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Family tax benefit cuts discriminate

Families worse off with tax cuts

FAMILIES with two parents and low incomes will be hit by the Labor’s decision to support Federal Government cuts to Family Tax Benefit Part B. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said Labor would support the plan, but not for single-parent families or grandparents who were primary carers. “Labor’s been prepared to work with the Government where it was fair and fiscally ... Read More »

Catholic sector shows teaching is a ‘deadly career’

QUEENSLAND’S Catholic schools sector is encouraging more Indigenous Australians to pursue a teaching career through a new video campaign. The Queensland Catholic Education Commission and the QCEC Indigenous Education Subcommittee have launched a video campaign titled “Teaching is a Deadly Career” and highlights the attractions of the profession to upper secondary school students. The video has been developed as part of the More Aboriginal and ... Read More »

Missionary doctor regrets that she didn’t do enough

Mary Glowrey

SR Mary Glowrey was the world’s first missionary religious sister who was also a medical doctor. Born in 1887, in Birregurra, Victoria, Mary completed her secondary education in Melbourne, on a scholarship, matriculating at 14 years of age. She won an exhibition to the University of Melbourne and graduated in 1910 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.  ... Read More »

Australia’s Oratory receives burst of youth

Seminarians for the Australian Oratory

YOUNG Catholic seminarians have almost outnumbered the priests making their home in Australia’s first Oratory. The Brisbane Oratory in Formation welcomed Brisbane men Matthew Buckley, now known as Br Peter, and Conor Power to the community in September. Br Peter is a qualified civil engineer, and was a former member of the University of Queensland’s Newman Society and helped start ... Read More »

Pro-life speaker’s visa woes harms freedom of speech, supporters say

Troy Newman visa revoked Australia

By Emilie Ng UPDATE: October 7 AMERICAN pro-life activist Troy Newman has returned home after a High Court judge refused his entry into Australia last week. Mr Newman, who is behind the undercover videos that sparked the investigation into US government funding for abortion facility Planned Parenthood, lost his case in the High Court to remain in Australia for a speaking tour. ... Read More »

Brisbane parishes primed to welcome Syrian refugees

Brisbane refugees

THE minute former Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Australia would accept extra refugees from Syria, Catholic bishops, priests, parishes and individuals started raising their hands to say “We’ll help”. Archbishop Mark Coleridge was among the first, on behalf of the people of Brisbane archdiocese. By the time Archbishop Coleridge announced last weekend the archdiocese would aim to welcome at least ... Read More »

St Vincent de Paul Society will welcome Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees

  AUSTRALIA’S largest Catholic volunteer organisation has vowed to help the nation’s increased intake of persecuted Syrians find a safe haven in their newfound home.   The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia welcomed the recent government’s decision to accept a further 12,000 refugees from Syria, confirmed yesterday.   The society’s chief executive Dr John Falzon said ... Read More »

‘This is killing me’: Husband desparate to be with detained wife

Refugee Milad Jafari

By Peter Bugden “THIS is killing me,” Milad Jafari said in Darwin after having visited his wife Mojgan Shamsalipoor in immigration detention. The 21-year-old refugees from Iran, married for 10 months, were separated on August 7 when Ms Shamsalipoor was transferred from a Brisbane detention centre to another in Darwin after her asylum claim was rejected. Hundreds of people, including ... Read More »

Refugee says his family are ‘the lucky ones’

Vietnamese refugee family

By Peter Bugden KHAI Nguyen’s eldest daughter Nhi is the same age he was when he hopped on a refugee boat for the dangerous ride to freedom – only 15. He cannot imagine that for her. “That’s why sometimes I do explain it to them (Nhi and her sister Mimi, 12, and brother Phong, nine), that that’s where we come ... Read More »

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