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Regional Queensland hit hard by rising suicide rate

suicide rate

IN the rural South Burnett region, death from suicide has been almost double the rate compared to Brisbane. The region is in the north of the Brisbane archdiocese, yet it is lacking in the vital services– psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health nurses – which can help reduce self inflicted injuries and deaths Between 2009 and 2013 there were 18 deaths ... Read More »

Mental Health Month: Queensland has highest rate of suicide in Australia

EIGHT Australians are taking their own life each day – a deeply disturbing statistic. The annual suicide rate climbed to more than 3000 deaths for the first time in 2015 – and unfortunately this bleak snapshot is compounded by a new survey finding that more than 80 per cent of Australians believe our society is becoming a lonelier place. Queensland ... Read More »

Why a Brisbane university student visited refugee camps in Iraq’s war zone

Rebekah Dowling

REBEKAH Dowling is putting her pacifist beliefs into practise by joining Christian Peacemaker Teams visiting northern Iraq. The young Brisbane university student spent the past fortnight visiting refugee camps and villages close to fighting. Ms Dowling, 23, is the daughter of West End Catholic Worker Movement founders Jim Dowling and Anne Rampa and grew up in a radical Christian family ... Read More »

Mojgan’s future still uncertain as Australian immigration law threatens possible return to Iran

mojgan in limbo

THE future life in Australia for 22-year-old Iranian asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor remains “in limbo” despite her release from detention last month. She was awarded a bridging visa and released into the arms of her Australian resident husband Milad Jafari on September 21 after two years in detention centres in Brisbane and Darwin. It is understood that Ms Shamsalipoor was ... Read More »

Author who claims discrimination by printer refusing to print book accepts decision, says he won’t take action

Dr David van Gend

AUSTRALIANS’ right to freedom of speech is on the line, according to Queensland doctor David van Gend, after a commercial printer refused to print his new book on the same-sex marriage debate. In Stealing From A Child – the injustice of ‘marriage equality’, the Toowoomba-based president of the Australian Marriage Forum, Dr van Gend claims “to lay bare the subversive ... Read More »

Catholic pensioner struggles to make ends meet

Pensioner Mick Sullivan

MICK Sullivan is 77 and has lived an active life.  The Dutton Park pensioner, lives a simple, frugal life, but he does miss a few of the pleasures that he once took for granted. “I love a leg of lamb but I haven’t been able to afford one since I’ve been on the pension,” he said. Mr Sullivan also waits ... Read More »

Catholic mother fined after protesting against coal mining

Coal mining protest

SYDNEY Catholic Maryanne Hemsley said her arrest and conviction for standing up against using coal and other fossil fuels was “a matter of faith”. “It isn’t only up to young people to demand a better response to climate change, it is up to all of us,” Mrs Hemsley, parish secretary of St Joseph’s Church, Enfield, said. Mrs Hemsley was one ... Read More »

Rob Pyne fails to impress parliamentary committee examining his second attempt to legalise abortion

Cairns MP Rob Pyne

IT was less than a stellar performance. Abortion advocate State Member for Cairns Rob Pyne failed to answer questions and skirted others on September 14 as he appeared before a parliamentary committee examining his second abortion bill – the Health (Abortion Law Reform) Amendment Bill 2016. Questioned during a 45-minute briefing session in front of the parliamentary health committee on ... Read More »

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