On Jan 26 - why truth-telling is at the core of our Australian future

Opinion Piece, ‘Alopi Latukefu, Director Edmund Rice Centre

‘Truth will set us free’. (Book of John 8:32).

As our country prepares to commemorate January 26th 2024 once again as our national day, it is time for a renewed discussion on how and when we celebrate being Australian. This year offers an opportunity to begin a process of healing as a nation following last year’s referendum experience. A renewed approach to truth-telling, which the Uluru Statement from the Heart called for, is much needed in this post-referendum age.

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Updated position on war in Gaza

As we enter the fourth month of the war in Gaza and in light of the almost 25,000 Palestinians killed, thousands of whom are children, the Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education renews its call for an urgent ceasefire agreement that will put a stop to these atrocities. 

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Human Rights Watch World Report 2024

Human Rights Watch has issued a stark warning in its 2024 World Report! The global Human Rights system is facing increasing pressure and challenge to its effectiveness as nations prioritize transactional relationships and individual national interest over a principled, human rights-informed approach to diplomacy.
It's disheartening to witness the undermining of the very foundation that upholds our shared values and principles. Human rights should transcend borders, politics, and self-interest. Compromising on the universal rights and dignity that every individual deserves is not in the interests of humanitarianism or humanity generally.
We should urge leaders to prioritize human rights in their diplomatic engagements and stand united in advocating for a world where justice, fairness, and compassion prevail.
Delve into the details here to explore further insights in the report provided by Human Rights Watch.

2023 warmest year on record, close to 1.5°C above pre-industrial level

With the European Climate Agency Copernicus announcing '2023 warmest year on record, close to 1.5°C above pre-industrial level' it's pertinent to revisit our conversation with two of the Pacific's advocates and leaders on climate justice and climate change - the Hon Ralph Regenvanu and Hon Seve Paeniu on the first episode of A Just(ER) Generation. The Global Climate Highlights 2023 report from the Copernicus can be found on the following link (https://climate.copernicus.eu/global-climate-highlights-2023)

'Alopi Latukefu on 7.30: Australia’s rhetoric on climate change needs to be matched with action

Last-minute negotiations are taking place in Dubai at the UN's climate conference, as representatives from nearly 200 nations try to agree on the future of oil, gas and coal. A draft deal stopped short of calling for the phasing out of the use of fossil fuels - a position that countries including Australia, the US and the UK would not back. Pacific Island states said the draft deal would be their death certificate. It's hoped an agreement can be reached in the final hours before the summit ends. [Source: ABC]

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