Ashley Bryant’s suicide at centre of inquest into police officers’ trauma

Wednesday, 13. February 2019

Det Sgt Ashley Bryant investigating officer of Masoud Faroughi 33 yrs who was shot dead when he opened his front door in his kellyville home in Febuary 25 ,2006. Copy pic supplied smh,news,191207 Photo: Brendan Esposito
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On December 15, 2013, former police officer Ashley Bryant sent Christmas cards, two weeks early, to his children.

Twenty-four-hours later, he drove to a picturesque national park on the NSW North Coast with beer and a bottle of scotch whisky.

He made a chilling phone call to triple zero, telling the operator he had post-traumatic stress disorder and wanted the effects of his debilitating mental illness to be investigated.

A few minutes later he died by suicide.

“I understand this is being recorded and I suffer from PTSD,” he told the operator in a call played in the NSW Coroner’s Court on Wednesday.

“I now live with the trauma of it and I know this will go to the coroner. There needs to be more things put in place for partners of those that suffer … “

Mr Bryant, through a wavering voice, provided his date of birth, registered police number and spelling of his last name.

The operator asked him if he could wait for police to get to him.

“No, I’ll be gone before they arrive, thank you,” Mr Bryant replied before the line went dead.

His death is at the centre of an inquest examining whether Mr Bryant received adequate support from the NSW Police Force for his psychological issues, which stemmed from traumatic incidents on the job.

The inquest will also examine whether the force needs to change the way it assesses the risk of officers developing mental health issues and how it supports former and serving officers with mental health diagnosis.

By the time Mr Bryant, a “hardworking” detective sergeant with 24 years in the police, was medically discharged in 2012, he had been diagnosed with PTSD, depression and alcohol abuse.

He worked in stations across the state, including Bourke and Ballina as well as in the Homicide Squad.

Counsel assisting the coroner, Ian Bourke, told the court Mr Bryant had responded to drownings, suicides, murders and other traumatic jobs over the course of his career.

He said there was evidence Mr Bryant’s problems dated back to at least 1995, when his wife, Deborah Bryant, noticed he was abusing alcohol.

In 1999, after he was referred to the police’s healthy lifestyle unit for assessment, he told a support office he had blackouts virtually every time he drank and had been drunk at work.

Over the years, he was advised by an array of medical professionals to stop drinking. Sometimes he did but often slipped back into abusing alcohol.

In 2009, the family moved from Bourke to Ballina and Mrs Bryant was becoming seriously concerned at Mr Bryant’s behaviour.

“He told her on more than one occasion that he didn’t think he could work in the police for much longer,” Mr Bourke said.

Two years later he was drinking heavily again and engaging in risky behaviour at work in the hope he would get hurt, he added.

He also thought about walking into the surf and shooting himself but didn’t want to subject his family to the stigma associated with suicide, Mr Bourke said.

By the end of 2012, after a three-week stint in hospital where he was treated for his PTSD and alcohol dependency, he was discharged, medically unfit, from the police force.

Mr Bryant then awaited a decision on whether he would get an early superannuation payout, which depended on whether he was assessed as having a full-time disability.

However in 2013, a psychologist – on behalf of the superannuation fund – assessed Mr Bryant as someone who could also return to work in a job less stressful than police work.

In turn, he would get partial, not full, remuneration.

By the end of 2013, Mr Bryant was drinking heavily and his wife agreed he should move away from the family home.

“Distraught and ashamed”, Mr Bryant told a psychiatrist he had been verbally abusive towards his wife and feared he could hurt his family.

Studying part-time for a law degree at Southern Cross University, Mr Bryant moved into student accommodation in Lismore on December 13, 2013.

He returned to Coffs Harbour three days later and his wife told him during a psychologist’s appointment that he could return home if he stopped drinking.

Mr Bourke said Mr Bryant walked out after stating, “I can’t do this any more.”

“After leaving the room, Ashley must have driven directly to Minyon Falls, getting beer and a bottle of whisky on the way,” he said.

The inquest continues.

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You can keep your Hollywood glam – we like our heroes modest

Wednesday, 13. February 2019

The hit films Lion, Last Cab To Darwin and Oddball didn’t make it. Neither did Kath & Kimderella, Mystery Road, Paper Planes, Snowtown, Holding The Man or The Turning.
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Screen Australia has revealed the top 10 financial performers since the federal government agency starting funding films in 2008. While it doesn’t invest in every Australian film – The Great Gatsby and Mad Max: Fury Road were backed by Hollywood studios using Australian filming incentives, for example – the list is surprisingly revealing.

