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.

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.

Passenger manifest and the litany of coincidences in unfolding tragedy

Mo Maslin

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

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.

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

Eugenie Pepper daughter Chloe

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.

Childcare surge but city places hard to find

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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.

Screen violence 'hard-wires' growing brains

Rachel Browne Evidence shows heavy exposure to screen violence in adolescence is changing the development of young peoples' brains.

ACTU wants action as workplace violence predicted to affect one in four employees

Ged Kearney.

Rachel Browne Up to one in four people will suffer violence in their workplace during the course of their career, with the direct cost running into millions of dollars a year in Australia.

School funding backflip a betrayal say angry principals

Schools

Rachel Browne Schools across the public, independent and Catholic sector in NSW have reacted angrily to the Coalition's backflip on funding, with many saying the uncertainty over budgets makes forward planning...

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.

Bid for right to offend bereaved

Muslim cleric Sheik Haron.

Rachel Browne A MAN accused of sending offensive letters to the families of soldiers who died in Afghanistan will go to the High Court to have the charges dropped on the basis they infringed his implied freedom of...

Not everyone's cup of tea

Merrill Fernando

Rachel Browne The high tea has been hijacked. So say connoisseurs of the world's most popular brew.

Heavy burden for IVF patients

Dr David Knight and Dr Sonya Jessup with their 3 month old son Sam Knight

Rachel Browne ONE IN five couples who give up fertility treatment does so because of the psychological and physical burden of the process, according to a major study of assisted reproductive technology.

At home with Gail O'Brien

Rachel Browne The wife of the late Dr Chris O'Brien has weathered unspeakable tragedies but remains determined to see his dreams become reality.

Working from home campaign set for launch

Rachel Browne More Australians will be encouraged to ditch the office for a desk at home under a new federal government campaign to be launched this month.