Inquiry into the strategic effectiveness and outcomes of Australia’s aid program in the Indo-Pacific and its role in supporting Australia’s regional interests

As a member of the Inter-Congregational Voice on Climate Change, we helped write a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade's Inquiry into the strategic effectiveness and outcomes of Australia’s aid program in the Indo-Pacific and its role in supporting Australia’s regional interests. 

Download the submission here


Kabul: The deadliest place in Afghanistan - 2 May 2018

There are 1,500 Afghan men, women and children in the community waiting for a decision as to whether they will be granted refugee protection. But the Australian Government is saying it's safe to to send them back.

Our team of researchers have just returned from Afghanistan where they met and interviewed people who had been returned by the Australian Government. 

Director of the Edmund Rice Centre and President of the Refugee Council of Australia Phil Glendenning led the research team and he spoke with Frank Kelly on ABC Radio last week:

"People said to us things like 'when I take my children to school I don't know whether they'll be alive at the end of the day.' Put yourself in the shoes of that person. Most of us are in the lucky situation of not having a clue of what war feels like, smells like, tastes like, but that's what it does to people. And for the Government to say 'it's safe to go back' is ludicrous. It's wrong."

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Edmund Rice Feast Day 2018

Reflection by Claude Mostowik msc on the Feast Day of Edmund Rice 2018

One description of Pope Francis’ papacy has been that of a ministry of gestures. Where John Paul II was a philosopher/poet and Benedict XVI the strict academician/theologian, Francis evangelises the culture and touches people’s hearts by the way of beauty where many have been captivated by stirring images of an approachable churchman — hugging children, kissing disfigured individuals, washing the feet of women and convicted persons on Holy Thursday – crucially outside St Peter’s. 

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