The Salvation Army’s Response to the Federal Budget 2017-18

The Salvation Army’s response to the Federal Budget 2017-18: “The Salvation Army has concerns that for Australians already living on the margins this year’s federal budget will lead to greater hardship, despite positive new initiatives that will benefit some of the most disadvantaged people in the country.” Details can be found here

Global Day of Prayer to End Famine 2017

On 21st May 2017, a ‘Global Day of Prayer to End Famine’ will be held. The Salvation Army International is an International Partner of this effort. More people face famine today than any time in modern history. Famine has been declared in areas of South Sudan, with Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen on the brink of famine….

25 years of Mandatory Detention

25 years of Mandatory Detention: An Overview of Key Events The policy of Mandatory Detention has been ongoing for the past 25 years. This policy has taken numerous forms under numerous governments, on both sides of politics. Below are some of the key events which have taken place over the past 25 years. 1992 –…

National Apology Day 2017

By Caitlin Brown On 10th December 1992, Paul Keating challenged Australians’ to create racial equality through mutual understanding. For the first time in Australian history, he encouraged the nation to empathise and reconcile with Indigenous Australians. However, with the “Redfern Speech” remaining one of the most progressive speeches in Australian History, there was one key…

Voices for Justice 2016

Voices for Justice 2016 In mid-November, Social Justice Team members Rebecca Percival and Matt Cairns joined with 200 other Christians in Canberra to learn about advocating in the political sphere. Joining Bec and Matt were Emma, Damon, and Elise from Tuggeranong Corps, and Southern Territory Social Justice members Amanda and Simone. The three days, from November…

This year, The Salvation Army (through the Social Justice Department) partnered with Beyond Festival – “a boutique festival celebrating creativity, justice and genuine community”.   About ‘The Beyond Festival’: “Beyond is a justice festival. A glimpse of genuine community that embraces a mixture of genders, ages, cultures and beliefs. Beyond is about speaking out for…

Section 18C – Racial Discrimination Act 1975

What is the issue?  It has been proposed by several members of parliament and society that amendments to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA) should be made. Currently section 18C makes it unlawful to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” a person because of their “race, colour or national or ethnic origin”.   Why is…

Proposed changes to Migration Act

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that the government would be introducing amendments to the Migration Act 1958. These proposed amendments, if legislated, would have significant consequences for people seeking asylum and refuge who have arrived, or attempted to arrive in Australia by boat. The Salvation Army is extremely concerned  that these amendments…

Social Justice Stream at EQUIP Camp

Last week, a ‘Social Justice’ stream was run at EQUIP NSW & ACT. ‘EQUIP’ is an annual week-long Camp, run by The Salvation Army, which aims to equip youth and young adults in their spiritual lives and in ministry. Campers are given the opportunity to develop themselves in two elective streams, make new friends and enjoy…

Fairtrade Fondue

At EQUIP Gala Day at Booth College last weekend, EQUIP Campers who had spent the week in the Social Justice Stream held a Fairtrade Fondue stall. The purpose of the stall was to utilise their newly-learned ‘Campaigning through Conversation’ skills. The Campers did a fantastic job of educating purchasers on the importance of buying Fairtrade and…