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Calls for government to freeze funding for Catholic schools a major concern for Queensland education leader

Dr Lee-Anne Perry

THE executive director of the Queensland Catholic Catholic Commission has taken aim at critics as the battle over school funding heats up. Dr Lee-Anne Perry has defended the record of Catholic schools against critics she describes as “powerful state school lobbyists challenging the very existence of Catholic schools”. “We’re concerned that some people are choosing to put a sectarian spin ... Read More »

Real Talk is sex education that actually works

Real Talk

TEENAGERS need the Catholic Church’s message about sex and relationships more than ever, managing director of a schools-based Catholic charity Paul Ninnes said. Based on his experience of talking with teenagers in schools through Real Talk Australia, Mr Ninnes said teenagers who have never heard the Church’s message of sexuality have low expectations of relationships. Many of them are also ... Read More »

Same-sex marriage: Traditional marriage supporters in Australia respond to Labor’s rejection of a plebiscite

Sophie York

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s election commitment to hold a same-sex marriage plebiscite has failed, however the issue remains volatile. In dramatic events last Tuesday, Labor senators and MPs formally rejected Federal Government legislation for a people’s vote, but then ramped up calls for a parliamentary vote. It meant that Labor, by teaming up with the Greens, the Nick Xenophon Team ... Read More »

Mental Health Month: Queensland has highest rate of suicide in Australia

EIGHT Australians are taking their own life each day – a deeply disturbing statistic. The annual suicide rate climbed to more than 3000 deaths for the first time in 2015 – and unfortunately this bleak snapshot is compounded by a new survey finding that more than 80 per cent of Australians believe our society is becoming a lonelier place. Queensland ... Read More »

Sydney family will fast from ‘daily luxuries’ including fast food for next 31 days to support traditional marriage

traditional marriage

SYDNEY mum Rosina Gordon will be postponing spontaneous trips for fast food from tomorrow in a bid to show Catholics want marriage laws in Australia untouched. Mrs Gordon, her husband Christopher and the couple’s six children will fast from their favourite family restaurant chain for the whole of October as part of a national month of prayer and fasting for marriage and ... Read More »

Too many teenagers: Ignite Conference might outgrow venue as numbers continue to swell

Ignite Conference

TEENAGERS are posing a wonderful problem for organisers of an annual youth conference in Brisbane who have watched numbers “bust from the seams”.  Ignite Conference organisers Luke Plant and Kym Keady, both members of the Emmanuel Community in Brisbane, said the four-day event might “soon outgrow” its venue at Mueller College, Rothwell. “If that happens we’re going to say, ‘Thank ... Read More »

Author who claims discrimination by printer refusing to print book accepts decision, says he won’t take action

Dr David van Gend

AUSTRALIANS’ right to freedom of speech is on the line, according to Queensland doctor David van Gend, after a commercial printer refused to print his new book on the same-sex marriage debate. In Stealing From A Child – the injustice of ‘marriage equality’, the Toowoomba-based president of the Australian Marriage Forum, Dr van Gend claims “to lay bare the subversive ... Read More »

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