Australia's commitment to the Pacific? No way to treat family

Australia looks to be withdrawing from the Pacific at precisely the time our Pacific neighbours are calling for increased and urgent involvement from Australia.

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Climate change must be at the heart of any new Pacific agreement

Climate change should be at the heart of any new Biketawa Plus regional security declaration, not any afterthought, according to the Edmund Rice Centre's Pacific Calling Partnership (PCP) initiative.

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Reports of more overseas aid cuts shows Government is out of step with most Australians

The Edmund Rice Centre has today expressed its grave concerns over reports that the Turnbull Government is considering a $400 million a year cut to the overseas aid budget. 

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Keynote address to Catholic Social Services Conference 2018

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". 

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Politicians should visit Kiribati or Tuvalu before pretending to be climate change experts

Following a speech by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in London overnight in which he questioned the science of climate change, the Edmund Rice Centre has issued an open invite to Australia’s 226 Federal politicians to visit Kiribati and Tuvalu to see first-hand the impacts of climate change in our region.

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