Bill Hayden was known for being a vocal and even hostile atheist, so imagine the surprise when he decided to be baptised last month at the age of 85.
People calling for lower non-government school funding often reference the original 2011 Gonski Review of School Funding. They seem unaware that Thursday's announcement was based on a key recommendation of the Gonski report, writes Dallas McInerney.
New analysis shows wealthy parents at advantaged Catholic primary schools could actually afford the increase to school fees under the needs-based model, writes Peter Goss. And whether they opt to send their children to the state school down the road and avoid fee increases is a matter of choice and value, not affordability.
The Catholic and independent schools sector secures $4.5 billion in extra funding under major changes to the way non-government schools are funded.
Currently, no-one except the Pope can hold Catholic bishops to account if they commit or conceal crimes. It's why we needed the royal commission. Now the church must reform canon law, or it will become "business as usual" again, writes Noel Debien.
State and territory governments are at loggerheads with the Catholic Church over legal changes that would require priests to break the confessional seal if someone admits to child abuse.
Pope Francis accepts the resignation of Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson — the most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted of concealing child sex abuse.
Malcolm Turnbull calls on the Pope to sack Adelaide's Archbishop Philip Wilson, who was convicted earlier this year of concealing child sex abuse.