LETTER: Caring for young is a bedrock of society

THE Bully's editor (TMB Tues 26/07) makes a good point in drawing attention to the abuse and neglect of children in domestic situations in Queensland.

Caring properly for children is a bedrock for society. Assisting young people to develop in fruitful, positive and generous ways must rank as one of society's most essential tasks.

In deciding on this theme for his Tuesday editorial, the editor, I believe, would not have known of the Monday evening expose that horrified and appalled so many Australians, the Four Corners' revelation of the treatment of children in detention in the Northern Territory. That the prime minister acted so quickly is praiseworthy.

Whenever children are maltreated, they are in danger of being damaged for the future.

Brutalising treatment can be developmental, and I don't mean in a good way, potentially developing in those who are so treated, the impetus to act similarly in the future.

That we hold the growth and well-being of all young people dear, I hope, is a given for Australia, be these youngsters in the domestic situation, being rehabilitated for crimes, or wherever.

For those who found the Four Corners program excruciating to watch, but still watched in order to move closer to the truth, you may choose to read the recently published Offshore by Madeline Gleeson.

Sad and disturbing reading, but important for those in Australia who want to move closer to the truth.

Terry Beaton

Allenstown



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