Daily News - Monday 9 December 2013

Posted 9 December 2013 9:10am

Royal Commission begins hearings into Towards Healing response

Cath News

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will begin hearings today into the Catholic Church’s victim’s reparation and pastoral response scheme, Towards Healing.

Work burnout rampant among clergy

Verity Edwards, The Australian

UP to 75 per cent of ministers, pastors and priests suffer from stress-related issues, says a psychologist researching clergy concerns, and up to 25 per cent have taken stress leave or suffered serious burnout.

The red tape is being cut loose

Josh Frydenberg, The Australian

WHEN the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index recently ranked 148 countries in terms of their regulatory burden and placed Australia a pitiful 128th, Australia's decision-makers were sent an ominous message. Cut red and green tape now or the cost will be high.

Childcare costs: families spending 9% of income after subsidies

Matt Wade, Sydney Morning Herald

Families with one child in full-time day care are devoting about 9 per cent of their disposable incomes to childcare fees even though the federal government spends more than $5 billion a year subsiding parents.

Caseworker vacancy rate climbs after Pru Goward's directive ignored

Anna Patty, Sydney Morning Herald

The child protection caseworker vacancy rate has almost doubled this year despite Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward's directive to her department in March to fill all vacancies.

High expectations need to extend beyond our politicians to the media and ourselves

Amanda Vanstone, The Age

Politicians, journalists, indeed all of us, have a role to play in improving our democracy.

Thank God for this unique gift to the world

Desmond Tutu, The Sydney Morning Herald

Nelson Mandela embodied what he proclaimed.

Debt blowout: Budget deficit forecast to hit $40b peak

Peter Martin, The Sydney Morning Herald

The budget update to be unveiled next week will forecast a deficit of about $40 billion and a peak in debt of more than $400 billion.

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