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New study shows Archdiocese of Brisbane contributes $2.5 billion to Queensland economy

Cathy Uechrtritz

A GROUNDBREAKING study shows the huge community contribution of the Catholic Church across south east Queensland. The Archdiocese of Brisbane makes a $2.5 billion contribution to the Queensland economy through its parishes, schools and agencies, employing 22,000 staff to carry out its work and has 14,000 volunteers. “I think even our own aren’t aware of how significant our contribution is ... Read More »

Woodridge parish priest says drug testing welfare recipients not practical

A PARISH priest in Logan, one of the sites proposed to trial drug testing for welfare recipients, says the experiment does not make practical sense. “The addictions of drugs and alcohol need psychological and social work intervention, not compulsion,” Fr David Batey, priest at St Paul’s parish, Woodridge, in the heart of Logan, said.  A Senate committee has heard reams ... Read More »

Logan Catholic leaders, mayor criticise national welfare drug test trial

Drug test trial

A FEDERAL Government decision to choose Logan as a site for a national drug testing trial for welfare recipients has missed something crucial – the human element. That’s the view of Catholics who work on the pastoral and welfare frontline of Queensland’s rapidly-growing city, southeast of Brisbane. “At a human level, it can be heartless. At a practical level it ... Read More »

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