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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Australian Government playing fast and loose with the lives of Rohingya refugees

Director of the Edmund Rice Centre and President of the Refugee Council of Australia Phil Glendenning has called on the Turnbull Government to immediately rule out any forced deportations or removal of Rohingya refugees from Australia or from Australian-run detention centres.

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Thank you, Russell Broadbent: Now it’s time for Turnbull and Shorten to take action

Director of the Edmund Rice Centre and President of the Refugee Council of Australia, Phil Glendenning, has welcomed Liberal MP Russell Broadbent’s call for refugees on Manus Island and Nauru to be brought to Australia once the US resettlement deal has run its course.

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Australia’s Pacific Island neighbours will be most impacted by Trump’s Paris Agreement withdrawal

Australia’s neighbours in low-lying Pacific Island countries, such as Kiribati and Tuvalu, will be most impacted by the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

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