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Royal Commission into Aged Care reminds Health Department Secretary Brendan Murphy who sets the rules

The Royal Commission into Aged Care put the Secretary of the Federal Health Department, Brendan Murphy, firmly in his place when he tried to make an opening statement to attack …

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Archbishop Makarios’ message for International Youth Day

Archbishop Makarios of Australia made it clear that young people were close to his art, right from the start of his tenure as Australia’s Greek Orthodox hierarch. Everywhere he goes, …

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Hagia Sophia controversy goes beyond Muslim-Christian tensions to treatment of ‘paganism’

The recent uproar from within Turkey and globally about changes to Hagia Sophia — a 1,500-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site of religious significance to both Christians and Muslims — is justified and understandable. A Turkish court revoked the site’s …

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GCM President Bill Papastergiadis’ tribute to Fotios Karamitos

I still remember vividly the first time I met Fotios Karamitos, the beloved father of our board member Michael. It was over 10 years ago and it was a hot …

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Victoria is subjected to a ‘State of Emergency’ and a ‘State of Disaster’ and the powers invoked are lawful. What does that mean?

Some Victorians believe that they have the legal right not to comply with the reasonable direction given by authorities in this pandemic environment (’COVID-19’). They refer to themselves as ‘sovereign citizens’. The …

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Looking at what led to the Victoria’s ‘state of disaster’

At first, finding myself in Australia during what became a global pandemic seemed to be a stroke of dumb luck. Until June, Australia’s coronavirus record was one of success. The …

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No, the extra hygiene precautions we’re taking for COVID-19 won’t weaken our immune systems

During the COVID-19 pandemic we’re constantly being reminded to practise good hygiene by frequently washing our hands and regularly cleaning the spaces where we live and work. These practices aim …

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How long before COVID-19 numbers drop

This week we asked the experts to look into their crystal balls and predict how long it would be until we see the coronavirus cases drop now that stage four …

Life

Childcare permit on the way: Victoria’s childcare announcements explained

From Thursday, 6 August, only children of permitted workers will be able to attend childcare in Melbourne, which is under stage 4 restrictions. Parents and providers have been waiting to …

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Art rises above the challenges of COVID-19 and isolation

Vassy Petros, Antipodean Palette Co-ordinator (2013-2015) & Art Team Member (2018-current): BEFORE ISOLATION: The’Antipodean Palette was to celebrate its 10th year as a special event titled Connection. Facilitated by the GACL …