There's no letup in the school funding battle. It has featured in the last two rounds of federal by-elections. CSSA's CEO, Fr Frank Brennan's article as published in Eureka Street, 5 August 2018.
Hiroshima Remembrance Ecumenical Service, Adamstown Uniting Church, Newcastle, 5 August 2018. Fr Frank Brennan, SJ. A reflection on peace, drawing on the observations of Pedro Arrupe, Richard Flanagan, James Crawford and others.
Fr Frank Brennan SJ, CEO CSSA, Homily, 11th Sunday in Ordinary time, the Oratory of San Francesco Saverio Del Caravita, Rome, 17 June 2018. Published Eureka Street 17 June 2018
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.