Abused mother’s details sent to alleged perpetrator in ‘devastating error’

Mistake forces Queensland woman to relocate and remove children from new school while ex partner remains in jail on remand for alleged assaults

A battered mother and her children have been forced to flee for a second time after Queensland’s Child Safety Department sent the woman’s allegedly dangerous ex-partner details about their secret new life.

Child safety minister Shannon Fentiman said the “devastating error” had been referred to the ethical standards unit for investigation.

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High court hears challenges to same-sex marriage postal survey – live

Court sitting in Melbourne is hearing two challenges to the validity of the proposed postal survey that could lead to legislation on marriage equality. Follow updates through the day

Postal survey in the balance

Follow today’s other events in Australian politics with Katharine Murphy

12.08am BST

It begins – same sex marriage case in the High Court to decide the legality of postal survey expected to take full two days. 10.15am start. pic.twitter.com/lsqtjFubMn

12.02am BST

The crux of the case is whether the finance minister, Mathias Cormann, is authorised to approve the $122m cost of the postal survey despite despite it not receiving the assent of parliament.

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