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One million Australians expected to be unemployed by December, government warns

CHRISTMAS stockings are going to be bare for a lot of families this year as more than a million Australians were expected to be unemployed by December. The Australian Government warned unemployment was expected to peak at 9.25 per cent – that’s another 240,000 people out of work. With a deepening economic crisis came a worsening participation rate, which meant ... Read More »

HomeBuilder package misses the mark​ for the poor, Vinnies says

AUSTRALIA’S new $688m HomeBuilder package has been described as “hitting the jackpot” by some potential homeowners, but there are warnings that the initiative has failed low-income families. The package offers a grant of $25,000 to build a new home worth less than $750,000 or to spend between $150,000 and $750,000 renovating an existing home. The scheme is limited to owner-occupiers ... Read More »

At least 20 people killed as government forces crack down in West Papua

A CHURCH human rights advocate claims Indonesian militia are working alongside soldiers in a brutal crackdown on independence demonstrators in West Papua. “It’s right in our own backyard. They’re human beings being treated with contempt by Indonesian security forces and migrants,” Brisbane Catholic Justice and Peace Commission executive director Peter Arndt said. At least 20 people have died in clashes ... Read More »

Eritrean Catholic escapes ‘brutal dictatorship’ and settles in multicultural Australia, raising family

A BRISBANE father-of-three shudders when he thinks of the terror inside Eritrea. “It is a dictatorship, a brutal dictatorship,” former Eritrean Catholic school teacher Tek Tesfaldet said. “The country is a big prison. I got out.” Mr Tesfaldet (pictured) fled Eritrea without a passport 15 years ago, spending time in neighbouring Sudan, before eventually reaching Australia with the help of ... Read More »

Greens pushing to scrap Our Father from parliament day

WHEN parliament returns from its winter recess, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has vowed to renew her push for the Lord’s Prayer to be ditched from Federal parliamentary proceedings. She describes the opening of each day of parliament as “insulting”. “Considering there’s many people who aren’t religious, there’s many people of different faiths, it’s time we started having an institution that ... Read More »

Catholic pensioner struggles to make ends meet

Pensioner Mick Sullivan

MICK Sullivan is 77 and has lived an active life.  The Dutton Park pensioner, lives a simple, frugal life, but he does miss a few of the pleasures that he once took for granted. “I love a leg of lamb but I haven’t been able to afford one since I’ve been on the pension,” he said. Mr Sullivan also waits ... Read More »

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