Federal redress legislation


The federal government introduced legislation for a national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse in institutions in Parliament late last month.

Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, said the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017 aims to begin the task of alleviating the impact of past institutional child sexual abuse.


Remote reading

A new project is improving literacy for Indigenous children in some of the most remote parts of Australia.

The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation’s (ALF) Northern Australian Books and Library project aims to support more than 120 rural schools in Northern Queensland, the Northern Territory and North Western Australia. 

A recent report from Bankwest Curtin Economics ...

Celebrating witness out west

The Melton Uniting Church is one of the oldest structures in Melton. When built in 1857 the original (and still functioning) building was built for all denominations to share.

The Scottish designed bluestone building was opened 14 December 1867. A Sunday school building was constructed in 1938. This building, along with the original church, ...

Bring poverty into the open

Community service agencies in Launceston – Tasmania’s second largest city – are reporting a significant spike in calls for emergency relief support this year.

St Vincent de Paul Society state president Toni Muir said while it was hard to accurately tally the number of new cases, she estimated that about 35 per cent more people had come through the ...

Triumph of light

For the rest of Thursday don’t be shy about wishing any Hindu people you know “Happy Diwali” (the ‘w’ has a ‘v’ sound), and certainly do so if you run into Kirit Kapadia.

Diwali, which falls on 19 October this year, is otherwise known as the Festival of Lights and is a national holiday in India as well ...

Walk the wall

The Great Wall of China was constructed as an impassable barrier, which is how a lot of people see the problem of child abandonment in China.

On Saturday, approximately 150 walkers – including a team from Manningham Uniting Church – joined in a Walk the Wall walkathon at Westerfolds Park to raise more than $20,000 for abandoned ...

Gagebrook fights back after fire

The Bridgewater-Gagebrook Uniting Church centre has bounced back quickly from the devastating impact of the recent deliberately-lit fire.

Less than a week after the 4 October fire caused more than $500,000 damage, community services arm Uniting’s local emergency relief operations, congregational mission work and a food relief service were re-established from a campervan near the site for three mornings ...

Next generation Samoans step up to leadership role

There was a strong youth presence at the 2017 Samoan National Conference as delegates from different synods gathered in Melbourne for four days of worship, singing and reflection.

More than 200 people – including Samoan youth from Victorian, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australian congregations – came together at St John’s Uniting Church in Essendon from ...

Unconscious bias: judging others by their accents

Friday Forum Your views on the news

People around the world are hearing more foreign accents than at any time in human history.

Are you guilty of judging someone by his or her accent? Snéha Khilay is a specialist in cultural diversity and unconscious bias. She feels this is just another form of unconscious bias and one aspect ...

Faith traditions unite to oppose assisted dying Bill

In what was described as an unprecedented event, leading Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and Sikh bodies have jointly signed and delivered a statement to Victoria’s Deputy Premier James Merlino opposing the state’s proposed Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill.

Representatives of the signatory faith groups, including Victorian Council of Churches (VCC) President Bishop Peter Danaher, gathered on the steps of ...