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Teacher Don Barrett retires at 89 – ‘My education was the discovery of my own ignorance’

WHEN Don Barrett retired recently, just short of his 89th birthday, he was Queensland’s oldest practising teacher. Mr Barrett’s distinguished academic vocation includes 34 years at the University of Queensland as an honorary associate professor and research consultant in Classics and Ancient History, and 22 years at Brisbane Grammar School where he taught Latin. His love affair with the Latin ... Read More »

Debt wiped for Youth Off the Streets, but there’s no guarantee of funding beyond 2019

YOUTH Off The Streets founder and chief executive officer Salesian Father Chris Riley had his controversial $630,000 government debt wiped clean during a meeting with Education Minister Dan Tehan yesterday. The debt – which resulted from an unannounced change to federal government funding – had been used to finance the operation of six schools run by the charity. The Education ... Read More »

Australia says sorry to victims of abuse – ‘I believe you, we believe you, your country believes you’

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison has delivered a sobering apology to the victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. The leaders of Catholic Religious Australia and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have welcomed Mr Morrison’s apology and recommitted to working with the community to eliminate the scourge of child sexual abuse. “On behalf of the Catholic bishops and religious leaders of ... Read More »

‘This (abortion) bill is among the worst of its kind’, Mackay pro-life rally told

PROPOSED abortion legislation has been labelled “brutal and horrific” by a pro-life speaker at the fourth annual March for the Babies in Mackay attended by more than 150 people last weekend. The march and rally was in opposition to the Labor Government’s Termination of Pregnancy Bill, which would allow for abortion up to 22 weeks’ gestation, and after 22 weeks ... Read More »

MP physician voting No: ‘The issue of abortion is personally distressing … deeply confronting’

PRO-life advocates gathered outside Queensland Parliament House last weekend for one final protest against the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s abortion bill, which was to be voted on in parliament this week. A conscience vote would determine whether or not women could terminate their pregnancies up to 22 weeks, and until birth with the permission of two doctors. Member for Moggill Dr ... Read More »

Golden couples a rare commodity in 2018

GREY clouds couldn’t take the sparkle from the eyes of Barry and Lorraine Searle during the 2018 Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass in Brisbane. The Searles stood side-by-side with an assemblage of marriage experts at St Stephen’s Cathedral on October 6, to renew their vows and celebrate 50 years of marriage. “The whole group stood up, we held hands, looked each ... Read More »

Schoolies’ drinking culture taking a leap in the right direction

SCHOOLIES Week has earned a reputation as being a perilous and sinful environment for school-leavers. Scenes of violence, binge-drinking, illicit drug-taking and sexual predation have become fodder for the mainstream news cycle. One man, however, believes all that is changing. Andy Gourley is the national co-ordinator for Red Frogs Australia, a support network for university students and school-leavers run by ... Read More »

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