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Who are we?

We are an ecumenical, mainstream organization, established in 2008.  We aim to strengthen social justice and ethical structures in Australia;  to promote social justice as a core Christian value;  and to further public education on ethics, current social justice issues and the Christian perspective on them. 


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2012 October | September (2) | September | August |

News of CES Annual General Meeting

The AGM was held on Wednesday 3 October, 2012. The new Executive comprises John Nevile (Chair), John Goss (Vice-Chair), David Palmer (Treasurer), Robyn Coghlan (Secretary). Other committee members are: Bill Bush, Jeremy Dawson, Heather Mclaren, Werner Padarin, Ivan Roberts

Calendar of Future CES events:

2012 Forum Series "Where Lies Happiness? Recovering Community"

Several forums have already been held, see here for details of these and of previous years' forums.

Re-establishing the Power of the People

  • Emeritus Professor Bob Douglas
  • Karolina Szukalska and Rev'd Steve Clarke
Chair:       Rev'd Nikolai Blaskow
When:      7:30pm Thursday 11 October 2012
Where:     Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Corner Blackall St and Kings Av, Barton

Emeritus Professor Bob Douglas AO was from 1989 to 2001, The Foundation Director of the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the ANU. His 40-year medical career involved clinical work as both a general practitioner and a specialist physician, research into the development and licensure of a pneumococcal vaccine, consultancies with WHO and other agencies in developing countries and a period as Dean of Medicine at The University of Adelaide. Since his 2001 retirement he has he helped to form Australia21 and SEE-Change and has been a contributor to Transform Australia.

There is widespread frustration in Australia at the impoverishment of our political processes at a time when global change means that visionary leadership is desperately needed. Our political parties are in decline and "spin" is the order of the day with a race to the bottom, aimed at addressing some of our baser short term  aspirations with little thought for the long term needs of a viable future society.   Electronic social networking has played a vital role in mobilising people power in the Middle East, but  in Australia, seems to be turning our younger generations inwards rather than  outwards or forwards. In his talk, Prof Douglas will discuss the need for Australia to discover new ways of tackling recalcitrant problems such as climate change, illicit drug policy and management of the end-of-life and the need to develop better ways of informing and activating communities and making our political systems more responsive and accountable to the people. There are some promising signs on the horizon The dramatic rise  of "GETUP" and "AVAAZ" ; the stirring of the community Alliance movement and  the coalitions forming around the climate change issue are signs of  some renewal in the power of the people. He will also discuss a SEE-Change project that is attempting to promote a sense of self efficacy among senior college students in Canberra.

Also in this forum, Karolina Szukalska and Rev'd Steve Clarke will introduce the Canberra Alliance and discuss the philosophies of Community Organising

They will discuss
  • What the Canberra Alliance is
  • How and why the Canberra Alliance was formed
  • Some background information on the philosophies of Community Organising
  • What the Canberra Alliance has been doing
  • The future of the Canberra Alliance

The Canberra Alliance is a citizen's coalition broadly based across religious organisations, community organisations, unions, and other groups interested in establishing relationships that respect diversity while building a cohesive society. It believes that a strong and connected community will enable 'ordinary people' to shape their own future, to grow and develop as leaders, and to join together to influence decision makers.

The Chair for the forum, is Reverend Nikolai Blaskow BA (Sydney); DipEd (UNE); ThL (MCD).

Rev Blaskow was born in Berlin and came to Australia as an unaccompanied displaced person under the Post War Migration Scheme. He was the inaugural Coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Program at Trinity Grammar School in Sydney and has taught a wide variety of subjects to matriculation level. Currently he is Teaching Chaplain at Radford College. Rev Blaskow is also a writer with a completed screenplay and is undertaking to write a novel and a stage play. He is involved in social justice issues and hopes to be more active in inter-faith dialogue. He is a member of the emerging Canberra Alliance.

