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Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Leaked reports reveal scale of child abuse in detention
The largest cache of documents to be leaked from within Australia’s asylum seeker detention regime details assaults, sexual assaults and self-harm.  

Indigenous Australia

15-year-old’s suicide result of punitive NT culture
The public outcries come and go but the broken and ruined lives of Aboriginal children in detention in NT and WA continue to mount up. Gerry Georgatos warns the toll may eventually become insurmountable.  


Jesuit Social Services targets lack of secure housing
With the treatment of prisoners a key issue across the country following revelations from within the Northern Territory's youth detention system, a group of people with acquired brain injuries (ABIs) and contact with the criminal justice system have cited a lack of housing and support for people with disability as the number one factor behind re-offending.  

It’s time to fix the housing crisis
This simple video analyses the housing crisis in New Zealand and looks at ways of fixing it – Be warned, it’s a political video devised by the Greens but it still shows a way of analysing an important weakness in the New Zealand economy.
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Market economics not the solution for human services
There is a joke about a man looking for a coin under a streetlight: he had dropped it elsewhere, in the dark, but was looking under the streetlight because he could see more clearly there. In the same way, the thinking behind the Productivity Commission inquiry into increasing competition, contestability and informed user choice in human services is fundamentally flawed. The complexity and interconnectedness of human services is too challenging for market economics to properly address, writes Roland Manderson for Eureka Street.  

Human Rights

Sri Lankan religious leaders call for release of Tamil political prisoners
Catholic, Christian and Buddhist religious leaders have joined human rights activists, politicians and relatives of political prisoners in urging the government to release political prisoners arrested under anti-terror laws during the country's civil war.
Political prisoners were arrested on suspicion of having links with the rebel group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), during the war or soon after it ended in 2009.  

First peoples in India urged to unite for their rights
India's indigenous people should come together and fight for their socio-economic development, urged church leaders and activists at a gathering marking the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples in New Delhi.  

How to talk about female Olympians without being a regressive creep – a handy guide
Want to avoid gaffes when reporting on female athletes? Do write about the sports they did. Don’t bring their makeup, very small shorts and marital status into it, writes Lindy West for the Guardian.  


Groups call for justice for slain anti-coal activist
Faith-based and environmental groups in the Philippines have called for justice for slain anti-coal activist Gloria Capitan, 40 days after her killing. "The aim of the killers was not just Capitan but the anti-coal movement," said the head of the group Focus on Global South and a former member of the House of Representatives.  

US court favours Chevron in Ecuador pollution case
A U.S. federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the oil giant Chevron in a case that dates back more than 20 years, blocking one of Ecuador's Indigenous community from collecting a judgement of nearly US$8.6 billion for environmental damage to the Amazon rain forest.  

Helping farmers improve their livelihood
This video by the Poverty-Environment Initiative looks at efforts in Myanmar to work with small-holder farmers and help them with tools to promote more efficient farming, which in turn improves their livelihood.
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Charity and justice – either side of a coin
This short video explains the difference between charity and justice and why society needs both.
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Prayer for our earth
…from Laudato Si’  

Book: The Intervention: an Anthology
In this historic anthology, award-winning writers Rosie Scott and Dr Anita Heiss have gathered together the work of twenty of Australian’s finest writers both Indigenous and non-Indigenous together with powerful statements from Northern Territory Elders to bring a new dimension and urgency to an issue that has remained largely outside the public radar.

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A smarter, more humane approach to crime that saves lives and builds safer communities.
Australia’s First Peoples are dramatically over-represented in prison statistics. ANTaR is campaigning to change this unacceptable situation and to end Aboriginal deaths in custody. Join us!  

Getting to know Catholic Social Teaching
For many years people have said that Catholic Social Teaching is our best kept secret, but I don’t think this is true anymore, writes Sandie Cornish.  



Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Major International Catholic Social Teaching Documents

Key Principles

Human Dignity
Each person, made in the image and likeness of God, has an inalienable and transcendent human dignity which gives rise to human rights.

The Common Good
We are called to work for conditions which ensure that every person and group in society is able to meet their needs and realize their potential.

The people or groups most directly affected by a decision or policy should have a key decision making role.

We can only grow and achieve our potential in relationship with others. Solidarity encourages us to commit ourselves to the common good.