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Rob Pyne’s new abortion bill worse than the first, pro-life groups say

Pro-life flash mob

PRO-life leaders say a new Queensland private member’s bill seeking to clarify abortion access after 24 weeks’ gestation is an extreme “con job”. Cairns MP Rob Pyne proposed a new bill, titled the Health (Abortion Law Reform) Amendment Bill 2016, to regulate the procurement of abortions for women more than 24 weeks pregnant. The new bill would make late-term abortions ... 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 »

A priest for our prisoners: Through the eyes of a prison chaplain

Fr Tony Girvan

SPONSORED BY CATHOLIC FOUNDATION (ARCHDIOCESE OF BRISBANE) FORMER parish priest at St Bernardine’s, Regents Park, Fr Tony Girvan, has always strived to be proactive about helping the poorest of the poor.  “I didn’t just want to talk about it and preach about it. I wanted to go out and do it,” he said. In the seminary and throughout his priesthood, ... Read More »

Northside parish welcomes newly arrived Syrian and Iraqi families to dinner

Welcome Dinner project

GOOD food, good will and a good idea formed the perfect recipe for bringing together a group of families from Iraq and Syria and people from their new communities on Brisbane’s northside. Those who accepted the invitation to a special night at the SANDBAG (Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Group) centre on August 9 provided the food and good will, ... Read More »

Long Tan 50th: Soldier’s sister remembers his death and legacy

EVERY year Brisbane woman Frankie O’Leary carries a flag of honour for her brother in the Anzac Day parade. The full-sized Australian flag was presented to her family with the name of her brother Private Douglas J. Salveron, 6 RAR, embossed on it, recognising his role in the Battle of Long Tan 50 years ago, on August 18. Douglas Salveron ... 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 »

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