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Social Justice News

For news and resources on specific justice issues (Asylum seekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice, Ecological Justice, Economic Justice and Human Trafficking), please proceed to Issues & Advocacy.

Multi faith delegation in Canberra 150A representative of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA), Sr Libby Rogerson ibvm, set off to Canberra recently with a multi-faith delegation to meet with David Coleman, the Minister for Immigration and Shayne Neumann, the Shadow Minister, to discuss concerns about the plight of asylum seeker children on Nauru.

Conscious of the desperation of the people on Nauru and Manus Island, hearing the calls from the AMA, the NGOs, judicial organisations and knowing the work done by faith-based groups, this delegation realised how important it was to offer the Ministers their insights into finding a solution.

0718OurLadyoftheCosmos 150The Christian Brothers Oceania Province recently marked the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help by calling for more equal rights for women in the church community.

The Brothers said it was time for them too to stand up and be counted in this call for better treatment for women in the church.

0618RefugeesAs National Refugee Week approaches, the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce, a group supported by many Religious, is urging people to support its ‘Dignity NOT Destitution’ campaign against government changes to asylum seeker support services.

The foundational principle of the campaign is the belief that no person lawfully residing in Australia should be forced into destitution through the removal of access to financial and housing supports.

0518FairPay 150Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFMConv, Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, has called for an urgent increase in minimum wages and the Newstart Allowance.

"Australia is facing a wages crisis, and low-paid workers and their families who rely on the National Minimum Wage and the award safety net are in danger of falling into poverty", Bishop Long said in his annual Pastoral Letter for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker (1 May).

0418PalmSundayRally150Australia’s Religious were a strong presence at Palm Sunday rallies in support of refugees and asylum seekers, as people from all walks of life took their concerns over current government policy to the streets.

Rallies and marches were held in cities around the nation to bring awareness to the plight of refugees and asylum seekers, especially those being detained in offshore facilities.

0318ForcedMarriage 150Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand has welcomed the recent announcement by the Turnbull Government of a pilot model that will enable victims of forced marriage to access support without having to engage in criminal proceedings against perpetrators, the majority of whom are intimate family members.

“Up until now, victims of forced marriage had to agree to engage with the Australian Federal Police in order to receive support. As you can imagine, when the majority of marriages are facilitated by family members it puts enormous pressure on victims,” said Ms Laura Vidal, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand’s forced marriage specialist.

0318CombanCentre2 150The Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations in Blacktown has been officially blessed, with Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv hailing it as a place which will “build bridges” of understanding and friendship in the community, Catholic Outlook reports.

The Centre is located in the Institute for Mission in Blacktown, and the official blessing on February 28, was attended by Catholic representatives from diocesan agencies (education, youth, mission, parish and school), the Uniting Church, Coptic Orthodox, Muslims and a Jewish Rabbi.

Social Justice Statement 2017 18 cvrSocial Justice Sunday is marked on 24 September and the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2017–18 is "Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy" which calls for an economy founded on justice and offers dignity and inclusion to every person.

dignity and workThe 2017 Social Justice Statement is titled: ‘Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy’ and calls for an economy that is founded on justice and offers dignity and inclusion to every person.

Monday, 07 August 2017 21:20

Homelessness Week: 7-13 August 2017

homeless manFind resources to mark Homelessness Week, an annual event to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness and the issues they face.

protestResistance serves to affirm human dignity and the integrity of creation, even if we do not always seem to end injustice, writes CRA Justice Network Coordinator Fr Claude Mostowik msc. 

Fr Frank Brennan vigil outside Parliament HouseFr Frank Brennan, CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia, and other leaders in the social services sector held a vigil in front of Parliament House to remind our elected representatives that they can, and should do more, to rescue Australian children from the grip of poverty.

Friday, 19 May 2017 11:53

World Hunger Day: 28 May 2017

world hunger day logoWorld Hunger Day, an initiative of The Hunger Project will be marked this year on May 28, focusing on the hidden causes of chronic hunger.

Timor Poster justiceWe need your support for a petition calling for a fair and permanent border in the Timor Sea based on the median line to allow Australia and Timor Leste to claim what is rightfully theirs under international law.

mothers dayDid you know that activism for justice is the story behind Mother's Day in contrast to today's commercial and consumerist narrative? 

homeless young man 150Download the April 2017 issue of 'Writing Rings for righting wrongs' from the Josephite Justice Network exploring the issue of housing affordability.

Thursday, 02 March 2017 16:26

Fair work commission cuts to penalty rates

hospitality workerIn a media release, Catholic Religious Australia expresses concern that the Fair Work Commission’s decision will increase inequity and adversely affect the most vulnerable people: the young, women, students.

Monday, 13 February 2017 12:08

Flipping the script

Fr Claude Mostowik msc 150Father Claude Mostowik msc reflects on transforming a difficult situation with active nonviolence in response to anger and hostility as a path to peace.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 12:23

Josephite Sister seeks outcome on Timor Gap

Sr Susan Connelly rsj 150Josephite Sister Susan Connelly urges Australians to maintain pressure on the Federal Government to negotiate a fair maritime boundary with East Timor, reports The Catholic Leader.

homeless manCatholic ministries joined other Victorian homelessness, housing and social services organisations in an open letter asking for a shift in the conversation away from vilifying rough sleepers to a focus on the lack of affordable housing.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 23:01

Resources on peace and children's rights

childrens rights report 2016 cvrThe CRA Justice Network offers two main areas for study, reflection and prayer over the holidays and beyond: peace making and the rights of children.

homeless manCatholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) joins over 200 social services organisations calling on the Prime Minister to provide long-term funding to prevent homelessness and support vulnerable women and children.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 11:30

Call to peace

peace posterWhen violence and hatred in speech and in attitude are proposed as normal, it is time for peace movements, in Australia and elsewhere, to rise up and renew their commitment to nonviolence and peacemaking, writes CRA Justice Coordinator Father Claude Mostowik msc.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 18:30

Don't cut Newstart

CRA Yr of Mercy 2In a media release, Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) expresses its support for those who call for an increase in Newstart allowance rather than imposing stricter obligations upon Australians on welfare payments.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 17:29

Poverty on the rise in Australia

dignity and workThe Australian Council of Social Service's new report shows that 731,300 children and nearly three million of the general population are living in poverty.

Friday, 30 September 2016 14:41

Anti Poverty Week: 16-22 October

Anti Poverty Wk poster 2016Anti-Poverty Week is a week where all Australians are encouraged to organise or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship in Australia or overseas. Here are some suggested activities for this week.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 14:36

Seeking justice for our Timorese neighbours

Sr Susan Connelly rsj 150Following the decision from The Hague opening the way for talks between Australia and East Timor on the Timor Sea dispute, Josephite Sister Susan Connelly says it is important for Australians to assist their political representatives to work towards establishing a fair and permanent border with the Timorese.

social justice statement 2016We should celebrate the great ‘success story’ of our ageing population and, as a fair and compassionate nation, foster solidarity among all generations, said Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council at the launch of the 2016-2017 Social Justice Statement on 6 September 2016.

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 10:29

Social justice in an ageing society

elderlyThe Social Justice Statement for 2016–17 urges us to challenge ‘ageism’ which stereotypes older people as being dependent, incapable or a burden on society and think about social justice and policies issues related to our ageing population, writes John Ferguson.

Sr Susan Connelly rsj 150It is amazing that Australian tax-payers’ money is being used to fight a small neighbour over where the fence-line should be. And with all the talk about “border protection”, there isn’t a border between Australia and Timor, says Josephite Sister Susan Connelly.

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