The Statistic

18th August, 2017
Cost to the economy in health bills, lost productivity and well-being due to sleep deprivation in Australia: $66.3 billion 
Source: Deloitte Access Economics report

 

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Moments

18th August, 2017
INQUIRING: More Australian federal MPs including South Australian MP Nick Xenophon about their possible citizenship of other nations after Nationals Senator Fiona Nash revealed she may be a British citizen by descent, bringing to six the total number of MPs who have been referred to the High Court to resolve questions of citizenship.
SECURED: A place to study at Oxford University, Pakistani education activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai.
DENOUNCED: The removal of statues of Confederate figures in the US; by President Donald Trump who tweeted that "You can't change history, but you can learn from it".

 

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Essays

In an article first published by Australia's ABC, PETER KURTI, research fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies, argues that legalising same-sex marriage is far more complex than just changing a few words in an Act of Parliament...

In an article first published by Religion News Service, JOHN GEHRING, US-based Catholic program director at Faith in Public Life and author of The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope’s Challenge to the American Catholic Church looks at what data tells us about attitudes within the church in the US...

In an article first published by Religion News Service, Rev JOHN L MCULLOUGH, president and CEO of US-based global humanitarian agency Church World Service, calls on the US Congress to reject an attempt to move the US "to a so-called 'merit-based' immigration system...

They Said It

"I would caution and counsel you with respect to be very, very careful of the offence you may do to the religious sensibilities of other Australians...[T]o ridicule that community, to drive it into a corner, to mock its religious garments is an appalling thing to do and I would ask you to reflect on what you have done."
- Australian Attorney-General George Brandis, speaking in the Senate after One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson put a burqa on during the parliamentary session on 17th August. His comments brought applause from opposition Labor and Green senators.

 

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This Week on the Web

22nd May, 2017
In an article written for the Lausanne Movement's Lausanne Global Analysis, SAM GEORGE looks at whether God is turning the refugee crisis in Europe into one of the "greatest mission opportunities". Read Is God Reviving Europe Through Refugees?...

 

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The Word Explained

14th August, 2017
(Confer) Holy Orders: Catholic ordination service.

 

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