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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 »

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 »

Swimmer with Down Syndrome “on a mission” to level the playing field

Olivia Hargroder

WINNING gold at the Paralympic Games would mean more to teenager Olivia Hargroder if athletes with Down Syndrome could compete in their own category. The 17-year-old Scarborough Southern Cross Catholic College student and competitive swimmer is one of more than 3300 supporters of an international petition to open a new category at the Paralympics. The Paralympics divides athletes into three ... Read More »

Catholic schools are mobilising against new Gonski funding plan

Canberra Catholic school parents at a forum

CATHOLIC schools are mobilising for a major campaign against the Federal Government’s so-called Gonski 2.0 10-year funding plan, which would force them to raise fees, and could result in school closures and pressure parents to shift children to public schools. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham unveiled the plan on May 2, but without consulting Catholic school authorities or providing details ... Read More »

Removal of gambling ads during live sports coverage applauded

Gambling ban

A CRACKDOWN on gambling ads on live sports coverage is being viewed as a small step forward in curbing problem gambling and making sport-watching more family-friendly. “Parents all around Australia will be delighted when they know that during football matches and cricket matches, live sporting events before 8.30, there’ll be no more gambling ads,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on ... Read More »

Budget 2017: What’s sweet and what’s sour for Catholics across Australia

FAIRNESS, opportunity and security for Australians was the catchphrase in yesterday’s Federal Government budget announcement, but not everyone is convinced.   The Catholic Leader journalist Mark Bowling has analysed the key issues that could concern Catholics around the country and the responses from Australian Catholic agencies and charities. Banks Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has hit the big five banks with a $6.2 billion tax, ... Read More »

Survey shows rental prices are out of reach for people on low incomes

People with low income face stress in the private rental market

IN the run-up to this year’s Federal Budget on May 9, an annual survey shows that rental affordability for low-income owners has reached crisis point. In Queensland, where more people rent than in any other state, the eighth annual rental affordability snapshot released by Anglicare tallies with evidence from the St Vincent de Paul Society that low-income earners and welfare recipients are ... Read More »