On top is a film you may not even have heard of – the modern day western Red Hill, which had Ryan Kwanten as a young cop facing an escaped killer in a country town. It was the 2010 debut for commercials and shorts director Patrick Hughes, who has since made The Expendables 3 and the coming Ryan Reynolds action comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard in Hollywood.

Next on the list are the horror film The Babadook (Jennifer Kent, 2014), canine charmer Red Dog (Kriv Stenders, 2011), musical drama The Sapphires (Wayne Blair, 2012) and sci-fi thriller Predestination (Peter and Michael Spierig, 2014).

Rounding out the top 10 are the post-apocalyptic thriller The Rover (David Michod, 2014), war survivor drama The Railway Man (Jonathan Teplitzky, 2013), comic drama The Dressmaker (Jocelyn Moorhouse, 2015), crime thriller Animal Kingdom (David Michod, 2010) and outback drama Tracks (John Curran, 2013).

The report’s writers, Sandy George and Bernadette Rheinberger, note that none of the 94 films studied have become profitable yet. So don’t go into Australian film to get rich.

They also note the top 10 are very different films – different stories and styles of film, a wide range of budgets, with various forms of financing and ways of earning revenue – and that Lion, once the dollars flow back from its worldwide success, will be on the list soon.

When you look closely at what these films have in common, it tells us a lot about what works.

Most of these films take a fresh approach to a traditional film genre – the western, horror film or the crime thriller, for example.

They tell emotionally engaging stories with satisfying – largely upbeat – endings. And they were made by filmmakers telling a story that clearly meant something to them personally.

Some hadlow budgets, which helps when it comes to being profitable. But a good film can still be relatively profitable with a budget that’s big enough to attract international stars, including Kate Winslet for The Dressmaker and Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth for The Railway Man.

Most of these films were acclaimed at a major overseas festival so they had a profile when they opened here. But they still earned most of their revenue when they sold overseas.

Their scripts were largely developed over time – often based on a successful novel or play – so they were in good shape. And these films were made about as well as they could be.

But for every one of these characteristics, there is at least one exception, so there is no formula.

The one feature they have in common is also shared with the biggest Australian hits in local cinemas – a list headed by Crocodile Dundee, Australia, Babe and Happy Feet. It’s also true for such classic films as Strictly Ballroom, Muriel’s Wedding and The Castle.

The top 10 largely centre on unassuming Australian heroes.

Hollywood movies regularly feature heroes facing villains who threaten cities, the entire world or even the galaxy.

They feature characters with grand ambitions: in La La Land, Ryan Gosling’s character wants to save jazz. Their achievements are grand: in Hidden Figures, the mathematicians don’t just succeed, they get the first American into space. In Loving, Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga’s characters overturn decades of institutionalised racism.

Australian films are much more likely to have ordinary people taking on modest foes with their biggest enemy often their own internal demons.

Kwanten plays a young cop with a pregnant wife on his first day in an unfriendly new town in Red Hill. Essie Davis is a mother protecting her young son from a monster who might well be inside her head in The Babadook. Firth plays a former prisoner of war who wants revenge on his Japanese captor in The Railway Man.

Hollywood has focused on “the hero’s journey” for decades. Stories about reluctant heroes who go through stages the screenwriting books describe as the “Call to Adventure”, “Meeting With The Mentor” and the “Supreme Ordeal” right up to “Return With Elixar”.

These are common elements in everything from The Wizard of Oz and Star Wars to Deadpool and Doctor Strange.

But Australian heroes are often loners who face an opponent, do their best, survive and get on with life. No fist-pumping, no triumphalism, no moments that set up a sequel.

The best of Australia that comes out during bushfires, floods and other disasters has fed into many of our most successful films.

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Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer’s $245 million parachute

Wednesday, 13. February 2019

As Yahoo nears its much-delayed vote on June 8 over the sale of its internet business to Verizon, the company released a market statement on Monday, which spelled out the deal for shareholders.
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The filing also served as an eye-popping reminder of the hefty stock compensation its CEO, Marissa Mayer, has amassed during her tumultuous tenure at the faded internet pioneer.

The number was made even more substantial by its release on the date that Yahoo’s stock closed near its 52-week high. As the New York Times and others reported, Mayer’s Yahoo shares, stock options and restricted stock units were worth $US186 million ($245m) as of Monday, according to data in the filing and based on Yahoo’s Monday closing price of $US48.15 a share, well higher than the five-day average following the deal’s announcement last summer the company used in its calculation.

