Introducing a temporary visa for parents


The Australian public is invited to provide their views on the development of a new visa for parents of Australians. The ​Australian Government is seeking community input to help shape the development of the visa. More >>

A discussion paper about developing the new visa titled Introducing a temporary visa for parents: Discussion paper (September 2016) is available here >>

Written submissions in response to the discussion ​paper are open to the general public. If you would like to make a written submission on the development of a temporary stay parent visa, or on issues raised in this discussion paper, send an email to ​​ All submissions should be received by midnight, Monday 31 October 2016 (AEDT).

South Australia: Faith Reflections on Nuclear

nuclearThe Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission was established by the South Australian Government on 19 March 2015 to undertake an independent and comprehensive investigation into the potential for increasing South Australia’s participation in the nuclear fuel cycle. It was required to, and did, report to the Governor of South Australia by 6 May 2016. Multifaith South Australia is inviting Faith Reflections on Nuclear on two occasions: October 2nd and October 23, at the Joinery, Franklin St, Adelaide.

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Do Polls equal “Lies, damned lies, and statistics”?

salatThere has been much conversation, interaction and discussion in multifaith and interfaith circles along with formal responses to an Essential Opinion poll about Muslim immigration. Professor Andrew Markus of the Monash – Scanlon Index of Social Cohesion examines the poll, the various methods of polling, and what results certain types of polling deliver. Due his nation-building work on social cohesion, we reproduce (with permission) this examination of this poll by Prof. Andrew Markus.

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Victoria: Eid Breakfast with Father Rod Bower

bower2The ICV hosted its first Eid Breakfast on Monday 19th September 2016 with Keynote Speaker Fr Rod Bower, from the Gosford Anglican Church. Fr Bower is internationally recognised for his interfaith dialogue. Guests also heard speeches from ICV President Bayram Aktepe, ICV Imam Sheikh Abdinur Weli and MC’ed by Br Junaid Cheema.

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Royal Commission: Submissions on best practice when responding to complaints of institutional child sexual abuse

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
The Royal Commission has published 35 submissions received from a range of organisations and individuals in response to its consultation paper: Best practice principles in responding to complaints of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts. The Commission received submissions from sector peak bodies, government agencies, survivor advocacy and support groups, religious institutions and other interested parties.

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Wake Up for Peace – celebrating UN International Day of Peace 2016


On the morning of 21st September, the Melbourne community and it’s leaders will come together to wake up for peace and proactively support the UN International Day of Peace, along with millions around the world.

​You are invited to join this event and create silent, powerful intentions of peace and goodwill – on one day, for one purpose – and as one community at Deakin Edge, Federation Square, 7.45-8.30am.

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