Rachel Browne

Rachel Browne

Rachel Browne is a Social Affairs Reporter for Fairfax Media

Children of affluent people more likely to suffer psychologicial problems

Rachel Browne They are young, rich and troubled and more are landing in psychologists' consulting rooms.

What young people fear most - and it's not the environment

Maddy Stedman, Fred Greer and Kamila May.

Rachel Browne FORGET trees. The biggest concern for the next generation is finding a job to support their families.

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Charity offerings down but people power out in force

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Rachel Browne THE groups that support needy people at Christmas are doing it tough themselves this year with charity organisations saying donations have slumped compared with last December.

Unattractive side to new portrait of young people

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Rachel Browne A new portrait of young people shows they are better educated and smoking less but are increasingly overweight, using illicit drugs and drinking at risky levels.

National Disability Insurance Agency 'saves' money by not spending

Rachel Browne The National Disability Insurance Agency underspent its budget by $18 million in the 2013-14 financial year, raising hope for people with disabilities who have missed out on funding.

Australian kids are at risk of poverty despite promising figures in the Global Financial Crisis

Rachel Browne Australia protected kids during the GFC but an expert warns against complacency.

Lump sum payment for sex abuse victims should come from government, institutions

Commissioner seeks to guarantee compensation: Justice Peter McClellan.

Rachel Browne Well-resourced institutions may have to foot the bill for child sexual abuse committed in other organisations which are unable to provide financial compensation for victims.

Singles and renters most likely to be poor: new report

Rachel Browne A single person living in rental accommodation is at the greatest risk of severe financial hardship, according to a new report which looks at the causes and depth of poverty in Australia.

Pastor overlooked suspicions about paedophile son-in-law, inquiry told

Rachel Browne A Pentecostal pastor may have overlooked suspicions about his paedophile son-in-law because of their family relationship, a royal commission has heard.

100,000 vulnerable children at risk of losing childcare spots

Rachel Browne Almost 100,000 children from low-income families might lose their childcare places if the government tightens work study requirements under the Productivity Commission's recommendations.

Catholic Church recommends new redress scheme for child sex abuse victims

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Rachel Browne A submission from the Catholic Church's Truth, Justice and Healing Council to the child abuse royal commission has called for a mandatory national victims' redress scheme operated by government but...

Surrogacy advocates urge Australian parents to stay calm

Steven and James with Rhyley soon after his birth in Bangkok.

Lindsay Murdoch and Rachel Browne Surrogacy advocates advise Australian parents they could be stuck in Thailand for months while the country's government decides the fate of them and their babies.

National campaign to end domestic violence launched

Rachel Browne An ambitious national program to end domestic violence will employ similar approaches to campaigns that have successfully reduced tobacco use and dangerous driving.

Tough new rules for South Africa travel may leave families stranded

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Rachel Browne Rules designed to stop child trafficking in South Africa require extra paperwork for children before they can enter or exit the country.

Grannies as nannies unlikely if they have to go back to TAFE

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Rachel Browne Are grannies going to be the nannies of the future? Will they want to go back to TAFE? Could it be a retirement earner?

RAAF leads way as first breastfeeding-friendly military workplace

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Rachel Browne A growing number of employers are becoming breastfeeding-friendly workplaces with the Royal Australian Air Force becoming the latest organisation to become accredited.

Families paying the price of a new financial order

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Alexandra Smith, Rachel Browne, Cosima Marriner Life just got a little squeezier for people in middle age. Already wedged between the demands of paid work, dependent children and ageing parents, changes forecast by this week's federal budget have...

Jordan Rice bravery award campaign shows how Australians use change.org

Jordan Rice, 13, let his younger brother be rescued first, seconds before he and his mother Donna were swept to their deaths in the floods in Toowoomba, Queensland
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Rachel Browne John Tyson suffered an unthinkable tragedy in the Queensland floods in 2011.

Vi Robbins becomes Australia's oldest person

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Rachel Browne It's been a long time coming but Randwick woman Vi Robbins is now the oldest person in Australia at 112 years of age.

Baby steps on wages front

Rachel Browne Amy Bell loves her job at an eastern suburbs childcare centre where her days involve teaching, feeding and caring for up to 26 children.