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Back-to-school photos can put kids in danger, police say

Parents and carers have been warned about sharing back-to-school photos on social media as they could end up in the hands of child sex offenders. Australian Federal Police Acting Assistant Commissioner Hilda Sirec said even “innocent photos” could end up in the collections of child sex offenders. Further, they can be used as a way...

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Why everyone’s talking about ‘nepo babies’

‘One of the surest roads to success in showbiz is to be the child of an already famous and successful person. These progeny are called nepo babies (nepo = nepotism), and they have not-so-secretly infiltrated countless beloved pop culture properties. Who was your favourite character on ‘Stranger Things’? Robin, was it? Nepo baby. Your favourite...

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IVF in Australia: Even during the pandemic, demand for soared

As Western Sydney shuttered its doors at the peak of the Delta COVID-19 outbreak in July last year, Penrith woman Kylie Cargill was worried about the pandemic, but also determined to press ahead with her plans for starting a family. Kylie, then aged 45, and her husband Rhett were in their sixth year of a...

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‘Cheaper’ childcare laws pass through Parliament

New childcare laws have passed through Parliament, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese pledging they will leave over one million families better off. From July 2023, the subsidy will lift from 85 per cent to 90 per cent for families with a combined income of less than $80,000. New childcare laws will increase subsidies for parents....

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Baby rockers recalled after child’s death

A series of baby rocker models have been recalled nationwide after the death of a child overseas. Product Safety Australia has issued the recall order for certain models of the 4moms mamaRoo Multi-motion Baby Swing 4.0 and rockaRoo Baby Rocker. For the mamaRoo product, the order applies to models 4M-005, 1026, and 1037. The mamaRoo...

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Man dies in Queensland Indigenous community

The Queensland Police Service said the local man died on Wednesday afternoon in the watch house at Kowanyama, on the western Cape York coast along the Gulf of Carpentaria. Police said the 51-year-old had been taken into custody over allegations of domestic and family violence related offences. Kowanyama is on the western Cape York coast...

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New families score upgrades to parental leave, childcare subsidies

New families and prospective parents are big winners in Labor’s first federal budget in nearly a decade, with major boosts to parental leave and childcare. Paid parental leave will be expanded by six weeks through to 2026-27, with two more weeks being added in each financial year – from 20 in 2023-24 to 26 in...

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Brendan and his family sold up everything to buy a boat and set sail

When Queensland couple Brendan and Sarah Ovens first announced their plans to sell up everything, buy a boat and set sail on an indefinite adventure with their two kids, they were met with stunned disbelief from friends and family. “So many people were just looking at us like we were crazy. They would be saying,...