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Switching genders overnight – intent of Tasmanian law labelled ‘gender madness gone too far’

A NEW Tasmanian law making gender optional on birth certificates still has to pass scrutiny of the state’s lower house and be considered by the state’s independent law reform institute. Amendments to the controversial bill were finalised after three-days of upper house debate concluded on April 4. If passed, Tasmania would become the first Australian jurisdiction with a gender law ... Read More »

Suicide rate among Aboriginal Australians a national disgrace and the costs are mounting

SUICIDES of Aboriginal Australians as young as 11 are placing enormous financial burden on the indigenous community, Murri Ministry co-ordinator Ravina Waldren said. “There are huge costs associated with burying our loved ones,” Ms Waldren said.  “We’re looking at around $9000 every time some of our young people are suiciding, and families are grieving already without having to worry about ... Read More »

Parties get behind green roads and carbon reduction with major push for electric cars

LESS than two years ago, Pope Francis received a new electric car from European vehicle maker Opel, to help the Vatican on its way to become the world’s first “carbon” free country. The gift was made during a conference about Pope Francis’s 2015 ecological encyclical Laudato Si’, that highlights the “intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the ... Read More »

Federal Budget continues to ignore the plight of the most disadvantaged Australians, Vinnies says

A homeless man sleeps on a bench

THE 2019 Federal Budget continues to ignore Australia’s most disadvantaged citizens, St Vincent de Paul Society national president Claire Victory said.  Ms Victory said the Budget, delivered by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, failed to address two dominant drivers of poverty and disadvantage in Australia – the soaring costs of basic housing and below-poverty-level income support payments.  “We are disappointed this Budget ... Read More »

Shaken but not broken – New Zealand unites in prayer and love after Christchurch tragedy

IN the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks, New Zealand’s Cardinal John Dew joined thousands of Christians attending prayers in mosques and churches of different denominations – a quiet act of solidarity for inter-religious relations and ecumenism in the face of terror.  “Deep gratitude to the thousands of people who surrounded mosques all over the country and who stopped whatever ... Read More »

Christchurch attack highlights the first religious freedom – the freedom to worship safely

IN the wake of the Christchurch mosque attack, Australia’s religious schools, mosques, churches and synagogues are being offered $55 million in extra community grants to boost security. Announcing the grants, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said religious freedom started with the right to worship and meet in safety. “This must be the first freedom we secure, to practise their faith in ... Read More »

Church calling for an increase in minimum wage to support low-income Australians and their families

NEITHER employers nor governments are doing enough to support low-paid Australians, and particularly Australian families, a Catholic Church submission has told the Fair Work Commission. A Church submission contends that the minimum wage of $719.20 per week is “manifestly inadequate” and cannot support working families at a decent standard of living. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has called for the ... Read More »

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