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$2.6 million for new supported employment places for people with disability

$2.6 million to fund 278 new supported employment places for people with a disability, was announced by Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, Bill Shorten, on 5 August 2008. Mr Shorten said the new places would provide job opportunities for people with disability across Australia in a variety of businesses. "These new supported employment places will target regions where ...

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Religious leaders call for action on climate change

In an historic move, a group of Australia’s religious leaders have banded together and signed an open letter to the Federal Government, calling for immediate and decisive action on climate change. Signed by 39 leaders from various faith groups and organisations, the letter draws specific attention to the communities across the globe facing devastation through climate change, including the small ...

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Church team outlines problems people face in West Papua

ENI-08-0632  (c) Ecumenical News International A leader of the Communion of Churches in Indonesia has challenged the World Council of Churches to embark on "19th century-type" missionary work in West Papua, and has heard details of the living conditions of people there, who despite their resource-rich province remain the poorest in Indonesia. "We appreciate your ecumenical solidarity and advocacy but ...

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Financial counsellors face funding hurdle

www.abc.net.auPosted Thu Aug 7, 2008 9:26am AEST Financial counsellors say they are turning people in financial strife away because counsellors are underfunded by the Victorian Government. The Federal Government doubled its funding to financial counsellors in this year’s Budget. However, Garry Rothman from Broadmeadows Uniting Care says most of the funding for Victorian financial counsellors comes from the State Government. ...

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Football’s divine call

First printed at afl.com.au Alistair Macrae finds the line between football and theology DREAMS don’t die easily. If football is your passion, the accumulation of years doesn’t seem relevant. Alistair Macrae recently pulled on the boots for Rushworth reserves in the Kyabram District Football League. It was a one-off; the father of his daughter’s boyfriend is a club stalwart and ...

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AIDS leaders plead with religions not to shun HIV positive people

Ecumenical News InternationalENI-08-0620 Mexico City, 1 August (ENI) Medical experts from around the world have pleaded at the international Faith in Action Now inter-religious AIDS conference for greater sensitivity among faith-based groups on the relationship between the religions and HIV. The conference is being attended by more than 600 church leaders from throughout the world, in advance of the International ...

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Doulos’ final Aussie tour

THE WORLD’S largest and oldest floating bookshop will be docking in Brisbane once more this August before resting her sea legs for good. The MV Doulos is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “World’s Oldest Ocean-Going Passenger Ship” still active. Run by OM Australia, Doulos carries more than 6000 different books and has a staff of ...

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Africans will be new missionaries to West says American

Anglican ENI-08-0600 Canterbury, England, 28 July (ENI) An American Anglican activist has predicted that African missionaries will replant the seeds of the Christian gospel in countries such as the United States and Britain within a generation. "Vitality ebbs and flows," said the Rev Todd Wetzel, executive director of Dallas-based Anglicans United, a group that operates in the US Episcopal (Anglican) ...

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Refugee camp in Brisbane

FOR FIVE days late this month, Brisbane will become a refugee camp. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Australia is launching the first Australian tour of Refugee Camp in Your City, an outdoor, interactive event that re-creates a refugee camp and its facilities where Australians cannot avoid its impact. Open to the public and fully interpreted by Australian returned field workers, the ...

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International Debt and Rising Global Food Prices

In 1998, 70,000 people formed a human chain around the International G8 Conference in the UK to call for cancellation of the debt crippling poor countries. Jubilee Australia works with the global Jubilee movement to resolve the international debt crisis. Ten years on, the National Co-ordinator, Ms Adele Webb, points out that in this era of rising global food prices, ...

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