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posted Aug 17, 2014, 2:57 PM by Sean Donovan

Welcome to the monthly news and information briefing from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, the social justice and human rights agency of the Catholic Church in Australia. This email contains highlights only. The full Briefing is online.



FROM THE SECRETARIAT: What has sport got to do with social justice?

This question has been on the minds of Australia's bishops, who have been consulting sportspeople, sports scientists, administrators, educators and community representatives, in preparation for publication of this year's social justice statement A Crown for Australia: Striving for the best in this sporting nationRead more


ISSUES: Christian Lobby urges solidarity with Mosul 'indigenous'

ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton has urged political leaders not to forget the plight of Christians, who were being forced to convert to Islam, pay a protection tax, or face death. 'The Christians being persecuted in places like Mosul (Iraq) have been there for nearly 2000 years and are considered indigenous peoples to the area.' Read more


PUBLICATIONS: Time to order 2014 Social Justice Statement

There is an order form available on the ACSJC website for the statement on social justice and sport (see above). Social Justice Sunday is 28 September. The statement includes a letter from the President of the Bishops Conference and summary material. Read more


EVENTS: Indigenous literacy day coming up on 3 September

This is an opportunity to join in the Indigenous Literacy Foundation's 'Great Book Swap'. The Great Book Swap challenge is a fundraising event where students make a gold coin donation and swap books with one another. Read more


NEWS: Church leaders slam 'State sanctioned child abuse'

The group has accused the Abbott government of 'State sanctioned child abuse' in the immigration detention system. The leaders from nine Christian denominations (including Vice Chair, CRA's Sr Suzette Clarke, and Peter Arndt, Executive Officer, Catholic Justice & Peace Commission of Brisbane) also called for Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, to step down from his position as guardian for all unaccompanied minors. Read more


DIARY: 16 August 1975 - Hill Station, NT, returned to the Gurindji People

The Labor government of Gough Whitlam finally negotiated with the British pastoral company occupying Gurindji land to return a portion of it to the traditional owners. This was a landmark in the land rights movement in Australia for Indigenous Australians. Read more


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