Rachel Browne

Rachel Browne

Rachel Browne is a Social Affairs Reporter for Fairfax Media

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...

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.

Fiona Coote celebrates life 30 years since her first heart transplant

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Rachel Browne When Fiona Coote had a heart failure in 1984, a transplant was the only option. Three decades later, one of the surgeons who operated on the teenager believes heart transplants will soon be a thing...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Children at risk because protection workers too busy to visit them

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Anna Patty, Rachel Browne Child protection workers have complained of being shuffled from office to office to cover staff vacancies, preventing them from getting to children in need.

Royal commission: Department admits children still being abused in care

Parra Girls Home at Parramatta Sydney. Photo shows, some of the buildings.Photo by Peter Rae pmr Tuesday 25 March 2008. SMH News story by Joel Gibson. SPECIALX 44444

Rachel Browne A senior bureaucrat in the Department of Family and Community Services charged with improving the protection of children has admitted young people in care were still being sexually abused by their...

Royal Commission: Witness tells of having teeth shattered against sink

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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.

Royal Commission: Girls stuck themselves with needles and pins at Parramatta Girls Training School

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Rachel Browne Mary Hooker has a photograph of herself taken two days after she was released from Parramatta Girls Training School after a 15-month sentence in the early 1970s.

Royal Commission: Girl tried to jump out of moving police car to avoid Parramatta Girls home

Parra Girls Home at Parramatta Sydney. Photo shows, some of the buildings.Photo by Peter Rae pmr Tuesday 25 March 2008. SMH News story by Joel Gibson. SPECIALX 44444

Rachel Browne Janet Mulquiney was so terrified of the prospect of going to the Parramatta Girls Training School she tried to jump out of a moving police car into traffic when she was being taken to the centre in...

Young gay men are avoiding testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, a new study reveals

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Rachel Browne One third of young gay men have never been tested for HIV or other sexually transmitted infections despite the fact that they are increasingly likely to have unprotected sex with casual partners.

'I will never forget the physical, mental and sexual cruelty'

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Rachel Browne A Gold Coast woman has bravely given detailed account of her time as a 16-year-old in Parramatta Girls Training School in 1958.

Royal Commission: tears as woman tells of abuse in Parramatta Girls' 'dungeon'

News. Victim of abuse at parramatta girls training school (left) Margaret and founder of care leavers Australia network Leonie Sheedy. 
Women who went through the infamous Parramatta Girls Training School and the Insititution for Girls in Hay turn up to protest outside the Royal Commission. 
Photo: Edwina Pickles. Taken on 26th Feb 2014.

Rachel Browne Fay Hillery had suffered unimaginable trauma as a young child, including the death of her mother when she was three, rejection by her father and neglect at the hands of her grandparents.

Childcare apprenticeships proposed as way around skills shortage

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Rachel Browne Childcare workers upgrading their qualifications would have tuition fees covered under an apprenticeship scheme to ease the chronic skills shortage in the sector, in a recommendation by a leading...

Care For Kids recommends apprenticeship scheme for childcare workers

Rachel Browne Childcare workers upgrading their qualifications would have their tuition fees covered under an apprenticeship scheme.

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.