Weekend Wrap for 26 September 2021

Welcome to the NSL Weekend Wrap for 26 September 2021, where you can catch up on the latest secular-related news from around the country.

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At the National Level

Around the Country

NSW: The NSW Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by the Catholic church to stop a sexual abuse survivor suing it over the childhood abuse she suffered at the hands of a parish priest, despite its own records showing it knew the man was a paedophile but did nothing other than move him from parish to parish. (The Guardian)

WA: The former Anglican Archbishop of Perth Roger Herft elected not to appear in front of a church standards board which could defrock the priest over findings from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse. (WA Today)

NSW: Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP is calling on Catholics in NSW to fight the push for assisted suicide laws in the state after Queensland lost its own battle last week. (The Catholic Weekly)

VIC: The Melbourne diocese of the Anglican church received almost $16m in jobkeeper subsidies in 2020, enough to clear its estimated sexual abuse compensation bill of $14.3m, accounts filed with the charities regulator show. (The Guardian)

NSW: A cross-party group of New South Wales MPs have called on the state Education Minister to reject anti-transgender education legislation from One Nation’s Mark Latham. (Q News)

NSWA series of meetings has begun to help rectors and churchwardens grapple with COVID health measures as Freedom Day approaches in New South Wales in October. (Sydney Anglicans)

VIC: More on Victorian Liberal leader Matthew Guy's supposed promise to roll back the state’s "world-leading" law banning harmful conversion practices. (Star Observer)

NSW: Greens MP for Newtown Jenny Leong has spoken out about how bullying and toxic politics were used to suppress democratic outcomes in the ongoing NSW Religious Freedom debate. (Green Left)

QLD: Queensland's members of parliament voted emphatically to legalise euthanasia last week, reflecting public opinion, but "without heeding Church, medical and ethical advice that it signals a life-or-death societal shift". (The Catholic Leader)

QLD: The Rationalist Society of Australia is seeking ministerial support from within the Queensland government to see that religious-based discrimination is finally removed from the chaplaincy program in the public school system. (RSA)

Commentary and Analysis

Events and Advisories

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