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Queensland Catholic school leaders frustrated by ‘confusing’ Gonski 2.0 funding model

school funding

CATHOLIC school executives and principals are privately expressing frustration at the Federal Government’s new funding model, because they are unable to accurately plan school finances. Parents too are approaching Catholic schools concerned that fees could rise under the funding shake-up – known as Gonski 2.0 – even though the budget promise is that it will deliver an $18.2 billion boost ... Read More »

Budget critics hit out at ‘deliberate humiliation’ of young people and older Australians

Budget concerns

THE 2017 federal budget offers no new hope to those on the margins of society, especially those without work, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said. “A lack of regard for the poor and marginalised alienates them from society rather than allowing them to participate fully within it,” ACBC president Archbishop Denis Hart said. Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison defended Budget 2017, handed ... Read More »

Mater hospital to give round-the-clock care for pregnant mothers until six weeks after birth

pregnancy centre opening

MATER Mothers’ Hospital has opened Queensland’s first, purpose-built 24/7 pregnancy centre to care for women with complications from the start of pregnancy through until six weeks after birth. In Australia, as many as one in four women expecting a baby experience complications early in pregnancy – from conception to 20 weeks gestation. Most women in this situation attend emergency departments ... Read More »

Catholic schools are mobilising against new Gonski funding plan

Canberra Catholic school parents at a forum

CATHOLIC schools are mobilising for a major campaign against the Federal Government’s so-called Gonski 2.0 10-year funding plan, which would force them to raise fees, and could result in school closures and pressure parents to shift children to public schools. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham unveiled the plan on May 2, but without consulting Catholic school authorities or providing details ... Read More »

Removal of gambling ads during live sports coverage applauded

Gambling ban

A CRACKDOWN on gambling ads on live sports coverage is being viewed as a small step forward in curbing problem gambling and making sport-watching more family-friendly. “Parents all around Australia will be delighted when they know that during football matches and cricket matches, live sporting events before 8.30, there’ll be no more gambling ads,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on ... Read More »

Budget 2017: What’s sweet and what’s sour for Catholics across Australia

FAIRNESS, opportunity and security for Australians was the catchphrase in yesterday’s Federal Government budget announcement, but not everyone is convinced.   The Catholic Leader journalist Mark Bowling has analysed the key issues that could concern Catholics around the country and the responses from Australian Catholic agencies and charities. Banks Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has hit the big five banks with a $6.2 billion tax, ... Read More »

Church opens centre for child victims of domestic violence in Papua New Guinea

St Mary's Home for Vulnerable Children will open in Papua New Guinea

A NEW focus on domestic violence in Papua New Guinea has revealed the Church at the forefront of providing for child victims. In a country where Human Rights Watch estimates 70 per cent of women are raped during their lifetime, the Archdiocese of Mt Hagen has built a care centre for vulnerable children, which its Australian designer says could be ... Read More »

Survey shows rental prices are out of reach for people on low incomes

People with low income face stress in the private rental market

IN the run-up to this year’s Federal Budget on May 9, an annual survey shows that rental affordability for low-income owners has reached crisis point. In Queensland, where more people rent than in any other state, the eighth annual rental affordability snapshot released by Anglicare tallies with evidence from the St Vincent de Paul Society that low-income earners and welfare recipients are ... Read More »

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