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Aung San Suu Kyi – don’t give up on her – Rudd

30 October 2017 | Kevin Rudd

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd says now is not the time to walk away from Myanmar's fragile democracy.


Mixed welcome for Rohingyas in Bangladesh

30 October 2017 | Stephan Uttom

In impoverished Bangladesh sympathy for Rohingya abounds but many Bangladeshis are increasingly suspicious of the presence of such large number of Rohingya in the country.


Mixed welcome for Rohingyas in Bangladesh

30 October 2017 | Stephan Uttom

In impoverished Bangladesh sympathy for Rohingya abounds but many Bangladeshis are increasingly suspicious of the presence of such large number of Rohingya in the country.


Ten steps towards justice for refugees and asylum seekers

29 September 2017 |

Sunday 25 September is the day when the church focuses specifically on social justice. The Australian Catholic bishops have issued a statement in which there is a 10-step program to bring us closer to justice for asylum seekers and refugees.


2 million dollar boost for refugee classes

30 August 2017 |

The NSW government has allocated $2.2 million to Catholic schools to help fund the provision of intensive English language classes for newly arrived refugee students from war-torn Syria and Iraq, reports Catholic Education Commission NSW.


The bipartisan shame of refugee policy

30 August 2017 | Frank Brennan

What possessed Filippo Grandi, the relatively new United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, to go public last week, having a go at Australia for our government’s treatment of unvisaed asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat? He repeated UNHCR’s demand that Australia terminate offshore processing of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island and that we not outsource our responsibilities to others, writes Frank Brennan for Eureka Street


June 2017 Edition of Faith Doing Justice

29 June 2017 | Cecily McNeill

While pondering the issues in our planet this month, two stories particularly caught my eye. One is that of a Syrian violinist, Alaa Arsheed, who looks at his shattered, wartorn world through an artist’s eye, using his talent to turn his apparently hopeless situation around. The other story is about those who buy shares in a company then challenge the company’s unjust practices at board level.


May 2017 Edition of Fairh Doing Justice

30 May 2017 | Cecily McNeill

Pope Francis has again rocked the world with his ability to speak to the heart of every creature. Last month he became the first pope to give a TED talk. His talk which was beamed from the Vatican to a live audience in Vancouver, Canada, brought the people to their feet.


April 2017 Edition of Faith Doing Justice

29 April 2017 | Cecily McNeill

The dirtiest coal power station in the developed world shut down last month as Australia grapples with the need for electricity and an apparent perception (at least in government circles) that saving the planet is optional.

Hazelwood in Victoria has stopped its turbines, but the debate rages over a new mega-coal mine, the Adani Carmichael mine in Queensland, set to be the biggest in the world. Meanwhile, renewable energy guru Elon Musk has offered to sell the batteries that would open the door to enough renewables to run the country.


March Edition of Faith Doing Justice

30 March 2017 | Cecily McNeill

The Church’s Lenten season is always sobering as we take stock of how we are doing as followers of Christ in a world that seems bound for hell in the cheapest transport available – a handcart. In North America we have a deadly pantomime playing out before our eyes with health safeguards for the poor being dismantled and environmental protections being rolled back so that big business – in many cases, the accelerator of climate degradation – can continue its plundering course.


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