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Experts helping to battle the negative impacts of social media on vulnerable young people

INCREASING human dignity was key to protecting young children from hypersexual online content, Real Talk managing director Paul Ninnes said. Research by Real Talk demonstrated children as young as 12 had shared nude images of themselves, resulting in those pictures being shared online without their consent.  “I’ve had a parent crying on my shoulder at a parents’ night because their ... Read More »

Federal Budget continues to ignore the plight of the most disadvantaged Australians, Vinnies says

A homeless man sleeps on a bench

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 »

Laughter is key – talented musician’s past fuels her faith-driven future, helping people twice her age

AFTER career changes and even a time of voluntary ministry, reliant on God’s providence to make ends meet, Helena Montegrande has found her niche.  The 39-year-old Petrie parishioner “finds great joy” in working with people almost twice her age.  “I just love it,” Helena said of full time work within Italian welfare.  “I love bringing a smile to their faces ... Read More »

Uniting in stewardship – taking care of our common home with the wisdom of religion and tradition

IT’S been proposed that turning to religious and traditional wisdom could help protect planet Earth, after environmental scientists delivered a “dire” report card on the health of the environment. “The science is clear,” UN Environment acting executive director Joyce Msuya said at the fourth United Nations environmental assembly in Nairobi this month. “The health and prosperity of humanity is directly ... Read More »

Remembering Rex Scambary, the softly-spoken Kiwi raconteur who travelled the world

REX Scambary, one of the legion of New Zealand journalists who made a powerful contribution to Australian media, has died in Melbourne aged 89. From 1958 to 1984, Rex worked with the Australian Information Service  under its various titles.  The Commonwealth’s overseas information agency provided journalists as media officers to all major Australian diplomatic posts. The genial Mr Scambary served ... Read More »

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