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The Guns of Adjungbilly Print E-mail
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ABC - Australian Story
Broadcast: 12/09/2005

The Guns of Adjungbilly - Part 1

'The Tumut Seige'... "One hot summer morning in February 2001 police from the local cop shop went to arrest the 57-year-old on an outstanding warrant. Mentally ill and confused by the uniformed trespassers Jim Hallinan pulled a gun on them. The small community of Tumut had never seen anything like this ever before".

The Guns of Adjungbilly - Part 1
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The Guns of Adjungbilly - Part 2

Broadcast: 19/09/2005

The Guns of Adjungbilly - Part 2
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Anna's Story Print E-mail
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ABC - Four Corners
Reporter: Debbie Whitmont
Broadcast: 04/04/2005

Anna's Story

Four Corners discovers vital new evidence in the case of Cornelia Rau, who needed help but instead got ten months inside a jail and detention centre.

Hidden Army Print E-mail
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ABC - Four Corners
Reporter: Quentin McDermott
Broadcast: 28/03/2005

Hidden Army

about carers of parents with depression.

Messing With Heads Print E-mail
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ABC - Four Corners
Reporter: Janine Cohen
Broadcast: 07/03/2005

Messing With Heads

modern strains of super-strength cannabis are increasingly triggering psychoses, depression and anxiety disorders in teenagers.

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The 'Forgotten People'

by Anna Malbon from the Progress Press October 22, 1996

WHEN nine-year-old "Tom" was asked to draw a picture of himself with his mother be drew her trying to strangle him.

Tom entered the world of adults too early. If he was ever immune to the complications and pain of life that adults try to shelter from children, he says he can't remember.

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"I always feel unaccepted, never good enough or deserving of love, I have major trust issues"

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What a relief to read your stories! It's only since I've read them that I see what an impact living with my sick mother has had on every aspect of my life. She has never been diagnosed. "Crazy as a Fox" is a term made for her. She is brilliant and outsmarts every professional that may diagnose and help her. I think she has borderline personality disorder, narcissism, ocd and she is without a doubt a hoarder. I live in the US. Today I received a letter saying that Indian child welfare has received a report about my family. My mother has contacted them 12 times in the last 8 years. I have been investigated 5 times for my parenting choices and each time have been found a loving, competent mother. I filed a restraining order against her 2 years ago because she called the police demanding to see my children while they were in day care. She showed up at my daughter's school every day last week. I allow her limited visitation with my children because she talks badly about me to them and is inappropriate and basically crazy. She told my younger son that she would love him more but I won't let her. Other members of my family have told me for years to cut her her completely out of our lives. This past June I let her stay in my home the entire month because she had no where else to go and yet she's telling my daughter's teachers that I don't allow her to see her grandchildren. I just turned 40 and it should be obvious to me that she will never be a mother to me. In her eyes I'm not her daughter but her enemy. In my heart I want a mom! Someone who has my back no matter what, who will help me and support me and help me raise my kids. I too have issues that I think stem from a lifetime of living with a sick woman. It is almost impossible for me to say no. Although I have a fulfilling life with awesome support n beautiful children I always feel unaccepted, never good enough or deserving of love. I have major trust issues. I think it's time for me to cut her out of our lives before she breaks us. Good luck to you all and thank you for sharing your stories! I always thought it was just me