While Australia has experienced more than 25 years of continuous economic growth, the benefits have not been distributed equally, and millions of Australians live in poverty, the country’s Catholic bishops said in a 7th September statement.
In its 2017-2018 social justice statement, ‘Everyone’s Business: Developing an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy,’ the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference called for an economy founded on justice that offers dignity and inclusion to all. The statement will be read in churches nationwide on 24th September, which is Social Justice Sunday in Australia.
Conditions and job security have been eroded in Australian workplaces, the bishops said, noting also that the country faces a housing crisis.
“We are a far richer nation than we were 25 years ago. Yet there are still too many among us for whom this wealth remains a dream,” Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen of Parramatta, who chairs the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, said in an introduction to the statement.
“Hundreds of thousands of people find themselves in poverty even though they have a job” and, “for those who depend on welfare payments, life has been made far harder,” he said.
Picture: A homeless man is seen in Sydney on 11th August. The Australian Catholic bishops released a statement on 7th September saying economic prosperity has not been equally distributed during the country’s recent prosperity. (CNS photo/David Moir, EPA).