Rachel Browne

Rachel Browne

Rachel Browne is a Social Affairs Reporter for Fairfax Media

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.

Elderly are healthy by world measure, but wealth an issue

Elderly Australian.

Rachel Browne More than a quarter of older Australians are struggling financially, a global report into the welfare of seniors shows. It ranks Australia at No.14 out of 91 countries.

Older Australians faring poorly

Rachel Browne More than a quarter of older Australians are struggling financially, according to a global report into the welfare of seniors.

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...

Overexcited fans go off early over casting

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Rachel Browne Hell hath no fury like a fan scorned and the producers of the film adaptation of erotic best seller 50 Shades of Grey received a jolly good spanking on Tuesday when the cast was announced.

Sunrise gig hopefuls lining up

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Edited by Rachel Browne With a ''position vacant'' still hanging over the Weekend Sunrise chair almost a month after co-host Samantha Armytage vacated her role for a weekday gig replacing Melissa Doyle on Sunrise,...

Welfare advocate urges changes to schoolkids, baby bonus

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Rachel Browne Australian Council of Social Service wants money redistributed more fairly.

PETA trio has skin in the game

Rachel Browne It probably wasn't the stylish start Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival organisers had hoped for but their launch was upstaged by animal activists who bared mostly all for a cause on Wednesday.

Sully tells of life with toxic bully

Edited by Rachel Browne Newsreader Sandra Sully has spoken of her decade of torment in the Channel Ten newsroom with bullying from a female colleague leaving her in considerable distress.

Welfare snapshot confirms the have-nots are making little headway

Welfare

Rachel Browne The circumstances for Australia's poorest people have barely changed over the past decade while high-income earners have surged ahead, widening the wealth gap.

How are Australians faring?

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Rachel Browne The latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report has found some interesting results, Social Affairs reporter Rachel Browne explains.

Australians older, wiser - and richer in the cities

Welfare

Rachel Browne Australians are healthier and wiser but their wealth is not evenly distributed, a new snapshot of the country's welfare has found.

PM's $200m rescue package for car manufacturers

row of used cars at a dealership

Rachel Browne The Rudd government is set to announce a rescue package for Australia's ailing automotive industry, aimed at boosting demand for locally made cars.

Childcare surge but city places hard to find

Childcare.

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.

Hands off: doctors take debate over smacking to legal lengths

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Rachel Browne A leading group of doctors from Australia and New Zealand is pushing to make it a criminal offence for parents to smack their children.

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Authority denies delaying boat rescues

boat-rescues

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...

Homeless worst hit in squeeze on welfare

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Rachel Browne Welfare agencies specialising in services for the homeless, legal assistance, the needs of youth and emergency relief are the most strained in the community sector.

Suitable care needed for disabled young

Rachel Browne Jock Watson spent most of his 20s in a nursing home after a car accident left him with an acquired brain injury, meaning he needed constant care.

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

Disabled

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...

Domestic violence becoming 'greatest social epidemic of our time'

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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.