Pope writes to Catholic families, urging them to pray for synod
Pope Francis has written a letter to Catholic families around the world to remind them of the importance of family life in the Church, stating their prayers are crucial for the upcoming synod.
Drought package: Farmers cautiously welcome 'hand-up', as pain of dry lingers
Jeremy Fernandez and Chrissy Arthur, The ABC
Farmers have responded cautiously to the Federal Government's drought assistance package, with some suggesting more help is needed - and more rain.
Where is the alternative to Manus Island cruelty?
Jonathan Green, The Drum
As the Opposition struggles under the weight of its bipartisan commitment to the unusual cruelty on Manus Island, we are left bereft of any policy alternative.
George Pell - the view from the pew
Kristina Keneally, The Sydney Morning Herald
At one level, I always felt a bit of sympathy for Cardinal George Pell. He's a product of a particular time and culture in the Catholic Church. I can't imagine he was overjoyed as Bishop of Sydney to have me, a theologically-trained Catholic feminist Premier on his hands.
NFP Tax Concession Report Revealed
A report into charity tax concessions that was buried after the Gillard Government lost office has been released under Freedom of Information and includes a call for the extension of Deductible Gift Recipient Status (DGR) to all charities registered with the charity regulator.
Buck stops with the R words
John Warhurst, The Canberra Times
Responsibility and resignation are important concepts in politics and the wider community.
Drought hit farmers are a special case for assistance, says Abbott
Michelle Grattan, The Conversation
A $280 million scheme for concessional loans enabling farmers to borrow up to $1 million is a centrepiece of the government’s drought relief announced today.
Success patchy in truancy drive
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian
THE crackdown on truancy in 40 Aboriginal communities has revealed mixed early results, with attendance levels up 14 per cent from last year’s term-one average, but some schools going backwards despite intensive efforts to get kids into classrooms.