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Vulnerable Families: Nurturing a Sense of Wellbeing for both Children and Adults

Speaker:   Dr Gail Winkworth, Adjunct Professor, Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University Chair:       TBA
When:      7:30pm Wednesday 28 November 2012
Where:     Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Corner Blackall St and Kings Av, Barton

Children and families, 'vulnerable and in need' - what role can civil society play in a service oriented city?

The Australian Government has adopted the concept of 'social inclusion' as a central organizing principle for its social policy goal of building a "stronger, fairer nation"; one in which all Australians have the "opportunity and support" to fully participate in social and economic life. The Government's agenda for change identified the need to build a fairer society in which "those currently facing disadvantage have improved opportunities for education, health, work and wellbeing and that all Australians enjoy improved quality of life".

The profile of Australians acknowledged as being most at risk of not fully embracing opportunities is not dissimilar to those in other OECD nations. Children are high on the list: young children, Indigenous children, children whose parents are affected by mental health problems, family violence, substance use and homelessness.

The concern for vulnerable children and their families is reflected in several new policy frameworks for action. This talk will refer to Commonwealth initiatives and also to recent ACT approaches which seek to increase the responsiveness of services to 'vulnerable and in need' children and young people.

It will also discuss findings from research, including local studies of the day-to-day experiences of families in Canberra, who struggle to provide their children with the opportunities we often take for granted. It will focus particularly on the views of both parents and children, sometimes surprising, about what makes a positive difference in their lives.

Dr Gail Winkworth is an adjunct professor at the Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University (ACU), with a continuing role in, research, publishing and teaching. Her major area of specialisation is collaboration and integration across service delivery systems. In 2009 she wrote the Report "Working across the Grey - Increasing Collaboration for Services in North Canberra", which contributed to recent changes in the way services are offered to families in Canberra.

For many years Gail led child and family welfare programs in ACT and NSW including Child Protection, Adoption, Out of Home Care, Child Abuse Prevention and the cross sectoral Schools as Communities and Parentlink Programs. In 2000 she was awarded the Public Service Medal for the development of innovative programs for disadvantaged children and families. Gail was the founding editor of the peer reviewed journal Communities, Children and Families Australia.

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Non-CES Events and Items of Interest

For more information about some of these events, and also some past events and relevant links, see here

John Cook : A Christian view on global warming

John Cook co-authored with Dr Hayden Washington (who spoke at our forum in October 2011) the book, "Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand". He has recently given a presentation - see Climate Change and the Weightier Matters: a Christian view on global warming. See here for more information.

Clyde Cameron Memorial Lecture

When: 9am-1pm, Saturday 13 October
Where:University House Hall, 1 Balmain Cres, ANU
Speakers: Prof John Bannon & Dr Terry Dwyer
Topic: "Wage Justice & Income Disparity: The Cameron Principles"
Further Details:  poster (pdf, 144kB)
Information or to book: (02) 6254 1897 or email or website

The Future of Homo sapiens

A Manning Clark House conference in honor of Phillip Adams

Keynote address by Phillip Adams: Homo sapiens: where-to now?

Talks by leading scientists, intellectuals, philosophers, theologians, economists, politicians and lawyers

8:30 to 20.30, Tuesday, 9th October, 2012; Lower Ground Floor
National Library of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T.
Bookings : Ph. 61 (02) 6295 1808
Adult $55, MCH member $45, Students $7
Further information here. Flyer (pdf, 55kB) here

Referendum to acknowledge Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Read here about the proposal to change Australia's constitution to include recognition of Indigenous Australians

Responding to homelessness in the ACT

Read here about the submission of Project Safe Shelter to the inquiry of the Standing Committee on Health, Community and Social Services into social housing.

