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Senators vote against child abuse inquiry

by Wilma Robb (guest author) on 7 July, 2011

The Australian Senate recently voted against Senator Nick Xenophon’s motion that the Heiner Affair be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report. Listen to Bravehearts‘ founder Hetty Johnston’s response.

Download the Hetty Johnston interview with Michael Smith on the 2UE website.

Download the Hansard excerpt (PDF 263kb)  to read the report of the Legal and Constitutional References Committee discussion and to see how senators voted on 23 June 2011.

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by Diane Tronc (guest author) on 1 July, 2010

White Balloon Day will be held on Tuesday 7 September In 1999, White Balloon Day prompted an unprecedented 514% increase in the number of child sexual assault disclosures. This phenomenal figure indicates that White Balloon Day does raise awareness and protects children against sexual assault in Australia. The humble white balloon has been adopted by Bravehearts as symbolic of the issue of child sexual assault.