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18 September 2018 |
Perhaps the timing of the Pacific Islands Forum was difficult for Australia’s new leadership and prime minister Scott Morrison sent new foreign minister Marise Payne to represent him. But this robbed the Pacific leaders of an opportunity to call out Morrison on what they see as the Australian government’s lack of commitment to emissions reductions as their nations start to disappear under rising oceans.
Pacific Island leaders want justice from Australia (and New Zealand) in a concrete commitment to cut carbon emissions.
29 June 2018 |
The plight of 12 teenagers and their football coach trapped in a vast underground cave system in northern Thailand has gripped the world’s imagination. A huge sigh of relief lifted spirits around the globe when news came that they had been found.
29 June 2018 |
Exploring faith and justice issues across Australia and around the world this month.
05 June 2018 |
The environment is more in jeopardy than first thought - a new report out of China suggests the Paris Agreement's 2°C increase in the earth's temperature on pre-industrial levels will soon be swamped with projections it will rise to double this figure before the end of the 21st century.
09 May 2018 |
May kicks off with International Workers’ Day on the feast of St Joseph the Worker, an important anniversary in Catholic Social Teaching which started with Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum in 1891 on the condition of the working classes.
31 March 2018 |
Two stories of indigenous life on either side of the Tasman show how institutional racism works to maintain oppression, something Pope Francis rails against in Laudato Si’. The 2015 encyclical does not use the word “racism” but it is implied, as Sr Karen Donahue suggests, in the Pope’s critique of the neo-liberal economic system which fails to take account of its impact on humanity and the environment. See for example, LS #56.
30 March 2018 |
The hard-fought agreement between Australia and Timor-Leste over proceeds from the Greater Sunrise oil and gas field is a tribute to the tenacity of our tiny neighbour. Talks over how to share the $50 billion field have been going on since 2004.
26 March 2018 |
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26 March 2018 |
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29 November 2017 |
Pope Francis has designated November 19 as World Day of the Poor. This focus echoes throughout Australia and the Pacific for there are few poorer in this region that those refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island, where essential services were switched off at the end of last month.
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