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                                     October 2019        No 216



From the Office for Social Justice
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From the Office for Social Justice


Social Justice Statement launch depicts social media as a force for good

Speakers at 3 September’s Social Justice Statement launch stressed that social media is not a danger in itself. Canberra teacher and journalist Beth Doherty said that ‘across social networks there exist myriad opportunities to share truth, beauty and goodness, and yet often it is used to spread lies, filth and evil'. Meanwhile University of Sydney Media lecturer Margaret Van Heekeran told the audience that the Church has been standing up to fake news since Pope Pius XI instructed a 1934 gathering of journalists that 'to report the thoughts and facts of the world is a great mission’. Together with Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, they launched the Bishops’ 2019–2020 Social Justice Statement, Making It Real: Genuine human encounter in our digital world... read more From the Office for Social Justice


Current Issues/Resources:

1910bAnti-Poverty Week targets Newstart allowance

Anti-Poverty Week will be held 13-19 October. The Raise the Rate campaign led by ACOSS will be the focus of a Day of Action on solutions to end poverty, on 17 October. This campaign is aimed at increasing the rate of Newstart and associated allowances by $75 a week. ... see more Current Issues/Resources


ACSJC Publications:

1910cSocial Justice Statement available for order

We are encouraging people to order the annual Social Justice Statement online. The ACSJC is now taking orders for this year’s Statement, Making It Real: Genuine human encounter in our digital world. The ACSJC website is making resources available for download free of charge ahead of Social Justice Sunday. These include Social Justice Sunday Liturgy Notes, a PowerPoint presentation and community and education resources. ... see more Publications


Social Justice Events: 

1910dOctober is Mental Health Month

Mental health issues affect more than one in five Australians every year so it is important to encourage Australians to stop and think about their mental wellbeing. Mental Health Week creates an opportunity for people to think about the ways in which we can enhance our social and emotional wellbeing by building our personal resilience and support networks. This year’s theme is ‘Share the Journey’. ... Read more

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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:

1910eCatholic Religious label proposed union ban bill undemocratic

Catholic Religious Australia has criticised proposed laws making it easier to deregister unions and ban officials, warning they will have a 'destructive impact' on workers. The body representing the nation’s religious orders told a Senate inquiry that the Morrison Government’s Ensuring Integrity Bill reduced union rights and imposed 'double standards' as the same requirements were not faced by corporations. 'From the perspective of social justice and the common good this Ensuring Integrity Bill strikes at the very heart of the Union movement - namely the ability of the workers to organise and run their own unions and determining who leads them.' ... see more News items


Social Justice Diary:

1910fSat 19 October - Sinking of refugee boat SIEV X

SIEV X was a dilapidated Indonesian fishing boat that was en route from Sumatra to Christmas Island carrying over 400 asylum seekers. It sank in international waters on this day in 2001, just south of the Indonesian island of Java, killing 353 people. The tragedy was politically controversial in Australia, as it occurred during an election campaign at a time when asylum seekers and border protection were major issues. ... see more Diary items



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