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Victory of people power

REFUGEE supporters in Brisbane have welcomed the government’s decision to move a baby asylum seeker into a  community detention, but will fight the plan to move her offshore. Immigration minister Peter Dutton announced at a press conference last week Baby Asha would be allowed to stay in a Brisbane community detention facility. But Baby Asha, who was born in Australia ... Read More »

Closing the Gap

THE eighth annual Closing the Gap report offered another stark snapshot –indigenous Australians continue to die younger, they are out of work more and are less educated than other Australians. Political, community and Church leaders, agree there are some reasons to be optimistic – infant mortality rates is decreasing and more students finish Year 12, but a continuing failure in ... Read More »

Ex-service chaplain: Australian veterans suicide rate are “tragic”

Soldier on guard

IT’S a shocking, whispered truth about our modern military – far more of our veterans take their own lives after returning home than are killed during overseas operations. In the last few weeks, two more veterans took their own lives – the toll is more than 260 since 1988, compared to 46 listed as fatalities in conflict, according to the ... Read More »

Multi-faith vigil set to storm Heaven with prayers for Baby Asha

Baby Asha

FAITH groups in Brisbane including representatives from the Catholic Church will stand outside a city hospital today to support doctors refusing to release an asylum seeker baby. Members of the Queensland Council of Unions, the Queensland Community Alliance and Christian movement Love Makes A Way organised a multi-faith vigil outside Lady Cilento Hospital for today at 5.30pm in solidarity with ... Read More »

We can help them

Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt

By Mark Bowling   THE High Court ruling that offshore detention is lawful, has sparked Australia-wide protests and galvanised Church and community support for asylum seekers. In Brisbane, several hundred people rallied outside St John’s Cathedral on February 8, while more than 400 people crowded the entrance to the Department of Immigration offices on February 5 to condemn the Federal ... Read More »

Former homeless man honoured by Brisbane city

Grant Richards

BRISBANE city’s mayor honoured Catholic community awards recipient and former homeless man Grant Richards on Australia Day. Mr Richards received one of 15 honours from Lord Mayor Graham Quirk for his work with the city’s homeless. Known as “Grant – The Polite Guy”, Mr Richards began working with the city’s suffering when he lost his home and family for 18 ... Read More »

Stanthorpe community remembers young girl killed in farming accident

Sophie Gasparin

JOHN Gasparin has an old pair of work boots that are hard to part with.  His eldest daughter Sophie would use them to “slip outside to the animals”.  Genevieve, 9, said her elder sister’s morning routine included “feeding the guinea pigs, dogs and cats” on their property in Stanthorpe, on the Granite Belt in Toowoomba diocese. Tiffany, 5, remembered her ... Read More »

No back to school blues for the Yates’

Back to school

IT’S January – that time of year when the focus turns to all things school-related – new school shoes, clean uniforms and making lunches, perhaps even some nerves. For Year 2 student Nathaniel Yates from St Agnes Primary School in Mount Gravatt, the start of the school year is a bit more exciting with younger brother Joseph starting Prep. “Joseph ... Read More »

World famous ballerina knew she would turn 100

Elsie Seguss

BALLET superstar Elsie Seguss has always known she’d live to see her 100th birthday. When the candles came out on a decadent chocolate cake on Friday, January 22, she was barely surprised. “What I want to do, I usually do,” Miss Seguss said. “I don’t give in to things much.” As well as the desire to live as long as ... Read More »

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