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Academic Robert Manne: Why Australia has a ‘uniquely harsh’ border control system

refugees

ONE of Australia’s leading public academics has documented what he describes as Australia’s descent to a “uniquely harsh” border control to stop asylum seekers. “Thirty years ago if you had been told that Australia would create the least asylum seeker-friendly institutional arrangements in the world you would not have believed it,” Robert Manne (pictured) told a justice and mission conference ... Read More »

Relationships educator demands national porn filter after rape of six-year-old girl at school

Call for porn filter

SHOCKING allegations of child rape have prompted a schools campaigner to demand the government introduce Internet filtering of pornography. Brisbane Catholic Paul Ninnes, the co-founder of Real Talk, an organisation which ministers to school children about sexual integrity, has backed his demand by starting an online petition to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. “There is no reason why our politicians can’t legislate ... Read More »

Historic partnership will offer accommodation to combat rising rate of homeless women

Lady Musgrave Trust

EACH year in Queensland more than a thousand young homeless women, many with children, are forced into hotel rooms because of a shortage of emergency accommodation. It’s a grim reflection of the rising rate of homeless women in Queensland – particularly the result of domestic violence. Despite a big injection of State Government funding last financial year, support services struggle ... Read More »

Josephite Sister one of seven religious arrested at Sydney asylum protest

Josephite Sr Susan Connelly

JOSEPHITE Sister Susan Connelly has described as “an enormously Eucharistic moment” her “arrest” in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s electoral office in Sydney on August 29. Sr Connelly was one of seven religious leaders who refused police orders to leave the PM’s office while they staged a prayer protest over offshore detention centres. Six pastors and Sr Connelly carrying a large ... Read More »

Italian mum and traditional spaghetti all’amatriciana master urges Brisbane chefs to add dish to menus for quake victims

ITALIAN mum Daniela Belucci has turned her Brisbane kitchen into a support centre for fellow Italians devastated by an earthquake in Amatrice. The mother-of-four remembers feeling shocked after news reports showed the historic town was under rubble, killing more than 300. “As I watched the news reports this week, my first reaction was – I want to go and help,” ... Read More »

Faith woman Malarndirri McCarthy primed for Senate role

Senator Malarndirri McCarthy

ON the eve of being formally declared the Northern Territory’s new Labor senator, Malarndirri McCarthy, like many Australians, sat watching television transfixed and appalled at images of cruel and haunting abuse in youth detention centres. “When Australians can sit and watch a young child be brutalised in the fashion that we saw on Four Corners, Australians right across the country ... Read More »

Azar’s battle to survive: ‘I know that if I am sent back to Afghanistan that it will be the end of my life’

Afghani refugee in Australia

This is the story of Azar, an Afghani refugee. This is not his real name – he could be deported if his identity is revealed.  AZAR knows that if he is sent home, it will mean certain death. He lives in a suburban house under community detention awaiting an interview by Immigration Department officials, which could determine whether he is allowed to ... Read More »

Brisbane Lions player Tom Bell gives inspiring speech at his old school

Tom Bell

BRISBANE Lions footballer Tom Bell returned to his old school, Iona College, to deliver a stirring message to young athletes. Be determined, be committed and don’t let knockbacks stop you, he told Iona boys preparing for AIC cross-country championships. And Bell should know.  He held a dream of playing AFL football but was knocked back three times from the rookie ... Read More »

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