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The transcript of the final day of the Royal Commission hearing into the response of Hillsong Church to child sexual abuse released.

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Friday, 10 October was World Mental Health Day. The theme for 2014 is “Living with schizophrenia”. In Australia, it is also within National Mental Health Week which started on 5 October and ends tomorrow as well as the #mentalas campaign supported by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has posted the transcripts of the past two days of proceedings this morning. They are towards the bottom of the page beneath the live stream.

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Day 3 of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard further from Pastor Keith Ainge, former National Secretary of the Assemblies of God (now known as Australian Christian Churches) & then Pastor Brian Houston from Hillsong Church began his time in the witness chair. He will continue giving evidence tomorrow.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse continues to hear about the response of Hillsong Church and the Assemblies of God / Australian Christian Churches to allegations made against Pastor Frank Houston. The Commission heard from witness Pastor Barbara Taylor for most of the day. Pastor Keith Ainge began his time in the witness chair late in the afternoon. He will continue when the hearing resumes at 10 am tomorrow.

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Today the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse began public hearings that will inquire into the responses by Australian Christian Churches (a Pentecostal movement in Australia) and two affiliated churches to allegations of child sexual abuse.

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A one-sentence dismissal of a complaint against Australian of the Year, Professor Patrick McGorry, by the Melbourne Health ethics committee has seen a complaint lodged against the committee.

McGorry drug trial complaint dismissed, complaint lodged against ethics committee - johnalchin

McGorry drug trial complaint dismissed, complaint lodged against ethics committee: A one-sentence dismissal of a complaint against Australian of the Year, Professor Patrick McGorry, by the Melbourne Health ethics committee has seen a complaint lodged against the committee. Read the article in The Australian.

A story written by Samantha Maiden and published in News Limited's papers has sparked furor on the social media platform Twitter against the AFL over poker machine reform in Australia.

News Limited beat up of AFL pokies reform story invokes Twitter furor - johnalchin

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Accusations of conflict of interest by Professors Patrick McGorry and Ian Hickie remain. Yet despite calls from their critics, the two Professors keep up their supply of ad hominem responses. Here’s some responses to today’s piece and some background to the current conflict.

Ian Hickie rejects Better Access in mental health reform debate - johnalchin

Accusations of conflict of interest by Professors Patrick McGorry and Ian Hickie remain. Yet despite calls from their critics, the two Professors keep up their supply of ad hominem responses. Here’s some responses to today’s piece and some background to the current conflict. Updated 9:25PM AEST Sunday 25th September: Faulty link to Lifeblood archived …

Dr. Xavier Amador, author of “I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help” spoke to the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia in 2005 about Anosognosia: the lack of insight regarding a mental illness.

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Dr. Xavier Amador, author of “I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help” spoke to the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia in 2005 about Anosognosia: the lack of insight regarding a mental illness. Running time:1:51:06

True to El Jannah form, the chicken was well cooked on the outside and succulent inside; the salty pickled radish (not favoured by some, including my sister) and the gherkin cucumbers remain tasty adjuncts; and devouring the copious serving of garlic sauce remains my favourite part of the meal.

El Jannah Granville - johnalchin

On Sunday, my sister and I went for lunch at El Jannah which began in 1998 as a small take-away shop in Granville. Much has changed since my first visit in the early 2000s and the next 5-or-so years where I regularly visited for lunch with colleagues and clients while working as a caseworker in the nearby …

On Friday 24th June, children from Lansvale Public School performed a Kung Fu dance at the Refugee Week ceremony organised by the Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre in Freedom Plaza, Cabramatta.

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On Friday 24th June, children from Lansvale Public School performed a Kung Fu dance at the Refugee Week ceremony organised by the Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre in Freedom Plaza, Cabramatta.

Watch with wonder as a series of 3-D mapped animations produced by The Electric Canvas are beamed on to the sandstone façade of the historical colonial building Customs House, transforming it as it morphs through a sequence of digital projections.

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Watch with wonder as a series of 3-D mapped animations produced by The Electric Canvas are beamed on to the sandstone façade of the historical colonial building Customs House, transforming it as it morphs through a sequence of digital projections. My Vivid Sydney photo gallery can be found here. My video gallery of …

Photo gallery of Vivid Sydney 2011

Photo Gallery: Vivid Sydney 2011 - johnalchin

Running between May 27 to June 13, Vivid Sydney is a festival of light, music and ideas. I ventured into the city to capture the last night of the festival, and was amazed to see so many people around the Opera House, Circular Quay and The Rocks all enjoying the light displays & light sculptures. …