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                                     December 2017        No 196



From the Secretariat
Current Issues/Resources
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From the Secretariat:

1712aGlory of Christmas message must not let us forget the needy

While Christmas celebrates the transcendence of Christ's Incarnation, it also reminds us of his mission to those who are most in need. The last few weeks have seen a terrible rebuke to our national ideals of a fair go for the underdog. We have witnessed a calculated and cynical waiting game played by our government, using the asylum seekers on Manus Island as pawns. ... read more From the Secretariat


Current Issues/Resources:

1712bBishop Long's plea for Australia to secure safety of Manus men

Australia has a responsibility to assure the safety of the men who have been detained on Manus Island, says ACSJC chair Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen. ‘The situation on Manus Island is turning into a humanitarian disaster and it is a direct result of our government's failed policy. As a nation that prides itself on its respect for the rule of law and its globally responsible citizenship, we must find a workable and principled solution.' ... see more Current Issues/Resources


ACSJC Publications:

1712c2018 Social Justice Diary a Christmas gift idea

The 2018 Social Justice Diary includes the dates of significant events, anniversaries and special days which celebrate particular aspects of social justice. The Diary provides a social justice program for the full year. Information and ideas for prayer and reflection are included. This is an essential resource for teachers and parishes. A great Christmas gift. Diaries will be available from late November. Cost: $7.50 (including postage). ... see more Publications


Social Justice Events: 

1712d5 December - Social policy after collapse of neoliberalism

Melbourne University Social Policy Professor Paul Smyth will speak at the Social Policy Connections Forum on 'Wiring Social Justice Into the Economy: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Development'. He will suggest new directions for social policy after the collapse of the neoliberal framework. Free – donations welcome. 7.30 to 9.00 pm. Social Policy Connections, 34 Bedford Street, Box Hill, Melbourne. Enquiries phone 03 9890 1077. ... Read more

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News Monitor:

1712eCouncil backs crackdown on aged care homes

The ACSJC's National Executive Officer John Ferguson has welcomed the government’s decision to crack down on wayward aged care facilities. The government's move comes a little over a year after Australia's bishops expressed concern about the vulnerability of the aged and elder abuse. Mr Ferguson told The Catholic Weekly that he applauded the decision of Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt to stop providing notice to aged care facilities that they were about to be audited. ... see more News items


Social Justice Diary:

1712f10 December - Former PM Keating's Redfern Speech

This is the 25th anniversary of Paul Keating's speech at Sydney's Redfern Oval to mark the beginning of the International Year of the World's Indigenous People. Although it was not given a lot of media attention at the time, it is now regarded as one of the greatest Australian speeches. Keating was the first Australian Prime Minister to publicly acknowledge to Indigenous Australians that European settlers were responsible for the difficulties Australian Aboriginal communities continued to face: 'We committed the murders. We took the children from their mothers. We practiced discrimination and exclusion. It was our ignorance and our prejudice'. ... see more Diary items



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