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Posted 22 06 2017
By signing the online petition, you will help push for stronger targets on affordable housing across Sydney and call on the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) to commit to: Affordable housing (Inclusionary Zoning) of at least 15% on private land and at le ...more
Posted 22 06 2017
Housing affordability is no easy issue to get your head around. Yet it is something that affects us all here in Sydney. Sydney Alliance has put together a short 3-point summary and video, with all the key facts you need to know! ...more
Update from Leader of Opposition on Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Bill 2017
Posted 21 06 2017
Labor has voted in favour of this legislation to restore certainty to the native title system in Australia, after extensive consultation with Indigenous groups. The legislation relates to around 130 Indigenous Land Use Agreements all around Australia. ...more
Posted 21 06 2017
The Australian Government has announced they will start bilateral trade talks with Peru and Hong Kong, meaning Australia is now participating in 10 free trade negotiations this year. AFTINET will be monitoring all these agreements for their human right ...more
Posted 15 06 2017
The festival involves several activities including:
Film screenings in Melbourne from 18-23 June at Cinema Nova, Carlton
Film Screenings in Sydney from 17-18 June at the State Library of NSW, Sydney
Host a Screening – you can host a screening in your community.
Posted 07 06 2017
Professor Tim Flannery, Chief Councillor at the publically-funded The Climate Council, will present the next Sunday Seminar on his key concerns and signs of hope for Our Climate Future.
Professor Flannery is one of Australia's leading writers on climate change, an internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist.
Venue: Convent of Mercy, 6 Victoria Rd Parramatta
Posted 14 05 2017
On Saturday 6 May 2017 at the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, our Stop Adani group met to view the film Guarding the Galilee. The information presented in the film informed and disturbed us. It was sobering but enlightening too to understand what myths are ...more
Posted 10 05 2017
Transnational mining corporations from the US, Britain, Australia, Spain, Sweden and Norway make huge profits from resource-rich West Papua. We have a responsibility to replicate the important role that international networks played in Timor-Leste's succ ...more
Posted 09 05 2017
How to best recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution is a topic for all Australians. Submissions are open until 15 May 2017 and the Referendum Council wants everyone's input. ...more
Posted 29 04 2017
Timor-Leste (East Timor) wants a boundary with Australia in the Timor Sea drawn halfway between the two countries, in accordance with current international law. Australia needs to finalise the matter, and to do it as soon as possible. ...more
Posted 29 04 2017
Many of our members would remember longtime member of CCJP, Sr Noni Ball rsm, who died three weeks ago ...more
Posted 16 04 2017
Updated on 22 06 2017
Over 3,000 people from a broad range of organisations rallied in Sydney's Hyde Park North on a hot afternoon to demand the landing of all refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru into Australia. ...more
Posted 05 04 2017
This issue of Watermark, Environmental Crossroads, looks at the action required to meet commitments entered into under the Paris Climate Agreement that came into force on 4 November 2016 and reviews the major environmental challenges highlighted in the Australian Government’s five yearly State of the Environment 2016 report released on 7 March 2017.
Posted 02 04 2017
We need targets to reduce this unacceptable rate of imprisonment! Help us and lobby politicians now to develop justice targets to reduce the over incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. ...more
Posted 31 03 2017
PCP Petition Update: Climate Justice Now PCP asked and you responded. PCP send a huge thank you for supporting their Climate Justice Now petition. "We are so excited that over 1200 people have signed this paper petition and posted it back to us in Homebush. The petition is addressed to the Australian Senate and calls for the Senate to urgently work for a just transition from coal and coal gas to renewable energy to ensure the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. PCP is delighted that Senator Jenny McAllister, a NSW Senator and Deputy Opposition Whip with a strong public record on environmental issues, has invited us to present the petition to her at her office on April 3rd. Senator McAllister's support is greatly appreciated and we will share any government response with you in future newsletters" Community Climate Petition The Community Climate Petition is an initiative launched by Micah Australia working in collaboration with Caritas Australia, Uniting World, Franciscan Friars, CLRINSW, TEAR Fund, Common Grace, Catholic Earthcare, Australian Religious Response to Climate Change and the PCP. We are working together on the one project. Our shared aim is to generate a series of powerful petitions across 150 electorates calling on the Australian Government to: • take stronger action to ...more
Posted 25 03 2017
A great article showcasing 5 stories from migrants and refugees - make sure to pick up a copy form a local vendor near you. ...more
Posted 16 03 2017
One of the burning issues in social justice in our Australian context is Indigenous Sovereignty. This edition of Just in Time on Indigenous Sovereignty from the Social Justice Committee considers treaty and constitutional recognition.
“What we're talking about with constitutional recognition is really the next and great part of truth telling in our Australian Constitution.”
- Linda Burney MP
Posted 12 03 2017
With the announcement that the Climate Institute will close, the Climate Council (an entirely separate agency) laments that there’s now one less organisation in Australia providing critical information on the science of climate change, at a time when the push for new coal and polluting fossil fuels is getting stronger. As the Climate Council asks: “Can you believe what's been happening in the energy debate? It seems like Australia is well and truly headed back to the dark ages with an unprecedented campaign on coal. We’ve seen a national advertising campaign from the Minerals Council, coal being waved around Parliament and misinformation filling the airways from people that should know better. Right now, we’re at a critical juncture in Australia’s future. Can you help us fight to reduce pollution and tackle climate change? This year will be crucial. There is a real risk that the Australian government will invest in new coal-fired power stations, locking in emissions for the next 50 years - and using clean energy funds to do so. A strong, independent voice on Australia’s energy future is more important now, than ever. Our plan is to ramp up our efforts on energy. To cut through the debate we will: Launch an Australian Energy Facts website ...more
Posted 09 03 2017
Nonviolent direct action workshops: The multi-faith network of Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) is planning some specific nonviolent direct actions (NvDA) soon. We note that all successful movements have incorporated NvDA, which sometimes incorporates civil resistance, as a way of symbolically highlighting the importance of the issues at stake. To prepare, we are hosting some one-day workshops with facilitators from Pace e Bene who specialise in NvDA skills development and the spirituality of nonviolence.
At the workshop we will review several ways we may take action against injustice, while remaining compassionate and nonviolent. You may want to be involved, or you may simply want to learn more and explore whether or not you want to participate in some way. This will be a safe environment, with plenty of opportunity to raise questions and concerns.
Further details and to RSVP:
Sydney workshop, 8 April here
Posted 26 02 2017
Read an edited transcript and see the event in images from the recent Sunday Seminar address by Linda Burney MP ...more