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MH17 anniversary: Russians feel pinch of trade sanctions, continue support for Kremlin one year on — Posted July 12, 2015 21:34:20 It has been nearly a year since relations between the West and Russia plunged to a new post-Cold War low. After Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, suspicion quickly fell on pro-Russian rebels as the culprits.

Numbers of competitive female high school science students soars — Posted June 15, 2015 15:02:09 Nearly half of the teams competing in this year's International Science Olympiads will be made up of girls - the largest percentage by far since Australia started taking part in the event. This year eight of the 17 students representing Australia in the UNESCO-sanctioned International Science Olympiads in Denmark next month will be girls.

Child neglect cases across Australia increase; services failing to support at-risk children — Updated June 06, 2015 05:17:06 Rates of child neglect and emotional abuse are on the rise across Australia but the problem is being largely ignored, child protection groups have warned.

It doesn't take much to find Australia's racial divide on Facebook — Posted June 05, 2015 15:31:18 When the ABC posts stories about Indigenous justice on Facebook, the flood gates open. It would appear these racially charged and hostile opinions are not marginal in Australia, writes Norman Hermant. Earlier this week, I filed a number of stories about Amnesty International's release of a report critical of the rate of Indigenous youth detention in Australia.

Indigenous youths 24 times more likely to be in detention, Amnesty International report finds — Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are 24 times more likely than non-Indigenous youth to be in detention, and make up 59 per cent of young prisoners, an Amnesty International report finds.

Disability advocates call for Senator Mitch Fifield to be 'more forthcoming' over NDIS funding — Posted May 28, 2015 12:07:11 Disability advocates' concerns grow as another federal budget passes without specific details about how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be paid for when it is rolled out in full. Looking at NDIS funding can be misleading.

Last-minute review offers hope for seniors on Federal Government in-home care packages — Posted May 22, 2015 18:31:18 Seniors set to lose out when their federally funded in-home care schemes are changed in July have received a last-minute reprieve. About 60,000 seniors currently receive government-funded in-home care. From July 1, seniors on Home Care Packages are set to have their cover changed to the Consumer Directed Care (CDC) scheme.

NDIS citizens' jury finds scheme successful so far, but with work to do — Posted May 16, 2015 08:09:33 The National Disability Insurance Scheme has been put to the test and the verdict is in. Last February, a citizens' jury spent four days examining the NDIS and 12 randomly selected people spent three days hearing from NDIS participants in the scheme's trial sites.

Budget 2015: Childcare package overshadowed by concerns over proposed cuts to paid parental leave scheme — Posted May 13, 2015 13:29:06 Proposed cuts to the paid parental leave (PPL) scheme to help cover the Government's $3.5 billion childcare package have been met with concern by parents. At Melbourne's Alfred Child Care Centre parent Blair Hobbs told the ABC, as he dropped off his young daughter Macy, the cuts would be a serious challenge for his family.

Thousands of seniors on nationally funded at-home care packages to be forced to pay more or move into nursing homes — Posted May 09, 2015 08:10:10 Seniors on Federal Government in-home care plans have been told they will have to pay more or consider moving into nursing homes if their services are cut when they are forced on to new packages in July.
May 08, 2015

Changes to in home care funding leave some elderly Australians contemplating suicide…

May 08, 2015

Changes to seniors' at-home care packages to see thousands worse off - via @abcnews

May 08, 2015

Changes to seniors' at-home care packages to see thousands worse off… via @ABCNews

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Jul 31, 2015

Alpine ski venue #2022WinterGames - Beijing. Barely any snow. It will look about like this during Games. Bravo #IOC.

Jul 31, 2015

What city did @iocmedia pick to host 2022 Winter Games? Hint: NOT @RealAlmaty2022 with the mountains. Nice work #IOC.

Jul 30, 2015

Spotted on @metrotrains. The newest fashion sensation: The Teddy Bear jacket. Tres chic.

Jul 28, 2015

RT @PercyKaren: By tram, train, car - Comms Min Turnbull travels to Torquay to check NBN. "There was no aerial component whatsoever"

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