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South Australia appoints administrator for remote APY lands
South Australia has passed laws allowing the appointment of an administrator to remote traditional lands.

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Greens blast remote dole rules
THE Greens have called “discriminatory’’ a new policy imposing full-time work for the dole in remote communities, saying the Abbott Government plans to make different rules for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in such communities for accessing welfare.

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Without justice there will not be peace
3 Dec 1854: Eureka Stockade. 27 people died, resisting government oppression. Under today’s law, the Eureka Stockade would be defined as an act of terror, says Julian Burnside AO QC.

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War by media and the triumph of propaganda
The fourth estate has been sold off to private interests. What's needed is a fifth estate, one that watches the watchers and practises real journalism, John Pilger writes from London for New Matilda.

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Scientists undermined by attack campaigns – expert
Public health is being jeopardised by conflicts of interest in government appointments and dirty politics, an obesity expert says.

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Woeful exam results mark a turning point in education for Cambodia
A poor showing on country's first 'no-cheat' exams underscores where reforms are most needed.

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Christianity’s role in combating belief in witchcraft
The Christian church could play a role in influencing people and combating the belief in witchcraft because of the strength of the church in Melanesia, says Cassaundra Rangip, co-founder of an anti-witchcraft non-government organisation in Papua New Guinea.

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Philippine bishops call for ‘zero tolerance’ on human trafficking
The Philippine Catholic bishops' conference has called for "zero tolerance" of human trafficking, saying failure to actively fight modern slavery could undermine the church.

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Australia’s Grace inspires world leaders to vow to eradicate slavery
A pledge to eradicate slavery by 2020 has been signed at an extraordinary gathering of world religious leaders in the Vatican.

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Almost no silver lining in new TPV cloud
It is possible to understand why Senators Xenophon and Muir supported the bad law that reintroduces temporary protection visas. They saw it as a small improvement now for people in desperate circumstances, and that is true. The real culprit is the irrational and punitive policy pursued by the Government, writes Kerry Murphy for Eureka Street.

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Are you being persecuted this Christmas?
It’s that time again! For some conservative Christians, changing “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays” is a sign that it is somehow becoming harder for Christians to practise their faith openly in America. In response, Christian blogger Rachel Held Evans boiled down the controversy into a simple flow chart.

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A petition requesting WA Government to Reconsider the proposal to close up to 150 remote Aboriginal Communities in Western Australia
NATSICC asking.... that the Western Australian Government, and any other States and Territories considering similar closures, to reconsider their position on closing remote Aboriginal communities. We ask that they instead focus on working in partnership with elders and local people to nurture and encourage ideas that build these communities into safe places utilising the inherent knowledge and ingenuity of our first Australians. 

Beyond the boats: an asylum and refugee policy for the long term
Now that the acute phase of boat arrivals appears over, Beyond the boats urges all parties to use this opportunity to construct an overarching national asylum and refugee policy for the long term.
Key recommendations include increasing Australia’s humanitarian intake, phasing out mandatory detention apart from initial screening and establishing a regional Track II dialogue.

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Social Justice & the Churches: Challenges & Responsibilities
Edited by John D'Arcy May
Professor Frank Brennan, Fr Max Vodola, Revd Gerald Rose, Revd Geoff Pound, Revd Raymond Cleary, Dr Mark Zirnsak, Major Jenny Begent, Fr Shenouda Boutros, and Margaret Coffey examine the social traditions of seven churches for today.
This book is available through Social Policy Connections for $25+$5 postage.

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Rediscovering the Spiritual in God’s Creation
10-15 March 2015 McLaren Vale.

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ERC Asylum Seekers and Refugees
An education resource with activities for students, focusing on real people and their stories.
The resource is available to download at no cost. For information call 02 8762 4200 or go to

End gender-based violence
With an estimated up to two million people, mostly women and children, trafficked annually for prostitution, forced labour, slavery or servitude, the United Nations’ UNiTE campaign focusing on ending violence against women and children has called for a focus on this issue on the 25th of every month.  

Let the Son Shine
An Australian Catholic response to climate change

The words 'climate change' are on many people’s lips. Scientific evidence has convinced many that humans are largely responsible for this change and must act urgently to address it. Others have been shocked out of complacency and into reflection by fickle weather conditions, ranging from recent hurricanes in New Orleans to a ten-year drought throughout Australia. So says Columban Fr Charles Rue in a new release, Let the Son Shine  

The Call to Justice in Scripture
How do you experience the Scriptures calling you to live justly? This PowerPoint can be used for personal reflection or as stimulus material for group discussion. Reflecting on The Call to Justice in Scripture  



Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Major International Catholic Social Teaching Documents

Key Principles

Human Dignity
Each person, made in the image and likeness of God, has an inalienable and transcendent human dignity which gives rise to human rights.

The Common Good
We are called to work for conditions which ensure that every person and group in society is able to meet their needs and realize their potential.

The people or groups most directly affected by a decision or policy should have a key decision making role.

We can only grow and achieve our potential in relationship with others. Solidarity encourages us to commit ourselves to the common good.