young son being placed under an Investigation and Assessment Order, which meant there was evidence or information to suspect the boy was at risk.
That order was initially for 42 days, during which the boy was cared for by the man's parents. The court was told the couple panicked when Families SA wanted to extend the order by another year and the couple brought forward a holiday to Malaysia.
But in doing so, they failed to comply with a care and protection order and had removed a child from a jurisdiction. The man and woman have pleaded guilty to both offences. The man's 66-year-old father admitted to aiding and abetting the couple's unlawful actions.
The couple faced a maximum sentence of 19 years in jail, but Judge Rauf Soulio indicated that any prison term would be suspended
After fleeing Adelaide, the couple was arrested in Penang by Malaysian Interpol staff as they tried to catch a taxi. The couple spent more than two months in jail in Kuala Lumpur. Adelaide's District Court heard the man faced harsh living conditions. He was forced to share a cell with about 60 other men and lost 36 kilograms while surviving on one small fish and a cup of rice a day.
The woman's lawyer said the time her client spent in the Malaysian prison was extremely traumatising, as she was kept in a small concrete space with about 20 other women.The lawyer said her client, now 25, felt at the time that Families SA could have investigated the matter more promptly.
"They felt very helpless and frustrated," she said."[It was] an act of desperation. It was not well-planned or well thought through."Prosecutor Lucy Boord defended Families SA in court as having acted appropriately on the allegations.
Parents in dark over uni sex survey linked to Safe Schools
Vulnerable teenagers as young as 14, including some who had -suicidal thoughts, were secretly interviewed without parental knowledge about their gender and sexuality by a university -research team with links to the Safe Schools program.
The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and -Society, run out of La Trobe Univer-sity, went to significant lengths to ensure its interviews with underage participants took place without parental consent when researching its report, From Blues to Rainbows.
The move has been savaged by education expert Kevin Donnelly and sparked questions from leading bioethicists about -recruiting young people for -research via social media.
Several gay, lesbian and transgender organisations promoted the project by sharing links to surveys on their Facebook and Tumblr pages. It was also promoted via other media, including gay magazines LOTL and the Star Observer, as well as ABC's -Triple J radio station.
Interviews via an online -instant messenger platform were often held during the evening so some participants would not be interrupted by parents who did not know about their child's "gender identity".
"It was imperative that people under the age of 18 were able to participate in this research," the report concedes.
"In order to protect the young people from being outed to their family, the young people did not need to gain parental or guardian consent to participate in the -research."
The report, released in 2014, presents a picture of a highly vulnerable cohort, with half the 189 participants aged 14 to 25 identifying as transgender and 11 per cent as "gender questioning".
Almost two-thirds had reported being subject to abuse or harassment due to their gender non-conformity, more than half had been diagnosed with depression and 38 per cent had experienced thoughts about suicide.
While the project was -approved by La Trobe University's ethics committee, the methodology appears to go against the National Health and Medical -Research Council's guidelines pertaining to the ethical conduct of research involving minors, which recommends that parental consent be obtained when dealing with "children and young people".
Dr Donnelly, who opposes the Safe Schools program, raised concerns about minors being -interviewed about contentious -issues without parental involvement. He said the research participants were clearly vulnerable. A worst-case scenario would be that a participant could emerge as a risk of self-harm, yet their parents or guardians would remain oblivious.
"I would have thought it was unethical; as we know the guidelines are pretty strict for academic research," he said.
"Parents still have primary responsibility for raising their children; as a parent I'd be quite shocked (if my child was interviewed without my knowledge).''
The report, which was released with much fanfare, appears designed to push a case for further rollout of the Safe Schools program - an anti-bullying program that has been criticised by conservative groups for politicising sex education and advocating a LGBTI lifestyle.
Its approach to sex education, in which teachers are counselled that it's "heterosexist" to refer to students as "girls and boys" and children are instructed to role-play gay teenagers, has outraged religious groups and conservative politicians.
