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Environment

Artists paint the truth of SA nuclear la la land
'It will be your artists: the poets, painters, actors, dancers, musicians, orators — they will be the ones to lead the changes.'

Bid to ban the sale of fake indigenous art
Indigenous artists and copyright advocates in Australia are rallying behind a proposed private member's bill to crack down on the sale of fake Aboriginal trinkets and souvenirs in the country.

Environment

Mangroves to help restore eco-system
Timor-Leste's Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment has launched a joint effort to tackle coastal abrasion by restoring about twelve hectares of mangroves which were damaged by El-Nino or cut down for firewood.

The Political Community

PM’s power scare desperate rubbish
The Coalition government has launched a brazen scare campaign, based on recent power outages in South Australia, over energy. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's team is, if you will, playing base politics with baseload electricity, shamelessly seeking to paint the opposition's push for increased use of renewable energy as a route to stratospheric power prices and chronic unreliability.

Restore poisoned relations with Timor-Leste – Plibersek
Australia must “redouble efforts” to resolve a boundary dispute that has “poisoned relations” with Timor-Leste, Tanya Plibersek has said.
The deputy opposition leader and foreign affairs spokeswoman called for good faith negotiations during a speech to the National Press Club in Canberra. Plibersek also laid down some markers about a broader approach to foreign policy, suggesting Australia could be “a better international citizen, a more active player in our region and a more creative, more confident presence on the world stage”.

Opposing corruption in South Korea a Catholic tradition
Catholic participation in anti-Park demonstrations is part of efforts for a fairer and just society.

How do we explain Trump?
Barely two weeks after his inauguration, Trump has halted travel and immigration to the USA from seven largely Muslim countries, he insists on Mexico building that wall, has cancelled the TPP, promised to build up US military resources, and is possibly welching on the refugee swap with Australia. Could there be echoes in Australian leadership?

Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Activists must stand with migrants and not deny climate change – Pope
Pope Francis says Christians must resist the temptation to demonize others, protect the earth and fight against “the invisible tyranny of money that only guarantees the privileges of a few.”
Writing to the leaders of grassroots organisations meeting in California in February, Pope Francis said that the world is in the midst of an “historic turning point.” He says the “worsening crisis” presents both danger and opportunity.

Work

Swift injustice in modest penalty rates proposal
The Fair Work Commission decision on penalty rates removes any doubt that young people might have still have about their place in the economic order. The four-yearly review of awards in hospitality, fast food, retail and pharmacy found that Sunday penalty rates 'do not achieve the modern awards objective, as they do not provide a fair and relevant minimum safety net'. But whose safety net? Unfair to whom? These industries are already notorious for exploiting young workers, writes Fatima Measham for Eureka Street.

Poverty

Every day is Ash Wednesday for the poor
For Catholics, Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lenten season, is a day of fasting and penance. For poor Filipinos, however, it is just another day in their daily struggle to survive.

The Death Penalty

The Philippines moves to reinstate the death penalty
The predominantly Catholic Philippines moved closer to reinstating the death penalty on March 1 after a bill to allow capital punishment for drug-related offences passed its second reading in the country's Lower House of Congress.


Housing First: a path to social justice
The story of St Kilda community activism and the Port Phillip Housing Association by Anne Tuohey and Tony Lintermans covers new geography. Crossing the Yarra, it is very much a St Kilda-centric story, out of which wide consequences grew for other areas, as governments devolved provision of affordable housing to registered housing associations.

Bishops offer Lenten reflections online
Bishops from across Australia will be offering weekly Sunday Gospel reflections online as part of a new Lenten resource prepared by the Diocese of Broken Bay.

Helping farmers improve their livelihood
This video by the Poverty-Environment Initiative looks at efforts in Myanmar to work with small-holder farmers and help them with tools to promote more efficient farming, which in turn improves their livelihood.
Watch here  

Charity and justice – either side of a coin
This short video explains the difference between charity and justice and why society needs both.
Watch here  

Prayer for our earth
…from Laudato Si’  

Book: The Intervention: an Anthology
In this historic anthology, award-winning writers Rosie Scott and Dr Anita Heiss have gathered together the work of twenty of Australian’s finest writers both Indigenous and non-Indigenous together with powerful statements from Northern Territory Elders to bring a new dimension and urgency to an issue that has remained largely outside the public radar.

To order go to www.concernedaustralians.com.au

Getting to know Catholic Social Teaching
For many years people have said that Catholic Social Teaching is our best kept secret, but I don’t think this is true anymore, writes Sandie Cornish.  


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.

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

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