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Debt wiped for Youth Off the Streets, but there’s no guarantee of funding beyond 2019

YOUTH Off The Streets founder and chief executive officer Salesian Father Chris Riley had his controversial $630,000 government debt wiped clean during a meeting with Education Minister Dan Tehan yesterday. The debt – which resulted from an unannounced change to federal government funding – had been used to finance the operation of six schools run by the charity. The Education ... Read More »

Australia says sorry to victims of abuse – ‘I believe you, we believe you, your country believes you’

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison has delivered a sobering apology to the victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. The leaders of Catholic Religious Australia and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have welcomed Mr Morrison’s apology and recommitted to working with the community to eliminate the scourge of child sexual abuse. “On behalf of the Catholic bishops and religious leaders of ... Read More »

Encouraging people in remote Australia live longer and healthier lives to prevent national crisis

THERE are grim health predictions for Australia’s ageing population a decade from now, particularly for people living in rural areas where health services are already lagging behind. A report by the Royal Flying Doctor Service estimates the population in 2028 will nudge 30 million and 15.6 per cent more rural Australians will be diagnosed with chronic illness including cancer. There ... Read More »

With the death toll rising, Catholic aid agencies assisting victims of Indonesian quake and tsunami

CATHOLIC aid agencies are part of the international relief efforts for survivors in remote parts of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in the aftermath of a 7.5-magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami. Tens of thousands of people fled their homes when an earthquake struck Central Sulawesi province, and soon after a tsunami engulfed the main centres of Palu and Donggala and ... Read More »

Aged care advocates calling for royal commission to have broad scope

LEADING advocates for Australia’s ageing population have urged that the Royal Commission into aged care should have powers to examine beyond shocking cases of abuse and neglect highlighted in recent media reports. The Brisbane-based chairman of the Global Ageing Network (GAN) Marcus Riley said a royal commission should broaden its scope to examine connected issues in social policy, the legal ... Read More »

Toowoomba community campaign to rid regional city of pornography keeps growing

  A UNIQUE campaign to make Toowoomba a porn-free city is spreading across the country and has sparked international interest. Toowoomba is preparing for its third annual public rally next month during which the city’s mayor stands shoulder-to-shoulder with men from all walks of life and together they pledge not to watch pornography. “There is overwhelming research out now that ... Read More »

Youth outreach to go far beyond Brisbane for Ignite Conference in 2019

THE “dream to expand” Ignite Youth has become a reality. This weekend at Ignite Conference in Brisbane archdiocese, more than 1500 participants and supporters welcomed the announcement of a second conference to align with Ignite Youth’s national “flagship event”. From 2019, Ignite Conference will expand into Sydney archdiocese, answering the need to house a “bursting at the seams” crowd. “We’re ... Read More »

Jaya’s Taki courageous story told at Parliament House forum highlights the horrors of abortion

JAYA Taki was tearful, but determined to share her personal experience of being coerced into abortion. “As I was to eventually find out domestic violence and abortion are closely linked, and stories such as mine are more common than we would ever think,” the young mother told MPs and concerned citizens attending a forum in Queensland’s parliament house building, to ... Read More »

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