The bushfires of the vanities

Thursday 21 November 2019

Andrew Hamilton
The Bonfire of the Vanities is associated with Girolamo Savanarola, the ardent preacher of moral reform in late 15th century Florence. Following a devotional practice of the time he had people burn cosmetics, mirrors and frivolous garments as a sign of embracing simplicity of life. Later manuscripts of secular literature were added to the list. He made enemies and was eventually tried for heresy. He, too, died hanged over fire at in the square where he had the books and other frivolities burned. 

Repay Robodebt before Christmas

Thursday 21 November 2019

 St Vincent de Paul Society  
The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia has called on the Federal Government to pay back, in full, money paid to the flawed Robodebt scheme, which raised thousands of debts in error against people on income support payments who had intermittent, additional income during the year.

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