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Baby’s death on Australia’s Gold Coast points to worsening social conditions 30 Nov 2018 08:32 #11570

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Baby’s death on Australia’s Gold Coast points to worsening social conditions
By Gary Alvernia
29 November 2018

A passerby made the horrifying discovery last week of a dead baby girl, nine months old, washed up at Surfers Paradise, a prominent tourist beach on Australia’s Gold Coast. Though the plight of the infant’s parents, a homeless couple, had been known to police and government authorities for months, they have now been accused of criminal neglect and the father has been charged with murder.

While the immediate cause of the tragedy may be complicated, a picture has emerged of the desperate poverty gripping layers of workers and youth in Australia, caused by decades of attacks on public services and living standards carried out by successive governments, Labor and Liberal-National Coalition alike.

The tragedy is all the more revealing because the Gold Coast embodies the obscene poles of wealth created by capitalism, with homeless families living in tents, near sewers and under bridges, close to some of the most expensive homes in the country.

Police say they believe the baby drowned after being thrown into the Tweed River at Tweed Heads, about 30 kilometres south of Surfers Paradise, and was carried onto the beach by ocean currents. Police soon arrested the couple, describing them as “known to the police,” and later charged the father, a 48-year-old indigenous man, with murder. The mother, a 23-year-old former university student, underwent treatment at a mental health service, but police refused to rule out charging her with murder as well.

Police told a Gold Coast court the father had a history of “street offences” and mental health issues, including schizophrenia. He was living on a meagre disability pension. At one point, the couple and two infant children were known to be living in a tent on beach dunes. These facts alone are a damning indictment of the lack of mental health and homelessness services.

Read More Here;
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/11/29/baby-n29.html

Now; Australia is seen by many As "A Paradise" Well it is for the Rich, As for everyone else.................................. :angry:
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Baby’s death on Australia’s Gold Coast points to worsening social conditions 30 Nov 2018 08:41 #11572

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That's some pretty grim shit how desperate or fucked up in the head do you have to be to to kill your own kid i mean seriously why didn't they just give there kid up for adoption
I hope they throw the book at them but at the same time a lot of the blame for this should be placed on the state as well for failing people so hard and allowing these kinds of conditions to exist
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