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Social justice Sunday 2018

Each year the Australian Bishops issue a major statement for the coming year on Social Justice Sunday (the last Sunday in September).

The 2018–2019 Statement, titled A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land , is a response to the growing problem of homelessness in Australia. It seems hard to believe that in a rich nation such as ours, the latest Census figures show that the number of Australians who are homeless has grown to more than 116,000. House prices and even rents are spiralling out of reach of too many families and placing huge financial stress on ordinary people, even when they are employed. For those living on pensions or allowances, finding secure housing can be a far greater challenge – one that often takes a terrible toll on social wellbeing and mental health.

The Scriptural basis of this year’s Statement is Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke
10:30–35), about the outsider who stops to help a man in desperate need, takes him to safety
and pays for his care.

House prices and even rents are spiralling out of reach of too many families and placing huge financial stress on ordinary people, even when they are employed. For those living on pensions or allowances, finding secure housing can be a far greater challenge – one that often takes a terrible toll on social wellbeing and mental health.
- Archbishop Mark Coleridge

The Statement examines the extent of Australia’s homelessness and housing crisis. It emphasises that secure housing is a human right and an uncontestable public good, affirmed by both Catholic teaching and the Declaration of Human Rights. In concluding, it issues a challenge to government, to Church and community and to us as individuals to bring about change and reform.

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A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land