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19. The End of Apartheid? South Africa Moves to the Vote Maggie Paterson19. The End of Apartheid? South Africa Moves to the Vote Maggie Paterson 
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South Africa will be radically transformed in 1994 by its first democratic elections.

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The End of Apartheid? South Africa Moves to the Vote provides a concise but informative background paper to this momentous event of international importance.

This booklet documents the recent history of the South African government and its self-orchestrated demise, analysing the violence and political power-play that has resulted. It adopts a positive, yet cautious position, as it considers the wider ramifications of the journey to democracy: voter education; the fragmentation of the 'nation states'; and the impact on women, land, and the economy. The author, Maggie Paterson, ponders the post-election redefinition of the South African government — when the real struggle for democracy begins. 

18. The Justice God Wants: Islam and Human Rights Rev Dr Laurence P Fitzgerald OP 18. The Justice God Wants: Islam and Human Rights Rev Dr Laurence P Fitzgerald OP  
Confronted by images of violence and apparent injustice and brutality in Muslim nations, the western world remains largely ignorant of the Islamic faith.

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Many 'westerners' would even presume that Islamic belief is at odds with the concept of human rights.

Fr Fitzgerald, a leading Christian scholar of Islam, provides readers with a simple and eye-opening introduction to the Islamic faith and its teachings on human rights. The Justice God Wants demonstrates that the guiding principles of human rights are entrenched in the fundamental writings of Islam, which are the foundation of contemporary Islamic charters of human rights.

While acknowledging that some Islamic states do flout human rights, The Justice God Wants, seeks to promote understanding of a controversial aspect of the fastest-growing religion in the world.

17. Banks and Social Responsibility David Farmer 17. Banks and Social Responsibility David Farmer    
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Have banks and bankers been fairly treated in recent years? This paper examines social responsibility and the banking industry.

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Banks and Social Responsibility begins with a survey of relevant biblical and church teaching on banking and proposes a framework of social responsibility for the industry. The question of whether freer markets lead to more soically  responsible actions is considered and specific issues of deregulation and banking practice are examined.

16. Working for Change The Australian Young Christian Workers Movement16. Working for Change The Australian Young Christian Workers Movement    
The nature of work and the effects of unemployment are critical issues facing women and men in our society.

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Working for Change has been prepared for the Australian Catholic Social Council by the Australian Young Christian Workers Movement.

The authors argue that the vision we have for our society is tied up with how we value and understand work. They explore the collapse of full-time work and the de-humanising nature of much of the work available to young people. They provide stories about people who have been affected by changing work patterns and by the different values placed on employment in our society.

For Christians, work is connected to spirituality. The Australian Young Christian Workers Movement reflects on how we can connect faith, daily life and work. The writers also offer recommendations about action for the future.

15. The Spiral down to Poverty: Rural Communities in Crisis Noela Lippert15. The Spiral down to Poverty: Rural Communities in Crisis Noela Lippert    
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This paper traces how the deregulation of the banking system in the 1980s, combined with drought, spiralling interest rates, falling commodity prices and rising farming costs combined to send many farmers and rural communities into crisis.

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14. Australia in the Information Age Christina Spurgeon and Paul Chadwick14. Australia in the Information Age Christina Spurgeon and Paul Chadwick    
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As the paper highlights, concentration of ownership in the print media is high; in part two the relationship of information to society is examined as is the role of government in the information society.

13. Conscience and Business Professor John Langan SJ13. Conscience and Business Professor John Langan SJ
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The Council was pleased to co-sponsor with St Mary’s Business Ethics Ministry, North Sydney, a lecture by Professor John Langan, S. J. at the Sydney Town Hall on 18th August 1992.

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The Council believes that the lecture will promote further interest in business ethics in Australia, in the Church and the wider Community.

12. Common Wealth for the Common Good12. Common Wealth for the Common Good
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This is a summary of the full pastoral statement Common Wealth for the Common Good that was published as a paperback.

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It is the outcome of an extensive consultation which was launched early in 1988 by the Bishops' Committee for Justice, Development and Peace, on behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference. 

