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Wednesday, 27 April 2016


Community sector organisations, including CSSA, today issued a united call for this year’s Federal Budget to put reducing poverty and inequality at the heart of its purpose. This should be done by prioritising revenue raising measures to fund essential services and jobs growth, rather than by focusing narrowly on cuts to spending and unaffordable tax cuts in an election year.

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Thursday, 17 March 2016


Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) welcomes the Australian Labor Party’s commitment to tackle the enduring and growing problems of inequality, poverty, intergenerational disadvantage and unemployment in Australia.

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Monday, 29 February 2016

Caring Catholics - Discussion ABC Sunday Nights program

Late last week many representatives of the national network of Catholic Social Services gathered at the Review, Reimagine, and Renew conference in Melbourne. ABC radio presenter, John Cleary, has a panel discussion with: Marcelle Mogg, Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Social Services Australia Denis Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Catholic Social Services Victoria Professor Maria Harries, Chair, Catholic Social Services Australia, to discuss the Year of Mercy and what it means to Catholic social service providers.

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Thursday, 25 February 2016


AUSTRALIA'S POLICY OF DETERRENCE IS UNJUST AND INDEFENSIBLE "Catholic Social Services Australia calls on all people of goodwill in the Australian community to join us in urging all political leaders, in Government and in Opposition, to abandon their current stance of using the most vulnerable people as a deterrent to others, and create immigration policies that uphold the rights and dignity of people seeking asylum.

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Monday, 22 February 2016

Churches pray this is the beginning of the end for offshore detention

The Australian Church's Refugee Taskforce and 80 sanctuary churches across Australia applaud the community effort that has resulted in baby Asha and her family being kept safe here in Australia. The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce has welcomed the government's decision to show compassion after an intensive campaign by a wide range of social groups including churches. Misha Coleman, Executive Officer of the Taskforce's and National coordinator of the Church Sanctuary Movement said that there is one simple reason that this little girl is now going to live in a home in the community - and that's the people who stood up and demanded better treatment of her - and who refused to allow her to be deported to Nauru.

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Thursday, 18 February 2016

The Australian Government has been urged to act on its promise to resettle Syrians and Iraqis

CSSA supports the Refugee Council of Australia calling on the Australian Government to act with more urgency in fast tracking the processing of 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees it has promised to resettle from the Middle East.

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Thursday, 11 February 2016

The Truth, Justice and Healing Council reiterates Bishops’ moral obligation to report child sex abuse.

Australian Bishops and Religious Leaders are morally obliged to do everything they can to ensure police are aware of incidents of child sex abuse. Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council made the statement today following the publication of an article in Crux magazine earlier this week and in The Guardian today. The articles say that the Catholic church is telling newly appointed bishops that it is ‘not necessarily’ their duty to report accusations of clerical child abuse and that only victims or their families should make the decision to report abuse to police. “While bishops are not obliged at law in Australia to report abuse, they are morally obliged to give as much information as possible to the police to ensure cases of abuse are dealt with in an efficient and timely manner to help ensure the offender is taken out of circulation and to limit the risk of further abuse,” Mr Sullivan said.

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Monday, 8 February 2016


Catholic Social Services Australia has urged the Australian Government to use equity as its chief guiding principle as it develops the 2016-17 Federal Budget. Marcelle Mogg, CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia, has called on the Australian Government to invest in communities, families and individuals in order to strengthen social cohesion, participation and wellbeing. “In its last two Budgets this Government has made $1billion in cuts to vital community services, resulting in greater hardship for the most vulnerable people” Ms Mogg said. “If the Government thinks we need any future expenditure cuts they should be directed at those sectors of society that have the means and the opportunity to support themselves.

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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Media Statement from Bishop Vincent Long ofm conv, Australian Catholic Bishops Delegate for Refugees regarding the High Court’s decision on offshore processing

“Following the High Court decision, the Australian Government’s response to people seeking asylum, including babies born in Australia and their parents, should focus on protecting them from harm and respecting their human dignity.” “I urge the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton to show compassion and mercy towards these families and not act in a way that will cause even more harm than has been done already.” “The Catholic Church is prepared to collaborate with other community organisations to provide support for asylum seekers.”

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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Australia’s international aid and community sector backs church sanctuary offer for asylum seekers

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT: ACOSS, Australian Council for International Development, Anglicare Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia, Mission Australia, Oxfam Australia, St Vincent de Paul Society, Save the Children, and World Vision. Australian international aid and community sector agencies today united behind churches across the country who are opening their doors to asylum seekers facing removal back to offshore detention centres.