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Champion footballer Michael Long’s walk to Canberra for justice for Indigenous Australians has been welcomed by the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC).

Bishop Patrick Power, Auxiliary Bishop of Canberra and Deputy Chairman of the ACSJC will join the Essendon Aboriginal footballer as he arrives in the national capital. Bishop Power urges all Australians to walk alongside their Indigenous brothers and sisters in their quest for justice and reconciliation.

“Michael is highlighting the massive disadvantages faced by Indigenous communities throughout the country. His walk for Indigenous health is a walk for the health of our nation”, stated Bishop Power.

“Many Aboriginal men have little chance of reaching 65. Australia must do better than this.

“We might be beating New Zealand on the sporting field this summer, but it is to our shame that the state of Indigenous health in New Zealand, Canada and the United States has improved in recent times while we lag behind.

“We hope that this inspiring action of Michael Long helps to move this nation along the road to greater equity for Indigenous Australians in all aspects of their lives”, Bishop Power said.