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Vow of obedience and secrecy: self preservation or preservation of the Church? Vow of obedience and secrecy: self preservation or preservation of the Church?

Published on 04 December 2015: Bishop explains the culture of obedience and secrecy was more than just protecting the Church; clergy were protecting themselves, with real fear amongst clergy of being shunned and looked down upon should they rebel against this culture.

Portland rallies today to protect working conditions Portland rallies today to protect working conditions

Published on 04 December 2015: The Portland community will rally today at Bentinck Street Lawn in Portland after news Aussie jobs are under threat thanks to cost-cutting aboard Alcoa’s MV Portland.

Those who were supposed to be acting as shepherds were wolves Those who were supposed to be acting as shepherds were wolves

Published on 03 December 2015: Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hears that priests who abused the trust of the children they sexually assaulted should be described as ‘wolves’ only acting as shepherds of God.

Police admit sexual assault allegations made against priests Police admit sexual assault allegations made against priests

Published on 02 December 2015: Stephen Fontana, Assistant Commissioner for Victoria Police gives evidence to Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse regarding allegations of sexual assault by known offenders including Fathers Searson, Fasciale and Pickering.

If you’re injured and not working, check your super for hidden benefits If you’re injured and not working, check your super for hidden benefits

Published on 02 December 2015: If you're unable to work it can pay to check whether you’re eligible for superannuation benefits - if you have been injured at work or on the road, or are suffering from an illness you may be entitled to disability benefits through a superannuation fund.

Royal Commission hears of Catholic Chuch cover-ups Royal Commission hears of Catholic Chuch cover-ups

Published on 01 December 2015: Case Study 35 of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse continued today with disturbing evidence being heard about complaints of misconduct and abuse, which were simply “covered up” by the Church.

Archbishop Hart and survivors continue harrowing evidence at Royal Commission Archbishop Hart and survivors continue harrowing evidence at Royal Commission

Published on 30 November 2015: Case Study 35 of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse resumed today with an investigation into the abhorrent sexual abuse of Fr Wilfred (Bill) Baker at both the Good Shepherd Catholic Church and St James Primary School.

Royal Commission continues to hear of Archdiocese’s failings regarding Searson Royal Commission continues to hear of Archdiocese’s failings regarding Searson

Published on 27 November 2015: Day four of Case Study 35 commenced with Allan Dooley agreeing that he was a key point of contact between parish communities and the Archbishop but did not have any authority to reprimand priests.

Gender dysphoria - why courts have a say in gender reassignment Gender dysphoria - why courts have a say in gender reassignment

Published on 27 November 2015: Gender dysphoria, in which a child feels uncomfortable within his or her biological sex, has risen in prominence. Rising applications for gender reassignment surgery suggest that more and more parents are now having to grapple with this challenging issue.

Sham contracts are illegal. Know your working status and rights Sham contracts are illegal. Know your working status and rights

Published on 26 November 2015: Recent alleged scams have seen workers speak out against potential sham contracts and underpayment of wages. These issues are also key terms of reference of the Victorian Inquiry into Labour Hire and Insecure Work, which is now collecting evidence.

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