On Tuesday 30 May 2017 Fr Frank Brenna SJ AO was privileged to deliver the Lowitja Oration marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum. It was also the 25th anniversary of the High Court’s Mabo decision and the 20th anniversary of the first Reconciliation Convention held in Melbourne and chaired by Patrick Dodson.
The 2017 Lowitja Oration Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO 7pm Tuesday 30 May 2017 Bonython Hall, North Terrace, The University of Adelaide
Heeding the Uluru Statement from the Heart
Domestic violence help will be driving to the doors of Gold Coast women and children with the rollout of the region’s first stand-alone mobile support service. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said $1.1 million would be provided to Centacare to run the mobile domestic and family violence support service on the Gold Coast.
The Catholic Mission conference is focusing on the key themes of reconciliation, mercy and leadership for mission with a view to building the kind of church of which Pope Francis speaks, both for now and the future. Fr Frank Brennan gave the opening keynote address at the conference - Reconciliation and mission
Archbishop Denis Hart, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference says fairness and compassion should be the cornerstone of our society.
The Budget is not merely an economic statement. It is a social compact. It declares the government’s priorities and displays the government’s vision for Australia. Tonight, the Treasurer has said that the government is choosing to ‘focus on growing our economy to secure more and better paying jobs’. While the government is forecasting that real GDP will increase incrementally from 1.75% this year to 3% in 2018-19, unfortunately there is no forecasted increase in the labour market participation rate. Unemployment which is presently sitting at 5.9% is forecast to fall only to 5.5%. Even with optimistic projections, the government is expecting that unemployment will come down only to 5.25% by 2020-21. It’s in this context that we need to consider some of the more onerous new mutual obligation rules for the unemployed and other welfare recipients in this year’s Budget.
While the rich who can order their affairs through corporate arrangements get tax cuts, the poor who work shifts are losing their penalty rates and they are being unsupported by the government in claims for a substantially higher minimum wage. CEO Fr Frank Brennan writes for Eureka Street this week.
More than half our members deliver services to people with a disability, and are committed to continue building the capacity of individuals with a disability, their families and households and their communities under the NDIS.
RoboDebt must go: Community sector calls for end of Centrelink's auto debt recovery program and the bullying of victims
Australia's community sector is calling on the government to immediately pull the plug on Centrelink’s RoboDebt, cease the intimidation and bullying of Centrelink clients and their families caught up in the automated debt recovery debacle, and provide a commitment that people’s protected information will not be publicly released.