The October edition of ACL’s public policy magazine, Viewpoint, is out now. It highlights the crisis affecting Australia’s children as portrayed in a series of special features and columns by regular and guest contributors.

Our cover story features Australian Christian Lobby-commissioned research by family law specialist and child advocate Professor Patrick Parkinson from the University of Sydney who unpacks a host of statistics showing our children’s health and wellbeing are declining at frightening rates. He makes the indisputable connection between family breakdown and poor child outcomes. He advocates for a preventative, community approach to the many ills besetting those, who for the most part, cannot speak for themselves. The other major children’s feature is by UNICEF Australia, which laments our failure to honour our commitments to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Many of our columnists have also tailored their articles to children and youth, including Mission Australia CEO Toby Hall, writing on mental health, Ruth Limkin on the perils of pornography, and Clare van Ryn on what it means to be a teenager in 21st Century Australia.

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen goes head-to-head with Paul Power from the Refugee Council on the vexed issue of asylum seekers, one defending offshore processing as the only effective means of stropping the boats, the latter advocating for onshore processing and community detention as a compassionate means of dealing with unexpected arrivals. Both writers give compelling arguments on a controversial topic.

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