Once again the latest Productivity Commission report on Closing The Gap policy outcomes has shown that governments across the country are failing Indigenous communities by taking a business-as-usual and "government knows best" approach.
The report, released earlier today, accuses the federal government of “weak” action on key areas, not fulfilling its promises and a “disregard” for the suggestions of Indigenous communities. It says efforts to eliminate institutional racism in areas such as justice and health have “received little effort”.
These latest findings are evidence of why a Voice to Parliament in policy development and implementation is so important, and why the Edmund Rice Centre will continue to advocate in partnership with our First Nations brothers and sisters for the fundamental changes needed to ensure a thriving future for all.

Reflections from Fr Claude

Sixth Sunday of the Year

A Thanksgiving for Australia

God of the Dreaming

A prayer by the Revd Lenore Parker, an Indigenous Anglican priest

God of holy dreaming, Great Creator Spirit,

From the dawn of creation

you have given your children

the good things of Mother Earth.

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Tongan artist and climate activist Uili Lousi at ERC

We were honoured to host Tongan artist and climate activist Uili Lousi at our Centre in Balmain for our first Talanoa in 2024. During the Talanoa (a traditional form of Pacific dialogue), which included participants from Australian Museum, Climate Action Network Australia, and others Uili talked of his journey to activism, his art practice and climate activism in Tonga and internationally. Uili also highlighted his ideas for creative projects that would allow Australia and the Pacific to come together as a region if Australia secured its bid for the 2026 United Nations climate conference (COP31.) Uili talked about some of the important Tongan philosophers and thinkers who had shaped his own thinking and approach including the late Professor Futa Helu (himself a student of the Influential University of Sydney philosopher–John Anderson) and the late Professor Epeli Hau’ofa. It was an honour to be able to host Uili Lousi in Balmain and help to build relationships between Uili and institutions such as the Australian Museum and the Australian climate action network.

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