Welcome to the Social Justice Advocacy blog — an online space for discussion and debate on social justice issues.
Social justice isn’t just a theoretical concept. It’s a living, breathing issue that confronts us at every turn — on the front page of the day’s newspaper, in our work with colleagues or clients, and walking through the mall.
We invite you to share your opinions, experiences and questions about social justice issues with us, and with other readers.
Most importantly, we’d like you to tell us what you see as emerging social justice issues. Often the ‘gaps’ where no one is advocating for justice can be seen most clearly by those in the community who are living with challenges on a day-to-day basis. Sometimes the ‘gap’ emerges when people start to see a worrying trend develop over time. This blog is an opportunity for you to raise those issues and potentially trigger some action to address that injustice.
We listen to everyone’s suggestions. We make sure that the Social Responsibilities Committeeis aware of and understands the nature of emerging issues. This provides a pathway to action, which will vary depending on the issue, who else is advocating, the current environment, and our resources.
There is a list of current Social Justice Advocacy publications on this website. We’ll be updating you on our other activities in later posts in this blog.
The House of Representatives has passed legislation recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first inhabitants of Australia. The passage of the bill, timed for the fifth anniversary of former prime minister Kevin Rudd’s apology to the Stolen Generations, was Find out more
The Australian Human Rights Commission has produced a new report called
The Brisbane Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support (BRASS) network has recently released Walking Together – a resource to provide a starting point for people who would like to find out more about ways they can support refugees and asylum seekers Find out more
Myths are often propagated about some groups of people who live in Australia. These groups include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse peoples, asylum seekers and refugees. The Australian Human Rights Commission addresses these myths with Find out more
New Anglicare research estimates 45,000 households using Anglicare Emergency Relief services don’t have enough money to adequately feed their families. Of this group, adults in 22,000 households go without food for a whole day, most weeks. ‘When there’s not enough Find out more
The significant contribution made by Australian South Sea Islanders to Queensland’s cultural diversity and economic prosperity will be celebrated this Saturday with the annual Recognition Day. Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs Glen Elmes said Australian Find out more
The Chair of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane Social Responsibilities Committee, The Very Rev Dr Peter Catt, has welcomed potential increases in Australia’s refugee intake. “Tragedy on the scale we’ve seen, nationally and internationally, over the past year is more Find out more
Please join us for this opportunity to pray with refugees and members of faith communities here in Brisbane: for the safety of refugees fleeing from persecution around the world; for refugees in detention and in the community in Australia awaiting Find out more
The Australian Social Inclusion Board released the second edition of