September 2, 2012

Australia Mulls Taking Babies Away

Michael Madigan, Winnipeg Free Press

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A group of Australians has peered into a dark world recently as a public inquiry ponders what to do about one the nation's most intractable problems -- bad parents. The Child Protection Inquiry has heard evidence for the past three weeks in the Queensland capital of Brisbane, venturing deep into a world most Australians would prefer to discreetly draw the curtains on and pretend did not exist. This prosperous state, a major beneficiary of the decade-long mining boom, has been forced to confront the uncomfortable truth we have living among us: a lost tribe of children.

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