Roundup: Pokies, sex abuse, death penalty, sci-fi, Sudanese pastor, suicide
Independent Andrew Wilkie is set to renew his push for poker machine reform in the wake of Peter Slipper’s decision to stand aside as Speaker.
For many years, religious organisations have grappled with the need to improve the ways they deal with abusive behaviour by their own clergy.
The Victorian state government has been urged to widen the inquiry into sex abuse by priests to consider how to make it easier for victims to sue the Catholic Church.
In the more than three decades since the national moratorium on the death penalty was lifted, there is no reliable research to determine whether capital punishment has served as a deterrent, according to a review by the National Research Council.
A Uniting Church minister has resurrected a popular, but controversial, idea she hit on a year ago – basing a sermon on the Bible and its similarities to popular sci-fi and fantasy novels, films and television series.
Sudanese refugee Amel Manyon says being involved with churches has helped her family settle into life in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.
Churches have an important role to play in assisting those affected by suicide and depression, Australian religious leaders say.
Anglican and Catholic churches have lost the right to police themselves, say victims.