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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 »

Australian churches urged to take up global energy challenge

Global solar challenge

AUSTRALIAN churches have been issued with a challenge to increase the switchover to renewable energy such as solar. While some Queensland Catholic dioceses are taking giant steps towards renewables, overall, Australia’s record on installed renewable energy lags behind North America and most of Europe. Figures released by United Kingdom charities show more than 3500 churches in the United Kingdom have ... Read More »

Report rejecting bill to legalise abortion in Queensland misses mental health risk link

abortion

A 135-page report which formed the basis of Queensland’s parliamentary inquiry rejecting an abortion legalisation bill, found no link between abortion and mental health risks amongst women. That’s despite international longitudinal studies that show women can suffer substantial long-term mental injury following terminations. The inquiry finding could prove significant if the document is used in support of any new legislative ... Read More »

Brisbane archdiocese to roll out new policy to safeguard children and vulnerable adults

AS Queensland marks Child Protection Week from September 4-10, the Church is taking decisive new policy steps to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. As the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse exposes the past failures of the Church, it has also spurred authorities to roll out “best practice” policy measures to protect children, young people and vulnerable ... Read More »

Academic Robert Manne: Why Australia has a ‘uniquely harsh’ border control system

refugees

ONE of Australia’s leading public academics has documented what he describes as Australia’s descent to a “uniquely harsh” border control to stop asylum seekers. “Thirty years ago if you had been told that Australia would create the least asylum seeker-friendly institutional arrangements in the world you would not have believed it,” Robert Manne (pictured) told a justice and mission conference ... Read More »

Relationships educator demands national porn filter after rape of six-year-old girl at school

Call for porn filter

SHOCKING allegations of child rape have prompted a schools campaigner to demand the government introduce Internet filtering of pornography. Brisbane Catholic Paul Ninnes, the co-founder of Real Talk, an organisation which ministers to school children about sexual integrity, has backed his demand by starting an online petition to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. “There is no reason why our politicians can’t legislate ... Read More »

Historic partnership will offer accommodation to combat rising rate of homeless women

Lady Musgrave Trust

EACH year in Queensland more than a thousand young homeless women, many with children, are forced into hotel rooms because of a shortage of emergency accommodation. It’s a grim reflection of the rising rate of homeless women in Queensland – particularly the result of domestic violence. Despite a big injection of State Government funding last financial year, support services struggle ... Read More »

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