News Stand

28 March to 3 April

Melbourne diocese signs on to the National Redress Scheme; Anglicare offers its annual 'Fast Facts' about the Budget; and see what happens when SBS puts 10 Christians from various traditions in the one house.

April 3 2019


Dozens more institutions join redress scheme for abuse victims

Another 30 institutions, including the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, have joined the National Redress Scheme for institutional child abuse victims, Minister for Families and Social Services Mr Paul Fletcher announced on 29 March.


Budget Fast Facts

Anglicare Australia offers its annual guide to the Federal Budget, with an editorial from Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers, an overview of key initiatives and comments from Anglicare Australia’s team on the impacts of Budget measures.


Beyond rhetoric, urgent need to reclaim fair-go society

Conny Lenneberg, Executive Director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence, says notwithstanding the reversal of the original Budget decision excluding unemployed people from the one-off energy payment, Australia’s approach to social security needs reform.


Courting religious voters in the 2019 federal election

With Prime Minister Scott Morrison expected to call on the Governor-General any day to send Australia to the polls, Patrick Parkinson examines what’s at stake for Australian religious believers in this year’s election.


Meet the housemates of SBS’s Christians Like Us

Christians Like Us is a televisual experiment in comparative religion, showing how even within the essential tenets of a faith there can be huge disparities in what adherents believe. In this two-part series, 10 Australian Christians live together in a house for seven days.


‘Common-sense’ Islamophobia: How anti-Muslim feeling becomes normalised

Claiming that Islamophobia is only about fear distracts us from seeing it for what it really is: a form of racism with historical and cultural depth and a hydra-like manifestation. Like anti-Semitism, Islamophobia is a form of racism.


Christianity is losing ground in the US, new survey says

Americans who identify as non-religious are now about equal in number with Catholics and evangelicals. But Catholicism and evangelicalism, along with mainline Protestantism, are facing steady declines in followers, as Hannah Sparks reports for the New York Post.


Bioethicist Baroness Warnock remembered

Baroness Warnock, who chaired the UK’s Committee of Inquiry into Human Fertilisation and Embryology from 1982-84 that resulted in the Warnock Report, has died. A communicant Anglican and a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Medical Ethics Advisory Group from 1993-2006, Church Times published this tribute from the chair of that group.


Acclaimed organist and Sydney Opera House consultant Peter Hurford dies

British organist Peter Hurford, who was consultant to the Sydney Opera House on its new Concert Hall pipe organ while Artist-in-Residence there in the 1970s, has died. He was acclaimed for his recordings of the complete organ works of J.S. Bach.


The Christchurch killer’s anti-humanist ideology

Melbourne vicar Mark Durie writes that accused Christchurch terrorist Brenton Tarrant’s morality is implacably and utterly opposed to the humanitarian Biblical roots of Christianity and, ironically, at odds with the spiritual and ethical foundations of European cultures he claims to appreciate.