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Social worker says Queensland’s new domestic violence laws are a ‘positive’ step towards stronger families

domestic violence

ALLOWING community agencies to share information about domestic violence cases is a positive step in protecting more women and children from abusive homes, a Brisbane social worker said. Good Samaritan Housing community co-ordinator Joanne Davies said the recent changes to Queensland legislation on domestic violence allowing specialist agencies to share information was a positive change. Ms Davies also commended the ... Read More »

Veterans’ Care Association is caring for families in crisis

Veterans' Care Association

DEACON Gary Stone and his team from Veterans’ Care Association work around a lounge room table, in a Kelvin Grove house that doubles as an office and a drop-in centre. Deacon Stone is chaplain to the veteran and ex-services community, and since VCA was set up 18 months ago, there’s been a rapidly growing demand for their services, which include ... Read More »

Irish community to remember dead members next month

Irish Remembrance Masses

TWO Irish citizens who died tragically in Queensland this year will be among the holy souls remembered by Irish Catholics in the state next month. The Irish Australian Support Association of Queensland lends a helping hand to Irish expats in distress. Oftentimes the Brisbane-based charity steps forward to assist families who hear the tragic news that their loved ones have ... Read More »

Booklet for women in domestic violence revised as new DV laws pass in Queensland

domestic violence

WOMEN looking to escape domestic violence should feel confident about turning to Christian churches for support following the passing of new Queensland laws, Anglican minister Reverend Richard Tutin said.  The Anglican priest of 39 years and general secretary of Queensland Churches Together, which includes membership from the Catholic Church, said the new domestic violence laws passed in Queensland parliament on ... Read More »

Indigenous culture should be in Australian classrooms, graduating Catholic Torres Strait student says

graduates

INDIGENOUS high school graduate Sahamar Ruben wants Australia’s education curriculum to include studies in Indigenous culture for the sake of non-indigenous students. Miss Ruben, a Torres Strait Islander student from St Peter Claver College, Riverview, said an Indigenous culture class would educate Australians on the rich culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.  The grandchild of two Thursday Islanders, Miss Ruben ... Read More »

Here is Archbishop Coleridge’s response to the latest Abortion Bill introduced into Queensland Parliament

Abortion submissions

ABORTION would be treated as a trivial procedure despite the surgical risks and great personal significance, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has written in response to the latest Abortion Reform Bill introduced into the Queensland Parliament. The Health (Abortion Law Reform) Amendment Bill 2016 is the second piece of reform legislation introduced this year by abortion advocate Member for Cairns Rob Pyne.  His ... Read More »

Parish waits 50 years for a visit from an Archbishop

Durong

KATHY Duff was four years old when she met her first Archbishop outside a small church in the rural town of Durong. It was March 6, 1966, and despite such a grand figure visiting, the deputy mayor of the South Burnett Regional Council only remembers a sibling dispute about fancy hats.  “I had a white hat that sat at an ... 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 »

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