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                                     October 2018        No 205



From the Secretariat
Position Vacant
Current Issues/Resources
ACSJC Publications
Social Justice Events:    
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News Monitor
Social Justice Diary


From the Secretariat:


It's time to assert secure and affordable housing as a human right

Human dignity and establishing real relationship remain key challenges to addressing persistent and increasing levels of homelessness, according to Netty Horton, Chief Executive Officer of CatholicCare Melbourne. Launching the Australian Catholic Bishops’ 2018–2019 Social Justice Statement, 'A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land', she reflected on her work since arriving in Australia over 30 years ago, assisting people who were homeless as an outreach worker. 'I learned about the high prevalence of mental health and addictions, and a range of complex needs. I learned that homeless women were the most stigmatised even within the homeless population. But mostly I learned about the absence of positive relationships.' ... read more From the Secretariat


Position Vacant:

1810aaAdministrative Assistant

Do you have experience in providing a wide range of administrative services? The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC) is seeking an experienced Administrative Officer for a key role in this national agency of the Catholic Church, which is based in Sydney. This is a unique opportunity for an efficient and organised individual.  ... see more about the Position Vacant


Current Issues/Resources:

1810bSymposium seeks action to end street sleeping in Sydney

The event was held in Sydney in September and was hosted by the Act to End Street Sleeping Taskforce, comprising CatholicCare, Catholic Healthcare, Mercy Foundation, St Vincent’s Health Australia and St Vincent de Paul NSW. It was attended by the City of Sydney, representatives of state government departments and academia. The Institute of Global Homelessness has invited Sydney to become a Vanguard city to end homelessness. The aim is to end street sleeping by 2025 and restore dignity and hope to those who need our help more than ever.  ... see more Current Issues/Resources


ACSJC Publications:

1810cSocial Justice Statement 2018-19 - Order now!

This year's Social Justice Statement is entitled ‘A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land’. The ACSJC is taking orders for the Statement. An order form, letter from the President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and summary material are available on the ACSJC website. PDF and Word versions of the Statement as well as a range of print and multimedia resources are also available online. Prayer Cards and 'Ten Steps' leaflets can be ordered from the ACSJC. This year the 'Ten Steps' resource has a diocesan breakdown of relevant agencies and resources to each region that can be downloaded from the website.  ... see more Publications


Social Justice Events: 

1810d1–5 October- NATSICC National Assembly

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council delegates will come together in Perth to experience an event that will explore the faith, spirituality and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics. World-renowned speakers will share their thoughts on our theme and workshop presenters sourced from throughout Australia will explore a range of topics ranging from education through to healing. Speakers include Senator Pat Dodson, Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO and Dr Richard Walley OAM.. ... Read more

 All events

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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:

1810eFrancis warns against rise in racism and intolerance

Attitudes that many thought were a thing of the past - such as racism - are on the rise again and can lead to intolerant and discriminating behaviour and policies, Pope Francis warned. He urged politicians to avoid exploiting fear against those seeking refuge and better lives in our countries. 'We are living in times in which feelings that many thought had passed are taking new life and spreading.'  ... see more News items


Social Justice Diary:

1810f1 October - International Day for Older Persons

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) turns 70 this year and the International Day for Older Persons celebrates the importance of this Declaration, and reaffirms the commitment to promoting the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by older persons. Older human rights champions today were born around the time of the adoption of the UDHR in 1948. They are as diverse as the society in which they live: from older people advocating for human rights at the grass root and community level to high profile figures on the international stage. Each and every one demands equal respect and acknowledgement for their dedication and commitment to contributing to a world free from fear and free from want.  ... see more Diary items



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