Items of potential interest - please have a look

  1. A death to celebrate  -  Ronald Osborn - Commonweal

  2. Retirement of Bishop Bill Morris - some homilies

    Michael Fallon MSC

    Frank Brennan SJ

  3. Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

  4. Great Native Title Swindle - Fortescue Metals Group (FMG)

  5. Talking about the carbon tax  -  Catholic Religious Australia

  6. ON LINE Opinion

    Much more than a "thought bubble" - Dick Smith

    Tiny [thought] bubbles - Ross Elliot

  7. MORE THAN LUCK - Ideas Australia Needs Now  -   Centre For Policy Development -   (download  a PDF version here 1.5MB)

  8. Jeopardy (Fukushima) - Commonweal

  9. The Converging World: Climate Change, Planetary limits, What can/should we do?  -  David Teather - Canberra U3A Action Discussion Group

  10. The Science of Climate Change Questions and Answers  -  Australian Academy of Science

  11. Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia  -   CSIRO

  12. Unevolved  -  Quest for the Living God   -    Sr. Elizabeth Johnson    -    Commonweal

  13. Paul Collins and the Vatican - Eureka Street

  14. Poor information and sense of irritation hamper climate change science  - Tim Flannery -The Australian

  15. Briefing Papers (Fact Sheets) - Energy Science

  16. Stop the Intervention - National Indigenous Times

  17. Jenny Macklin to Frank Brennan - Eureka Street

  18.  The Northern Territory Intervention and Human Rights: an Anthropological Perspective - Whitlam Institute

  19. Who's still in Afganistan? -

  20. “Big problems” in Alice Springs - Inside Story

  21. Inside Story  - 7 February 2011 - Swinburne Institute for Social Research

  22. Assange receives Hicks treatment - Tony Kevin - Eureka Street

  23. The nine ecological virtues - Rich Heffern - National Catholic Reporter

  24. Living Letter report - Beyond Intervention - Many Voices, One Purpose: Standing in Solidarity - NATSIEC

  25. Why Wattle Day should be our national day - Paul Newbury - Eureka Street

  26. Lay That Pistol Down - Barry Gault - Commonweal

  27. Reflections on an Ordination Golden Anniversary - Fr Eric Hodgens - The Swag

  28. Oprah and WikiLeaks - Andrew Hamilton - Eureka Street

  29. Escaping Oprah and Christmas - Brian Matthews - Eureka Street

  30. Newsletters

    ANTaR's December 2010 Newsletter - Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation

    NATSIEC December 2010 Newsletter - National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission

    BASF News December Newsletter - Bridge for Asylum Seekers Foundation

  31. Inside Story - 3rd December 2010

  32. Social inclusion in ailing Ireland - Eureka Street

  33. The Clock's Ticking - New Matilda

  34. Can Australia afford not to be reconciled?  - Pat Dodson - Speech given at the University of NSW, November 2010

  35. Can We Secure Our Food Whilst Maintaining Our Environment? - Dr John Williams - Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists

  36. Graeme Innes, Race Discrimination Commissioner, speaks out about Deaths in Custody

  37. Gurindji strike against NT Intervention - NATSIEC blog re other articles

  38. Senate Majority report on the NT Intervention  -  Senate Minority Report

  39. An analysis of alcohol and psycho-stimulant use from the 2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey - Australian Policy Online

  40. Inside Story - Latest Current Affairs and Culture articles

  41. A modern approach to refugee resettlement - Kerry Murphy - Eureka Street

  42. Poor Fellow My Country: Lamenting our Poverty of Spirit.    Graeme Mundine - NATSIEC

  43. Nei Neiwa Ya Yu Gali: Towards a Whole Body of Reconciliation - Rev Dr Jonathan Inkpin

  44. Science and Theology - both need new wine in new wine skins. Dr John Williams - (A lecture given in memory of Prof Charles Birch) - Canberra Uniting Church

  45. Should Private Barns have a political, legal and moral ascendancy over "Common Wealth"? - Bishop George Browning - Canberra Uniting Church

