Mar 2018

30 March 2018


The Editor

Caring for our neighbours

30 March 2018 | Cecily McNeill

Timor-Leste The hard-fought agreement between Australia and Timor-Leste over proceeds from the Greater Sunrise oil and gas field is a tribute to the tenacity of our tiny neighbour. Talks over how to share the $50 billion field have been going on since 2004.


Politics

At last agreement with Timor-Leste over oil and gas field

30 March 2018 | Lindsay Murdoch

Australia and Timor-Leste will sign a landmark agreement aimed at opening the way to share revenue from the $50 billion Greater Sunrise oil and gas field in the Timor Sea at the United Nations next week.


Cambodia’s modern repression has Khmer roots

30 March 2018 | Alphonsus Pettit

The Cambodian government has succeeded in shutting down the political opposition, critical thinking in the media and has sharpened its focus on non-government organizations, which have tried its patience over human rights issues. For some "The Repression" is shocking, for others the crackdown is simply a return to the country's communist past.


Welcome to the matrix of materialism

30 March 2018 | David James

MatrixA visitor from an earlier time would be stunned to see how much we understand the world using monetary measures. Finance has come to be considered the first reality, not defined by, or reflecting, reality. To see how this creates distortions, consider GDP, which is taken to be a measure of national wellbeing, but is anything but, writes David James for Eureka Street.


Indigenous

Inclusion@Work Index

30 March 2018 | Diversity Council Australia

Indigenous Australians experience most discrimination in the workplace Thirty-eight per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian workers experienced discrimination or harassment over the past year, a survey by non-profit organisation Diversity Council Australia has found. 


Aboriginals have little to feel positive about in 2018

30 March 2018 | Tauto Sansbury

For the best part of my 40 years’ involvement with my community, with governments, with the political system, with service providers both Aboriginal and NGOs, there isn’t much I can write about that has been positive for the long term.


Environment

Cyclone Gita devastates Tonga

30 March 2018 | Caritas

Last month, Tropical Cyclone Gita swept across islands of the Pacific causing substantial damage to homes, livelihoods, places of refuge, and places of prayer. This is certainly the case in Tonga where Gita made landfall on 12 February as a category 4 tropical storm. Winds raged between 110 and 275 kmph causing waves over 11 metres tall. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand was there.


Two schools powered solely by green energy

30 March 2018 | Cole Latimer

A Catholic primary school will be one of two NSW schools to be powered solely by renewable energy, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.


Peace

Is Australia joining a new arms race?

30 March 2018 | Bruce Duncan

Australians have been startled that our government, apparently without any public consultation or debate in parliament, intends greatly to expand Australian arms production to become within ten years one of the top ten defence exporters, on a par with Britain, France, and Germany, writes Bruce Duncan for Social Policy Connections.


Be deeply rooted in the love of God – Pope to Myanmar Jesuits

30 March 2018 | Melbourne Catholic

The private conversation with Pope Francis gave great joy to his Jesuit brothers in Myanmar. Almost all the 32 Jesuits and novices who live in Myanmar were able to be with him at the house of Cardinal Charles Bo where he was staying.


Church must stand up for weakest and poorest

30 March 2018 | CathNews

Refugees and asylum-seekers are not just numbers, but real people, and the cruelty against them under current government policies must stop, the Catholic Social Services national conference has heard.


Refugees

Slavery-free Easter chocolate

30 March 2018 | ACRATH

Children as young as 12 are picking cocoa in West Africa to make the chocolate we eat. Some of these children are trafficked. Most are forced to pick cocoa from an early age for minimal or no wages, for long hours, in dangerous working conditions, without any possibility of attending school. Most of these children have never tasted chocolate and they never will.


Jesuits to give a “Sri Lankan face” to reconciliation

30 March 2018 | UCANews

Children’s education must be a priority to help the war-torn nation heal. Helping a fractured and war-ravaged nation put itself back together through reconciliation has become a top priority for priests serving the Society of Jesus (SJ) in Sri Lanka.


Peace

Pope’s Lenten message

30 March 2018 | Vatican

Creation itself becomes a silent witness to this cooling of charity. The earth is poisoned by refuse, discarded out of carelessness or for self-interest. The seas, themselves polluted, engulf the remains of countless shipwrecked victims of forced migration. The heavens, which in God’s plan, were created to sing his praises, are rent by engines raining down implements of death.


Poverty

Mobile clinic narrows healthcare gap in Timor

30 March 2018 | Siktus Harson

Jesuit priest travels to hamlets on hillocks, serves as a band-aid for state's medical woes. Mountainous terrain, inadequate modes of transportation and shortages of medical personnel and facilities have all combined to hamper efforts in Timor-Leste to provide local people with adequate healthcare.


Use It

In dialogue with Francis’ eco manifesto

30 March 2018 | Jacqui Remond

Dialogue plays a role in how we create meaning. When we have true dialogue we create a flow of meaning: between us, and between us and everything around us. Laudato Si' invites us to be mindful of the dialogue that's happening at a human level, at a cosmic level, and with the creator God, writes Jacqui Remond for Eureka Street.