01081702churchleaders

Christian communities to urgently respond to women who are being abused in their congregations, with the most senior Anglican cleric in the country arguing victims of domestic violence deserve an apology from the Church.

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Source: ABC

01081709sikhs

SBS World News takes a look at a community that has almost doubled in the last five years according to the latest census data released in June this year.

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Source: SBS

01081706environment

Religious leaders from several faiths have occupied the electorate office of Josh Frydenberg today, demanding the federal environment minister withdraw his support for Adani’s Carmichael mine.

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Source: The Guardian

Reportable Conduct Scheme has new reporting requirement for heads of religious bodies

On 1 July 2017 Victoria introduced a Reportable Conduct Scheme to oversee organisational responses to allegations of child abuse or misconduct towards children.

It is now mandatory for organisations that come under the scheme to notify the Commission for Children and Young People of a reportable allegation of child abuse (or other child-related misconduct), made against their workers or volunteers.

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We all have a responsibility to keep children safe from abuse. The Child Safe Standards (the standards) apply to businesses and organisations that provide services or facilities for children. The standards require those organisations to implement a range of measures that are designed to protect children and young people from abuse and neglect. The standards help organisations build a culture of child safety, where safeguarding children is part of everyday practice.

The standards have applied to religious and faith-based organisations since 1 January 2017.

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01081711mandaeans

It might not be the Tigris or the Euphrates, but the Nepean River in Western Sydney is vital to the Australian adherents of one of the world's most ancient religions.

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Source: ABC

As you may be aware, changes to the Working with Children Act 2005 are coming into effect from 1 August 2017.

More information on these changes can be found here:

http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/home/about+the+check/purpose/changes+to+legislation

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01081712missworld

Esma Voloder, a criminal profiler from Melbourne who identifies herself as a Muslim has recently won the Miss world Australia pageant and has grabbed the opportunity to clear misconceptions about Islam.

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Source: The Express Tribune

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