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In an article first published on Eureka Street, FRANK BRENNAN, CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia, finds consolations and abiding concerns in the Liberal Party vote that led to the ousting of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull…

Australian PM to deliver a national apology to child sexual abuse victims

Australia’s Federal Government will deliver a formal apology to survivors, victims and families of institutional child sexual abuse in October and create a National Office for Child Safety, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced. The move was among the government’s formal response to the recommendations contained in the final report of the Royal Commission into […]

Updated: Australian Royal Commission recommends religious ministers be compelled to report child sex abuse and Vatican consider making celibacy voluntary

Updated: 12pm, 16th December, 2017 Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses in Child Sexual Abuse has handed down its final report with 189 recommendations, including that religious ministers be forced to report suspicions or knowledge of abuse gained in the confessional and that the Catholic Church consider introducing voluntary, instead of mandatory, celibacy for clergy. […]

Updated: Australian Parliament passes same-sex marriage bill

Last updated 11am, 8th December, 2017 The Australian Parliament has passed a bill legalising same-sex marriage. The bill passed through the Lower House for the second time with just four members voting against it and some abstaining. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told the ABC that he was “proud” the law had been changed while he […]

Former Australian Government Minister Philip Ruddock to head review of religious freedom protections

Former Australian Federal Government Minister Philip Ruddock will chair a panel charged with reviewing protections for religious freedom, the Turnbull Government has announced against the backdrop of a continuing debate over the same-sex marriage bill and freedom of religion. Amid ongoing concerns that religious freedom protections contained in the bill to legalise same-sex marriage – which […]

Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest makes historic $400 million donation to charity

The fight against cancer, higher education, early childhood initiatives, Indigenous Australians, and the battle to eliminate ‘modern slavery’ are among the recipients of a $400 million donation – the largest philanthropic donation ever made by a living Australian – announced by mining magnate Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest and his wife Nicola today. In comments made at […]