Daily News - 15 April 2015

Posted 15 April 2015 12:22pm



Vaccination-exempt church revealed as Christian Scientists

Judith Ireland - The SMH

It is the question that Scott Morrison has repeatedly refused to answer.

Which is the religious organisation that qualifies children for an exemption from vaccination?

The Social Services Minister has said there was only one registered organisation that could be exempted for religious grounds, but would not say who.

"I'm not about to advertise it for fear of it having a lot of new followers on a fairly unfair basis," he said at the weekend, after announcing other loopholes would be tightened to stop parents claiming childcare and family benefits if they refused to vaccinate their children.

An online guide produced by Mr Morrison's own department clearly states that the exempt organisation is Church of Christ, Scientist - more generally known as the Christian Scientists.

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The young and the homeless: Going Home Staying Home evaluated

Michael Koziol - The SMH

Jaike Digney, 18, has been homeless since he was 14. In that time he has been on and off the streets, in and out of refuges - "pretty much every one in Sydney", he says. For six months he lived in a fire escape at a hotel near Central. He has slept under the rail bridge in Woolloomooloo. For the past three weeks his makeshift bedroom has been below the light rail viaduct that runs through Glebe's Wentworth Park.

"It's cold, it's wet on bad days," he says. However, it's a bed and shelter. "A place to hide out from the rest of the world."

On any given night, 105,000 Australians are without a home. Sleeping rough, Jaike is at the extreme end of an unpleasant, ever-changing spectrum; a world of emergency refuges, overcrowded lodges, friends' couches. It is also a world of the young and naive, as 40 per cent of the country's homeless are under 25.

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Almost half Australia's homeless population under 25, youth advocates says

ABC News

Almost half of all homeless people in Australia are under the age of 25, one of Australia's peak youth bodies has said.

The National Youth Coalition for Housing, which is hosting a national online "Youth Homelessness Matters" campaign today, said 42 per cent of Australia's homeless, a total of 26,000, were young people.

The group said many young people left home to escape violence, abuse and relationships.

Coalition chairwoman Joanna Siejka said asking young people who were homeless if they needed help was a good way to start.

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Catholic Church to distribute pamphlets opposing euthanasia

Jared Owens - The Australian

The Catholic Church will today begin distributing 75,000 pamphlets opposing euthanasia, praying thousands of parishioners will carry forth the church’s position to secular Australia.

The pamphlets, designed to counter “emotive slogans” and “misinformation” used by euthanasia advocates, argue that safeguards introduced overseas have failed and led to “abuse, exploitation and erosion of care” for the sick and vulnerable.

The campaign comes as the Senate prepares for the introduction of a Greens senator Richard Di Natale’s bill that aims to legalise euthanasia with stringent safeguards.

Bishop Peter Comensoli, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference delegate on euthanasia, said the campaign comprised “reasoned arguments, not religious arguments” that could satisfy nonbelievers.

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