  46. Vote for Hope - John Falzon - Eureka Street

  47. Is Coalition Economic Policy A Nauru Solution? - Centre For Policy Development

  48. Why conscientious Christians could vote for the Greens - Frank Brennan - Eureka Street

  49. Refugees:

    Refugee Policy In The 2010 Federal Election Campaign: What The Parties Are Saying  -  Refugee Council of Australia

    Meet a Queue Jumper  -  Crikey

    Asylum Numbers in Perspective  -  Crikey

  50. US Congress - Press Release - West Papua - Institute for Papuan Advocacy & Human Rights

  51. More than Luck: Ideas that Australia needs now - Centre for Policy Development

  52. MySuper's justified paternalism - Michael Mullins - Eureka Street

  53. Election year mental health test - Simon Rice - Eureka Street

  54. To Kill a Mockingbird and asylum seeker justice - Kerry Murphy - Eureka Street

  55. East Timor a not-so-simple solution - Jack De Groot - Eureka Street

  56. "The Collapse of Globalism"  -  John Ralston Saul -  ABC BigIdeas  (Note: This is an audio file)

  57. Gillard mining deal betrays the common good - Michael Mullins - Eureka Street

  58. Inside story - this week's news articles

  59. Appetite for Profit ---  Michele Simon

  60. Superannuation Changes Fail Fairness Test   -   Centre for Policy Development

  61. Top judge targets tough jail sentences - Joel Gibson - SMH

  62. The Real Problem with Europe's Economy - Evan Jones -

  63. Abbott and Australia's new poor - Brian Lawrence - Eureka Street

  64. Putting a value on nature could set the scene for a true green economy -&-  Book Pavan Sukhdev Seminar -&- Centre for Policy Development Seminar

  65. ACSJC Briefing June 2010

  66. Wanted - Poster Designer - Mental Health Service Consumer day 14 September 2010 Sydney - The Big Issues

  67. "The Quest for Justice" (drug related crime) - Supreme Court Judge Ken Crispin - 7:30 Report (Kerry O'Brien)

