Is the increasing election of Independent candidates - a positive or negative for Parliamentary democracy?
Posted 07 04 2022
Updated on 07 04 2022
On Wednesday 23 March we had the great pleasure of hearing Cathy McGowan, former independent member for Indi in Victoria, speak via zoom. Her topic was "Is the increasing election of Independent candidates - a positive or negative for Parliamentary democracy?"
It was an extremely interesting talk, given that we’re on the cusp of a Federal election, and so for those who missed it, and those who want to see it again we have recorded and posted it below.
Posted 21 02 2022
CCJP Invites you to Hear Ms Cathy McGowan AO ...more
Posted 10 11 2021
Updated on 10 11 2021
Dear Friends, as you know, COP26 is happening at present in Glasgow, and we are all holding our collective breath waiting to hear its outcome. We invited Greg Mullins, former Fire Chief and Climate Council member, to do a zoom with CCJP. It was a folorn hope as he is fully involved with COP26. However, the Climate Council has given us permission to use the interview between Greg Mullins and Kerry O’Brien, about Greg’s new book “Firestorm”. It is hard hitting but inspiring. We are putting it up on the website.
Also, after COP26 is over, the Climate Council will be running a Zoom with Prof Lesley Hughes, Dr David Bradshaw and others analysing the outcome and possible future action. No date has been set yet, but they have invited CCJP members and friends to join the zoom.
Given the late time of year, we will promote this as our last event for 2021, and hope to see you all in person in 2022
Posted 29 10 2021
Read a positive and uplifting story of the Yolngu people of East Arnhem Land who have developed and managed a project for their children’s future. With thanks to Bernadette Gore from Careaccounting who is one of their great supporters.
Posted 19 10 2021
Faiths 4 Climate Justice The action information is up on our website now. https://www.parramattamercy.org.au However it is being a bit tricky trying to show the video parts. Wait for the heading to come up in News and Events and then click it - or under the photo of Mary Louise at the bell. You should then see and click “ópen file’’. If in the top bar it says something about ‘protected view’ and then asks you to “ällow external material “click it for yes. it seems to work then. Hopefully you can play around and get it to work for you. In the meantime the banner is hanging proudly from our balcony and I have seen people going past looking up to read it. ...more
Posted 11 10 2021
The Sisters are joining with other faith groups on Sunday 17th October at 11am to draw attention to the crisis of climate change.
They have hung a banner on their building saying Protect Creation, and are holding a virtual gathering online to express their concern about the destruction currently happening to our planet and its people, especially the poor, by global warming. Congregation Leader, Sister Mary Louise Petro, said “As people of faith we believe that we have been given the beautiful gift of creation by our God and it is our responsibility to show our gratitude by preserving and protecting it.”
You can join the action from the 17th Oct by clicking on their website at https://www.parramattamercy.org.au/ then go the news and events section and click on the powerpoint slides.
Posted 30 09 2021
Updated on 01 10 2021
In March this year the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta held a gathering in our grounds to 'sound the alarm' about the urgent need for action on climate change.
Now, on October 17 people of faith all over the world are gathering again for a massive global multi-religious action prior to the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow in November. The symbolic action will be to unfurl banners with messages to governments and major financial institutions, and individuals: destroying the planet is against our religions.
The term "COP" stands for the "Conference Of the Parties", an annual meeting on climate change organized by the United Nations and attended by delegations from most countries around the world. COP26 is so important that Pope Francis himself has committed to attending the climate summit in person.
Due to the restrictions of lockdown we can’t meet physically on the 17th. However we have a banner to display from the building and will hold a virtual gathering to join the global actions. Hope you can join us.
Stay tuned for further information
Posted 30 09 2021
Updated on 01 10 2021
On 29 September Cecily attended a Zoom meeting organised by Sydney Alliance about the plight of Afghanistan refugees and those already here on TPVs. The purpose was to prepare delegations to Federal MPs requesting increase to the number of refugees accepted by Australia, and also to request that permanent visas be given to those here already. There were 112 enthusiastic participants and we were divided into our electorate groups to lobby for a meeting with our MP or Senator. Some of you may have been aware of this meeting too. It is hopes that more people will join the delegations by personal approach from those attending the zoom.
Posted 09 08 2021
Updated on 09 08 2021
During his recent presentation to CCJP, Noel Pearson was asked if he had a suggestion for the wording of the Referendum. This is what was put forward by Noel, Professor Megan Davis and Pat Anderson
They proposed a Section 21(29) with a heading:
The First Nations Voice
Clause 1. There shall be a First Nations voice.
Clause 2. The First Nations voice shall present its view to Parliament and the Executive on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Clause 3. The Parliament shall, subject to this constitution, have power to make laws with respect to the composition, functions, powers and procedures of the First Nations Voice.
Posted 10 07 2021 by MargaretH
Updated on 10 07 2021 by LukeB
During NAIDOC week I watched some zoom talks by Indigenous lawyers and others on the Uluru Statement. They made it quite clear that only an Indigenous Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution will be accepted by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islan ...more
Posted 24 06 2021 by MargaretH
We have recorded Noel Pearson's talk from the THE ULURU STATEMENT FROM THE HEART Conference.
