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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

CSSA and the ABS survey on same sex marriage

CSSA has no formal position on what enrolled voters should say in response to the voluntary survey being conducted by the ABS on whether the Marriage Act should be amended by the Australian Parliament to expand the definition of civil marriage to include a relationship between two persons of the same sex.

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Compulsory drug testing is no silver bullet

Christian Porter, the Minister for Social Services, has been trying to make his mark as an upcoming minister in the Turnbull Government. Social security is a demanding portfolio. In an age of budget repair, steady five-plus per cent unemployment, high underemployment, and sluggish or non-existent wage growth for most workers, it is difficult to make a mark. No matter how job ready you make the unemployed, their prospects of finding work are not going to be greatly enhanced in this environment.

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

The cost of living a decent life: new report highlights the inadequacies of income support for low-paid and unemployed Australians

The Newstart Allowance received by people looking for work falls well below the minimum income required to achieve a basic standard of living – defined as a budget standard – according to a new report by researchers from UNSW Sydney.

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Tragedy on Manus highlights need to #BringThemHere

There have been so many horrifying stories and tragic events within Manus Island and Nauru, and the senseless death of Hamed Shamshiripour this week brings into sharp focus the fact that vulnerable people are suffering and resorting to tragic actions, on the Federal Government’s watch.

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Church Community Service Providers Commend ALP’s Sensible Stand Against Drug Test Trial

Catholic Social Services Australia, UnitingCare Australia, and Anglicare have today commended the ALP for its commitment to oppose the Government's proposed drug testing trial of social security recipients and calls on other Members and Senators to do the same.

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Preparing for a third election with Liberal and Labor lock-step on a punitive, unnecessary refugee policy

"It was only very recently that UNHCR was informed by Australia that it refuses to accept even vulnerable proven refugees with close family ties in Australia and that ‘their only option is to remain where they are or to be transferred to Cambodia or the United States’. No wonder UNHCR spat the dummy. They could see that the major political parties in Australia remain committed to an inhumane head-in-the-sand non-solution, when a crisis is imminent."

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Fr Frank Brennan speaking on ABC Radio National Breakfast and on the ABC 7.30 program

Following an announcement by the UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi calling on Australia to end the harmful practice of offshore processing Fr Frank Brennan was interviewed by ABC Radio National Breakfast and ABC 7.30 programs. Listen and watch these programs.

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Stopping the Boats and Saving Lives Four Years On

How much longer will we continue to punish proven refugees who are our responsibility while they await interminable, uncertain futures in Nauru and Manus Island?

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Stopping the Boats and Saving Lives Four Years On

How munch longer will we continue to punish proven refugees who are our responsibility while they await interminable, uncertain future in Nauru and Manus Island?

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Monday, 3 July 2017

NAIDOC Sunday - Reconciliation Church

The National Aboriginal and Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) invites us to commence NAIDOC Week 2017 with a Eucharist focused on the theme, ‘Anyone who welcomes you, welcomes me’.