11. East Timor: Just a Political Question? Dr Geoffrey Hull11. East Timor: Just a Political Question? Dr Geoffrey Hull    
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The Santa Cruz massacre of 12th November 1991 brought the enduring question of East Timor to the public notice in Australia.

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Hardly a day goes by without media coverage. It is in this context that Dr Geoffrey Hull's paper is written: the demand for such a paper exists not just in social justice groups, but in the wider Catholic Church and the community at large. 

 

10. Social Teaching: From Proclamation to Promotion Archbishop Denis E Hurley OMI10. Social Teaching: From Proclamation to Promotion Archbishop Denis E Hurley OMI    
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The following talk was given in Melbourne 1991 at Presentation College Windsor by Archbishop Denis Hurley.

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He stressed the crucial role of the laity in promoting the Church's social teaching. He also stated that although sections of the Church among the clergy, laity and religious were dedicated in promoting the social teachings they formed only a small minority.

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9. Whose 100th Birthday?? Australian Democracy and 'Rerum Novarum' 1891-1991 Senator Michael Tate, Federal Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs9. Whose 100th Birthday?? Australian Democracy and 'Rerum Novarum' 1891-1991 Senator Michael Tate, Federal Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs    
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Speech given on the occasion of the National Forum Celebrating 100 years of Catholic Social Teaching.

8. Australian South Sea Islanders The Evatt Foundation8. Australian South Sea Islanders
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The Evatt Foundation's initiative in this area of Pacific Islands people was to provide funding in 1990 for a South Sea Islander to travel through the Queensland coastal areas and meet with Australian South Sea Islanders to obtain up-to-date information on their conditions and concerns.

7. Christians and their duty towards Nature From text of John Paul II's New Year message 19907. Christians and their duty towards Nature From text of John Paul II's New Year message 1990    
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In issuing this paper the Bishops' Committee for Justice, Development and Peace sees as its purpose: 'To invite all Christians, Catholics in particular, to reflect on the truth that their responsibility within creation and their duty towards nature and the Creator are an essential part of their faith'

 6. Hope Beyond Apartheid ACBC6. Hope Beyond Apartheid
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A report on the visit to South Africa at the invitation of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference by a delegation representing the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference and its agencies.

 

 5. ‘Heads I Win, Tails You Lose’: Truth and integrity in public life Tom Ryan SM5. ‘Heads I Win, Tails You Lose’: Truth and integrity in public life Tom Ryan SM
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In 1990 the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council’s Paper by Father Tom Ryan, S. M. Truth and Integrity in Public Life helped to focus interest in the Church on business ethics.

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4. A Call to Solidarity in the Pacific Cardinal Thomas Williams4. A Call to Solidarity in the Pacific Cardinal Thomas Williams
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The Archdiocese of Melbourne celebrated the first anniversary of the encyclical Sollicitudo Rei Socialis by discussing and reflecting upon it at a seminar. 

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Cardinal Williams, President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' Conference, and its Deputy for Justice and Peace, was invited to speak on the encyclical and Pacific solidarity. Cardinal Williams' reflections were at once personal and analytical drawing as they do on years of experience in both New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. This is an edited version of Cardinal Williams' address. 

3. Solidarity Means Action: The Moral Response To Interdependence3. Solidarity Means Action: The Moral Response To Interdependence
Two addresses by Bishop Jorge Mejia, Vice President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 16 and 17 February 1989.
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2. The New Rainbow Serpent of Peace Justice and the Integrity of Creation Sean McDonagh SSM2. The New Rainbow Serpent of Peace Justice and the Integrity of Creation Sean McDonagh SSM
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This paper was given in Melbourne as the 1988 Helder Camara Lecture. It challenges us to move beyond an anthropocentric cosmology towards a more holistic understanding of Creation, and the place of the human person in it. It challenges us to authentic stewardship. 

1. There’s No Place Like Home: The Politics Of Women’s Housing Fr Brian Cosgrove1. There’s No Place Like Home: The Politics Of Women’s Housing Fr Brian Cosgrove    
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Brian Cosgrove is the Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the Archdiocese of Sydney. He completed this paper in December 1987 for the International Year of Shelter and as a contribution to the Catholic Bishops’ inquiry into the distribution of wealth in Australia.

 

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