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The launch of the Social Justice Statement for 2023-2024 marked a significant moment in addressing the historical injustices faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia. It focused on the legacy of the 'bringing them home' report, which delved into the forced removal of Indigenous children from their families and communities, a policy that continues to cause profound trauma even two decades later.

In 2017, over 250 Indigenous leaders convened at the national constitutional convention in Uluru and issued the Uluru Statement from the Heart. This statement resulted from an extensive dialogue with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia and recommended the enshrinement of the voice to Parliament in the Constitution, along with the concepts of treaty and truth-telling. These recommendations aimed to address ongoing injustices, including the removal of children from their families.

The Social Justice Statement calls for a new engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, emphasizing the importance of listening, learning, and loving in building a more equitable society. It highlights the need for Catholics and all Australians to understand the history, support the voice referendum, and work collaboratively with Indigenous communities to bring about healing and justice. Love and respect are at the heart of this commitment, offering hope for a better future where the voices and experiences of First Australians are valued and heard.

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03 September 2023

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Think Global

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Act Local

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Social Justice

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Australian Catholic Bishop Conference

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