CSSA's CEO, Fr Frank Brennan, reflects on history, justice and reconciliation in National Reconciliation Week 2018. As published in Parish Connections, Parish of St James, June/July 2018
Close the camps now and stop the posturing. Both the Turnbull government and the Shorten opposition are committed to 'stopping the boats'. For the good of the refugees who have languished for five years on Nauru and Manus Island, and for the good of the Australian body politic, it's time to put an end to this inhumane chapter in Australian history. Keep the boats stopped. Bring New Zealand into the mix now. Empty the camps. And fight your elections on matters of substance which don't impose untold harm on defenceless children. Both Messrs Shorten and Turnbull need to acknowledge that Ged Kearney is right. Published Eureka Street 24 May 2018.
CSSA's CEO, Fr Frank Brennan SJ joined Sr Susan Connelly RSJ at Spirituality in the Pub, "Issues in the Modern World" in Dubbo, NSW, 23 May 2018
Joe Zabar, Director of Economic Policy for Catholic Social Services Australia, makes the point that the tax cuts announced in the Federal Budget might be good politics, but they are definitely not good policy. Published Eureka Street 11 May 2018
Economic inequality and inadequate income need to be addressed in the forthcoming Federal Budget. Fr Frank Brennan, CEO of CSSA, is calling for our major political parties to commit to the establishment of an independent commission to set evidence-based benchmarks, ensuring adequate income support payments for those Australians unable to get full-time employment through no fault of their own. Published Eureka Street 30 April 2018.
Rather than arguing over whether the tax credit cash out loophole should remain part of tax code, it maybe more prudent for the government and opposition to be looking at the elephant in the room - the treatment of superannuation income. If superannuation income was treated like any other income, these sorts of loopholes in our tax code would not be anywhere near as attractive.
On Tuesday the governments of Timor Leste and Australia will sign a maritime boundary treaty in New York in the presence of Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations. This day has been a long time coming.
This week we will mark the 10th anniversary of the National Apology. All of us remember where we were that day when Prime Minister Kevin Rudd read the words of the parliamentary motion moved by him and seconded by Brendan Nelson, the Leader of the Opposition.
UnitingCare Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia and Anglicare Australia have joined together to condemn the Federal Government’s Welfare Reform Bill saying a majority of the measures contained within the Bill will further punish and demonises people who are already on low incomes and need support.