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Gough Whitlam farewelled as giant of Australian politics
Former prime minister Gough Whitlam, who left a legacy of unprecedented and unmatched change in Australian politics when he died last month, was farewelled at a memorial service in Sydney on November 5.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott joined six former prime ministers and a plethora of dignitaries at Sydney Town Hall to honour the man who reformed the Australian Labor Party with a mantra of "crash through or crash".

Listen to Cape York’s indigenous leader Noel Pearson express "immense gratitude for the public service of this old man ... I can scarcely point to any white Australian political leader of his vintage and of generations following of whom it could be said, without a shadow of doubt, 'he harboured not a bone of racial, ethnic or gender prejudice in his body'."

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Bowraville: report bolsters hopes for justice
On an incredible day of bipartisanship and emotion, the NSW Parliament vowed to deliver justice to the families of three Aboriginal children murdered in the early 1990s. Amy McQuire reports for New Matilda.

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Climate change: limiting its effects
Human influence on the climate system is clear and growing, with impacts observed on all continents. The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change says in its report released last week (2 November 2014), if left unchecked, climate change will boost the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.

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Melissa Parke Breaks Labor Ranks To Back BDS Campaign Against Israel
One of the growing stars of the Labor left has taken aim at critics of the 'Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions Campaign'. Max Chalmers reports for New Matilda.

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The gangs of Iraq
Marauding pro-government militias are using the fight against the Islamic State as a pretext to destroy Sunni Arab communities across the country, writes Tirana Hassan for Human Rights Watch.

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Israel ‘pushing for religious warfare’
Palestinian minister urges international community to protect Jerusalem's al-Aqsa, which has been gripped by clashes.

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SodaStream to close West Bank Factory targeted by boycotts in ScarJo Split
SodaStream has announced plans to close a West Bank factory that has been the target of calls for consumers to boycott the Israeli company’s products. Bloomberg’s Elliot Gotkine reports on ‘In the Loop’.

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Muslim women and children abused on NZ streets
Muslim leaders have reported a spike in racial abuse aimed mostly at women and children, many walking to and from school.

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Malaysia’s moderate Muslim face takes a beating
When Malaysia's urbane Prime Minister Najib Razak travels abroad he invariably touts his country's widely accepted reputation for moderate Islam, but that image is being challenged at home.

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Teen asylum seekers fearful after weekend violence on Nauru
As asylum seekers are released into the community on Nauru, tensions have begun spilling over, with four boys hospitalised over the weekend. Max Chalmers reports for New Matilda.

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Japan’s inside-outside culture makes for a bleak future
Society's overwhelming suspicion of 'foreigners' will eventually lead to its decline.

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G20s chance to nail multinational tax dodgers
Thursday's Financial Review (6 November 2014) reported that Swedish furniture company IKEA's Australian arm has earned an estimated $1 billion in profits since 2003, almost all of which has been exported tax-free. Action to crack down on tax avoidance is on the agenda for the G20 in Brisbane, but it remains to be seen if the interests of developing countries will be looked after, writes Angela Owen for Eureka Street.

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We need a Palestinian state,’ new EU foreign affairs chief says in Gaza
Federica Mogherini says world can’t afford a fourth Gaza war, and entire EU sees Palestinian statehood as ‘ultimate goal’.

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Destroying Sykes-Picot
Pushing down the wire fence separating Iraq from Syria, the militants of the Islamic State proclaimed jubilantly that Sykes-Picot was dead but was it really they who destroyed Sykes-Picot – the First World War agreement by which Britain and France divided the conquered Arab lands of the Ottoman Empire between themselves?

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Developments in civil society through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching
Treasurer Joe Hockey questions the legitimacy of the sense of entitlement of a number of Australians, particularly those receiving income support. So who do we think is entitled to what, on what basis, and from whom? asks Sandie Cornish in an address to Catholic Social Services Australia.

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Dangerous rememberance
Towards the end of the Second World War, a 16-year-old boy was conscripted into the German Army and sent to the front near the Rhine in an infantry company of youths of a similar age. One evening, he was sent with a message to Battalion headquarters; he returned the next morning to find that his company of over a hundred had been overrun in the night by an Allied bomber attack and an armoured assault.

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Beyond the boats: an asylum and refugee policy for the long term
Now that the acute phase of boat arrivals appears over, Beyond the boats urges all parties to use this opportunity to construct an overarching national asylum and refugee policy for the long term.
Key recommendations include increasing Australia’s humanitarian intake, phasing out mandatory detention apart from initial screening and establishing a regional Track II dialogue.

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Social Justice & the Churches: Challenges & Responsibilities
Edited by John D'Arcy May
Professor Frank Brennan, Fr Max Vodola, Revd Gerald Rose, Revd Geoff Pound, Revd Raymond Cleary, Dr Mark Zirnsak, Major Jenny Begent, Fr Shenouda Boutros, and Margaret Coffey examine the social traditions of seven churches for today.
This book is available through Social Policy Connections for $25+$5 postage.

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Rediscovering the Spiritual in God’s Creation
10-15 March 2015 McLaren Vale.

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ERC Asylum Seekers and Refugees
An education resource with activities for students, focusing on real people and their stories.
The resource is available to download at no cost. For information call 02 8762 4200 or go to erc.org.au

End gender-based violence
With an estimated up to two million people, mostly women and children, trafficked annually for prostitution, forced labour, slavery or servitude, the United Nations’ UNiTE campaign focusing on ending violence against women and children has called for a focus on this issue on the 25th of every month.  

Let the Son Shine
An Australian Catholic response to climate change

The words 'climate change' are on many people’s lips. Scientific evidence has convinced many that humans are largely responsible for this change and must act urgently to address it. Others have been shocked out of complacency and into reflection by fickle weather conditions, ranging from recent hurricanes in New Orleans to a ten-year drought throughout Australia. So says Columban Fr Charles Rue in a new release, Let the Son Shine  

The Call to Justice in Scripture
How do you experience the Scriptures calling you to live justly? This PowerPoint can be used for personal reflection or as stimulus material for group discussion. Reflecting on The Call to Justice in Scripture  

 

 


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.

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

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