Rachel Browne

Rachel Browne

Rachel Browne is a Social Affairs Reporter for Fairfax Media

Scott Volkers' legal team asks royal commission not to recommend charges

Rachel Browne The legal team representing Scott Volkers has asked the child-sex abuse royal commission not to recommend charges against the former national women's swim coach in relation to alleged offences...

Blind woman Gisele Mesnage sues Coles over online shopping website

Coles

Rachel Browne Coles is facing a landmark claim following an allegation the supermarket giant's website does not provide adequately for visually impaired shoppers.

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Legal process will be easier but redress scheme for sex abuse victims in children's homes a long way off

Justice.

Rachel Browne For survivors of sexual abuse committed in state-run children's homes, the legal process will be simplified.

National Disability Insurance Agency 'saves' money by not spending

Rachel Browne The National Disability Insurance Agency underspent its budget by $18 million in the 2013-14 financial year, raising hope for people with disabilities who have missed out on funding.

Australian kids are at risk of poverty despite promising figures in the Global Financial Crisis

Rachel Browne Australia protected kids during the GFC but an expert warns against complacency.

Corporate heavyweights form future fund for dementia prevention

Richard Grellman with his wife Suellen on holidays in Israel
and Hawaii
shortly before she became too ill to travel. Mrs Grellman has young onset
dementia.

Rachel Browne Corporate philanthropists band together to create a future fund to fight dementia, predicted to become the leading cause of death by 2050.

Lump sum payment for sex abuse victims should come from government, institutions

Commissioner seeks to guarantee compensation: Justice Peter McClellan.

Rachel Browne Well-resourced institutions may have to foot the bill for child sexual abuse committed in other organisations which are unable to provide financial compensation for victims.

Sex abuse victim lashes out at church elders at royal commission

ACT Legal Aid's bill last year was $14 million.

Rachel Browne A man who was repeatedly molested by his youth pastor lashed out at church elders, accusing them of using the child sexual abuse royal commission to “justify their failings and minimise their...

Pastor overlooked suspicions about paedophile son-in-law, inquiry told

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Rachel Browne A Pentecostal pastor may have overlooked suspicions about his paedophile son-in-law because of their family relationship, a royal commission has heard.

Singles and renters most likely to be poor: new report

Rachel Browne A single person living in rental accommodation is at the greatest risk of severe financial hardship, according to a new report which looks at the causes and depth of poverty in Australia.

Paedophile pastor could have many more victims, royal commission hears

Rachel Browne Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston told a Royal Commission that there may be more victims of his paedophile pastor father Frank Houston who have yet to come forward.

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.

Students with disabilities let down after funding freeze: union

Australian Education Union federal president Angelo Gavrielatos.

Rachel Browne The country’s peak national education union has accused the Abbott government of failing students with disabilities by reneging on a pre-election promise to increase funding for them from next...

Milk wars - bottle or boob, no need to feel guilty

Breastfeed or bottle-feed? Either way, mothers should not feel guilty, according to Dr Sasha Howard.

Rachel Browne Mums should not feel bad about reaching for the bottle, say breastfeeding experts

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.

Roxy Jacenko: painkillers no easy fix

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Rachel Browne High-profile Sydney publicist Roxy Jacenko knew she had a problem with the painkiller Nurofen Plus when she was eating them by the handful but chose to ignore the danger.

Tough new rules for South Africa travel may leave families stranded

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Rachel Browne Rules designed to stop child trafficking in South Africa require extra paperwork for children before they can enter or exit the country.

National campaign to end domestic violence launched

Rachel Browne An ambitious national program to end domestic violence will employ similar approaches to campaigns that have successfully reduced tobacco use and dangerous driving.

Baby Gammy's mother not getting a cent of donations

Medical expenses: Pattharamon Janbua with Gammy.

Rachel Browne Charity Hands Across the Water is standing by its decision not to give any donated money to baby Gammy's mum, saying the funds are for the baby boy's medical expenses, not her.

Australian woman Laura Bushney claims mid-air sexual assault on Malaysia Airlines flight

Laura Bushney tells of her alleged sexual assault.

Rachel Browne An Australian woman has revealed recordings of her alleged sexual assault at the hands of the chief steward on a Malaysia Airlines flight.