Rachel Browne

Rachel Browne

Rachel Browne is a Social Affairs Reporter for Fairfax Media

Australian governments need to rethink ban on commercial surrogacy

Rachel Browne, Alexandra Back Australian governments need to rethink bans on commercial surrogacy, experts say following reports an Australian couple abandoned a baby in Thailand.

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.

Revealed: the high cost of being charitable

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GENERIC

Rachel Browne, Michaela Whitbourn Almost half of donations to some popular charities are spent on fund-raising, prompting calls for more transparency as the Coalition prepares to abolish the body set up to regulate not-for-profit...

Homeless numbers surge despite pledge

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Rachel Browne Ambitious pledge to halve homelessness by 2020, launched by Rudd government, is failing to reach its target.

What do you want to do when you grow up, sport?

Michael Clarke

Rachel Browne MICHAEL CLARKE, Benji Marshall, Cadel Evans - these are the names that fire the ambitions of Australian children.

Officials 'asleep' on nursing care

Rachel Browne and Vince Chadwick Aged-care advocates fear criminals are using a legal loophole to gain control of nursing homes.

Parents of disabled want more flexibility to hysterectomy ban

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Rachel Browne Parents of women with severe disabilities are being forced to take their daughters overseas for hysterectomies after their requests for the procedure were denied in Australia, a leading...

More with less: welfare groups pessimistic

UNEMPLOYMENT

Rachel Browne Not-for-profits say they're struggling with increased demand as government increasingly outsources services - without adequate funding.

Childcare surge but city places hard to find

Childcare.

Rachel Browne Families in parts of Sydney and Melbourne are still struggling to find childcare vacancies despite a surge in new providers and a record number of children in centres.

Protection orders for children double in decade: welfare report

The number of children on care and protection orders has doubled over the past ten years.

Rachel Browne The number of children on care and protection orders has doubled over the past 10 years.

Assault claims in aged care double

Aged care.

Rachel Browne ASSAULT allegations in aged-care homes have doubled in the past four years, raising serious concerns about the welfare of residents and staff.

Cracks in the aged care system

Rachel Browne ALMOST a fifth of NSW nursing homes managed by the country's largest private aged care provider have been slapped with non-compliance notices this year.

Queensland puts coal before coral

Fish swim past a coral formation on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.

Stephanie Peatling and Rachel Browne A scathing UN report demanding Australia act to protect an endangered Great Barrier Reef is rebuffed by the federal and Queensland governments.