Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

A modest proposal to end the cruelty in Nauru Comments 0

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
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On the weekend, I joined Robert Manne, Tim Costello and John Menadue in calling for an end to the limbo imposed on proven refugees on Nauru and Manus Island. I think this can be done while keeping the boats stopped. I think it ought be done. Appearing on the ABC’s 7.30 program last Thursday, after Read more

Australia’s same-sex marriage vote in doubt Comments 0

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Same sex marriage isn’t likely to be an option anytime soon in Australia. It’s unlikely Australians will be asked this year to vote on whether to allow same-sex marriage, but the Turnbull government won’t publicly confirm a February referendum. The Australian Electoral Commission has strongly recommended the government not hold a national vote on the Read more

New euthanasia lobby group launched in Australia – Catholic church banned Comments 1

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
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Euthanasia supporters in Australia are working on a new assisted dying campaign in Australia. Influential Australian journalist and euthanasia supporter Andrew Denton (pictured above) has launched a new campaign for assisted dying in Australia, and called on the Catholic Church to “stay out” of the euthanasia debate. Denton, a well-known radio and television personality, delivered Read more

Israel accuses World Vision Gaza manager of funneling millions to Hamas Comments 1

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
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Israel has accused World Vision manager for the Gaza region of funneling millions of dollars to Islamist militant group Hamas. Mohammad El Halabi (photographed above) was arrested by Israel on June 15 while crossing the border into Gaza, World Vision said in a statement. He was charged by Israeli authorities on Thursday. He had run Read more

Refugee journey from Africa to Australia Comments 0

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
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She spent endless days and nights fleeing a warzone as a tiny child, first on foot through the darkness and then by boat after they shut the borders in her native Sierra Leone. But when Yarrie Bangurra saw the camp she was supposed to be staying in, she couldn’t understand what it was her family Read more

Australia ‘dealing’ with cultural difference? Comments 0

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
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I was passing through airport security somewhere in North America in October 2001 when I realised it: I was no longer the face of terrorism, and might never be selected for one of those comprehensive “special clearance procedures” again. Until then, that’s what a passport with a Northern Irish birthplace had got me – it Read more

Cardinal Pell and the new bishops in Australia Comments 0

Friday, July 15th, 2016
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The papacy only gained complete power over the appointment of bishops in the mid-19th century; it’s that recent. Previously many different systems operated, but the key issue was that the local church had a major say in who was appointed bishop, even if it was only the local lord or king. Nowadays episcopal appointments result Read more

Aussie Sex Party releases offensive anti-Catholic ad Comments 0

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

The Australian Sex party has taken aim at the Catholic Church in an election ad it says may offend some viewers. The ad, released on Youtube on Friday, shows a flamboyant dancing priest leading a congregation in a sing along. The ad accuses the Catholic Church with its “sleazy priests” of “making the world less Read more

Tragedy on Nauru: Australia acting like a stupid brutal nation? Comments 1

Friday, May 6th, 2016
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The death this week of Omid, a young refugee held on Nauru, brought feelings of sadness but also great anger. News that a second refugee, a young Somali woman, has self-immolated and is fighting for her life in a Brisbane hospital only adds to this. These are tragic, entirely predictable and preventable consequences of our Read more

Where to from here for the Catholic Church in Australia? Comments 1

Friday, March 11th, 2016
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Despite the unpersuasive Vatican spin on Cardinal Pell’s appearance last week before the Royal Commission into child sex abuse in institutions – that his performance was “dignified” and “edifying”, his performance, in the assessment of most observers including this one, was inept, cowardly and unconvincing. Cardinal Pell is only one Australian Catholic and he has Read more