The Australian Army is about to medically discharge a senior soldier for mental health with inadequate access to healthcare or financial assistance despite being fully incapacitated for work. The Department of Veterans Affairs disputes which legislation liability for injuries sustained from 3 deployments and a 17 year career should be accepted under. Whilst the decision is being appealed the soldier who served 13 years in Special Operations will have no income support from DVA. This process has caused significant hardship, duress and deterioration in return for faithful and diligent service and has affected other service personnel in the medical discharge process.
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I'm melting, but extreme heat causes significant stress particularly for all animals. Place the container in an area where animals are protected from predators when drinking e.g. near a shrub or bush and keep your pets away from this area so that animals can drink undisturbed. Please SHARE far and wide. Thank you.
You asked for it, and we’ve delivered! Introducing our new Bolognese Garlic Baguette, your favourite classic Garlic Bread with Aussie ground beef, rich bolognese sauce and tasty mozzarella cheese. Available now!
Connie gets to have cancer in hospital today. I get this. And she tells me she's the lucky one? Proud to be flying the flag for you while you're crook, Connie. I hope this pic cheers you somewhat. About a million people have asked me to send you their love, so here's a slice of it. Love forever big sis, xsam
We need your help to find our missing Sooty Owl Oscar!
Oscar went missing on Monday during his routine free flight show. Immediately after he was hanging around in trees in the zoo and continued to do so until nightfall. Two of our keepers stayed in the area with him until late. As the sun went down, he stirred and went for a fly trying to get down to one of his carers, instead landing in a group of trees near the Nocturnal House.
Arriving from Cairns Tropical Zoo last year, Oscar is not very familiar with the area so our Nature Theatre team have been conducting searches from dawn to dusk to find our beautiful nocturnal friend. Our overnight security team are also keeping their eyes peeled, as are our friends from the Adelaide Botanic Garden.
Oscar's keepers ask that you please keep an eye out for a beautiful grey owl with enormous dark eyes who looks like he could have been cast in the movie 'Dark Crystal'. Oscar is a ten-year-old owl who is an experienced free flight bird. During the day, he will be roosting high in a tree underneath the canopy. It would be unusual for him to move around throughout the day; however other local birds might spot him and carry on about it, so please look out for strange behaviour as well.
His keepers are leaving his accommodation open should he decide he’s had enough of an excursion and wants to return home for some creature comforts. If you spot Oscar, please call us on 8267 3255 during business hours or leave a comment below after hours. Please share this post so we can reach as many people as possible to make sure Oscar is safe.
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David Bradford brutally stabbed to death his wife Teresa, just 2 weeks after he was released on bail.
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Bradford 52, savagely beat Teresa 40, into unconsciousness and attempted to strangle her whilst she was on the ground in November 2016.
He was taken into custody, but released on bail 44 days later on January 12th 2017.
2 weeks later he stabbed his estranged wife to death and then killed himself.
Tell me something, how does someone who was charged with four domestic violence offences including choking, assault occasioning bodily harm, deprivation of liberty and common assault POSSIBLY GET BAIL ?
No seriously, how ?
Well perhaps that is a question for the magistrate who apparently thought he posed no risk.
Teresa's friends knew he was a danger to her, she was packing to move to new accommodation. They raised money to help her and said that Teresa was very afraid of David.
His bail conditions prevented him from coming within 100 metres of her.
He did anyway. Bail conditions and protection orders do not protect you from someone who wants to kill you.
Teresa's worst fears came to life.... it is believed that early Tuesday morning David broke into her home and stabbed her to death before taking his own life.
He did so while the children were in the home, it is not known if they witnessed the horror, but it is known they found the bodies, because it was them who raised the alarm with neighbours.
It is believed 3 of Teresa's 4 children, whose ages range from 7 - 19, were in the house at the time of the horror and raised the alarm with neighbours. Imagine the hell those poor kids have to live with now, imagine the PTSD they will endure for the rest of their young lives. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them.
As always if anyone knows these kids please let them know that FACAA would be more than happy to offer them the fullest of our support with our Phoenix Survivors programs.
