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Gold Coast Centacare receives over $1m to help women escaping domestic violence

Domestic violence housing

CENTACARE has received more than a million dollars to operate a mobile support service for women fleeing domestic violence on the Gold Coast, amidst claims that there is an accommodation crisis for survivors. At least 280 Gold Coast women fleeing domestic violence are being forced to stay in motels, which Queensland Opposition domestic violence spokesperson Ros Bates has described as ... Read More »

‘Our people are struggling simply to survive’: Horn of Africa experiencing worst famine since WWII

Overseas help: Caritas Australia chief executive officer Paul O’Callaghan visiting Kitui, Kenya, where he met communities and families impacted by drought. Photo: Caritas Australia. FAMINE in the Horn of Africa is shaping as the biggest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War, an Australian Catholic aid expert says. “It is unnerving when you see the scale of the disaster,” Caritas ... Read More »

Vinnies CEO says “fake refugee” claims lack fairness and justice

Dr John Falzon Vinnies CEO

CHURCH groups have condemned a Federal Government ultimatum to thousands of asylum seekers to lodge their claims to stay in Australia within four months, or have their welfare axed and face deportation. “This latest announcement is cruel, morally reprehensible and a fundamental repudiation of the Government’s moral and legal obligations to those seeking asylum in Australia,” the St Vincent de ... Read More »

Dominican priest Fr Timothy Radcliffe addresses questions from Amoris Laetitia during Brisbane visit

Fr Timothy Radcliffe

AN internationally renowned theologian and Dominican priest has questioned why 110 young Australians have gone to fight for the terror group ISIS in the Middle East. Fr Timothy Radcliffe, who was Master of the Order of Preachers from 1992-2001, raised the issue of extremism and martyrdom during an audience with Catholic parishioners in Brisbane. “Why are they drawn to this ... Read More »

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 »

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