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Remembering Port Arthur: A Church’s Touching Tribute

By: Michael CrooksAt St Peter’s Eastern Hill Anglican Church in Melbourne on April 28, the bell tolled 35 times, marking a tragedy that continues to haunt a nation.Each bell toll represented a person lost in the Port Arthur massacre.Twenty-five years ago on the 28th, a local man with an...

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In a COVID World, Do I Still Need a Regular Flu Jab?

By: Laura BennettOrdinarily at this time of year, cases of seasonal influenza are beginning to pop up and people are deciding whether or not to get the current flu vaccine. Although, with COVID dominating much of the headlines, it seems this time round many of us are disinterested in protecting...

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Inside the Bubble: How Trans-Tasman Travel Will Work

By: Michael CrooksInternational travel has returned to Australia. Well, to only one country, but that’s not a bad start for a world still in the grip of a pandemic.From April 19, Australians can travel to New Zealand without having to quarantine.It is the first time since Australia closed...

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Counting Down to Census 2021

By: McCrindleMore than 5,800 years after the world’s first ever census, the 2021 Australian Census is just under 200 days away.As demographers, there are fewer exciting occasions in our calendar! As the largest statistical collection undertaken in Australia, the Census of Population and...

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Aussies Open to Spiritual Conversations

By: Kim WilkinsonNew study finds that 4 in 5 Australians, particularly young people, are open to talking about spiritual topics, including views that are different from their own.Younger generations are the most open to having a conversation about spirituality.The research, conducted by McCrindle...

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Positive Economic Outlook for Australia in 2021

By: McCrindleWhile 2020 began with hope and optimism for a new year and decade, the COVID-19 pandemic quickly took hold of the world, and the subsequent lockdowns and restrictions having many personal impacts for people, but also on the economy. Despite a tough year in 2020, economists...

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Palm Sunday Attack on Indonesian Church

Fourteen people have been injured, and a suicide bomber killed, in a terrorist attack on a Catholic church in South Sulawesi, just after their Palm Sunday mass. The Palm Sunday explosion occurred at 10:28am (AEDT 1:28pm) Sunday 28th March as worshippers were on their way home from mass. Police say...

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Pope Francis Spreads Hope in a Historic Tour

By: Michael CrooksDuring a historic visit to Iraq on March 7, Pope Francis spoke of the thousands of people murdered in the city of Mosul in recent years, but his message was one of forgiveness and resilience.“The road to a full recovery may still be long, but I ask you, please, not to grow...

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