Friday, April 20th 2018
A history of Mother's Day: From campaigns for peace to cards, flowers and family reunions
Getting back to roots of why we celebrate Mothers day. The modern Australian celebration of Mother's Day actually grew out of calls for peace and anti-war campaigns following the American Civil War (1861-65).
Saturday, May 6th 2017
St Mary's in Exile (QTC) theatre review
His way of worship was popular among the diverse residents of St Mary’s parish, so much so that where many pews were empty at other churches his following rose to 800 or more each Sunday....
Friday, November 4th 2016
St Mary’s in Exile Writer’s Note
I came to St Mary’s as many others did: a sticky-beaking lapsed Catholic. I visited the church just once, at the height of its controversy, in 2009. What I encountered was a refreshing, relevant and...
Friday, November 4th 2016
David Burton's St Mary's in Exile about Father Peter Kennedy
It’s hard to imagine a more inherently theatrical story than that of Father Peter Kennedy, stripped of his role as priest at St Mary’s in South Brisbane for his liberal views that attracted a growing...
Tuesday, September 6th 2016
St Mary's in Exile Review (Billie Brown Theatre)
Stop the presses! The Roman Catholic hierarchy isn’t always right. The canonisation ten years ago of that wicked rebel Mary McKillop, briefly excommunicated in 1871, has proved that; and even Joan of Arc, condemned as...
Saturday, September 3rd 2016
Arts Review – St Mary’s in Exile
On a stormy night, after refusing to resign or to fall in line with orthodoxy, an excommunicated Father Peter is packing up to go into exile – when a mysterious young homeless visitor walks out...
Friday, September 2nd 2016
St Mary's In Exile @ Queensland Theatre Company Review
'St Mary's In Exile' is a new play by David Burton about the events in the parish of South Brisbane that led to the removal of the parish Priest (Fr Peter Kennedy) from office and...
Tuesday, June 23rd 2015
Catholic Church Desperate on Marriage Equality
Catholic Church 'Desperate After Handing Out Anti-Gay Marriage Booklets to Children':A Brisbane priest has condemned those in the Catholic church hierarchy responsible for the anti same-sex marriage booklets distributed to school children in recent weeks as "desperate" and...
Friday, May 22nd 2015
Neoliberal economics can't care for the disadvantaged
My underlying concern about the recent Federal Budget and the major parties’ economic and fiscal policies is with neoliberalism. This includes privatisation, free trade, open markets, deregulation, and reduction in government spending i order to aid...
Monday, April 27th 2015
Gallipoli Could Never Define Australia Like This War Did.
They fought for country and died in their thousands. The Australian War Memorial might not want to remember them but the rest of us should. Amy McQuire on the Frontier Wars It’s a small sacrifice intended...