Justice system 'failing' Indigenous Australians
The re-elected Morrison Government must make it a priority to act on the continued overrepresentation of First Nations people in the criminal justice system, says Jesuit Social Services.

New government must tackle poverty: Vinnies
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Coalition face the major challenge of helping three million Australians living in poverty, the St Vincent de Paul Society says. Source: The Catholic Leader.

Repeal of medevac law faces Senate bloc
The Morrison Government faces a Senate veto of its effort to repeal the law requiring medical transfers of refugees from offshore detention, throwing into doubt plans to close the Christmas Island detention facility. Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Number of people sleeping rough on the rise
The number of people sleeping rough in Western Australia is on the increase, according to a new report by The University of Notre Dame Australia. Source: The eRecord.

Vatican conference calls for protection of biodiversity
People’s attitudes toward nature, economic systems and consumption habits need to radically change to promote a more sustainable and caring world, participants at a Vatican-sponsored conference said. Source: CNS.

Bishops renew call for fair wages
The Fair Work Act has “failed to provide an adequate wages safety net for low-paid workers with family responsibilities”, a Catholic Church delegation has told the Fair Work Commission. Source: ACBC.

Sector calls for immediate $75 increase to Newstart
The Australian Council of Social Service has called for Labor to back an immediate increase to Newstart, rejecting the need for a review. Source: The Australian.

Catholic alliance calls for 'fair process'
The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum has released a federal election statement that calls for all sides of politics to commit to “language and policies that reflect a compassionate and humane Australian society”.

Foreign aid 'hamstrung by cuts, lack of direction’
The peak group for overseas aid says Australia’s influence in Asia will suffer from a shrunken budget, but repairs could start for as little as $250 million a year if accompanied by a major strategic review. Source: The Age.

Catholic Religious Australia seeks to protect native forests
Catholic Religious Australia has joined 80 national and state-wide organisations, five political parties and many independent election candidates in campaigning against forest bioenergy.

Support for NT's youth detention alternatives
The Northern Territory Government’s 2019-20 Budget investments into alternatives to youth detention will ultimately benefit the entire community, according to Jesuit Social Services.

Australia must 'radically rethink' its prison system
Australia must join other countries around the world in “radically rethinking” its dependence on prisons and the over-incarceration of Aboriginal people, a US-based prison reform activist has warned. Source: ABC News. 

- courtesy CathNews


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