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ICONS & RELIGIOUS IMAGERY IN HINDU & MUSLIM COMMUNITIES
Presented at The Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University.
Thursday, March 12th 2015 Time: 6:30pm (for a 7:00pm Start)
Homily for the First Sunday in Lent, 22nd February 2015, offered by Bishop Ron Williams.
Homily offered for The Transfiguration, 15th February 2015, by The Very Rev'd Dr Peter Catt
System To Detain Children Can’t Be Fixed: Church Taskforce Speaks out in Wake of Human Rights Commission Report on Children in Detention
At a time when the Australian Prime Minister has promised that “good government starts today”, the Australian Human Rights Commission releases a report calling for the Government to end placing children into immigration detention. But will the “new Tony” demonstrate his Christian values.
The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce today welcomed the release of The Forgotten Children by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), following the 2014 National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention.
‘The findings of the Australian Human Rights Commission could not be clearer,’ said The Very Reverend Dr Peter Catt, Chair of the Taskforce. ‘We are failing child asylum seekers in the most morally reprehensible way under the current regime of arbitrary and indefinite detention. We cannot ignore our responsibilities, and so we call for the immediate release of children from detention – and for those children on Nauru to be brought to the Australian mainland’.
Sister Brigid Arthur, Vice Chair of the Taskforce, noted that successive governments have failed to take heed of the lessons from the last AHRC report in 2004. ‘For ten years we have known about the devastating impact of prolonged detention on children, from severe mental ill-health, to developmental delays and lasting emotional and psychological trauma,’ Sister Brigid said. ‘The Taskforce has long advocated for all children in detention, but especially those without parents. That children without parents have no functioning guardianship arrangements, or independent advocate – another key finding of the Report – is a horrific indictment on our Government. These children are being punished for seeking asylum, and being denied the right to have someone who has their best interests at heart.”
The first month of the year has flown by for many Queenslanders, amidst the holiday recline, back to work & school rush, and ongoing electoral hurly burly. But looking ahead there are many interesting social justice activities happening right across the community that you could get involved in.
In this issue:
- 2015: Will we act on climate change?
- “Break up” with fossil fuels: 14 February
- Stop the Traffik this Easter
- Give us a sign - compassion for asylum seekers during Lent
- Engage: Exploring nonviolent living
- Serving Our Country: A history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in defence: 13 Feb
- Indigenous Australians and the Constitution Colloquium 2015 - Toowoomba: 17 & 18 February
- A Conversation on Constitutional Recognition - Chermside: 17 February
- Romero Centre's International Women's Day 2015 - State Library: 3 March
- Boundless plains to share? Recent changes to Australian refugee law - Supreme Court: 5 March
- Links of interest