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Australians in loneliness epidemic despite nation excelling in employment, social connectedness

Australia facing loneliness epidemic

A CONTRADICTION was exposed in the 2019 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report card released on September 11.  The report lauded Australia’s achievements in the past two years.  We had record-level employment rates, 97 per cent civic engagement and 743 million volunteering hours a year.  Australia was top-three globally in “life satisfaction” and “social connectedness”.  Then, a contradiction – ... Read More »

Catholic schools battle to stem drop in enrolments, money shouldn’t be a barrier

Student in a classroom

CATHOLIC school enrolments have fallen, and fewer poor and marginalised families find they can send their children to Catholic schools. “Our growth rate is below the state sector and the independent schools, and that is a worrying position to be in,” Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Dr Lee-Anne Perry told Catholic secondary school principals holding their biennial state conference ... Read More »

Generation Z will have 18 jobs across six careers in 15 homes – huge changes tipped for education

PREPARING the next generation for the workforce will require a huge shift in education and culture, according to a leading social researcher. “Our world is changing, our work is changing, and therefore our approach needs changing,” Ashley Fell has told Queensland’s Catholic secondary school principals meeting in Townsville.  Young Australians – Gen Z’s, aged between 10 and 24 – and ... Read More »

Staying or going, a Tamil family becomes the face of Australia’s border policies in deportation dispute

THE plight of boat people being allowed to stay in Australia is being tested after a Tamil family from Biloela was granted a mid-air temporary reprieve from deportation. Mother Priya and her husband Nadesalingam and their two Australian-born children were removed from a plane taking them from Melbourne to Sri Lanka on August 30. A last-minute court injunction forced their flight to ... Read More »

Judges dismiss grounds of Cardinal Pell’s appeal and say witness testimony has the ‘ring of truth’

VICTORIAN Chief Justice Anne Ferguson and Court of Appeal president Justice Chris Maxwell dismissed all three grounds of Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against his child sex abuse conviction. Justice Mark Weinberg dissented against their opinion on ground one. The majority judgement published by Justices Ferguson and Maxwell said there was no evidence that “leads us to the conclusion the jury ... Read More »

Path to freedom – looking back on the terror and hope 20 years after East Timor’s independence vote

IT is 20 years since East Timor, Australia’s neighbour, voted for independence, ending 24 years of often-brutal struggle against ruling Indonesia. East Timor, with its vast Catholic majority, has long been a focus for Australian parishes supporting human rights and justice. Thousands of Australian Catholics have worked, volunteered and donated their energies to support East Timor, where faith, hope and community ... Read More »

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