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Catholics demand protection for vulnerable workers

KEY Catholic organisations are demanding urgent industrial relations reform to protect Australia’s vulnerable workers and improve pay and conditions. Action is needed according to both Catholic Religious Australia and the St Vincent de Paul Society – with a call for the Morrison Government to revise its Fair Work Amendment Bill 2020 because it would reinforce insecure work and increase casualisation ... Read More »

Vinnies call for release of refugees detained in Australia

THE St Vincent de Paul Society is calling on the Federal Government to release refugees still in detention in Australia. It has made the call while welcoming the Government’s recent decision to release 58 refugees, previously transferred to Australia for medical treatment. Others are still being detained in a Brisbane hotel and elsewhere in Australia. The St Vincent de Paul ... Read More »

Vinnies going all the way to the PM for more money on social housing

People with low income face stress in the private rental market

VINNIES’ national leader is seeking an urgent meeting with the Prime Minister to talk about housing as a separate call goes out for the Queensland Government to do more to avoid a “homelessness crisis”. The St Vincent de Paul Society’s national president Claire Victory was motivated to request a meeting with Prime Minister Scott Morrison after the release of the ... 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 »

Vinnies shops closed for a month, but help is still available for those in need

VINNIES Queensland chief executive officer Kevin Mercy sent out a simple message to anyone affected by COVID-19 joblessness, underemployment or poverty – help is still available. Mr Mercer said to follow health directives meant Vinnies was forced to close its 153 Queensland shops last week for a four-week period from March 30. “The closure was necessary, but done with great ... Read More »

Church launches national bushfire response as Australia is engulfed in ‘unprecedented calamity’

THE Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has launched a national Church response to deal with the unprecedented scale of the bushfire crisis. “The efforts of firefighters have been heroic. The resilience of the communities affected has been extraordinary,” ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane said. “This has been Australia at its best … but we need more than words. Expressions ... Read More »

Thief ram raids new West End Vinnies shop, steals $30 in costume jewellery

RAMMING his car in reverse through the front doors of Vinnies’ West End store, a thief pilfered jewellery for two minutes before speeding back out of the store, narrowly avoiding a pedestrian in the escape. The stolen jewellery was worth $20-$30.  The store was looking at about $300 in stock losses from the snatch and grab job. Vinnies Queensland retail ... Read More »

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