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Bishop criticises PM’s comments on Aboriginal people living in remote communities

Bishop Christopher Saunders

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott’s comment that Aboriginal peoples were living in remote communities as a “lifestyle choice” has sparked immediate criticism from chairman of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Commission for Relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Bishop Christopher Saunders. Bishop Saunders of Broome, in a statement yesterday (March 11), has posed the question “what choice?” to Mr Abbott. “Where ... Read More »

‘Hopeful’ of a reprieve

By Paul Dobbyn “THE executioners had the finger on the trigger as it were and they’ve released it … there is some hope.” Brisbane lawyer Bob Myers, associated with the Bali Nine drug smuggling case since 2005, summed up the situation for Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran last week. The duo, convicted as ringleaders of the Australian group caught with ... Read More »

Standing up for children

By Paul Dobbyn AUSTRALIAN Marriage Forum president Dr David van Gend knew the organisation had hit “a raw nerve” in the same-sex marriage debate when a YouTube advertisement on the issue attracted 100,000 views in its first day. The 30-second advertisement also caused a furore when it ran on Channels Seven and Nine in Sydney at the same time as ... Read More »

‘Wake up the world’, celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life

consecrated life

This is a pastoral letter prepared by the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Commission for Church Ministry to celebrate the 2015 Year of Consecrated Life.  “I have called you by your name; you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1) EACH of our brothers and sisters in the consecrated life, recalls a word, an event, a priest or religious who inspired them; something as simple as ... Read More »

Miracle needed for Bali Nine duo

By Paul Dobbyn “WE’RE all hoping and praying for a miracle – and if we don’t get that those two men on death row in Bali will be dead in a couple of weeks.” Brisbane lawyer Bob Myers, involved in the case of the Bali Nine drug smugglers from 2005, made the observation after the Indonesian foreign affairs ministry confirmed ... Read More »

Plea for mercy

By Paul Dobbyn CONCERNED citizens have been urged not to give up the fight for clemency, despite growing worries two of the Bali Nine drug smugglers will soon be executed. Brisbane lawyer Bob Myers said the public should maintain efforts to encourage discussions “at the highest level” between Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Indonesian President Joko Widodo to find a ... Read More »

ACMRO calls for truth on Manus

prisoner's hands through fence

THE Australian public has a right to know the truth about events on Manus Island given their taxes are channelled there, the Australian Catholic advocacy body for migrants and refugees has said. “This means these asylum seekers are indirectly under the taxpayers’ care,” Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office national director Scalabrinian Father Maurizio Pettena said. “Asylum seekers too have ... Read More »

Shut it down

By Paul Dobbyn A BRISBANE refugee advocate who visited Manus Island twice last year has called on the Australian Government to close the strife-torn detention centre. “There is no accountability; no journalists are allowed in to report what’s happening,” Romero Centre community engagement co-ordinator Rebecca Lim said. “If Australia are doing everything right, why the secrecy? “Also why are we ... Read More »

United against euthanasia

A BELGIAN university lecturer, whose mother was euthanised without his consent, will be among speakers at an international symposium on euthanasia and assisted suicide in Adelaide in May. Tom Mortier is a lecturer in chemistry at Leuven University Hospital. He will tell how his chronically depressed mother, Godelieva De Troyer,  received a lethal injection at the hospital of Vrije Universiteit ... Read More »

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