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Community legal centres can’t keep up with the high demand for DV services, according to new report

domestic violence

MASSIVE increases in the number of women accessing domestic violence services means Queensland’s community legal centres are unable to keep up with demand. Last year community legal centres helped almost 60,000 vulnerable Queenslanders, but had to turn away more than 55,000. A new report from Community Legal Centres Queensland titled Enough is Enough shows six times as many people seeking ... Read More »

Conscience vote on abortion bills promised to MPs, Premier confirms

Pro-life supporters

QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has promised to allow Government members a conscience vote on two contentious abortion bills. The Premier’s promise follows speculation that some Labor MPs had urged colleagues to consider the bills as decriminalisation matters rather than the abortion vote that requires a mandatory conscience vote under Labor’s national platform. Deputy Premier Jackie Trad is an abortion supporter ... Read More »

Brisbane aged care advocate tells UN of ‘insidious ageism’ worldwide

Marcus Riley

BRISBANE advocate for the aged Marcus Riley has told delegates at United Nations headquarters in New York that older people are considered a burden, and “insidious ageism … permeates countries around the world”. The 40-year-old, Catholic father-of-three and chairman of the Global Ageing Network, which has a presence in more than 50 countries, is lobbying for a UN Convention of ... Read More »

Clergy and politicians say a change in the definition of marriage will impact all Church members

marriage

ALL members of religious groups deserve the right to not participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies if they hold a traditional view of marriage, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said in a submission to a Senate inquiry. The Australian Senate has established a select committee to examine draft exemptions in proposed same-sex legislation for ministers of religion, civil celebrants and service ... Read More »

Poverty blues: The number of young people living on the street is rising

MAX Bushnell and Bianca Jackson sit with an empty hat begging for help. They are the hard-luck face of the street in 2017, as support agencies like the St Vincent de Paul Society are bracing for a tough year ahead. Young people make up an increasing number of people turning to agencies for support. Last Monday night Mr Bushnell and ... Read More »

Josephine Sister seeks just outcome on Timor Gap

Josephite Sr Susan Connelly

JOSEPHITE nun and human rights advocate Josephite Sister Susan Connelly has urged Australians to maintain pressure on the Federal Government to negotiate a fair maritime boundary with East Timor. On January 9, Australia and East Timor agreed to begin negotiations on a permanent maritime boundary between the two countries – a significant shift which could potentially end years of dispute ... Read More »

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