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Author Archives: Mark Bowling

PNG in food crisis

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IN Papua New Guinea, the rains have come and the drought is over, but the country remains in the grip of crisis. It is estimated about two million people are affected by a lack of food and clean water. Typhoid and skin diseases are rife, malnutrition is on the rise, while in remote areas schools and medical centres have been ... Read More »

Help on the way for Fiji

A STATE of disaster remains in place in Fiji after being hit by Cyclone Winston, described as the strongest storm in the southern hemisphere since record-keeping began. The death toll continues to climb with more than 40 dead this week. Last week rescue workers reached remote islands to find entire villages destroyed. The cyclone also wreaked havoc on the Tongan islands of ... Read More »

Closing the Gap

THE eighth annual Closing the Gap report offered another stark snapshot –indigenous Australians continue to die younger, they are out of work more and are less educated than other Australians. Political, community and Church leaders, agree there are some reasons to be optimistic – infant mortality rates is decreasing and more students finish Year 12, but a continuing failure in ... Read More »

Ex-service chaplain: Australian veterans suicide rate are “tragic”

Soldier on guard

IT’S a shocking, whispered truth about our modern military – far more of our veterans take their own lives after returning home than are killed during overseas operations. In the last few weeks, two more veterans took their own lives – the toll is more than 260 since 1988, compared to 46 listed as fatalities in conflict, according to the ... Read More »

Brisbane missionary helps PNG Catholics head to Poland

PNG pilgrims

BRISBANE teacher and missionary Sarah Bunting believes her love of the Church and the words of Pope Francis are guiding her next big challenge.  She has started raising money to send 15 youths from Alotau in Papua New Guinea to World Youth Day in Poland in July. Two years ago Sarah, a woman with a zest for life and a ... Read More »

Business community set to help

Business community set to help

By Mark Bowling QUEENSLAND business is gearing up to provide opportunities for Syrian refugees as the humanitarian crisis in the country grows. The crisis deepened as 70,000 Syrians fled a full-scale Russian bombing assault on the city of Aleppo. Queensland has pledged to take 3500 refugees as part of an Australia-wide intake of 12,000. The Fuller Centre for Housing Queensland ... Read More »