Posts Tagged ‘Indigenous rights’

Divine decision: churches split on indigenous Voice vote

Thursday, September 28th, 2023
indigenous voice

As the clock ticks down to the October 14 Australian referendum on the Indigenous Voice, religious leaders in Australia are under the spotlight. Despite the political risks of taking a stand, some urge these leaders to move beyond mere words and show decisive support for the constitutional change. Francis Sullivan, who formerly led the Catholic Read more

Archbishop Coleridge advocates for constitutional recognition of the Voice

Monday, September 11th, 2023
The Voice

Australia stands on the brink of a transformative moment as the nation prepares for a referendum on the Voice to Parliament, according to the Archbishop of Brisbane Mark Coleridge. In a recently released letter, Archbishop Coleridge (pictured) encouraged all Australians to educate themselves on this crucial matter, advocating for a shift in focus from potential Read more

Albanese and Dutton need to find common ground on Voice to Australia’s Parliament

Thursday, June 8th, 2023

An Australian priest backing the Indigenous Voice referendum to parliament fears the result will leave Australians divided. That will be a tragedy, he says. Father Frank Brennan (pictured), a Jesuit priest and human rights lawyer, blames leadership on both political sides for not seeking common ground. He hopes a “reconciling spirit” will blow through parliament’s Read more

PNG: Young men arrested for stopping logging in conservation area

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Twelve youths from Bairaman in the Ralopal Concession area under the Sigete/Mukus Special Agriculture and Business Lease (SABL) Project Site in East New Britain have been arrested and charged for allegedly threatening logging company workers. Police in Kokopo said the men were arrested and charged for threatening workers at a conservation land area in Pomio. Read more

Mormon ban on Samoan language prompts PM to write to Elders

Friday, September 20th, 2013

A delegation of Samoan Mormons from Brisbane have had a meeting with Samoan prime minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi to discuss what the Brisbane Samoans say is a ban on Samoan in worship services by their church leaders. Lawyer Leulua’iali’i Olinda Woodroffe who accompanied the delegation to the meeting said the prime minister has promised to Read more

West Papua: Churches call for revision of contract with Freeport

Friday, June 17th, 2011

The Alliance of Churches in the Land of Papua, PGGP, has called on the government to revise the work contract concluded with the mining company, Freeport. ‘The presence of this foreign company in the district of Mimika has not resulted in any improvements in the conditions of the local people,’ said Wiem Maury, secretary of Read more