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Australian bishops release Holy See’s response on royal commission recommendations

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has provided the Holy See’s observations on 12 recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to the Australian Government. The royal commission proposed that the Bishops Conference engage with the Holy See on those recommendations because they relate to universal Church law or practice. Holy See Secretary of State Cardinal ... Read More »

These are the changes to Jobkeeper at the end of the month

Amid ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and economic woes, JobKeeper payments are to be extended but at a reduced rate, and the Federal Government is to invest more than half a billion dollars to extend Australia’s aged care support. Legislation to extend both the JobKeeper wage subsidy and JobSeeker payments were due to be passed in the Senate this week before the ... Read More »

Fijian teenager urges climate action for Oceania in Brisbane-first virtual event

A TEENAGE climate activist from Fiji spoke with a voice that was eloquent and passionate, in a way that could not be ignored. AnnMary Raduva, a 16-year-old Year 11 student at St Joseph’s Secondary School in Suva, gave an impassioned plea for urgent action on climate change and ecological crises in Oceania. She was sitting with Archbishop Peter Loy Chong ... Read More »

ACU academic joins call for Medicare change to help protect children’s mental health

LEADING child protection expert Daryl Higgins is backing a call for an urgent change to Medicare rebates to help address mental health issues among children. Professor Higgins, who is director of the Institute of Child Protection Studies at the Australian Catholic University, joined a list of prominent health academics calling for the change. They want Medicare rebates to be changed ... Read More »

New governance report addresses Church culture that allowed abuse to occur

CULTURAL practices within the Church that have “nurtured” the abuse of children and other vulnerable people are under review in a new report into the governance of parishes and dioceses in Australia. The 208-page report released on August 21, titled The Light from the Southern Cross: Promoting Co-Responsible Governance in the Catholic Church in Australia, includes 86 recommendations for Church ... Read More »

Australia’s coronavirus aged care death rate among the highest in the world, Royal Commission told

A ROYAL commission has pinpointed failure by government to act quickly and with a lack of clear guidelines as reasons for a devastating outbreak of coronavirus in aged care during the COVID-19 pandemic. A second royal commission, into disability, has heard that failure to plan and act properly meant the months of COVID-19 restrictions had resulted in the neglect and ... Read More »

Taking mental health action among ‘highest priorities’ for government

MENTAL Health is topping the nation’s political agenda, with the Prime Minister promising greater resources for suicide prevention, and Australia agreeing to a new blueprint that recognises faith leaders and communities as necessary in delivering mental health crisis care. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has ranked suicide prevention as “one of my government’s highest priorities” during the COVID-19 pandemic, and has ... Read More »

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