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Budget hits hard – government ignores the plight of Australians in need, Vinnies says

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 »

Easter’s promise – Christ rises above the misery and flood-ravaged land, bringing hope and life

TWO months since Townsville was devastated by floods, and after the television crews, Twitter hash-tags and international news media spotlight passed on, one thousand people were still homeless and thousands more still waiting to rebuild. Townsville Bishop Tim Harris said the aftermath of the floods were still being felt and would be felt for some time yet. Bishop Harris said ... Read More »

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 »

Franciscans, students, parishioners – Kedron celebrates 50 years of Little Flower Church

PARISHIONERS, Franciscan friars and sisters, parish school students and locals filled Little Flower Church, Kedron to celebrate 50 years of worship and community on March 31. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrated the anniversary Mass, joined by parish administrator Franciscan Father Mario Debattista and Franciscan Father Anthony Selvaraj in a packed church. There have been three churches where Little Flower Church ... 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 »

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