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.
Our recent celebration of National Reconciliation Week was especially significant. It commemorated the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, in which over 90 per cent of Australians voted for the constitution to be amended to include Indigenous people in the census. It was also the 25th anniversary of the High Court's 1992 Mabo decision that introduced native title into Australian law and removed the myth of terra nullius. Read more
Indigenous incarceration is costing nearly $8 billion annually and will grow to almost $20 billion per annum by 2040 without further intervention, according to a new PwC Australia report. Welfare costs associated with the issue will rise to $110 million by 2040, while economic costs will reach over $9 billion annually. Read more
With the title 'The Right to Work - Our shared responsibility', Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen draws on the words of St Pope John Paul II, when he visited Australia in 1986. He argues for just wages and conditions of work, adequacy in the support and dignified treatment of people who are unemployed. Read more
UN negotiations to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons are about to resume. This is a key moment to demonstrate public support for a treaty banning nuclear weapons, and outrage at our Government's refusal to engage. Read more NATIONAL | NSW | ACT | VIC | QLD | SA | WA | TAS | NT
A century-old landmark case was invoked by the Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations (ACCER) in its submission calling for the Fair Work Commission to increase the minimum wage in its annual wage review. Read more
This year marks 25 years since the High Court of Australia's judgement in 1992 in the Mabo case. The judgments of the High Court inserted the legal doctrine of native title into Australian law. In recognising the traditional rights of the Meriam people to their islands in the eastern Torres Strait, the Court also held that native title existed for all Indigenous peoples in Australia who held rights in their lands under their own laws and customs prior to the assertion of British sovereignty and establishment Colonies across the continent from 1788. The new doctrine of native title replaced a 17th-century doctrine of terra nullius.Read more