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Record deaths predicted for 2019 flu season puts the morality of vaccination in the spotlight

EXPERTS predict 4000 Australians will die from influenza in 2019 after an unprecedented start to the flu season claimed 25 lives in Queensland. The Immunisation Coalition Australia said almost 40,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza had occurred this year, with about 10,000 of those reported in Queensland. Queensland businesses and organisations, including the Archdiocese of Brisbane, have provided free vaccinations for ... Read More »

Sacking of Wallaby Israel Folau has triggered questions about freedom of religion and expression

THE sacking of Wallaby star Israel Folau has prompted soul-searching questions of religious freedom and expression – far beyond the confines of rugby, “the game they play in heaven”. The thirty-year-old’s $4 million contract was terminated on May 17 after an independent panel found he committed a high-level breach of Rugby Australia’s code of conduct for posting religiously-inspired, anti-gay comments ... Read More »

Church advocates higher wages for Australian families who are doing it tough as real wages slump

LOW-income families have not been “sufficiently protected by the decisions in the annual wage reviews”, a Church delegation told the Fair Work Commission on May 15. The Fair Work Act has “failed to provide an adequate wages safety net for low-paid workers with family responsibilities” or “alleviate the poverty and disadvantage suffered by them and their families”. John Fernon and ... Read More »

Newly elected Morrison Government faces three million Aussies on struggle street, Vinnies says

Miracle win: Prime Minister Scott Morrison on election night at the Wentworth Sofitel Hotel with his wife Jenny and daughters Abbey, 11, and Lily, nine. Photo: AAP

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison and the Coalition face the major challenge, after the federal election win, of helping three million Australians living in poverty, the St Vincent de Paul Society says.  The Coalition will form government after an upset election win on May 18. Despite all major media polls unanimously favouring Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, the Coalition coasted into a ... Read More »

Australian youth invited to listen to the Holy Spirit as fervour builds for national faith festival

EXCITEMENT is building for the fourth Australian Catholic Youth Festival to be hosted in Perth later this year, where young Catholics from across the country will gather for three days of faith, friendship and formation. Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe invited all young people to have the courage to say “Yes” to this invitation to ACYF.  “It will be a powerful ... Read More »

Fr Joseph Parkinson writes taxpayer dollars will be used to fund fatal euthanasia doses

IN just a few weeks’ time the people of Victoria will wake up in a brave new world in which state-subsidised suicide and doctor-affected dying are lawfully practised, despite every other statute in the law book upholding a completely different rule: “thou shalt not kill”. Likewise in Queensland an inquiry is underway to consider following the Victorian Government’s example. The ... Read More »

Bishops call upon political leaders to help the vulnerable, including the unborn and the elderly

AS party leaders face the cameras, flitting from one battleground seat to another, and trying to win over middle Australia ahead of the May 18 federal poll, the Catholic bishops’ social services advisory body has reminded politicians Australia needs “a culture of inclusion, support and equality”. “A nation’s success is not measured by the wealth of a few, but by ... Read More »

The Australian Catholic Women’s Colloquium 2019

THE Australian Catholic Women’s Colloquium, was held in Adelaide from February 22–24.  160 women from across Australia attended the conference, titled ‘Stirring the Waters’, that was convened by the Council for Australian Catholic Women. In this story, Andrea Dean, Director of the National Office for the Participation of Women, shares some insights about the Colloquium. The role of the Council for Australian Catholic ... Read More »

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