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2010 Australian Christian Book of the Year short list announced

2010 Australian Christian Book of the Year short list was announced on Tuesday 8 June 2010. The 2010 Australian Christian Book of the Year Award short-listed books are: A century of influence: Australian Student Christian Movement 1896-1996 by Renate Howe (University of New South Wales Press) Desolate beauty by Trudy Adams (Ark House Press) Hebrews: A New Covenant commentary by ...

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Quest for Christian unity not new, Edinburgh conference hears

Since Christianity began, there has never been a time when mission has not been taking place, and the same is true for ecumenism or the quest for unity, a key Vatican figure has said at a conference to mark the centenary of the first world mission conference in Edinburgh. Bishop Brian Farrell, who heads the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting ...

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Lifeline Bookfest outgrows its home

BOOKS donated to the Bookfest have outgrown Lifeline’s distribution warehouse and will this week be moving to a new home around the corner. Lifeline Brisbane’s Bookfest runs twice a year at the Brisbane Convention Centre in January and June selling approximately 4 million books annually. Lifeline Bookfest Coordinator, Roy Frith said the new warehouse will provide the Book supervisor and ...

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Gaza flotilla: churches call for independent inquiry

Queensland Churches Together (QCT) deplores the violence that left at least nine activists dead and many injured by Israeli elite forces that intercepted a ship carrying humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza on 31st May. The violence took place in international waters. QCT supports the United Nations Security Council’s call for an impartial investigation into the violence. In a ...

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Blue Care wins Queensland Reconciliation Award

Blue Care was presented a prestigious Queensland Government Reconciliation Award by Premier Anna Bligh on Friday night at the 2010 Reconciliation Awards for Business ceremony. The leading not-for-profit community health and aged care provider was announced the winner of the Community Organisation Category for its contribution to promoting reconciliation in Queensland. Blue Care Indigenous Coordinator Norelle Watson said it was ...

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Blue nurses deliver more than 70,000 community care visits in Queensland

Blue Care nurses are being hailed for their contribution to the Queensland community on International Nurses Day today, May 12, with more than 70,000 home visits made each month to those in need. Blue Care Director of Community Services Linda Dawson said Blue Care nurses are at the forefront of community nursing and are recognised for their invaluable contribution not ...

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Super profits tax should benefit all Australians

UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Susan Helyar said today UnitingCare Australia supports a progressive tax system that distributes the benefits of the economic boom fairly across the whole community. Ms Helyar said big profits from big business must be taxed in a way that delivers a return for the whole community. “UnitingCare Australia supports the Government’s efforts to increase its revenue ...

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2010 Budget priorities for action

 UnitingCare Australia National Director, Susan Helyar, said the 2010 Federal Budget must deliver for low income, socially marginalised people. Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s Budget, Ms Helyar outlined UnitingCare Australia’s three priorities. “The Government must address the growing demand for relevant services for older Australians and for people who are socially and economically excluded,” Ms Helyar said. “Income support justice must ...

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Tony Abbott’s historical view promotes a disturbing doctrine

The Uniting Church in Australia has warned that Tony Abbott’s denial of Australia’s discriminatory past promotes a disturbing and socially divisive doctrine which could erode historical facts of national importance. Uniting Church President Rev. Alistair Macrae said the comments made by the Leader of the Opposition revealed a very selective reading of our nation’s history and ignored Australia’s legacy of ...

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