Politics in service of peace
Source: CathNews / The Australian
ACBC president Mark Coleridge has called for all asylum-seeker claims involving those who arrive in Australia to be processed onshore “as speedily as possible”.
Archbishop Coleridge has also asked for all remaining refugees on Manus Island and Nauru to be resettled and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be given a fairer deal.
He wants a “renewed urgency” to the commitment of closing the gap between indigenous Australians and the rest of the community. “This is a running sore at the heart of the nation,” Archbishop Coleridge has said.
“Through our agencies, the Church plays a critical role in working with indigenous peoples in health, education and welfare.
“But Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to suffer grave disadvantage and should not have to keep waiting for justice. Now is the time to act.”
Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA)
has also released its Federal Election Statement
In its preamble, CSSA insists that the election campaign provides “a
challenge to every political party to offer the Australian nation a
vision of social and economic inclusion where the inherent dignity and
potential of each person can be realised”. Read the full story, here