Sunday Morning for Sunday 15 April 2012
8:12 Insight: Targeting Early Childhood Education
One of the chief criticisms of the early childhood education funding system is that despite record levels of government spending, some families are still not getting involved. Those families are often the ones whose children most need the educational and behavioural benefits of good early childhood education. John Gerritsen looks at what the government is doing to reach those people.
Produced by Philippa Tolley.
8:40 Yolanda Foster – Locked Away in Sri Lanka
Despite the end of Sri Lanka’s long civil conflict, Amnesty International says in a new report that hundreds of people languish in arbitrary, illegal and often incommunicado detention in that country. This week an Australian man, Premakumar Gunaratnam, says he was kidnapped at gunpoint, sexually assaulted and tortured in Sri Lanka – he claims by the country's secret police. The Sri Lankan government has denied its involvement. London-based Yolanda Foster tells Chris that arbitrary and illegal detention and enforced disappearances remain routine in Sri Lanka, where human rights abuses of all types go uninvestigated and unpunished.
Yolanda Foster is Amnesty International’s researcher on Sri Lanka.
‘Locked Away, Sri Lanka’s Security Detainees’
In Mediawatch this weekend: Warnings that ultra fast broadband might not mean more choice for viewers in the future – and why some critics complain that Sky could corner the market for TV on the internet. We revisit the frenzy that followed some controversial comments about working women in the media last year; and the job of bossing the biggest broadcaster in the world is up for grabs, so what does it take to be director general of the BBC?
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.
9:40 Tony Krawitz – Death in Custody
The documentary The Tall Man tells the story of Cameron Doomadgee’s death in custody on Australia’s Palm Island in 2004. The tragedy proved a flashpoint for Aboriginal anger and Tony talks to Chris about what he describes as the flawed police investigation, the lack of accountability, and the continuing pain for Cameron Doomadgee’s family.
The Tall Man screens as part of the World Cinema Showcase:
Wellington: Sun 15 April, 12.15 pm | Wed 18 April, 8.30 pm
Dunedin: Sun 29 April, 11.15 am | Mon 30 April, 2.30 pm
10:06 Keith Hunter – Justice for the Crewes
Keith Hunter started looking at the records of the Crewe murder case 10 years ago and says there were two main points he wanted to pursue – when and why the police went after Arthur Thomas; and who actually killed Jeannette and Harvey Crewe. He tells Chris that in his review of the investigation, and from asking a few questions of his own, he’s found conclusions nobody has got to before.
The Case of the Missing Bloodstain. Inside an Incompetent and Corrupt Police Inquiry: The Truth of the Crewe Murders, by Keith Hunter, is published by Hunter Productions.
10.40 Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson
Dougal’s pondering whether sporting talent is in the blood – or in the soil.
10:45 Hidden Treasures
On this week’s Hidden Treasures, Trevor Reekie showcases songs from new albums by Steve Earle’s son, Justin Townes Earle; and 71-year-old New Orleans musician Mac Rebennack Junior, aka Dr John.
Produced by Trevor Reekie
11.05 Ideas: The Padded Playground
Have we become too risk averse where our children are concerned or are we still not careful enough? Chris Laidlaw talks to four people involved in the field of child safety. We’ll hear from Professor Mark Henaghan, an expert in family law; the Director of Safekids, Anne Weavers; the deputy President of the Principals’ Association, Phil Harding; and a parent and research academic, Caroline Deuchar.
Presented by Chris Laidlaw
Produced by Chris Whitta
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