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Gambling Opinion

Chances are you’re about to ignore gambling warnings

New slogans designed to warn about the risk of gambling fall well short of regulation that might meaningfully curb what has become a social norm, writes Julian Butler SJ. Source: Eureka Street.

Abuse crisis Redress

Redress scheme to get extra staff to help clear huge backlog

Extra staff will be hired to handle applications to the National Redress Scheme for victims of child sexual abuse, as the program buckles under the weight of a huge backlog in cases. Source: ABC News.


Research reveals need for investment in refugee resettlement hotspots

Place-based investment is urgently needed to help Australia’s major settlement cities meet the needs of growing refugee communities, according to new research by Australian Catholic University and the Edmund Rice Centre.


Disability laws set for first major shake-up in nearly 40 years

Australians will get the chance to have their say as federal disability services laws undergo their first major shake-up since 1986. Source: SBS News.

For The Diary

Cardinal Czerny to deliver annual Cardijn Lecture 

Cardinal Michael Czerny SJ will speak about the social teaching of Pope Francis when he delivers the annual Cardijn Lecture next week. Source: Australian Cardijn Institute.


Pope asks religious not to be discouraged by lack of vocations 

Pope Francis has asked religious not to succumb to pessimism over a lack of vocations and to pray with him to “deliver us from the presumption of self-sufficiency and the spirit of worldly criticism”. Source: CNA.

Europe Pope Francis

Russia confirms Pope helped with prisoner swaps

Russia’s ambassador to the Vatican confirmed Pope Francis helped facilitate recent prisoner exchanges with Ukraine and said the Vatican is ready to act as a mediator between Ukraine and Russia. Source: OSV News.


Labor recommits to 2022 territory rights vote

Labor frontbencher Senator Katy Gallagher has recommitted the Albanese Government to bringing the restoration of territory rights to a Senate vote before the end of the year. Source: The Canberra Times.

Aged Care

Catholic sector says support workers need wage boost too

Catholic Health Australia has welcomed the Fair Work Commission’s interim decision to award aged care workers a 15 per cent pay rise but says support workers also need a wage boost to stop them leaving the sector.