We're left with the question on everyone's lips... How does someone violently attack their partner and still get granted bail by a specialist family violence magistrate, in a specialist family violence court? And Despite Teresa knowing he would come after her and try to kill her and despite the police strongly opposing the bail, due to his "fragile mental state" a specialist domestic violence magistrate still decided it was an acceptable risk to allow this man back on the street.
In our opinion the magistrate got it VERY WRONG? What was going through their mind when they set this violent coward free ?
More importantly what will happen as a result of this incredibly dangerous decision, that cost a woman her life and cost 4 children, a loving mother and any hope of escaping this without lifelong trauma ?
The answer currently ......NOT A SINGLE THING.
I say currently... because if you look the magistrate's name has been kept out of the press, which means the specialist family violence magistrate sitting in the Southport Domestic Violence court who let a violent offender walk free, will not be held accountable.
Teresa Bradford is the 5th Gold Coast woman to be murdered by her partner in just 16 months.
If you or I released a violent dog into someone's home and it bit the home owner, we would be charged and the dog put down, AND RIGHTFULLY SO.
Yet time and time again our judges and parole boards let out offenders that they know, based on past behaviour, will hurt others and not a single thing happens to them.... Why ?
Seriously, think about it, Jill Meagher would still be with us if the parole board had done their job and kept her killer locked behind bars, like every evaluation said they should. Daniel Morcombe too would still be with us if a judge had listened and not released Brett Peter Cowan, known child rapist, out of prison.
Yet they did.... there are countless more examples of precious, irreplaceable lives being lost because a magistrate somewhere decided to go against recommendations and release an offender that was always going to reoffend...... and still nothing is being done.
Well we at FACAA have had enough of this injustice, we have had enough of preventable rapes and murders. It is time that magistrates who go against the recommendations of experts and make these dreadful decisions be made to answer for them.
We have started a petition demanding that judges face accountability for their actions!
You can sign it here https://www.change.org/p/hon-george-brandis-judges-must-be-held-accountable-in-australia
Please sign and share the petition to everyone you know. Once we reach our goal of 75 thousand signatures we will print every single one out and hand them to George Brandis (or whomever is the attorney general in power at the time) and demand they hold judges and parole boards accountable for their actions !
WE HAVE ALL HAD ENOUGH ! HOW MANY MORE LIVES MUST BE LOST BEFORE THIS IS TAKEN SERIOUSLY?
Stop letting violent offenders out on bail or parole ! Stop giving bail and parole to repeat child abusers ! They can not be rehabilitated, they can not be fixed !
Put the safety of our children and the general public before the rights of offenders to be free ! The moment they commit their horrific acts they should forfeit that right anyway !
Rest in Peace Teresa Bradford, your death will fuel FACAA's fire to end all child abuse (DV IS CHILD ABUSE) and stop abusers from getting bail or parole !
Our thoughts and prayers go out to your children and extended family.
We hope your children can one day find the peace they deserve.
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How do you help to heal a city? This Friday, from 10am to 10pm, Bourke street mall will be filled with beautiful music from all of the Bourke Street Buskers, with every cent they make going to the Bourke Street Fund to help support the families who lost their loved ones. There is going to be a compilation CD for sale. The name of the CD is "Melbourne We Love You." It will be a double CD and will have 31 songs on it with one song from each busker/group playing on the day. If you'd all be awesome and S~H-A~R-E this to help make more people aware that would be amazing.
I want to send my condolences to the family of the lady who passed away today. I am sure everyone's thoughts and love are with you xoxo
Flight attendant Shelia Fedrick felt something wasn't right when she saw a young teenage girl sitting by the window. "She looked like she'd been through pure hell," she says. Her suspicions worsened when she noticed the girl was travelling with a well-dressed older man. After Shelia's attempts to engage with the man were met with defensiveness, she took matters into her own hands, leaving a note in one of the bathrooms. The young girl wrote back claiming "I need help." Ms Fedrick alerted the pilot and police were ready and waiting at the terminal when the plane landed. #9ACA