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Lone father does not support Qld govt’s domestic violence taskforce

Michael Ord slideshow

MICHAEL Ord has not seen his three children for a decade.  “They are grown now and do not want to have contact,” he said. Mr Ord runs the Brisbane branch of the Lone Fathers Association of Australia, and he offers a different perspective on the campaign to eradicate domestic violence. He is not a supporter of the State Government taskforce that ... Read More »

Violence against indigenous women a growing epidemic

indigenous violence

BLACK eyes, stabbings and sexual assaults.  These are the common attacks on women and children in Queensland’s indigenous communities, inflicted with such prevalence by spouses that domestic violence is considered to be part of “every day” life. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised from domestic violence and 10 times more likely to ... Read More »

Toowoomba muso Josh Arnold strikes a chord with Catholic schools

Josh Arnold

JOSH Arnold grew up on the Darling Downs learning about farming and music and attending a small Catholic school in Tara. It was fertile ground for a singer-songwriter inspired by the wide open spaces and endless skies, and who has just released a song titled Catholic Schools in Queensland. The song is a celebration of the work and achievements of Queensland’s 300 ... Read More »

‘Abortion Rethink’ campaign launches in response to proposed bill

Dr Katrina Neal

THE Australian Family Association has launched a public campaign urging Queenslanders to pressure their state MP’s not to support a proposed abortion bill. The AFA said newly commissioned polling showed more voters were opposed to decriminalising abortion than were in favour and used the campaign to announce the results. The poll was a response to a proposal for a private ... Read More »

A dentist’s insight into domestic violence

Dentist Andrew Teakle

BRISBANE dentist Andrew Teakle stands on the frontline of the domestic violence battle. He has witnessed dozens of cases of broken teeth, broken bones, and bruised and swollen lips and faces – testament to the force and ferocity of a family bashing. Women with facial injuries and broken teeth are often more likely to seek dental treatment than see a doctor, ... Read More »

Pro-life groups push to stop bill to try and legalise abortion up to nine months

Pro-life supporter

LABOR defector Rob Pyne has set in motion a bill to try to decriminalise abortion in Queensland. Mr Pyne has tabled his first private member’s bill in State Parliament, which would legalise abortion for women up to nine months pregnant. “Currently abortion is a crime in Queensland under the criminal code. This would eliminate those elements of the code that ... Read More »

Glaswegian doctor behind bionic heart inspires Catholic professionals

Dr John Fraser

BRISBANE-based Professor John Fraser has published more than 200 academic papers and his medical research includes multi-million dollar projects including the development of a ground-breaking bionic heart. Some of his research ideas and collaborations across Asia and North America are pushing the boundaries of medical science with the promise of saving countless lives. His medical work has also taken him on many humanitarian ... Read More »

West Papuan report reveals country in ‘slow-motion genocide’

THE Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane has called on the United Nations to investigate human rights abuses in West Papua. The commission has issued a report documenting recent military and police intimidation, beatings and torture, kidnapping and murder in West Papua. The report concluded there has been no improvement in human rights in West Papua after a Commission Shadow ... Read More »

Church census rolling out

Church census

PARISHIONERS across Brisbane archdiocese will be asked to take part in the largest and longest-running survey of Church life in the world later this year. The 2016 National Church Life Survey will be rolled out in October, with all Christian churches invited to participate. “After 25 years, and conducted every five years it is the largest, longest survey of Church ... Read More »

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