Rachel Browne

Rachel Browne

Rachel Browne is a Social Affairs Reporter for Fairfax Media

Sydney couple on missing Malaysia Airlines jet 'off to see children'

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Rachel Browne, Amanda Hoh The Sydney couple aboard the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight had two young children who were living with their extended family in China.

First graduate of work skills program developed by TAFE and AFFORD

Lourdes Tabone.

Rachel Browne The Australian Foundation for Disability (AFFORD) and TAFE NSW have developed the state's first work skills program to support employees with disability.

Sex abuse royal commission hears evidence of church leader Frank Houston's McDonald's meeting

Church leader Frank Houston.

Rachel Browne The bizarre meeting between the church leader and his alleged victim which resulted in a $10,000 payment.

Hillsong Church to come under scrutiny at royal commission into child sex abuse

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Rachel Browne The popular Hillsong Church will come under the scrutiny of the child sexual abuse royal commission when it examines Australia's pentecostal institutions at its next public hearing in October.

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.

Childcare reforms would still punish mothers who work too much

Tax rates dissuade some mothers from working more than two days a week.

Anna Patty and Rachel Browne Proposed childcare reforms aim to encourage an extra 47,000 mothers to join the workforce, but the Productivity Commission modelling suggests marginal tax rates would discourage them from working...

Sex Discrimination Commissioner shocked by findings of Human Rights Commission report

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Rachel Browne Long-awaited report into discrimination against pregnant women to be handed down by the Human Rights Commission

New app lets parents know whether the kids are all right

Rachel Browne When Matthew Whisker picks his children up from their north shore childcare centre he doesn’t automatically have to ask how their day went – he already knows.

Australian governments need to rethink ban on commercial surrogacy

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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.

Children at risk of sex offenders as parents using overseas surrogacy go unchecked

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Rachel Browne Leading surrogacy lawyer says Australian parents of babies born to surrogates overseas are not automatically subject to criminal background checks, leaving the system wider open to abusers.

Passenger manifest and the litany of coincidences in unfolding tragedy

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Eamonn Duff and Rachel Browne Michael and Carol Clancy had never met Albert and Maree Rizk. Their lives could not have been more contrasting.

Chinese lead way in boost to winery visits

NCH/SMH - NEWS - Hungerford Wines in the Hunter Valley,   General Manager, Adrian Lockhart in the barrel room.   Photo by Marina Neil - 5th February 2014

Esther Han, Rachel Browne Once they came for the Rock and the Reef but international tourists are increasingly likely to add a winery trip to their Australian holiday itinerary, the Chinese driving demand.

Selective high schools: record number compete for places

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Alexandra Smith, Rachel Browne A record number of NSW children sat for the selective schools placement test on Thursday: 13,930 children are in contention for 4188 spots.

NCOSS cost of living study shows poor are left behind

Rachel Browne Anna Patty One in seven people in NSW - more than a million - are living below the poverty line, which is higher than the national average, a new report has found.

Online: Parents urged to be careful with child-related information

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Rachel Browne Proud parents could be unwittingly putting their children at risk by posting images and information online that give away details such as where they go to school and which parks they frequent.

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.

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.

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.

Welfare Critical problem Investigators target worst cases of child abuse

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Rachel Browne The number of proven child abuse and neglect victims rose 20 per cent last year, reversing a long-term decline.