Weekend Wrap for 29 August 2021

Welcome to the NSL Weekend Wrap for 29 August 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

VIC: Two men who were abused by a paedophile priest in regional Victoria in the 1960s have reached landmark settlement agreements with the Catholic Church. (ABC News)

QLD: Catholic hospitals have vowed to resist allowing doctors to enter their premises to administer end-of-life drugs if Queensland MPs support the introduction of euthanasia laws next month. (The Catholic Leader)

QLD: Specialised palliative care provider the Toowoomba Hospice has taken a stand against the proposed Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill that's to be debated by Queensland parliament. (The Chronicle; Paywalled)

QLDA Bargara woman is calling on Queensland politicians to abstain from voting if they don't support the proposed assisted dying legislation; the Member for Bundaberg used a forum to explain why he's supporting it. (7 News)

NSW: Thirty adults have been fined after travelling from COVID-19 hotspot suburbs to attend an illegal church gathering in Sydney’s west, hours after the pastor led a prayer for an end to lockdowns. (SMH)

NSW: Wedding ceremonies will be allowed to recommence under lockdown restrictions following lobbying from church officials. (Sydney Anglicans)

TASThe Tasmanian Government decision to foster greater LGBTIQ+ inclusion in Tasmanian schools with a budget allocation of almost half a million dollars has been welcomed by LGBTIQ+ community leaders. (Out in Perth)

WAWest Australian Upper House MP Nick Goiran has claimed that support for VAD legislation in the state was won through repeated personal attacks and media vilification against opponents of proposed euthanasia laws. (The Epoch Times)

TAS: Amid calls for reform, a Tasmanian conversion therapy survivor speaks out. (The Examiner)

Commentary and Analysis

Events and Advisories

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