In late-February, ERC Director Phil Glendenning delivered the keynote speech to the Catholic Social Services Conference in Melbourne. Phil spoke about the deficit of leadership in Australian society, including in politics and the Catholic Church. He called for an honest and compassionate response by the Catholic Church to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which must include a fundamental shift in power relations. It is not good enough to say "yes terrible wrongs were committed, but the Catholic Church runs many schools, hospitals and social services".Read more
A statement by Father Claude Mostowik msc, President Pax Christi Australia:
When Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke of ‘Australian jobs, Australian ingenuity and Australian technology’ he announced that Australia wants to be among the 10 big arms manufacturers and traders in the world. It seemed like another version of the old mantra of ‘jobs and growth’. Jobs and growth great! But, we must ask at what cost? At what price?Read more
There has been a significant amount of discussion and commentary in the media over the past week about 26 January. The debate is about more than just a date. It's about who we are as a country and whether we remain trapped by our history and paralysed by the failure to imagine any relationship with Aboriginal peoples other than assimilation.
We've put together a list of 5 things you can do to show solidarity with Indigenous Australians.
You can check out the guide here.