  68. Curtains for   -  New Matilda

  69. A strange time for election watchers  -  Inside Story

  70. World Environment Day 2010 - Many species, one planet, one future - Uniting Justice news

  71. Arresting Mexico's borderland femicide - Ellena Savage - Eureka Street

  72. Phony Tony and the Liar's Paradox - Tony Smith - Eureka Street

  73. Asylum seekers and refugees: what are the facts? - Parliamentary Library, Dept of Parliamentary Services

  74. Labor complacent as Indigenous gap widens - Jack Waterford - Eureka Street

  75. Abbott's immigration paranoia - Eureka Street

  76. The Land Song - Recent British Election - BBC (background to the song)

  77. The budget of social exclusion - Frank Quinlan - Eureka Street

  78. Open letter to PM on 2010 Budget - Friends of the Earth Australia

  79. Making poverty personal - Simon Moyle - Eureka Street

  80. Making work pay and making income support work - Brotherhood of St Lawrence

  81. Women on the move - evaluating a refugee mentoring pilot program - Brotherhood of St Lawrence

  82. Sri Lanka: anatomy of a tragedy - Inside Story

  83. Words in a time of war - Mark Danner - Inside Story

  84. How to save billions in health costs - John Menadue - CPD/Croaky

  85. Catholic Church needs total reform - Bishop Pat Power - Eureka Street

  86. An open letter from Hans Küng to the Catholic bishops of the world - Hans Küng

  87. What do Hans Küng, Geoffrey Robinson, and Pat Power have in common? - Shane Woods and Peter Hoi - Eureka Street

  88. When Harry Hogan went to war - Eureka Street

  89. A new kind of politics - Uniting Church insights

  90. Refugee back flip misses what matters - Andrew Hamilton - Eureka Street

  91. What makes an activist Tick? - Helen Caldicott -

  92. Why Ali fled Afghanistan - Frank Brennan - Eureka Street

  93. Immigration control versus human rights - Kerry Murphy - Eureka Street

  94. Australian of the Year (Prof Patrick McGorry) "staggered" by suicide figures - ABC News

  95. Uniting Justice joins the campaign for a Robin Hood Tax - Uniting Justice

  96. Nuclear Calendar - FCNL

  97. Abbott, Santamaria and Catholic Liberals - John Warhurst - Eureka Street

  98. Can Capitalism have a Conscience? - Mark Swivel - newmatilda

  99. Romero: faith and power in hard places - Andrew Hamiliton - Eureka Street

  100. Growing a Culture of Peace - Columban Mission Institute - Centre for Peace Ecology and Justice

  101. Israel's rogue behaviour - Michael Mullins - Eureka Street

  102. The War We Can't Win - Afghanistan & the Limits of American Power - Commonweal

  103. Ben Salmon and the Army of Peace - John Dear SJ - National Catholic Reporter

  104. Telstra profits at the expense of low income earners - Australia Institute

  105. Abbott Advises Homeless People To Get A Home - Stephen Nash - newmatilda

  106. Real stories betray Abbott's homelessness untruth - John Falzon, CEO St Vincent de Paul

  107. Global Ethics and Human ResponsibilitiesHans Küng

  108. Declaration Toward a Global Ethic - Global Ethics Foundation

  109. Taliban friend's letter to the enemy - Eureka Street

  110. Obama and the works of death - John Dear SJ - National Catholic Reporter

  111. Where to from here on climate change - Centre for Policy Development

  112. Climate Change Refugees - Simon Meyer - Centre for Policy Development

  113. What we failed to learn from the GFC - Ian McAuley - Centre for Policy Development

  114. Reining it in: executive pay in Australia - The Australia Institute

  115. Haiti video - It was hell then....Imagine the horror now - National Catholic Reporter

  116. What a waste - An analysis of household expenditure on food - The Australia Institute

  117. Living in the Midst of Affluence - Catholic Voice

  118. March 2010 Briefing  -  Australian Catholic Social Justice Council

  119. What's new Feb 2010 - Uniting Justice Australia

  120. Going to Church on Wall Street to Talk about Ethical Economics - Sojourner

  121. In Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand

  122. Pod Rights - Australian Human Rights Commission

  123. Make all drug use legal - Festival of Dangerous Ideas - Radio National Counterpoint

  124. Refugee hysteria breeding Pacific Solution 2.0 - Kerry Murphy - Eureka street

  125. Hope for the Common Good - Uniting Justice

  126. When tolerance doesn't cut it - Andrew Hamilton  - Eureka Street

  127. Climate Change - Don't give up on your Government yet - Christine Milne - newmatilda

  128. ACSJC submission to Review of Tax System

  129. The Limits of Crisis Exploitation: The NT Intervention as a Reform Boomerang - Murray Edelman

  130. Gallipoli Diggers and the 'forgotten' holocaust - Eureka Street

  131. The Monthly - Australian Politics, Society and Culture - April 2009 Edition

  132. Australia Institute - For a Just, Sustainable, Peaceful Future - Assorted topical papers/articles

  133. Global Crime Wave? A Syndrome of Crime, Violence, and Repression on the Way (DRUGS) - By Michael T. Klare

  134. Mental Health and smoking - NSW Consumer Voice

  135.  GM patents exploit the poor   Charles Rue  - Eureka Street

  136. Mundine calls for rethink on intervention - CathNews

  137. Exploring the Underlying Social Determinants of Aboriginal Health -  Beyond Bandaids

  138. New Report shows Social Inclusion Antidote to Turbulent Times - ANGLICARE Australia

  139. Towards an ethical future - Economy in crisis # 3 - Mark Speeks (The Tablet)

  140. "Dignity in Humanity - Recognizing Christ in Every Person." A Uniting Church in Australia Statement on Human Rights

  141. View the story of the Yolngu people of Ramingining in the northern part of Central Arnhem Land.


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