Aussie kids support refugees

Melbourne was the first Australian city to celebrate World Refugee Day, which began with a protest to free more than 1600 children held behind barbed wire and a call to end mandatory detention.

Hope in darkness

Pacharo Mzembe (Solomon) and Gillian Jones (Marion)Photo © Jeff Busby.

Honours for UCA

Ross Oakley As a footballer, Ross Oakley will be best remembered for how the cruel hand of football fate cost him a place in St Kilda’s only VFL premiership side in 1966.

Documenting the truth

By Nigel Tapp how to get your ex back Hobart documentary filmmaker Heather Kirkpatrick has given up two years of her life – and more than $150,000 of her own funds, a loan and donations – to give asylum seekers a voice.

Learning a new language

Misha Coleman addressed the recent refuge rally how to get your ex back By Nigel Tapp Like many Australians, Misha Coleman is frustrated by the language used to describe those who take to the water to seek asylum in Aust

New aged care package adopts industry recommendations

Hidden by the federal government’s leadership stoush last month was the passing of the Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package, opening the door for better long-term support measures for ageing Australians.

Hymm competition

The Australian Hymn Book Pty Ltd has announced an international hymn writing competition as part of its work in gathering the finest congregational songs for its growing Together in Song collection.

Friendly Melbourne churches

As I have visited various churches around Melbourne and beyond in the past several months, I have seen many friendly churches. So let me take this opportunity to say thank you for the welcome I’ve received.

July letters

There are many things about Melbourne that make it an attractive city to live in. The football (yes, I’m a tragic fan). The cute, quaint coffee shops in all sorts of corners and alleyways in the city.

Questioning TAFE cuts

A petition of 570 signatures collected by Uniting Church members was tabled in the Victorian Parliament.