Roundup: Somalia, global warming, aged care, school discipline, same-sex marriage
More than 12 million are facing starvation, and children are particularly vulnerable. The crisis is likely to spread across the country and into parts of Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia, the UN says.
The Mid-North Coast Climate Alliance brings together Wauchope’s Uniting Church in Australia, Unions Hastings Macleay, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and the Hastings, Manning and Clarence branches of Climate Change Australia.
Christian relief agencies providing aid to millions of people facing drought in Somalia face security issues in the war-torn country, where humanitarian officials say operating is difficult, but not impossible.
An overhaul of the aged care sector must not only address the demographic shift to a much older population, but also the immediate issue of inadequate care for the elderly.
Uniting Care Burnside is campaigning in New South Wales against increasing rates of school suspension periods away from school that are not, the agency says, “in the interest of those children”.
Support for legalising same-sex marriage is running high in the Australian community at present, as opinion polls and media commentary are all confirming. So why the hesitancy from politicians from the two major political parties, usually so quick to capitalise on public opinion?
The recent debates in the Australian parliament over gay marriage have followed the same wearisome pattern seen in so many other countries. See also No right to marriage for same-sex couples.