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Indigenous Australia

Freedom of speech … racism by any other name
We are one of the few countries in the world that pretended legally that those living in this country before white people arrived didn't exist — paving the way for early colonists to shoot, kill and steal the land of the first Australians, writes Craig Thomson in discussing “Australia’s ugly immigration policies” for Independent Australia.  

The Political Community

Negative gearing the end of the Australian dream
Historically, having a largely home-owning population has ensured both the social benefit of housing, and an economic benefit through enforced saving with long-term growth. In contrast, the negative gearing push splits the cultural and economic meaning of home ownership, because it focuses on investment. Negative gearing promotes property ownership but not home ownership. Thus the social benefits of home ownership that we have come to expect give way to bare economic indicators, writes Kate Galloway for Eureka Street.  

Arch capitalist attacks the Key government’s monetary policy
Strident remarks by Stephen Jennings, one of New Zealand’s wealthiest citizens, on housing, education and the economy suggest that even the business community is tiring of the government’s endless softly-softly, writes Duncan Greive.  

Fighting corruption in Indonesia
In a bid to stamp out corruption in government in Indonesia, a newly established organisation there has been set up to encourage Catholic participation in socio-political issues. It says it wants to help would-be Catholic politicians prepare and run in regional elections next year.  

May day: time for amendment of life
Joe Egerton draws on Christian political theology to analyse the post-referendum crisis in political authority in the United Kingdom. What needs to be changed for Parliament to function with the consent of the people and facilitate the agenda that the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, has set out?  

An ASIO file at the heart of the Gospels
Fr Rod Bower of Gosford – The Christian life (the life of the baptised) is a life of discipleship, a life of both contemplation and action. If after having read the Gospels and listened to the words of Jesus, you don't have an ASIO file, you need to go back and read them again.  

Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Axed after condemning ‘atrocity’ of camps
The trauma specialist who condemned the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia’s offshore detention regime as the worst “atrocity” he has seen has had his contract to work on Nauru terminated.  

National day of prayer and action for asylum seekers
More than 200 school communities across Australia are expected to stand in solidarity with people seeking asylum in September by participating in a new National Day of Prayer and Action organised by the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA).  

Human Rights

The white man in that photo
That white man in the photo is, perhaps, the third hero of that night in 1968. His name was Peter Norman, from Australia, a country that had strict apartheid laws, almost as strict as South Africa. There was tension and protests in the streets of Australia following heavy restrictions on non-white immigration and discriminatory laws against aboriginal people, some of which consisted of forced adoptions of native children to white families.  


The Caliph
From foundation and evolution to dispute and division. The story of over 1,300 years of succession and leadership.
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Is religion the root of the world’s conflicts?
From the Crusades to the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), religion is often blamed for some of the world's worst conflicts.

While some use their faith to justify acts of violence, is religion really the root of such conflicts? An interview with theologian, historian and author of Fields of Blood, Karen Armstrong.
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Palestinians are last defenders against Zionism – Gaza-born journalist Ramzy Baroud
In this speech recorded for conferences in New Zealand and Australia (March and April 2016), Dr. Ramzy Baroud explains the nature of the fight ahead and why Palestinians need to reach a critical mass in their fight for equality and justice. Baroud has been writing about the Middle East for more than 20 years. He is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant, an author of several books and the founder of PalestineChronicle.com.

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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

A smarter, more humane approach to crime that saves lives and builds safer communities.
Australia’s First Peoples are dramatically over-represented in prison statistics. ANTaR is campaigning to change this unacceptable situation and to end Aboriginal deaths in custody. Join us!  

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.