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Gonski 2.0: Major changes urged to overhaul education curriculum in Australia

Student in a classroom

THE Catholic education sector has welcomed sweeping changes recommended in the latest Gonski 2.0 report that advocates an overhaul of Australia’s school curriculum over five years. The National Catholic Education Commission said the report reflected many of the strategies identified in Catholic sector submissions including recommendations to ensure a strong foundation for the early years of schooling and a stronger ... Read More »

Sunshine Coast community to hold march, candlelight vigil for domestic and family violence survivors

Candlelight vigil

SUNSHINE Coast residents will light up Mooloolaba Beach to send a clear message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated in the community. Sunshine Coast Council is organising a march from Alexandra Headland today, followed by a candle lighting ceremony at Mooloolaba Beach to remember victims and survivors of domestic and family violence. The event marks national domestic ... Read More »

Mercies and supporters celebrate historic transfer of ministry ‘close to the hearts’ of Queensland Sisters

Mercy transfer

A JOURNEY that began with the arrival of Queensland’s first Sisters of Mercy in 1861 took another historic turn recently. During a special ritual, the Brisbane Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy transferred canonical responsibility for Mercy Community Ltd to Mercy Partners. Mercy Community Ltd has been a ministry of the congregation for many years and incorporates aged care, family ... Read More »

Former Rockhampton Catholic school student called to bench

Graeme Crow

A PAST student of Rockhampton’s Emmaus College was recently appointed Central Queensland’s first born and bred Supreme Court Justice replacing outgoing Central Judge, Justice Duncan McMeekin. Justice McMeekin welcomed Graeme Crow as his successor at the Rockhampton Court House, witnessed by members of the Crown, the Bar and the Central Queensland Law Association. Rockhampton Bishop Michael McCarthy also attended with ... Read More »

Solomons graduates’ lives to change with ACU achievement

Solomon Islands ACU graduates

OVERCOMING hardship and a strong dose of self-sacrifice has enabled 27 students from Solomon Islands to graduate from Australian Catholic University’s business program. “It is a dream come true. We haven’t expected to come this far,” student spokesman George Tapo, who is the Pacific island nation’s deputy commissioner of Inland Revenue Division, said. The students, each considered leaders in a ... Read More »

Catholic international students exploited by employers full of praise for Australian-first labour hire laws

Fr Nacho and Sergio Duran

LATIN American international students who received food donations from their Catholic community to survive being ruthlessly underpaid by employers have welcomed new mandatory labour hire licencing laws aimed at protecting vulnerable workers. Colombian native Sergio Duran was exploited by at least two cleaning companies since moving to Australia in 2014 for study. He told The Catholic Leader last year that ... Read More »

Missionary Sister released from detention calls Australians to support human rights causes in Philippines

Sr Patricia Fox

UPDATE: The Philippines Government has ordered Sr Patricia Fox to leave the mainly Catholic southeast Asian country within 30 days after immigration authorities revoked her missionary visa for joining protest rallies. The immigration bureau has demanded Sr Fox leave the Philippines after “she was found to have engaged in activities that are not allowed under the terms and conditions of ... Read More »

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