February 27, 2009 Pat Dodson takes on new university role
Known as the father of reconciliation, Professor Dodson will head the university's Indigenous Policy and Dialogue Research Unit from Monday.
His role will focus on fostering dialogue among all Australians on issues affecting indigenous people.
The unit's work will start with research in the Kimberley region of Western Australia before moving across the country.
Some of the 'Stolen generation' who flew to Canberra - Ernie Sarah, Keith Kitchener, Phyllis Bin Bakar, Daisy Howard and Ruby Rose along with Tania and Mark Bin Bakar
Pope Benedict XVI says there is still much to be achieved on the path to racial reconciliation between Aboriginal people and the rest of Australia.
He has made the comment in a message read to a gathering of Aboriginal Catholics in the Northern Territory town of Alice Springs.
The gathering last night marked two decades since Pope John Paul II visited Alice Springs to recognise Indigenous Australians and their role in the Catholic church.
In the message, Pope Benedict also tells young people not to be lured into the misuse of alcohol and drugs.
The chair of the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council, Melissa Brickell, says over 1,500 people gathered to hear the message.
Brothers Oceania - Shaping Our Future
360 Christian Brothers from the region will assemble in Brisbane for a week-long conference that is likely to set in motion moves to merge the four Australian provinces, as occurred last year in North America. More importantly, it will set new priorities for works in which the Brothers are directly engaged. Chair of the Shaping Our Future Project, Br Kevin Ryan, said in a media release: 'The Christian Brothers are refocusing their educational mission on the social needs of the community and social justice advocacy which includes work with street kids, school truants and children of needy families.'
education classes no longer work and are failing to attract children to the
church, says Christian Research Association senior research officer Rev
The Australian reports that while generations of Australian school children have been "captive congregations", modern pupils are bucking against receiving church teaching.
Instead, Generation Y - the children born after 1979 - are revealing a streak of independence, according to a major study of their attitudes to spirituality, to be released mid-year.
The Australian's religiion writer Jill Rowbotham suggests the finding will have churches and church-affiliated schools rethinking their approach to religious education, if they have not already done so.
"To their credit, they are already exploring a variety of new ways of engaging students about religion," says the church-funded Christian Research Association's senior research officer, Reverend Philip Hughes (pictured).
The three-year study was not designed to examine religious education, but Dr Hughes concedes "it does have implications for how religious education is done: you cannot 'hand on' your faith".
The study included 350 face-to-face interviews, 1200 telephone interviews and a schools-based component in which 2500 students were surveyed across 20 schools, most of which were church-affiliated. "There is a strong sense among the young that they will make their own choices about faith, they think it is their responsibility to do so," Dr Hughes said.
Self is the new Bible for young (The Australian 20/1/06)
Increase in Indigenous parliamentarians in NT
Calls for a sniffing-free zone
13th 2005: More students head to private schools
More than one third of Australian children will be educated in private schools by 2010, according to a new study by the Independent Schools Council of Australia.
The Council predicted in five years the independent sector's share of school enrolments would be about 16.6%, compared with the current figure of 13.9%.
Enrolments in Australia's Catholic schools are expected to grow slightly to 18.5% - making a combined private school share of 35.1%.
The projected gains for private schools mean state schools would see their enrolments slide three points to about 64.9%.
The executive director of the independent schools council, Bill Daniels, said the analysis showed the health of the independent schools sector. "It's responding to parental demand. There's plenty of evidence that a lot of parents are willing to pay the price, and the price is fees."
The analysis was published in the latest edition of Independence, the national journal for independent school heads.
It was based on enrolment trends between 1996 and 2003, combined with Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates on population growth.
A Nation united
AUSTRALIA'S commercial TV networks set aside their differences to raise more than $15 million for tsunami victims.
The three networks combined for the Australia Unites – Reach Out to Asia concert at the Sydney Opera House and telethon at Melbourne's Telstra Dome.
Thousands gathered in Sydney to see performers such as Kasey Chambers, Daniel Johns, Killing Heidi and Noiseworks. Millions more watched the broadcast.
Telstra Dome hosted a star-studded parade of identities from television, sport and entertainment.
The tally room at the Dome – hosted by Channel 10's Rove McManus, Channel 9's Eddie McGuire and Channel 7's Andrew O'Keefe – resembled the Logie Awards, but without the sequined frocks.
McManus joked: "Finally, Eddie McGuire on all three major networks."
Those donating their time to the appeal included Sigrid Thornton, Bert Newton, Daryl Somers, Andrew Denton, Lisa McCune, Anthony Callea, Rob Mills and Gina Riley in character as Kim Day from World Vision head Tim Costello said people across the world hailed Australia as setting the benchmark for tsunami aid.
"For perhaps the first time in our history, Australia actually is so far out in front, it's magnificent," he said.
Children raided piggybanks, families held fundraising barbecues and partygoers emptied wallets.
A drought-stricken farmer donated $1,000 and a child, 2, donated her savings of $500.