Yet while there is little question Mayer’s equity compensation at Yahoo has been hefty, particularly given her unsuccessful efforts to turn around the struggling internet giant, characterising the $US186 million as special terms Mayer is getting as a result of the sale is not correct, said John Roe, head of ISS Analytics, part of influential proxy adviser Institutional Shareholder Services.

Such numbers have also been tallied before, putting her total in cash and equity compensation during her tenure north of $US200 million. (The $US186 million tally does not include salary and bonuses she has received, or stock she has sold.)

“She is walking away with a tremendous sum,” Roe said in an interview. “But the sum is tremendous not because of a sweetheart arrangement in the transaction, but because of the value the counterparty is willing to pay for Yahoo.”

Since Mayer took over Yahoo in 2012, shares in the company have risen 208 per cent, thanks in large part to an increase in the value of its investments in Asia rather than the performance of the company’s core business. And since Verizon announced its deal last July, shares have risen some 25 per cent.

According to company filings, Mayer holds $US77 million in shares outright that she would have access to whether a sale occurred or not. Another $US84 million in stock options, Roe pointed out, have already vested, meaning Mayer has the ability to exercise them and they would not be accelerated, according to company filings released in March and back in 2015.

Just $US25 million – if one can put “just” in front of a number of that size – is part of the “golden parachute” terms that would accelerate Mayer’s restricted stock units in the event of a sale and her departure from the company. (Roe notes the number of those units will go down slightly each month as more vest; all numbers are based on the closing value of Monday’s share price, at $US48.15.) Mayer is also in line to receive about $US3 million in cash payments and benefits if she leaves the company under the terms of the agreements.

Whether that will happen after the deal goes through is not clear. The company has announced a new CEO for the remaining portion of Yahoo that will not be sold to Verizon. And though reports have pointed to her exit, Mayer has said only that “for me personally, I’m planning to stay. I love Yahoo, and I believe in all of you. It’s important to me to see Yahoo into its next chapter.”

A Yahoo spokesman declined to comment further on the company’s leadership or Mayer’s compensation, beyond the numbers in the proxy.

Still, $US186 million is a big number by any measure, however much Mayer may already be vested.

Yet it could have been even larger: In March, the company said it would not award Mayer her cash bonus for 2016 and accepted her offer to forgo her annual equity award, a punishment for her team’s handling of epic data breaches in 2014 the board said members of the executive team and legal and IT staff “did not properly comprehend or investigate, and therefore failed to act sufficiently upon.” Mayer’s pay cut was expected to be at least $US12 million.

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Mills hammers Grizzlies with knockout blows

Wednesday, 13. February 2019

Patrick Mills hit the Memphis Grizzlies with four knockout blows to lift the San Antonio Spurs to a crucial NBA play-offs win on Wednesday.
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The Canberra point guard sent the San Antonio crowd into a frenzy with a stunning final quarter blitz, highlighted by four three-pointers in a game-winning stretch.

The Spurs beat the Grizzlies 116-103 and now hold a 3-2 lead in the best of seven series to begin the play-off campaign.

The Grizzlies had managed to contain Mills in the first four games, but he broke the shackles with a 20-point haul in game five to enhance his reputation as a big-game player.

“Overall it was just one of those games where you’re fortunate enough to make shots,” Mills said.

“Defensively, [the Grizzlies] do a great job of packing the paint … and they close out hard. It’s daily routine of practising different shots.

“They’re the same shots we had in the first three or four games … they just dropped tonight. It’s definitely a good feeling when you see some go in.”

If the Spurs win the series against the Grizzlies, they will move on to a Western Conference semi-finals clash against the Houston Rockets.

Mills’ $12 million contract with the Spurs expires at the end of this season. The 28-year-old three-time Olympian has put off negotiations until after his bid for another championship.

But star performances in the play-offs will boost his earning potential with the former Marist College student expected to land a massive pay rise.

The Spurs will hope to beat the Grizzlies in game six on Friday morning to advance to the next stage of the play-offs.

“I think the energy we all brought off the bench is what we need to lift the pressure off [Kawai Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge],” Mills said.

“They’re doing a hell of a job. They’re busting their behind to help the team but we need to lift our weight as well. What we did as a bench group tonight is what we need.”

