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Faith woman Malarndirri McCarthy primed for Senate role

Senator Malarndirri McCarthy

ON the eve of being formally declared the Northern Territory’s new Labor senator, Malarndirri McCarthy, like many Australians, sat watching television transfixed and appalled at images of cruel and haunting abuse in youth detention centres. “When Australians can sit and watch a young child be brutalised in the fashion that we saw on Four Corners, Australians right across the country ... Read More »

Azar’s battle to survive: ‘I know that if I am sent back to Afghanistan that it will be the end of my life’

Afghani refugee in Australia

This is the story of Azar, an Afghani refugee. This is not his real name – he could be deported if his identity is revealed.  AZAR knows that if he is sent home, it will mean certain death. He lives in a suburban house under community detention awaiting an interview by Immigration Department officials, which could determine whether he is allowed to ... Read More »

Brisbane Lions player Tom Bell gives inspiring speech at his old school

Tom Bell

BRISBANE Lions footballer Tom Bell returned to his old school, Iona College, to deliver a stirring message to young athletes. Be determined, be committed and don’t let knockbacks stop you, he told Iona boys preparing for AIC cross-country championships. And Bell should know.  He held a dream of playing AFL football but was knocked back three times from the rookie ... Read More »

Pro-life group president urges action after medical expert tells inquiry abortions will increase by 25 per cent under new bill

Fighting abortion

DECRIMINALISING abortion would result in a dramatic increase in the number of terminations performed in public hospitals, a medical expert has told the Queensland parliamentary inquiry into legalising abortion. Dr Carol Portmann, former director of maternal and foetal medicine at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, who now performs abortions up to 20 weeks as part of her private gynaecology ... Read More »

How the confessional brought this London gangster back from the dead

FORMER London gangster John Pridmore had a reputation as a violent enforcer. One night, while working as a bouncer at a West End nightclub owned by the mob, he savagely beat a man.  He did it to impress one of his gangland bosses. Wearing knuckledusters, John landed one last powerful punch and watched the man fall straight backwards and smash ... Read More »

Enduring memorial St Mary of the Cross opened in CBD

mary mackillop chapel art

    AUSTRALIA’S first canonised saint was a pilgrim who has drawn millions of Catholics with her on her journey, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. In a homily to a packed St Stephen’s Cathedral, Archbishop Coleridge, said St Mary of the Cross MacKillop was a daughter of this land, but a saint for the whole world. He acknowledged her suffering ... Read More »

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