The Safe Schools Coalition was co-developed by Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria, which is situated within the research centre but funded by the state government. It is run in Victoria by Roz Ward, a La Trobe University academic and hard-left advocate for LGBTI issues. Ward is one of six authors behind the From Blues to Rainbows report, which noted that participants who did not feel supported by their teachers were more than four times more likely to leave school if they experienced discrimination than those with teacher support.
The ABC would not comment on its involvement in seeking survey respondents.
Bioethicist Marie Bismark, who leads the law and public health group at the University of Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, said that although it was crucial that researchers be able to conduct research involving young people, social media and technology had raised new ethical considerations.
Dr Bismark said some of her colleagues were concerned that medical research council guidelines had not kept pace with these technological changes. "The greatest concern as a researcher is always that a young person may, in some way, be harmed," she said. "I think the ethics review process is a critically important check."
La Trobe University vice-chancellor John Dewar said the research centre had his full support. "It is a centre of excellence in research and has forged an international reputation for the quality and impact of its work over the last 23 years." he said through a spokesman. "The project was subject to rigorous scrutiny by the university's ethics committee prior to being approved and was undertaken to the highest academic standards. As an additional layer of oversight, the project was also reviewed and monitored by a community advisory group, which included young people and support services."
The University of New England, which also took part in the research, distanced itself from the project yesterday. A spokesman said the report was a product of the research project led by La Trobe University.
"La Trobe was the recipient of the research grant and it contracted a UNE researcher to work for La Trobe on the project," the spokesman said.
Depression support group beyondblue, which funded the project, defended the research.
"Sadly the reality is a lot of young adolescents do not have the courage to talk to their parents about their sexuality - some who do are rejected by their parents and are treated very badly and therefore the issue of their sexuality compounds their mental issues," beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett said.
A Queensland university revises the Australian national anthem to feature Aborigines
A Queensland MP is outraged after a university played a revised version of the national anthem at an official function.
Kawana MP Jarrod Bleijie, the state's former attorney-general, says he was attending his alma mater University of Sunshine Coast's 20th anniversary event last month when the re-worked version was played.
The university says the lyrics in Advance Australia Fair don't represent contemporary views, so it was decided to play Judith Durham's version instead.
In her version, The Seekers' lead vocalist emphasises Australia's indigenous heritage, with lyrics like "and honouring the Dreaming" and "combine our ancient history and cultures everywhere".
Mr Bleijie said it was inappropriate for the university to play the new lyrics at an official event. "I'm disappointed and offended, but there were many people in the crowd who I know felt the same," he said. "It's important to make a stand against this because it's wrong."
Mr Bleijie rejected the university's claim the anthem was out of date, given it was only voted on in 1977 and was full of inclusive language.
He said he had written an official letter of complaint to the university and also wrote to federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham.
Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said that if there was wide appeal to change the anthem, which he argued there wasn't, change shouldn't be driven by university activists.
"These things should always be driven by the Australian people," he said. "It should not be indoctrinated from on high."
Get Your Hands Off Our Children
Hot on the heels of the annual parade of sleaze and perversion in Sydney tonight, attended for the first time ever by our Prime Minister, as well as Opposition Leader, and with police and other groups in attendance, we have even more sexual evil polluting our land.
And when this sexual perversion specifically targets our children, even toddlers, then you know that diabolical evil is now running amok in this country. As a parent it makes my blood boil to hear about this moral madness and sexual insanity.
Consider this article about what the sexperts and social revolutionaries at the Early Childhood Australia are up to as they target our children:
Toddlers will be taught about sex, sexuality and cross-dressing in a controversial national program being rolled out at childcare centres and kindergartens next month.
Educators will be encouraged to use dress-ups to explain cross-dressing to kids and may even take group tours of the opposite sex’s toilets as part of the Start Early initiative.
Teachers will use material provided by Early Childhood Australia, and books such as the book Children’s Sexual Development and Behaviour: Pants Aren’t Rude, by Pam Linke.
Suggestions in the book include teaching about sexuality in a positive way as a healthy part of life, ensuring children aren’t forced to kiss anyone they don’t want to and letting children know that “all parts of their body are good”.
