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                                     May 2016        No 178



From the Secretariat
Current Issues/Resources
ACSJC Publications
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From the Secretariat:

1605a1st May: Remembering Church's commitment to vulnerable and unemployed workers

The Church has always held a special concern for unemployed and vulnerable workers and their families. This concern was clearly stated by Pope John Paul II, in 1981, when he spoke on the broad subject of 'Human Work'. He said that the Church's solidarity with poor and vulnerable workers is part of 'her mission, her service, a proof of her fidelity to Christ, so that she can truly be the "Church of the poor"'. ... read more From the Secretariat 


Current Issues/Resources: 

Community sector's hopes for the Federal Budget

Community sector organisations have issued a united call for this year's Federal Budget to put reducing poverty and inequality at the heart of its purpose. This should be done by prioritising revenue raising measures to fund essential services and jobs growth, rather than by focusing narrowly on cuts to spending and unaffordable tax cuts in an election year. ... see more Current Issues/Resources


ACSJC Publications:

1605cPutting People First: Pastoral Letters For the Feast of St Joseph The Worker

In the latest Catholic Social Justice Series, the ACSJC has brought together a collection of the Pastoral Letters issued by Bishop Christopher Saunders between 2010 and 2015. The series paper provides an invaluable record of the significant issues relating to work and justice in that five-year period: the global financial crisis; the Northern Territory 'intervention' and the future of remote communities; the Insecure Work inquiry of the ACTU; and the public outcry at the inadequacy of allowances for the unemployed and sole parents. ... see more Publications


Social Justice Events: 

1605d3 May-8 June: Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

This event explores diverse and inspiring human stories through the mediums of film, art, music and forums. HRAFF inspires and engages audiences with social justice and human rights issues via an annual festival and year-round through our Schools and Community (SAC) program, our online networks and partners. ... Read more

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This includes information about social justice events by various organisations around Australia. Event details may have changed since being posted - please confirm with the organiser.


News Monitor:

1605ePope flies home with 12 refugees after emotional visit to Lesbos 

Pope Francis took three families of Syrian refugees back to Rome during April after visiting the frontline of Europe's migrant crisis at a camp in Greece where migrants wept at his feet, kissed his hand and begged for help. ... see more News items


Social Justice Diary:

1605f6 May 1992: Introduction of mandatory detention of asylum seekers in Australia

On this date, Australia adopted a mandatory detention policy obliging the Australian Government to detain all persons entering or being in the country without a valid visa, while their claim to remain in Australia is processed and security and health checks undertaken. Also at the same the law was changed to empower indefinite detentions, from the previous limit of 273 days. ... see more Diary items



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