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Act of healing injustice – reparation for 10,000 Indigenous workers who had wages stolen

AN historic agreement to pay lost wages to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as an act of healing, has been welcomed by a Catholic human rights advocate.  “This is quite a significant step forward to healing divisions and creating a possibility for greater trust and respect,” Archdiocese of Brisbane Catholic Justice and Peace Commission executive officer Peter Arndt said. On ... Read More »

Lack of government planning means most vulnerable could die before quality care arrives

AGED care is reaching crisis point, with a Catholic healthcare chief warning lack of government planning means our most vulnerable could die before they receive the high-level care they required.  Catholic Health Australia chief executive Suzanne Greenwood told an aged-care and end-of-life inquiry in Brisbane the waiting list for vulnerable seniors to receive the Level 4 package, was two years ... Read More »

Samford church’s Stations of the Cross a life-changing work for artist Dianne Minnaar

WHEN Brisbane artist Dianne Minnaar was commissioned to paint the Stations of the Cross six years ago, she did not know it would set her on a deeply spiritual journey and forge unexpected friendships. The extraordinary artwork, inside the Sacred Heart Church, Samford, on Brisbane’s outskirts, is rich in symbolism, based on “fragments” that Mrs Minnaar said represented “our broken ... Read More »

Pro-life group says public sentiment running deep against Queensland’s abortion law

A LEADING pro-life campaigner believes there is a strong backlash against Queensland’s abortion law that came into force eight months ago. Emily’s Voice chief executive officer Paul O’Rourke said public sentiment was running deep against abortion and had prompted his pro-life organisation to start a national advertising campaign of billboards and buses. After the Termination of Pregnancy Bill became law ... Read More »

Doctors warn legalising euthanasia could target and harm vulnerable older people

DOCTORS have warned the introduction of voluntary euthanasia laws could be used to target vulnerable older people, and put pressure on those who might consider themselves a burden to others. “As a society we should be judged on our support of a sick, vulnerable and frail elderly,” Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine Queensland president Dr Chrys Pulle ... Read More »

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