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Homily offered by The Rev'd Dr Cecilie Lander on Sunday 20th July.
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Christian Ministers from a number of Brisbane churches have come together to call on the federal government to place climate change on the G20 agenda. The call comes in the wake of government announcements that climate change will not be a formal agenda item, while economic growth will be.
Spokesperson for the group, Dean of St John’s Anglican Cathedral, The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt, said Environment and economy are linked. In fact the economy operates in and is dependent on the environment.
“Human flourishing can only occur if we look after the environment,” Dr Catt said.
“Climate change is a deep concern. The G20 leaders should be showing leadership and discussing it at the top of their agenda when they meet in our city.
“It would be wonderful if a meeting held in our city led the way to sustainable life and a healthy economy.
“Christians understand the Earth to be a precious gift and that humans are called to act as stewards.
“We call on our government, which has control of the agenda, to give dealing with climate change a position of priority,” Dr Catt said.
Further comment: Dean Peter Catt 0404 052 494
The Rev’d Dr Ann Solari, St John’s Anglican Cathedral
The Rev’d Dan Skippen, Minister, Albert Street Uniting Church
The Rev’d Mary Roberts, St John’s Anglican Cathedral
The Very Rev’d David Pascoe, Dean of St Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral
The Rev'd Stephen G. Nuske, Pastor of the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew the Apostle
The Rev’d Canon Dr Nigel Leaves, St John’s Anglican Cathedral
The Rev’d Dr Mervyn Lander, St John’s Anglican Cathedral
The Rev’d Dr Cecilie Lander, St John’s Anglican Cathedral
The Rev’d Canon Neville Knott, St John’s Anglican Cathedral
The Very Rev David Jones, Minister, Ann Street Presbyterian Church
The Rev’d Canon Bruce Henzell, St John’s Anglican Cathedral
An opinion piece written by the Dean and published by Faifax Press:
‘History doesn’t repeat, but it does rhyme’ - a saying attributed to Mark Twain.
Some of our current actions as a nation are creating dark rhyming couplets with times past.
Seventy five years ago this month the MS St Louis, a very large boat, was turned back. It was a successful turn back.
Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/comment/refugee-policy-has-familiar-ring-to-it-20140520-zrj8e.html#ixzz32aSo3hel
BIG $$$ FOR DETENTION OF ASYLUM SEEKERS DESPITE BIG SPENDING CUTS ELSEWHERE AND SLASHING OF THE AID BUDGET
The spiralling cost of the Abbott Government’s cruel & inhumane offshore detention regime remains unchecked despite wholesale cuts in funding to vital government services announced in the Federal Budget.
The budget papers reveal that $8.3 billion will be spent on maintaining the offshore and onshore detention centres program over the forward estimates. Misha Coleman, the Taskforce’s Executive Officer, said that “next year, we’ll be wasting $2.9 billion detaining asylum seekers-we’re the only country in the world to waste money in this way. Are we funding this massive expenditure from the aid budget-cuts projected to be $7.6 billion over the next 5 years?”
“It’s extraordinary the Government’s spending such a vast amount of taxpayers’ money when we see the appalling conditions detainees are subjected to on Manus & Nauru – we’re the only country in the world that wastes money in this way” said Sister Suzette Clark, Vice-Chair of the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce.
Ms Coleman said a breakdown of the foreign aid budget revealed the Government was increasing funding for Cambodia, Papua New Guinea and Nauru.