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Family tax benefit cuts discriminate

Families worse off with tax cuts

FAMILIES with two parents and low incomes will be hit by the Labor’s decision to support Federal Government cuts to Family Tax Benefit Part B. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said Labor would support the plan, but not for single-parent families or grandparents who were primary carers. “Labor’s been prepared to work with the Government where it was fair and fiscally ... Read More »

UN recognises Catholic human rights activist

Peter Arndt

ONE of Brisbane archdiocese’s long-serving social justice advocates has received a United Nations award for his work. Brisbane archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission executive officer Peter Arndt recently was honoured with a United Nations Association of Australia Queensland Branch Community Award for his contributions to human rights and social justice. Mr Arndt, who has been with the CJPC for ... Read More »

New Vinnies report addresses nation’s ‘frontline of inequality’

Charity work: Vinnies call for better deal for most vulnerable

A REPORT launched by the St Vincent de Paul Society to mark Anti-Poverty Week 2015 confronts the stigma facing the nation’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged citizens. The society’s chief executive officer Dr John Falzon said “Sick with worry” contained stories from “the frontline of inequality”. “‘Sick with worry’ details more than 20 stories from people located around Australia who are ... Read More »

Manus teacher recalls asylum seekers’ despair

Former Manus Island teacher Jacob Rice

ASYLUM seekers on Manus Island have told one of their former English teachers they would prefer death than their indefinite sentence in detention.  Jacob Rice worked as a fly-in, fly-out maths and English teacher at the Manus Island immigration detention centre for nine months between December last year and August this year. “They tell me that they’re praying for death,” ... Read More »

Bishops’ conference official in new mission

AUSTRALIA’S general secretary to the country’s Catholic bishops will be closing his notebook to take up a new role facilitating mission work in Australasia. Fr Brian Lucas, who has spent the past 25 years in the role supporting the national initiatives of Australia’s Catholic bishops, has been appointed national director of Catholic Mission. Fr Lucas takes over from Martin Teulan, ... Read More »

Call for task force on refugees

CATHOLIC Religious Australia and the leaders of various faith groups have called on federal politicians to join them in establishing a task group “to change the political and public narrative regarding asylum seekers and refugees”. More than 50 leaders from various faiths met with MPs and senators at Parliament House in Canberra on October 15 to discuss the issue. The ... Read More »

Religious freedom in question

MARRIAGE supporters are standing by Hobart’s Catholic archbishop, who ias waiting to be called before Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner. Federal Greens candidate Martine Delaney filed a complaint against Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous based on views that the Australian Catholic bishops’ pastoral letter on marriage breached Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 prohibiting offence and humiliation on the grounds of sexual orientation. The pastoral ... Read More »

Call for law exemption

Reading glasses on pile of paper

MELBOURNE’S Catholic adoption agency will be breaking the law for adhering to the Church’s teachings on the family if new Victorian adoption legislation passes. Victorian Parliament recently announced a bill to allow same-sex couples to adopt, making it illegal for adoption services to discriminate against adopting parents because of their sexual orientation. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has denied a religious ... Read More »

Government failure

prisoner's hands through fence

CATHOLIC Religious Australia has criticised the Federal Government’s bid for seats on the United Nations Security and Human Rights councils. CRA’s Justice Network co-ordinator Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Father Claude Mostowik issued a statement on October 1 after Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop announced Australia would seek a seat on the UN Security Council for the 2029-30 term and ... Read More »

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