'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]

Jazz Jam for Justice

It is time to bring transparency, justice, and humanity into Australia's immigration detention regime

For twenty years the Commonwealth Government’s policies and practices have stolen people’s lives and liberty. For far too long this truth has been hidden in plain sight from the people of Australia. The shadow of privatised offshore immigration camps, and those held in detention onshore has concealed multitudes of issues - from alleged torture to systemic abuse. These have had devastating consequences including 37 cases of suicide linked to immigration detention. It's time to break the silence and demand accountability.
A petition has been launched, calling on the House to establish a Royal Commission into Australia's Immigration Detention. This commission will play a critical role in:
✔uncovering the truth;
✔reflecting on the evidence; and
✔producing recommendations to address the lack of transparency, truth and compliance by Australia in its commitment to human rights domestically and internationally.
Please sign the petition to uncover the truth 👇

Inner West Council grants event

Wonderful to be part of the Inner West Council grants event. Such an amazing array of very deserved recipients this year of which the Edmund Rice Centre was one.


You are warmly invited to join us online for an address by Dame Meg Taylor DBE, former Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum and current member of the Pacific Elders' Voice, on Friday 8 December at 12pm AEDT. Dame Meg Taylor is a Papua New Guinean lawyer and diplomat and was the PNG Ambassador to the US, Mexico and Canada from 1989 to 1994. In 2014, Dame Meg was appointed Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum, a position which she held until 2021. There are few Pacific Islander leaders better placed than Dame Meg to talk about the challenges and opportunities facing the region. We are honoured that Dame Meg will be spending some time at the Centre with us and look very much forward to her address on Emerging Priorities in the Pacific. Registrations are essential at https://www.erc.org.au/events

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