The high number of children living in poverty; the housing shortage that sees families living in hotels; and the lives of Travellers, who have an infant mortality rate three times the average, were all raised by members of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
JUST like peace on The Lake Isle of Innisfree, change comes dropping far too slowly in this society — at least for those who do not subscribe to the traditional and rigid conservatism that for decades masked so much inequity, stasis, misogyny, and a publicly trumpeted determination by the most powerful influences to hold the line against the advances of a modernising, Eurocentric democracy.
The western world has not seen an empire collapse as spectacularly as the Catholic Church since the Habsburg and British empires began to lose their unquestioned — and unquestionable — power just over a century ago. On this historical scale the relatively brief terror of communism is irrelevant.
YOU report (June 19) that Minister for Children Barry Andrews stated the child protection issues facing the Joint Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children may be best dealt with through the legislative process rather than through constitutional change.