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Killing is killing: Queensland bishops rally against push to legalise voluntary assisted dying

Killing is killing: Queensland bishops rally against push to legalise voluntary assisted dying

A SUBMISSION by Queensland’s six Catholic bishops calling for the protection of human dignity is among hundreds received by a parliamentary inquiry considering end-of-life issues including voluntary assisted dying laws. “A law that would allow direct intentional killing (“voluntary assisted dying”), even if only under strict circumstances, opens the way to a culture in which life is disposable,” the bishops ... Read More »

Massive blaze erupts at Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral; firefighters battling to save sacred site

Massive blaze erupts at Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral;  firefighters battling to save sacred site

CATHOLICS across the world were united in sorrow and prayer after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris causing major damage.  Images broadcast around the world showed the French cathedral in flames before collapsing shortly before 8pm local time.  Officials now say that they the main bell towers and historic front of the building have been saved. ... Read More »

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

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 »

Switching genders overnight – intent of Tasmanian law labelled ‘gender madness gone too far’

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

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 »

Parties get behind green roads and carbon reduction with major push for electric cars

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 »

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

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

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