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Boat capsize passengers brought ashore safe

Monday, 14. January 2019

IN GOOD HANDS: Passengers are loaded on to an ambulance at Cleveland.TWO crew and nine passengers aboard a charter fishing boat that overturned on the South Passage Bar have been returned safely to the mainland.
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Paramedics met three passengers, one with a badly lacerated head, at Volunteer Rescue Marine headquarters at Cleveland after the men were returned from Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island.

The bedraggled men declined to talk about their early morning experience.

Senior police praised the braveactions of a police officer who dived into the water to help save those on boardwho could not reach life jackets, saying it was lucky everyone was accounted for.

Water police were called to the bar between North Stradbroke and Moreton islands just after 6am.

Bayside Patrol Group Acting Inspector Steve Hollands said there were potentially direconsequences when those on board were thrown into the water.

“The information that we’ve received is that a water police vessel was the first on scene and one of the officers entered the water to assistin extracting all of the persons on to the vessel,” he said.

“My understanding was the actionsof the officer was very brave.

“With any maritime situation, there’s obviously a delay in getting resources out to them, which heightens the risk, so we’re very grateful that all persons were able to be saved.”

One person wasflown to hospital and nine others have received medical treatment.

OVERBOARD: Two of the passengers leave the VMR boat at Cleveland with a Queensland Ambulance Service officer.

The vessel is being towed back to the mainland and investigationscontinue.

​A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said one man was airlifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital with spinal precautions, while the other 10 were taken to the Dunwich Health Service Centre for further assessment.

Some passengers from 10-metre Moreton Island Fishing Charters vessel Firebird appeared to be suffering hypothermia, according to police.

Boat owner Mat Hubbard declined to comment.

Inspector Hollands said the vessel itself, the Firebird, was resting on the sand bar and would hopefully be retrieved later in the day.


Initial reports to police said nine passengers and two crew were on board when the vessel overturned between Moreton and North Stradbroke islands about 6am on Wednesday.

A police spokeswoman said all passengers and crew had been accounted for but one man had a serious back injury whileanother had taken in a large amount of water.

SAFE AND SOUND: VMR crewman Robert Cooper of Wellington Point leaves the rescue boat.

The Rescue 500 helicopter had been dispatched to meetwater police as they headed to Dunwich, on North Stradbroke Island.

Queensland Ambulance Service acting operations supervisor Logan Smith said the charter fishing vessel capsized on the South Passage Bar.

Water police and emergency services were sent to the scene after an emergency beacon was activated.

Two people were flown to Brisbane by chopper and theother nine taken to Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island for medical assessment.

Supt Logan said one patient had a substantial scalp injury that needed treatment.

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Thornton childcare centre approved

Monday, 14. January 2019

Maitland Town Hall.Maitland councillors have approved plans for a new childcare centre at Thornton, despite concerns raised by vocal residents.
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All councillors except Henry Meskauskas voted on Wednesday night to approve the Avondale Drive centre, which would cater for up to 58 children aged five and under.

It came after someresidents urged councillors to reject the plan, amid concerns the centre would negatively affect the neighbourhood.

Possible traffic dangers, noise, parking and lighting impacts were among the concerns raised.

David Monk told the meeting that he and his wife had not long moved into their new home when they received a letter saying a childcare centre had been proposed for the two neighbouring blocks.

He said there had been a “number of near misses” with existing traffic levels on Avondale Drive since he had moved in late last year.

“We would not have purchased our block if we’d have known a childcare centre [was being built next door],” Mr Monk said.

A report by council staff noted the centre would operate between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, and that the facility would contain indoor playrooms, amenities, sleeping areas, and two outdoor play areas.

There will be a car park with 15 regular spaces and one space for people with a disability permit.

Another nearby resident, Greg Andrews, said residents feared that increased traffic would put pedestrians and motorists at risk.

He said there had been two traffic incidents in Somerset Drive, which also borders the site, since Christmas.

One of these, Mr Andrews told the meeting, involved a driver losing control on a wet road and the vehicle ending up on one of the blocks where the childcare centre is expected to be built.

“We do not want any more traffic in our area,” he said.

Five submissions were lodged against the childcare centre during the public exhibition period, according to council’s report.

Several conditions are expected to be imposed to allay some of the concerns raised by the residents.

Ultimately, council staff recommended that councillors should approve the centre, which was allowed in the area’s zoning.