Early Childhood Australia spokeswoman Clare McHugh said the program would reduce domestic violence because “rigid views on gender” were associated with violence and domestic violence.
“Children are sexual beings and it’s a strong part of their identity, and it is linked to their values and respect,” she said.
It comes after the federal government ordered a review of a Safe Schools program for secondary students including lessons on how to bind breasts and tuck in male genitalia.
Ms McHugh said the program was designed to “use everyday moments and interactions” to teach respect, ability and making choices.
“The underlying message is to value difference and be open to difference,” she said.
Dr Anne Kennedy, chairperson of Community Childcare Victoria, said there would be a “wide take-up” in Victoria.
She said the material would be handled sensitively and parents would be consulted.
“Educators deal with these issues all the time and the resources help them do better in the way they respond — in a developmentally and culturally responsible way,” she said.
If even half of this is true it is utterly reprehensible. I have news for these despicable social activists: keep your grubby hands off our children. Children aged 1 to 3 are not sexual dynamos who walk, talk and breathe sexuality. They don’t even know what the lousy word means, and have no need to be sexualised and robbed of their childhood and innocence.
As one expert, Dr. Robert McDonald, a retired psychotherapist and medical doctor, said about a similar program in Canada: “Any action which sexualizes a child before he or she is ready is sexual abuse. Therefore so-called sex-ed for children before puberty is an act of sexual abuse.”
Talk about targeting our most vulnerable and defenceless members of society: these sexual engineers should be locked up for deliberate child abuse. There is no other way to describe this sick perversion. It is bad enough when they seek to corrupt adults, but when they target toddlers then that is certainly enough.
The only good news here about this disturbing story is the comments which are flowing fast and furiously under this article. And boy are they ever ticked off – and rightly so. Here are just a few of them:
-Madness. Utter madness. Stop using our schools as platforms for social engineering.
-Absolutely disgraceful and from the pits of hell. Demonically inspired, with one purpose, to destroy the innocence of young children. Pathetic AND it must be stopped.
-More leftist social engineering from a spineless union controlled, government.
-I have re-read the article and I am gobsmacked. It is disgraceful and goes against EVERY single thing to help raise a happy and well-adjusted child, who will then grow up to be a good and contributing member of society. Look at the key words, respect, value difference, culturally responsible, rigid views on gender and sexuality. Four year olds. Who are these women trying to kid?
-Utterly, utterly ridiculous. This is simply a lawsuit waiting to happen. Leave our kids alone.
-Did this lunatic really say “children are sexual beings!!” Sorry Ms (of course she is a “Ms”) McHugh, it’s not “rigid views” which is causing a rise in domestic violence. It’s a generation of boys being raised by people like her, with no strong male models (Ms McHugh enemies), having their minds poisoned with evil nonsense like this. This is madness. No way will my little girls be exposed to this sort of indoctrination, and woe behold any educational institution that will try it!
-A new more subtle form of child abuse. This time parents should shout out we are as mad as hell and not going to put up with it any more .Leave our children alone. No more tolerating so called experts experimenting and trying to socially engineer our children.
-This is outrageous. Any child under The age of 15 does not need this rubbish forced down their throats. If my local child care centre tries to teach my child this, I’ll make sure he’s away on those days.
-PC is dead, There will be a backlash. A minority cannot simply keep on imposing their stupid ideas and expect the majority will just roll over and accept this garbage.
-A predictable outcome from a society that rejects God and embraces humanism. The moral weakening of a society will be its downfall as has been demonstrated time and again throughout history. Nevertheless truth and justice will prevail in the end.
-Rational atheists finds this sort of social engineering to be absurd, too. Research with both young primates and very young children (even new born babies), consistently shows strong correlations between males favouring toys with spatial stimulus (cars, blocks, gadgets, etc), while females favour dolls. Gender differences is not because of social constructs, as regressive leftist try to portray, but due to biology!
These men and women are thoroughly outraged. And I am so glad they are. There is hope yet for this nation when concerned parents and others speak out loud and clear about this horrific abuse of our children. I am absolutely sick and tired of it. I hope all who read this are too.
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