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George Brandis, former NT chief justice Brian Martin, who will head the royal commission, and Malcolm Turnbull announce the commission’s terms of reference. AAP/Andrew Taylor

The NT royal commission: it’s a good start but more leadership is needed

The royal commission's terms of reference hold some promise, but more needs to be done about juvenile justice and child protection systems across Australia.
It will take a whole-of-community effort to challenge child abuse material and prevent such sexual violence and abuse before it occurs. shutterstock

It takes a village: law reform can’t be the only response to online child abuse material

The Victorian government will bring its laws up-to-date with new forms of exploitation and abuse of children and young people that are associated with communications technologies.
Domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty has been engaged by ANZ to help the bank respond to victims of family violence. Joe Castro/ AAP

The banking sector can do its bit to combat family violence

The Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence put the pressure on banks to respond to economic abuse. Now the banks are taking the first steps.
Adoption should only be considered when other, less intrusive options, have been eliminated. Pavel L Photo and Video/Shutterstock

Adoption has a role in child protection but it’s no panacea

In response to the tragic death of four-year-old Chloe Valentine in South Australia, adoption has been raised as a solution to a "child protection crisis".
Family violence is core business in our courts and an ongoing drain on our economic and social well-being. altanaka/Shutterstock

Remove the burden of family violence from the victims, to the courts

We need to support those who are subjected to family violence – mostly women and children – and this must remain our priority. But we must also intervene at the source of the problem.

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