Rachel Browne

Rachel Browne

Rachel Browne is a Social Affairs Reporter for Fairfax Media

Selective high schools: record number compete for places

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.

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.

Child detention 'cruel', inquiry told

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Rachel Browne, Saffron Howden High school student Bashir Yousufi is grateful for his life in Australia but the Afghan refugee still harbours deep sadness about the trauma he was forced to endure while waiting to be processed.

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.

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.

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.

Expert advises free preschool for all

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Rachel Browne Australia needs free preschool places for all if it is to compete with other developed countries.

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.

Royal Commission: Witness tells of having teeth shattered against sink

SMH NEWS 21/02/2014 Child Abuse - Royal Commission

Hay Gaol - Photograph taken by Wilma Robb in 2005 of a historical photograph from 1965, on display at the museum in Hay


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Rachel Browne When Wilma Robb was transferred from Parramatta Girls Training School to the notoriously brutal Institution for Girls in Hay as a 15-year-old, she vividly recalls being told what to expect.

Dolly Parton's reading scheme gets children working 0 to 5

Rachel Browne, Lara O'toole Toddler Kayla Browne's world is being rocked by the arrival a of a new book every month.

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

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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.

Revealed: the high cost of being charitable

MERC, NEWS, CAROLS  Pic taken 13th December of generic pic of ladies hand donating money to charity..  Pic Robert Peet, Story Kilmeny Adie SPECIALX 00045322

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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...

Domestic violence becoming 'greatest social epidemic of our time'

Nigella People

Rachel Browne A global report showing that Australia has one of the lowest rates of violence against women is hardly a cause for celebration, according to social welfare groups.

Disability scheme's 'unrealistic' pay offer short of current rates

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Rachel Browne Pay rates being offered under the national disability insurance scheme, DisabilityCare Australia, are so low the program is unlikely to attract the necessary number of qualified staff, according to...

Authority denies delaying boat rescues

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Rachel Browne The Australian Maritime Search and Rescue Authority has denied that it delayed assisting asylum seekers on a stricken vessel that sank near Christmas Island, leaving a baby boy drowned and eight...

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.

Under pressure to educate babies

Portrait of Paul and Angela Taylor with their children Mia and Ned.

Rachel Browne Exercise classes that promise to help a baby's brain development, language programs to foster a child's lifelong love of learning, music lessons and DVDs of classical music to enrich and entertain...

Many services fail to clear high bar on childcare standards

Aschroft public pre school. Principal John Koletti with kids all aged 4. (L-R) Rownam Canfarini, Nawal Marouch, Logan Darby and Martha Va'a. 
Photo: Edwina Pickles. 30th April 2013.

Rachel Browne Almost a quarter of childcare services are failing to meet health and safety standards under rigorous new benchmarks designed to improve quality.