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A Violent, Tangled Mess

The Truth is Longer than a Lie by Kieran Carroll Black Pepper, 2015, 90 pages, $23 The statistics on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare websites are frightening. Every year approximately 55,000 children are the subjects of substantiations of notifications of neglect and abuse. One in thirty-seven children receive child protection services. Indigenous children are seven times as likely to be receiving child protection services as non-indigenous children. As of June 30, 2014, 43,009 children in out-of-home care were in relative/kinship or foster home care and 49 per cent of foster care households had multiple children placed. Forty per…

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