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Sudanese refugee who came to Australia with no education on road to becoming a surgeon

Huda Fadlelmawla

THERE are a lot of ways to be a woman.  For some, womanhood is strength. For others it is overcoming barriers. “Just stay authentically in whatever goal you want to accomplish,” 24-year-old Huda Fadlelmawla, said during an inspiring lunch forum marking International Women’s Day at Brisbane’s St James College.   “People will catch up with you, even if they didn’t ... Read More »

Queensland police, politicians and community leaders search for solutions to fatal scourge

CAMPAIGNERS against family violence are pressing for the outlawing of coercive control between partners as a way to stop domestic homicides. Queensland is set to hold a domestic violence summit late this month, as police and politicians search for solutions to the domestic violence scourge following the Camp Hill murder of Hannah Clarke and her three children.  The Queensland Women’s ... Read More »

Leading Catholic figure Francis Sullivan calling for changes after sex abuse crisis

LEADING Catholic figure Francis Sullivan has criticised Church authorities for a “glaring lack of moral leadership” over the child sex abuse crisis and has called for the Church to change its “terms of engagement” if it is to remain relevant and engaged in Australia. “Unless we break the shackles of entitlement and cronyism, become inclusive and more representative in our ... Read More »

In tough times, love and support from the community helps ease despair

THEIR work is relentless – the police officers and first responders who arrive in the aftermath of disasters and violent crimes, trying to cope with the immediate trauma, and then spend months, sometimes years on the case.  They are exposed to horrors that rip apart families and cause a ripple of grief across the community – as witnessed in Camp ... Read More »

More than 750,000 Australian children are living in poverty, new report shows

MORE than 750,000 Australian children are living in poverty, part of a bleak snapshot in one of the wealthiest countries that the St Vincent de Paul Society says is setting the next generation up for failure. The 2020 Poverty in Australia Overview, released on February 21 by the Australian Council of Social Service and UNSW Sydney, shows one in six children ... Read More »

Toowoomba mum tells royal commission she was urged to abort disabled son

TOOWOOMBA mother Toni Mitchell fronted the Disability Royal Commission gripping the hand of her son Joshy, and explained how she had to justify her son’s life – even before he was born. “It’s highly likely that your son has Down syndrome,” Ms Mitchell was told by a medical staffer during a prenatal screening. “People were murmuring and I was still ... Read More »

Cardinal Pell’s High Court appeal date set for March

THE High Court of Australia has set a date to hear Cardinal George Pell’s leave to appeal against his conviction for child sex abuse offences committed in the 1990s, when he was the Archbishop of Melbourne. The case will be heard on March 11 and 12 in Canberra, and is the final legal avenue for Australia’s most senior Catholic, who ... Read More »

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