Jane Caro

is a novelist, writer and documentary-maker.

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podcast June 19, 2023

Why private schools are ruining Australia

Contributor to The Saturday Paper Jane Caro on why Australia stubbornly clings onto the myth of education equality and the damage it’s doing.

Life June 10, 2023

Underfunded public schools suffer

Rising inequality in the Australian school system is leading to a drop in the standard of education as the public sector grapples with teacher burnout and a shortage of funding.

podcast March 09, 2023

How the family court is failing traumatised women

Author and contributor to The Saturday Paper Jane Caro on the women who feel silenced by the family court, and the changes the Federal government now wants to make.

Life March 04, 2023

How the Family Court has failed children

The Family Court’s emphasis on shared custody has left children vulnerable to abusive fathers, but changes are coming that should put the child’s interests first.

Life January 21, 2023

Treating trauma in Ukraine’s children

Australians have joined therapists around the world to help children in Ukraine cope with the trauma of war, and expand the use of a treatment aimed at preventing lifelong suffering.

Life November 05, 2022

Abortion and reproductive rights in Australia

Access to abortion remains difficult in Australia, and the persistent stigma around this and other crucial reproductive health services puts patients at risk.

Life August 20, 2022

Navigating menopause at work

For many women, the flushes and drenchings of menopause can make middle age a misery and professional life more precarious. Now, finally, workplaces are catching up.

Life July 02, 2022

The right to safety in aged care

More than 40 people a week are sexually assaulted in residential aged care. These dementia advocates are trying to change those numbers.

Life May 07, 2022

The woman who would not give up

A years-long battle to have the psychological trauma caused by domestic violence correctly diagnosed and treated has finally resulted in Australia’s first specialised women-only mental health facility.

News September 11, 2021

Principals under pressure

Even as school principals face more onerous workplace demands, they are receiving less support, leaving many burnt out and disillusioned – and some under investigation.

News June 19, 2021

The effects on women of cashless welfare

Trials of the cashless welfare card are effectively removing an escape path for women who are trying to flee violent and abusive relationships.

News March 20, 2021

Women’s March 4 Justice

Monday’s March 4 Justice against the sexual abuse and harassment of women sent a powerful message. But for many long-term activists there is also a feeling of disbelief and despair that the same battles are still being fought.

Media September 19, 2020

The decline of women’s media

Until recently, women had a sizeable platform through which to share their views and concerns in the mainstream media. Now, with dwindling revenue exacerbated by the coronavirus downturn, is the voice of modern feminism has being silenced?

Comment May 02, 2020

How schools have become political pawns

“As a long-term campaigner for disadvantaged students and the schools that overwhelmingly enrol them – public schools – I was gobsmacked this week by the sudden concern our federal government expressed for these students, and the risk they are getting …”

News December 14, 2019

Women campaign to raise Newstart rate

Six women who have experienced the struggle of living on Newstart explain why they have turned to activism.

News October 19, 2019

How Australia treats complex trauma

Survivors of domestic violence are being routinely let down by a system that misdiagnoses their trauma, leaving many women and children unsupported and stigmatised.

News August 10, 2019

The bullying of school leadership by parents

Where once school principals were treated with deference and respect, today they are often met with aggression and conflict.

Comment June 07, 2019

Flaws in Coalition’s schools funding

“The Coalition won the recent federal election at least in part on its reputation as the better economic manager. It claimed it could be trusted to take care of taxpayer dollars. But does this stand up to scrutiny? Frankly, not when it comes to the way …”

Life February 09, 2019

Sibling sexual abuse

Sexual abuse at the hands of a brother or sister is not as uncommon as society would like to believe. But it is a crime that must be acknowledged – by parents and authorities – in order to help both victims and perpetrators.

Comment October 27, 2018

Running against Tony Abbott in Warringah

“I keep asking myself what I have done by putting up a tentative hand as a possible independent candidate for the seat currently held by former prime minister Tony Abbott. And, more to the point, why exactly have I done it? Do I really have anything worthwhile …”

Comment September 29, 2018

Enemies of public schooling

“It is the secular nature of public education that Morrison and his fellow conservative believers don’t like. It’s why conservative prime ministers from John Howard onwards have sneered at the lack of values in public schools. What they really mean …”

Comment May 12, 2018

Ruining Gonski’s school funding plan

“The LNP have been brazen about their commitment to what they call ‘independent’ schools, including those that charge high and ever-mounting fees. They have claimed their partiality towards these palaces of privilege is ‘part of their …”

Comment December 23, 2017

Religious school discrimination

“A country that permits and encourages private religious schooling should understand that such schools will expect to discriminate in their student admission and teacher employment practices in favour of those who are members of their faith communities, …”

Comment September 16, 2017

Women’s entrappings of high office

“In the past few years, almost a quarter of the small number of women who lead nations have either lost office because of charges of corruption or other criminal behaviour, or are fighting such accusations, or have members of their families who have been …”

Comment June 24, 2017

Gonski’s troublesome twin

“While Birmingham and Turnbull adopted the original funding formula’s idea of an SRS – simply what a school needs to do its job properly – they appear to be using it in a way that risks abandoning the principle of funding schools according to student …”

News February 25, 2017

Gonski funding under threat despite positive outcomes

As the federal government shies away from the full funding of Gonski, the successes of the model are becoming clearer.

Comment December 10, 2016

Anti-euthanasia laws hurt families

“When he opened his eyes and saw his children, he realised he was still alive. He groaned, wept and turned his face to the wall. It seemed he must go on suffering.”