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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 »

Shaken but not broken – New Zealand unites in prayer and love after Christchurch tragedy

Shaken but not broken – New Zealand unites in prayer and love after Christchurch tragedy

IN the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks, New Zealand’s Cardinal John Dew joined thousands of Christians attending prayers in mosques and churches of different denominations – a quiet act of solidarity for inter-religious relations and ecumenism in the face of terror.  “Deep gratitude to the thousands of people who surrounded mosques all over the country and who stopped whatever ... Read More »

Christchurch attack highlights the first religious freedom – the freedom to worship safely

Christchurch attack highlights the first religious freedom – the freedom to worship safely

IN the wake of the Christchurch mosque attack, Australia’s religious schools, mosques, churches and synagogues are being offered $55 million in extra community grants to boost security. Announcing the grants, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said religious freedom started with the right to worship and meet in safety. “This must be the first freedom we secure, to practise their faith in ... Read More »

Church calling for an increase in minimum wage to support low-income Australians and their families

Church calling for an increase in minimum wage to support low-income Australians and their families

NEITHER employers nor governments are doing enough to support low-paid Australians, and particularly Australian families, a Catholic Church submission has told the Fair Work Commission. A Church submission contends that the minimum wage of $719.20 per week is “manifestly inadequate” and cannot support working families at a decent standard of living. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has called for the ... Read More »

Leaders work for lasting peace to ‘promote harmony not discord’ after Christchurch massacre

Leaders work for lasting peace to ‘promote harmony not discord’ after Christchurch massacre

BRISBANE archdiocese has expressed “solidarity” and promised to work with Muslim leaders “to combat hatred and violence”, after the terror attack that claimed at least 50 lives in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. “Beyond Christchurch and New Zealand, the blood flowed right around the world; the entire human family has been grievously wounded by this violence,” Australian Catholic Bishops ... Read More »

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