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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 »

Catholic nuns call for license protocols to weed out Gold Coast massage parlours operating as brothels

massage parlours

CAMPAIGNERS against human trafficking have joined calls for Gold Coast massage parlours to be licensed to protect vulnerable young workers. Josephite Sister Margaret Ng has reacted to reports that massage parlours operating as underground brothels were recruiting overseas workers ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Sr Ng said it was common worldwide for big sporting events to attract activity within ... Read More »

Brisbane council backs September holiday fitness program created by three schoolgirls

school holiday fitness program

THREE savvy schoolgirls have devised a fun fitness program to get Brisbane teenagers into shape this September holiday break. Year 10 San Sisto College student Olivia Joyce, Lourdes Hill College student Georgia Press, and Somerville House student Jane Nimmo have devised the Healthy Body Healthy Mind initiative, aimed at offering 12-17 year olds a range of free outdoor fitness activities. ... Read More »

University professor says pornography exposure to children “a public health crisis”

pornography

DR Michael Flood laments the lack of research in Australia about the effects on young people exposed to pornography. The Wollongong University associate professor was a pioneering researcher in the field in Australia.  In 2003, even before the Internet explosion with myriad porn sites and pop-ups, he documented the exposure of young people to X-rated videos and made recommendations to ... Read More »

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