Anthony Foster: campaigner for child sexual abuse victims dies

Tributes paid to justice advocate whose two daughters were abused by a priest in the 1980s and 90s

The chair of Australia’s child sex abuse royal commission has said he is “deeply saddened” by the death of tireless victims advocate Anthony Foster.

Foster, who became a relentless advocate after his daughters were raped by a priest, was reported to have died on Friday evening from a major stroke.

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1967 was a moment when it seemed easier to tell the truth. We need another such moment | Rachael Maza

There have been few improvements for Indigenous people since the 1967 referendum – recognising us in the constitution won’t change that

I was three at the time, so I don’t remember any of it, but the impacts on my life are profound. 27 May 1967 is widely understood as the day Australia stood as a nation almost unanimously in support of Aboriginal people and their right to be citizens of this country. In fact, never at any other time in this country’s history have we seen such an overwhelmingly positive feeling toward Australia’s First Peoples. 90.77% voted yes in support of Aboriginal people being included in the national census and to allow the federal government to make laws that included Aboriginal people.

Thinking back to this unprecedented moment in our recent history, I wonder at the perpetual state of delusion the nation seems to live under – in a constant state of denial, having to create fabricated stories of the past, hoping to push down the ever-present guilt and shame of past deeds, always on the defence.

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Jared Kushner discussed creating secret communications channel with Moscow – reports

Russia’s ambassador told his superiors that he and Kushner discussed ways to shield White House transition team discussions from monitoring, sources said

Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington allegedly discussed setting up a secret communications channel to cloak contacts between Moscow and Donald Trump’s White House transition team, it was reported on Friday.

Ambassador Sergei Kislyak told his superiors in Moscow that he and Kushner discussed ways to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, the Washington Post said, citing US officials briefed on intelligence reports.

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