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Do you intend to write letters to your MP on burning issues, but never translate it into action? Here’s your chance! Catholic Social Services Victoria's Welcome the Asylum Seeker Parish Support Program is hosting a lunchtime letter writing session on Tuesday, 5 December 2017 in East Melbourne.
 

Fr Frank Brennan’s 2017 Rerum Novarum lecture challenges us all to ‘focus more on how our unprecedented wealth gives us a one off and unprecedented opportunity to break the cycle of poverty, through education and lifelong support’. 

 
"The policy of offshore detention has cost Australia dearly. But it has cost the detainees and their families even more. I appeal to the government and political leaders to act in accordance with our honourable tradition...including accepting New Zealand’s offer of resettlement and bringing the remaining detainees on Manus Island to Australia. – Bishop Vincent Long.
Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter introduced the long-awaited Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual abuse Bill 2017 into the Federal Parliament on 26 October. The proposed legislation will cap payments at $150,000 and will also allow survivors access to counselling and a direct apology from the institution in which the abuse occurred.

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