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"World Social Justice Day offers an opportunity for broader reflection.  As with other events, we normally think locally about social justice. The issues on which we focus and the terms in which we discuss them are those that concern Australia: inequality, the treatment of people who seek protection, the adequacy of support for those who are unemployed, people who are elderly, or suffer from mental illness, and the discrimination against Indigenous Australians, for example. These failures are found in most nations, but they are given a particular shape by the local Australian economic settings and cultural attitudes.' 

​"Regardless of the length of this recent Victorian lockdown, it cements the ongoing role of COVID-19 in shaping 2021 and the important place of Catholic social services’ work in responding to the needs of our time. Especially with the slowing of Federal Government support across JobSeeker and JobKeeper, and current economic circumstances, many needs continue to be created or compounded by the pandemic," writes Joshua Lourensz, Executive Director of CSSV, in the latest eNewsletter from CSSV

Sr Brigid Arthur csb, Coordinator of Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project (BASP) has been in touch with an important update: "The beginning of 2021 has been particularly challenging; 68 men were released (without warning) from detention in Melbourne with 3-6 weeks support and then no income, no housing and usually no employment. BASP has been very involved with this group because there are very limited avenues for these men to access assistance. BASP has housed eight men to date and is trying to access more accommodation and employment for the remaining men." 

As part of its response to the social justice statement on mental health that was issued by the Catholic Bishops last year, St Dominic’s Parish in Camberwell is hosting an Ecumenical Mental Health Liturgy in Camberwell at 7.30pm on Wednesday 10 March. All are welcome (no need to book) – mental health affects us all. Download flyer.

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