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Abuse crisis New South Wales

NSW Parliament to consider bill on stay applications in abuse cases

New South Wales Parliament will consider a bill to further restrict churches and other institutions from using stay applications to prevent abuse survivors having their cases heard. Source: The Guardian. 

Gender New South Wales

Protester interrupts Archbishop Fisher during transgender inquiry

A protester disrupted Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP as he gave evidence at a New South Wales parliamentary inquiry into proposed laws that would make it easier for transgender people to record a sex change on legal documents. Source: ABC News.

New South Wales

NSW Premier calls for calm after Assyrian bishop stabbed

New South Wales Premier Chris Minns held a meeting with faith leaders from multiple western Sydney religious communities late last night after an Assyrian bishop was stabbed during a church service in Wakeley. Source:

Gambling New South Wales

Cashless gaming trial report finds little change to players’ behaviour

Most people who signed up for a trial of cashless gambling at a Newcastle venue rarely used the technology, preferring to gamble with cash or prepaid tickets and using their physical loyalty cards. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

New South Wales

Conversion therapy bill passes NSW parliament after marathon debate

The New South Wales Government has been accused of ramming its conversion practices ban through Parliament in a marathon debate before the law was passed on Friday. Source: The Catholic Weekly. 

Bishops New South Wales Wellbeing

NSW budgets to measure wellbeing, not just dollars and cents

The New South Wales Government will change the state budget to take account of citizens’ wellbeing in addition to traditional economic indicators such as growth, employment and deficits. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

New South Wales Politics

Faith leaders welcome exceptions in proposed conversion practices ban

Faith leaders welcomed exceptions for religious faith and practice in the New South Wales Government’s proposed conversion practices ban but warned that the laws may still negatively affect faith communities. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

New South Wales Politics

NSW gay conversion therapy bill offers exemptions for religion, parents

A bill to ban gay conversion therapy was introduced into the NSW Parliament yesterday, with allowances made for parents and religious sermons. Source: ABC News.

Health New South Wales

Faith leaders urge action on drug reform

Faith leaders have urged the New South Wales Government to accelerate drug reform and relax laws to avoid “needless” and “disastrous” interactions with the criminal justice system as a promised drug summit remains dateless. Source: The Australian.