Super breaks inefficient and unfair: tinkering won’t help
The critical debate about superannuation is whether it is achieving its primary goal of helping people to secure their own adequate retirement, rather than relying on the age pension, says ACOSS’ Casandra Goldie.
Nepalese make their own electricity
Local communities in Nepal are starting to generate their own electricity through 'micro-hydro' projects. Since 1996, nearly 400 micro-hydro power plants have been built, bringing energy to around half a million people.
The Jesuits in Timor Leste have marked a major milestone on July 14 when they broke ground for the educational institute they are building in Kasait, 18 km west of Dili.
Where the Church can serve in Myanmar
Myanmar is at a crossroads; an exciting point in its history as a nation. One of the poorest, most ethnically diverse and conflict-prone societies in Southeast Asia, Myanmar is now emerging from decades of isolation. Changes are afoot, as the release, election to parliament and recent travel abroad of Aung San Suu Kyi demonstrate.
Lobbying for justice for the poor
Sr Carmel's battle for justice for the poor Living and working with marginalised people for the past 21 years, Sister Carmel Hanson rsj knows a thing or two about unemployment, homelessness and poverty, reports Catholic Religious Australia.
The struggle for fair living standards
Despite economic growth in recent decades, one in six employees is struggling against poverty because of low wages and incomes that have fallen behind. In a sobering reminder of the inequities in the wages system, Brian Lawrence showed how some upper-income groups had done very well, while others not so.
Smoking hurts the poor more
The Cancer Council is now addressing smoking as a social justice issue. They work in partnership with social service agencies, like our own CatholicCare, to reduce the prevalence of smoking among disadvantaged groups.
Communities across the world are more connected than ever before, and yet the gap between rich and poor countries has grown.
A globalization of solidarity is needed to foster globalization without marginalization.
Where is the poverty line?
How many Australians live at or below the poverty line? New research puts the number above 2 million. It's time to stop pretending poverty doesn't exist, argues Brianna Davidson for New Matilda.
Dropping Off the Edge
Catholic Social Services and Jesuit Social Services provide a range of materials, resources and policy papers to raise awareness of homelessness and disadvantage in Australia.
“Those who hold goods for use and consumption should use them with moderation, reserving the better part for guests, for the sick and the poor”.
Catechism of the Catholic Church, n 2405
Anti Poverty Week
Find out about action planned for 17 - 23 October all around the country.
"The challenge that Jesus presented to the rich young man is the same we face in Australia today: will we use our great wealth for the benefit of all and particularly for those who have been denied the benefits of prosperity?"
Australian Bishops, Social Justice Sunday Statement 2008
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