Christianity's increasingly multicultural face revealed in survey

Christianity's increasingly multicultural face revealed in survey

Posted October 04, 2017 09:56:26 More than a third of Australian churchgoers were born overseas, according to the latest National Church Life Survey report. Featuring data from more than 280,000 church attendees, it’s the largest survey in the country after the census and is conducted every five years. The latest figures demonstrate that first- and second-generation migrants make up an increasingly significant segment of the churchgoing population. Survey director Ruth Powell says the multicultural face of Australia is highly evident in church congregations. Audio: Listen to the full interview (Religion…

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You will soon be able to transfer money instantly to other bank accounts

You will soon be able to transfer money instantly to other bank accounts

Posted October 03, 2017 19:35:25 Photo: The New Payments Platform is an initiative of 13 Australian banks to improve transfer speed and security. (Unsplash: rawpixel) Real-time funds transfers between bank accounts, even from different institutions, will be made possible from January next year thanks to a billion-dollar infrastructure upgrade. Following a 2012 review of Australia’s payment systems, customers of the big four banks and about 50 smaller institutions will be automatically able to use instant payments from around Australia Day. Adrian Lovney, chief executive of the New Payments Platform, an…

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Zero-tolerance alcohol and drug policy resisted by SA Government staff

Zero-tolerance alcohol and drug policy resisted by SA Government staff

Posted October 04, 2017 06:48:12 A new zero-tolerance policy towards drugs and alcohol is being opposed by staff in a South Australian Government department amid concerns about plans for workplace testing and whether there’s any legal authority behind the move. For months, the Public Service Association has been pushing back against a policy that all employees of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) must not have any amount of alcohol or illicit drugs in their systems while at work. The PSA said enforcement of the policy would involve…

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Einstein's waves win Nobel Prize in physics

Einstein's waves win Nobel Prize in physics

Image copyrightAFP/CALTECH/EPA Image caption Weiss (L) takes half the prize; Barish (C) and Thorne (R) share the other halfThe 2017 Nobel prize in physics has been awarded to three US scientists for the detection of gravitational waves. Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish will share the nine million kronor (£831,000) prize. The ripples were predicted by Albert Einstein and are a fundamental consequence of his General Theory of Relativity. The winners are members of the Ligo-Virgo observatories, which were responsible for the breakthrough. The winners join a prestigious list…

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