Posted 05 05 2021 by MargaretH
Join us for our next zoom CCJP meeting where Noel Pearson will be our guest speaker on the topic:
THE ULURU STATEMENT FROM THE HEART
4 YEARS ON WHAT IS HAPPENING?
HOW CAN CCJP HELP TO ADVANCE THIS HISTORIC MOVEMENT?
Date: June 16
Time: 4pm - 5.30pm
Further details to follow..
You must register by contacting Cecily at
ph. 9745 0820
Posted 05 03 2021 by MargaretH
Updated on 06 03 2021 by LukeB
On February 17th CCJP had a great zoom meeting where Professor Lesley Hughes from the Climate Council shared her expertise and knowledge about what we are facing through climate change. It was very sobering but there was also much information about what can be done and is being done by many (except of course the Morrison Government). Below is the link for the video made by the Climate Council that captures some of what Professor Hughes shared with us.
The Climate Council is well worth joining
Posted 02 03 2021 by MargaretH
Following our earlier message from ARRCC about the Multi Faith Global Action for Climate Change we invite you to join the Sisters of Mercy in their planned action listed below.
SACRED PEOPLE SACRED EARTH
Places of worship worldwide call for climate justice
11 am on Thursday, March 11, 2021 is Global Day of Action - humanity's "eleventh hour" to act on climate.
Faith communities around the world are being asked to ‘sound the alarm’ for the climate and call for climate justice. Please join the biggest ever global faith-based Day of Action for the Climate. The theme of the day is Sacred People, Sacred Earth.
Each place of worship, faith-based small group or household will choose its own way to do this: by ringing its bells, by sounding a note on the shofar, calling the Azan, by chanting and by meditating.
Sisters of Mercy Parramatta suggested response:
We would like to hold an action in our grounds by ringing “Gabriel”, our bell, while holding banners and having a short reflection on our understanding of Sacred People Sacred Earth. Join us a 10.30 for a cuppa before the 11am action.
Would you let me know if you can join us. firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted 29 01 2021 by MargaretH
You can read the submission we made to the committees for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament by clicking on the following link CCJP submission Uluru proposed models.docx
Posted 26 01 2021 by MargaretH
Calling all CCJP members and friends.
Dean Parkin at From the Heart asked us to join them in a week of action. The Co-design Report for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament has just been released by the Government and we now enter a time of discussion and consultation. We can make submissions to the Committee showing our support for a Constitutional enshrined Voice. It does not have to be long or detailed.
CCJP has sent a submission which will soon be on our website.
Click on the From the Heart website link below and go to 'resource centre' and you will find lots of help and information. https://fromtheheart.com.au
Dean has sent this heartfelt plea to get behind this campaign to achieve lasting justice for the First Nations' People of Australia. Let's give our support to their efforts.
From the Heart is guided by the Uluru Statement from the Heart which calls for a Voice enshrined in the Australian Constitution. This Co-Design Process is a significant opportunity to press our case for an enshrined Voice – we must act now!
We are calling on all who are inspired by the Uluru Statement to make a submission in support of our key positions. Dean Parkin
Posted 16 12 2020 by MargaretH
CCJP will be holding a series of Zoom gatherings during 2021 until the McAuley room becomes available. The Parramatta venue is closed to large groups due to Covid-19.
Posted 16 12 2020 by MargaretH
Updated on 27 01 2021 by MargaretH
Posted 20 11 2020 by MargaretH
We have not been idle throughout this pandemic year. We have produced, at the request of Dean Parkin and the From the Heart Committee, a short amateur video supporting the aims of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. We invite you to use the video with family & friends.
We also are sending the link to a booklet “A Beginner’s Guide to the Uluru Statement”, compiled by Sheila Quonoey pbvm in April 2020, a lovely work which aims to spread understanding of the Uluru Statement, and some reflections and possible Actions people can make.
Posted 19 10 2020 by MargaretH
Comments on the Commonwealth Budget show the overall sentiment is one of opportunities lost, though there were some announcements that will support people working in and supported by the social service sector. It does little however to support those whose lives have been shattered by the coronavirus and the related structures of exclusion. This is a budget that, without doubt, will increase inequality. As stated in the Sisters of St Joseph’s media release, it is those who are already disadvantaged who will miss out. The im¬me¬di¬ate eco¬nomic vic¬tims will be peo¬ple who al¬ready work in pre¬car¬i¬ous em¬ploy-ment, and those who even now are suffering from the deprivations of Covid-19. There is no funding to deal with the crises in aged care facilities The JobMaker hiring credit excludes anyone over 35 who lost their job throughout COVID-19 Older women have been largely excluded from wage subsidies, which are instead focussed on under-35-year-olds and male-dominated industries The tax package created by the Coalition benefits the top 20% of income earners by 41% in 2020-21, and an extraordinary 88% in 2021-22 — after lower-income earners receive just one allocation of a $1080 refund (the Australia Institute) There is no new funding for public housing, and this budget plans to ...more