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Queensland Christian leaders shocked and disappointed by government decision to fast-track euthanasia laws

LEADERS of Queensland’s largest Christian churches are shocked and disappointed after the Queensland Premier revealed a Labor plan to fast-track voluntary assisted dying (VAD) legislation if it wins the state election on October 31.  Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk used Labor’s election launch on October 18, a day before early voting started, to promise she would introduce legislation into Parliament in February ... Read More »

Almost a third of Australians experience food insecurity in 2020

AN annual Foodbank report reveals a surge in demand at food charities across Australia during the COVID-19 crisis, with young people hardest hit, while casual workers and international students are among the “newly food insecure”. The report released at the start of Poverty Week, shows 65 per cent of Australia’s food-insecure are 18 to 25-year-olds going without food at least ... Read More »

Australian consultant Jacqui Remond working on Vatican COVID-19 response team

JACQUI Remond is enjoying the challenge of her role in the Church’s mapping of a post-COVID world – including her late-night connections with Rome. Ms Remond, based in Sydney, is co-founder of the Global Catholic Climate Movement and a Laudato Si’ consultant, and the Rome discussions are part of her involvement with the Vatican COVID-19 Commission. Pope Francis established the ... Read More »

Royal Commission’s report says aged care sector must be fixed

ONE of the biggest impacts of COVID-19 has been the havoc reaped on our aged population. So will our most vulnerable be better protected next time a pandemic or another disaster strikes? More than 665 aged-care residents have died from COVID-19 in Australia, with outbreaks in about 220 homes and facilities. Restriction of visits at aged-care homes has severed vital ... Read More »

Catholic bodies react to Federal Budget winners and losers

CATHOLIC organisations criticised Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s belated budget for failing to address rising homelessness and income support for a country caught in a pandemic and its first recession in 30 years. The Budget, which was announced on October 6 after being postponed due to the coronavirus crisis, was unsurprisingly left in a deficit thanks to the massive support payments ... Read More »

Vinnies ready to help people going through tougher times

MANY Australians are bracing for reductions in JobSeeker and JobKeeper income, but it’s going to be tougher for some in Queensland. From the end of this month Queensland residential tenants will lose the protection from eviction that’s been in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. All other states have extended the eviction moratorium – Tasmania until December, and New South Wales, ... Read More »

City Multicultural Mass a reminder of why we gather

CATHOLICS from 22 multicultural communities processed into St Stephen’s Cathedral wearing national dress for the Multicultural Mass celebrated by Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge last Sunday. Coronavirus restrictions had taken a toll on the large numbers usually present at the Mass while the typical festivities like the food exhibition were unable to go ahead. Even so, almost 100 people gathered for ... Read More »

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