“The proposal is considered to be in the public interest as it will be providing additionalchild care facilities for the community and whilst the proposal will have some minorimpacts on the area (noting the land is currently vacant), the proposal provides for apositive social and economic benefit for the growing community of Thornton,” council staff noted.

Several councillors spoke in favour of allowing the childcare centre to go ahead.

Cr Robert Aitchison said he understood the concerns that had been aired, but Maitland was an area with a rapidly growing population.

“It’s compliant and we need the extra childcare places,” he said.

Cr Steve Procter responded to residents’ calls for councillors to vote with their conscience.

“I’m afraid we don’t have the opportunity for a conscience vote,” he said.

“We have to rely on the facts from our professional members of staff.”

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Minimising risk, raising well-being

Monday, 14. January 2019

SOPHISTICATED IMAGES: Advances in diagnostic ultrasound mean specialists can detect and manage a greater range of issues in pregnancy.
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Advances in diagnostic ultrasound now enable obstetricians and gynaecologists to detect many more things during pregnancy, a lot earlier.

The result has been a significant reduction in risk to both mother and child and the ability to tailor treatment and management plans.

“We’re now able to see a lot more, a lot earlier,” obstetrician Dr George Angus said.

“Whereas 20 years ago ultrasound could detect basic flows, it can now measure blood flows to the baby itself and its organs.

“High risk can be evaluated, and treatments expedited or delayed, thus minimising risks and providing extra management tools.”

Dr Angus cited the example of a patient who had a big bleeding incidentat 29 weeks into the pregnancy.

“Twenty years ago ceasarian section would have been almost automatic,” Dr Angus noted.

“This year I did an ultrasound and was able to detect that the baby was unaffected and so the mother stayed pregnant.

“This gave the baby more time to mature in utero, and thus reduced the likelihood of disabilities and related intensive care issues.”

Advances in ultrasound diagnosis have resulted in two major improvements for the well-being of women in general.

The first involves endometriosis, a painful heavy bleeding due to the lining of the uterus being in the abdomen or uterus muscle.

“Ultrasound can now see where that’s involving the bowel and bladder and enabling us to start treatments earlier,” Dr Angus said.

The second area of advancement is 3D/4D ultrasound for assessing pelvic floor function.

“Diagnostic ultrasound developments now mean our approach can be more precise and thus management of pelvic floor treatments after childbirth can be more tailored to defects.”

Dr Angus has been a practising obstetrician and gynaecologist for 20 years, is based at Newcastle Private Specialist Centre and holds a Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound.

He is a graduate of The University of Sydney and completed his specialty training at Royal North Shore Hospital, UKand John Hunter Hospital.

Doyle suffers defeat on V8 backtrack bid

Monday, 14. January 2019

DEFEAT: Greens’ councillor Therese Doyle’s motion to withdraw Newcastle council’s support for the V8 Supercars race was rejected at Wednesday night’s meeting.A GREENS proposal for Newcastle to withdraw its support for the V8 Supercars race has been slapped down amid scenes of outrage from East End residents who decried the council’s “shame”.
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The city’s support for the Newcastle 500 was reaffirmed on Wednesday night after Cr Therese Doyle’s (Greens) motion, citing recent crashes in the sport as a reason why the race should not be held, was rejected by the majority of councillors.

Cr Doyle had argued that the sport was a “highly destructive event” that would “cause harm” to the community, through emissions and noise pollution,when it is held in November.

“There are health risks that are beyond what is reasonable,” she declared.

She also argued that the city had committed too much money to host the race when the business case “doesn’t add up”.

“We should be very careful with the ratepayers’ money,” she said. “It’s a party – it’s a very expensive party – and it’s over very quickly. We bear the financial burden for much longer afterwards.”

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Cr Michael Osborne (Greens) said the Newcastle 500 would be “held up as an example in universities about how not to consult”.

“We did not consult with the community before we even made that decision [to host the race],” he said. “The Supercars way of consultation is not the way to go.”

Cr Brad Luke (Liberal) said recent crashes in the sport – which included a 12-car pileup at a race in Tasmania earlier this monththat saw one driver taken to hospital –had resulted in no harm to the public.

“The accidents that you’re referring to, there was no public hurt. The only damage done was to the cars,” he told the meeting.

“Those drivers got up and raced the next weekend. The participants take a risk, yes, that is a fact of life.”

Cr Doyle rejected that.

“It’s quite extraordinary that we can think the risk of a fig tree dropping a branch on someone has more risk than the Supercars,” she said.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, who has been publiclycritical of the state government and Destination NSW in its handling of the race, acknowledged that “the first year is going to be the most difficult year”.

