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Queensland’s slippery slope towards euthanasia

QUEENSLAND is on a precarious path to legalise euthanasia after Labor’s election win. Premier Annastacia Palaczszuk, returned to office after gaining a majority of seats at the October 31 poll, is promising to fast-track voluntary assisted dying legislation and allow MPs a conscience vote in state parliament next February. Making euthanasia a priority issue surprised many Queenslanders including church leaders ... Read More »

Townsville Bishop calls out Queensland premier’s ‘backflip’ on euthanasia legislation

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris has added to the voice of Queensland Church leaders by criticising Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for “playing with peoples’ emotions”, after she promised to rush through Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation if Labor wins the state election on October 31. Ms Palaszczuk used a campaign launch on October 18 to announce Labor would fast-track VAD legislation by introducing ... Read More »

Major proposal for new investment to create a purpose-built palliative care system in Queensland

DOCTORS, health professionals and carers have challenged Queensland’s political leaders to commit to a massive spending boost for palliative care. Ahead of the October 31 election, Palliative Care Queensland, the sector’s peak body, AMA Queensland and community groups from across the state have called for a more-than tripling of funding – from the current $110 million each year to $385 ... Read More »

La Nina weather alert a cause for concern for summer in Queensland

CATHOLIC relief agencies are gearing up for another summer of extreme hazards after the Bureau of Meteorology changed its outlook to a “La Nina Alert”. “We need to be better prepared at local levels for climate emergencies,” Catholic Social Services Australia chief executive officer Dr Ursula Stephens said. “This summer looks like one of cyclones and storms, so being prepared ... Read More »

Queensland’s church history pieced together in Fr Chris Hanlon’s new book

ITALIAN troops had breached a point in the Aurelian Walls while Pope Pius IX’s forces mounted the defence of Rome, and caught in the skirmish, comforting the wounded and dying Papal Zouaves, was Brisbane’s first Bishop James Quinn. He was in Rome for the First Vatican Council when the Papal States fell to Kingdom of Italy on September 20, 1870. ... Read More »

South metro parishes reopen as Queensland reports no community transmission

PARISHES in Brisbane archdiocese’s south metro area have reopened their doors for Masses after the Queensland Government announced no community transmission had occurred following a coronavirus scare involving two teenagers travelling up from Victoria two weeks ago. Queensland shut its borders last Saturday and has only recorded one new case from a returned overseas traveller since, as of time of ... Read More »

Two Queensland minor parties won’t budge on blocking proposed euthanasia laws

TWO of Queensland’s small parties could prevent euthanasia becoming law if a minority government is voted in at the coming state election on October 31. Both One Nation and Katter’s Australian Party say they won’t join moves to legalise voluntary assisted dying for the terminally ill (VAD), because it would distract from the bigger issues of dealing with the impact ... Read More »

Should Queensland churchgoers wear a mask?

SHOULD Queensland churchgoers consider mask wearing as an extra precaution? While we have generally followed the COVID-19 rules and avoided community clusters through careful social distancing and basic hygiene, should we start wearing masks too, as is now mandatory for Victorians going out in public? Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews says mask wearing is “common sense”, “relatively simple” and about “embedding ... Read More »

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