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Supporting NATSICC Statement on Intervention

We, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council National Assembly 2009, express grave concern for our brothers and sisters living under the Northern Territory Emergency Response.
We draw the attention of the Minister to the following matters of urgency:

  • Failure to alleviate poverty and third-world conditions
  • Failure to respect the basic human rights of Aboriginal peoples and communities in contravention of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Failure to provide quality of life (e.g. delayed improvement to housing, overcrowding, risk of disease)
  • Failure to consult truthfully and transparently
  • Failure to educate and skill men and women for employment that can effectively address their own needs
  • Failure to respect culture and ceremonies (e.g. sharing money, preventing travel to town to apply for money, tenancy agreements)
  • Failure to honour the distinctive natures and cultures of communities. (Strategies need to be developed in consultation with each community and according to their needs.)
  • The targeted application of income management on Aboriginal people. And so discriminating on the basis of race and place of living.
  • The thoughtless erection of crude pornography signs in places where this problem does not exist
  • Failure to heed the strong protests of such policies by numerous Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and groups across Australia.
  • Failure to recognize the lasting and devastating effects of the Intervention on the human spirit and health of Aboriginal people.
  • Failure to recognise and implement the recommendations of the 2007 Little Children are sacred Report/ to respond to the Combined NT Aboriginal Organisations and their Traditional owners.
  • Failure to note that the creation of Hubs will only exacerbate problems (loss of connectedness, and loss of family ties and communal values of life…) Homelands and outstations must be provided funds…

These failures and limitations undermine the spirit of the Prime Minister’s Apology of 13 February 2008.

We recommend ongoing genuine consultations and formation of real partnerships with the relevant parties in the N.T. We would like Government to engage regularly with Aboriginal leaders, Traditional owners, Elders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Church Lead bodies and leaders.


We would like to see our cultures respected and acknowledged. Cultural integrity and self -determination are key imperatives for the way forward. We would ask that the Government be open to UN, Prof James Anaya’s statement of 27.08.09.
We would like to see the reinstatement of the Racial Discrimination Act in the N.T. This must be in line with human rights principals and fulfil Australia’s International Conventions and treaties.
Media Contact : Craig Arthur 0402 019 536
For Immediate Release

2008 Social Justice Sunday Statement

Social Justice Statement 2008

Social Justice Statement 2008

A Rich Young Nation: The Challenge of Affluence and Poverty in Australia

This year’s statement reflects on the Gospel story of the rich young man who asked Jesus how he could inherit eternal life. The man was shocked when Jesus told him to sell all he had and follow him. He went away, unable to let go of his possessions and see and act in a different way (Mark 10: 17 -22).

The rich man had kept the Law, but he could not step out of his comfort zone and see the plight of the poor and care for them.

Like the rich man, we in Australia are challenged by the Word of God to use its wealth for the good of all, especially for those who have missed out on economic prosperity

Read more about the statement here.


Resources for the 208 Statement


Brisbane Parishes Keen to Get Involved in Action on Poverty

Monday 15 September 2008

Many parishes in Brisbane’s Archdiocese are keen to increase efforts to address poverty in their own communities according to Peter Arndt, Executive Officer of Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission.


Mr Arndt said that he is encouraged by the passion of many parishioners who have attended Commission briefings on this year’s Social Justice Sunday Statement which will be launched this Wednesday in Sydney.


In A Rich Young Nation: The Challenge of Affluence and Poverty in Australia, (pdf) (Word) Australia’s Bishops challenge Catholics to reach out to the poor and vulnerable in society and work with them for justice.


Mr Arndt is finishing a three week tour of parishes in the Archdiocese this week.


“I have been overwhelmed by the positive response of so many good people in parishes across the Archdiocese,” Mr Arndt said.


“There is much good work already being done in parishes, but many Catholics want to do much more,” he said.


“There is a real desire to do as the Bishops have urged and seek out the poor in our midst and help them to overcome their disadvantage,” he said.


“There is also a recognition that a significant part of our work to overcome poverty will involve challenging our political leaders to change the way our society and economic system work so that people who are struggling get a fair go,” he said.


“Many people are also looking inwards to their own lifestyles in our consumerist society and want to live more simply,” he added.


Mr Arndt said that parishes appreciated finding out what resources were available to promote Social Justice Sunday and the Bishops’ Statement.


He said that, in addition to the resources produced by the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, the Brisbane Commission had produced a summary of the Statement, a sample newsletter editorial and an overhead transparency for use at Masses on Social Justice Sunday on 28 September.


“Many of the parishes I have visited are already asking us how we can help them to find information on poverty in their own community and what Church and community organisations they might work with to do something to address poverty,” he said.


For further information, please contact Peter Arndt on (07) 3336 9173 or 0409 265 476.

NB This release is issued with the approval of the Commission or its Executive under the provision of its Charter which enables it to speak in its own right. The views expressed in it do not necessarily represent the views of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane.