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Euthanasia a ‘gross over-response’ to the needs of the sick and vulnerable: ‘It is actually killing people’

Euthanasia concerns

ONE of Australia’s most prominent anti-euthanasia campaigners maintains an “intensified” political battle is brewing to allow voluntary euthanasia. “There is no law allowing it currently – but that could easily change,” Paul Russell, a Catholic and the executive director of HOPE: preventing euthanasia and assisted suicide, said. “A vote in a parliament could easily tip one way or another.  It ... Read More »

One of the first Queensland families to try out Hummingbird House

Caldwells

THE Caldwell family considers Hummingbird House, Queensland’s first children hospice, a blessing.  For the Caldwells – Kevin and Johanna and their two daughters 10-year-old Gabby and Sophia, 7 – a break from a routine of constant care is like gold.  When Gabby was only four months old, she started having seizures every couple of months. At two she was diagnosed ... Read More »

‘The house that Queensland built’

Hummingbird House

QUEENSLAND’S has officially opened a hospice for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.  Hummingbird House, which officially opened last week, is only the third children’s hospice in Australia.  In stark comparison, the United Kingdom has 53 children’s hospices.  The Queensland-first is an eight-bed facility, providing a wide range of services including – short stay breaks, symptom management, family wellbeing, ... Read More »

Same-sex marriage: Traditional marriage supporters in Australia respond to Labor’s rejection of a plebiscite

Sophie York

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s election commitment to hold a same-sex marriage plebiscite has failed, however the issue remains volatile. In dramatic events last Tuesday, Labor senators and MPs formally rejected Federal Government legislation for a people’s vote, but then ramped up calls for a parliamentary vote. It meant that Labor, by teaming up with the Greens, the Nick Xenophon Team ... Read More »

Regional Queensland hit hard by rising suicide rate

suicide rate

IN the rural South Burnett region, death from suicide has been almost double the rate compared to Brisbane. The region is in the north of the Brisbane archdiocese, yet it is lacking in the vital services– psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health nurses – which can help reduce self inflicted injuries and deaths Between 2009 and 2013 there were 18 deaths ... Read More »

Mental Health Month: Queensland has highest rate of suicide in Australia

EIGHT Australians are taking their own life each day – a deeply disturbing statistic. The annual suicide rate climbed to more than 3000 deaths for the first time in 2015 – and unfortunately this bleak snapshot is compounded by a new survey finding that more than 80 per cent of Australians believe our society is becoming a lonelier place. Queensland ... Read More »

Why a Brisbane university student visited refugee camps in Iraq’s war zone

Rebekah Dowling

REBEKAH Dowling is putting her pacifist beliefs into practise by joining Christian Peacemaker Teams visiting northern Iraq. The young Brisbane university student spent the past fortnight visiting refugee camps and villages close to fighting. Ms Dowling, 23, is the daughter of West End Catholic Worker Movement founders Jim Dowling and Anne Rampa and grew up in a radical Christian family ... Read More »

Mojgan’s future still uncertain as Australian immigration law threatens possible return to Iran

mojgan in limbo

THE future life in Australia for 22-year-old Iranian asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor remains “in limbo” despite her release from detention last month. She was awarded a bridging visa and released into the arms of her Australian resident husband Milad Jafari on September 21 after two years in detention centres in Brisbane and Darwin. It is understood that Ms Shamsalipoor was ... Read More »

Author who claims discrimination by printer refusing to print book accepts decision, says he won’t take action

Dr David van Gend

AUSTRALIANS’ right to freedom of speech is on the line, according to Queensland doctor David van Gend, after a commercial printer refused to print his new book on the same-sex marriage debate. In Stealing From A Child – the injustice of ‘marriage equality’, the Toowoomba-based president of the Australian Marriage Forum, Dr van Gend claims “to lay bare the subversive ... Read More »

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