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Aged-care homes set for surprise visits

Hundreds of new inspectors will carry surprise visits to nursing homes for seniors across the country in an attempt to identify poor facilities. Extensive audits, in which inspectors will present themselves without warning, will increase more than four times in Queensland the following year News Queensland may disclose. Accreditation audits verify all requirements for aged care centers ranging from food …

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NT politician labels remote work-for-the-dole program ‘modern day slavery’ amid calls for it to be scrapped

The federal government community development program (CDP), also known as the remote "work-the-dole" initiative, was destroyed by Namatjira MLA Chansey Paech, who labeled him "criminal" and compared to "modern slavery". In a passionate speech during the NT Parliament's update talks last night, Paech said he heard from his constituents the way the CDP was robbing people from access to basic …

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‘Landmark reforms’ for NSW to keep kids out of state care

Rachel Miller's mother said the conference process helped her to put in place a structure to take care of her two children, after the Department of Community Planning and Services raised concerns about violence domestic and drug-related issues. "It made me feel that I was in control of the situation and had the support of my family," said Ms. Miller …

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NSW festivals death law reform ‘does nothing to prevent harm’: ACT

"We will consider this along with the other recommendations arising from the recent NSW expert survey following the tragic deaths of Defqon.1," Hanson said. An ACT government spokesperson said that the territory would examine any data available from the NSW on the effectiveness of these laws, its approach would be guided by evidence on how to minimize harm from drugs. …

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Strathmore, Victoria crane collapse: drilling rig hits home

An older couple had a lucky escape after a rig collapsed and destroyed parts of their home in the north-west of Melbourne. The rig was used at a Strathmore shipyard this afternoon when it fell on a nearby house. The two residents left unharmed from the Woodland St house, while the car operator escaped without injury. MORE LAWS AND ORDER …

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Pedestrian, cyclist’s run-in in Brisbane CBD

The group of state-leading cyclists will raise the issue of cyclist attacks in a meeting with the Queensland Police Service tomorrow. Arrives after a cyclist broke his ankle after being chased and struck in the CBD of Brisbane by a pedestrian October 10 Reckless cyclists No Bigger Menace Riders down Movies of the ugly confrontation show James Stevenson riding Hutton …

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