“I’m hoping those communication channels [with residents] are improved,” she said. “Community safety is paramount to that process.”

Cr Doyle’s motion was voted againstby all but Greens councillors.

East End residents, who had filled the public galleries, shouted down the council for its “shame”and immediately left the meeting.

“You’re rubbish, rubbish, rubbish,” one woman said.

“Civil action coming, civil action coming, civil action coming,” said another.

Mum’s manslaughter trial

Monday, 14. January 2019

Newcastle courthouse. A HUNTER mother accused of “gross criminal negligence” in the death of her 12-year-old daughter will face a manslaughter trial in Newcastle Supreme Court.
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The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was represented by solicitor Mark Ramsland when she appeared in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday.

The woman pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and the matter was committed for trial to the Sydney Supreme Court in June.

The girl’s step-father, who also cannot be identified for legal reasons, was committed for trial on charges of murder and reckless grievous bodily harm during a court appearance on April 12.

A raft of other alleged offences, including seven counts of common assault and 10 counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm,will serve as back-up and related offences when the man faces a trial in the Newcastle Supreme Court either later this year or early in 2018.

The man was arrested several kilometres from the family home on September 23, 2015, two hours after the girl’s mother discovered her daughter dead in her bed.

“I woke up about 5.40pm,” the girl’s mother allegedly told detectives.

“I went into [the girl’s] room and she wouldn’t wake up.

“I touched her and she was cold.”

Prosecutors will allege the girl hadbeen continually physically abused by her step-fatherin the lead-up to her death beforeshe was allegedly bashed by her stepfather and put to bed in the family home.

“He has hit her before,” the mother allegedly told the detectives after the girl’s death.

“He mostly takes her into the bedroom and won’t let me in.

“Sometimes he uses something to hit her with.”

The girl’s mother was arrested in June last year andcharged with her manslaughter after detectives conductedan eight-month investigation into the girl’s life in the lead-up to her death.

It will be alleged the mother showed “gross criminal negligence” by knowing that the girl was being continually physically abused.

According to a statement in the brief of evidence, detectives investigating the death alleged that it “became apparent that [the mother] was complicit in [the girl’s] death”.

“There was further evidence alleging [the step-father] had assaulted the victim a number of times prior to her death,” the statement reads.

The step-father remains in custody, where he has been since his arrest in September, 2015, while the mother remains on conditional bail.

Both will appear in Sydney Supreme Court on June 2 to set a trial date in the Newcastle Supreme Court.

Universities encouraged to take care

Thursday, 13. December 2018

Valuable role: Dr Marie-Pierre Moreau said there was a “misrecognition” of care work as ” a disturbance”. She will speak from 1pm on Thursday in HB13 at Callaghan.UNIVERSITIES need to provide moresupport to academics who juggle their careers with caring for children or elderly or disabled relatives, according to a visiting scholar.
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The University of Roehampton’s Dr Marie-Pierre Moreau will speak at the University of Newcastle on Thursday about her recent research project, whichfocused on how a university’s policies affect academic staff who are carers, plus how an academic’s caring responsibilities affect their careers and lives.

“There’s a general lack of awareness and that’s to do with the history of higher education, where traditionally it was a male scholar who didn’t have any caring responsibilities or was able to rely on the support of his spouse to undertake the care work,” Dr Moreau said.

“We still have this ongoing care-free culture, so often caring responsibilities are dealt with on an individual level rather than in the workplace and that contributes to make them invisible.”

Dr Moreau said while academics were“relatively privileged”, their profession was also “very greedy on your time”.

She said she had found the degree of support universities provided to academic carers was usually “quite modest” and depended on “how flexible and supportive your line manager is”.

She said there was also a “hierarchy of care”, with more support provided to academics with visible caring responsibilities, for children.

“If you have an elderly father who lives on the other side of the country, it’s up to you to make appropriate arrangements.”

The result, she said, wasacademics who may feel drained, emotional and distracted.

“If universities want to continue to attract the best people, then they need to be accommodating and acknowledge they’re not care-free workers, they do have responsibilities outside the workplace.”

DrMoreau suggested universities regularly collect data on their staff’s caring responsibilities and use this to inform more inclusive policies.

“What will be the different effects on carers and non carers? Make sure care is embedded in every policy and that policies are reviewed before they’redeveloped to make sure they’re not [adversely] affecting carers.”