We will be closing our doors on Friday 20 September 2019 to attend the climate strike in Sydney CBD organised by the young people at School Strike 4 Climate. This is a global event and there will be rallies across Australia, including all major cities. We encourage all our supporters to join us.
Newly Arrived Syrian and Iraqi Refugees Learn About Services in SW Sydney 2019 Community Services Expo, Tuesday August 6
On Tuesday August 6, Edmund Rice Centre (ERC) conducted another successful Community Services Expo at Patrician Brothers College in Fairfield in partnership with the College and Sydney Catholic Schools.Read more
Asylum Seekers Six Years in Limbo-Letter from the Vicar General of the Diocese of Darwin Fr Malcolm Fyfe msc
Office of Vicar General
The Honourable Mr Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia.
Dear Prime Minister,
Today is the sixth anniversary of PM Kevin Rudd’s announcement that no person seeking asylum by boat would ever be resettled in Australia.
Every single person arriving after that date was to be subjected to indefinite detention on Manus Island, PNG, or in the Republic of Nauru, under ‘processing’ arrangements between the Australian Government and those Pacific states.Read more
A chosen people
In 1946, after a Sunday church service, the people of Enewetak Atoll (also known as Bikini Atoll) were told they are a chosen people, like the Israelites, who would deliver humanity from future wars as the US perfected the atomic bomb. Within weeks after the people being relocated, the first tests began. The so-called ‘promised land’ was a destroyed land.
The Edmund Rice Centre acknowledges and celebrates NAIDOC week - 7 to 14 July 2019. The 2019 theme for NAIDOC is: Voice, Treaty, Truth. These are the key elements in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The origins of NAIDOC go back to the Day of Mourning protest in Sydney on the 26 January 1938. Prominent Aboriginal activists at the time staged a Day of Mourning conference to coincide with Australia’s 150th anniversary celebrations of the landing of the First Fleet. The conference was held to arouse the conscience of white Australians by highlighting Aboriginal grievances against the policies of protection. The activists demanded citizenship and land rights. NAIDOC’s history is steeped in the Aboriginal struggle for recognition of rights. To read more click here.
‘Meritocracy’, first coined in 1958, is a social system where advancement in society is based on one’s abilities and merits rather than on the basis of family, wealth or social background. Coupled with capitalism and egalitarian values, it has allowed people from low status groups to dream of improving their social status, economic class, and place in the hierarchy. The impression is that everyone can succeed if they develop the necessary abilities. Meritocracy and equality of opportunity are championed by all kinds of politicians to achieve a fair society. People want to believe they live in a ‘fair’ society where hard work can achieve anything, regardless of their social position at birth. This is simply not true.