Royal Commission: Public hearing into nature, cause and impact of child sexual abuse in institutions

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual AbuseThe Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold a public hearing commencing Monday 27 March 2017 in Sydney.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into the nature of child sexual abuse and related matters in institutional contexts in Australia and how community understanding of abuse has changed over time. Other necessary factors will also be examined by this public hearing.

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National: Imams Council calls on Muslims to be Authentic Australian Muslims


The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) called upon all Imams across Australia “to unite firmly against the extremist group ISIS and their deviant understanding of Islam.” and to be “to be the best practising examples of what it means to be an Australian Muslim.”

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Queensland: Community Seminar on Islam and Environmental Stewardship



A seminar on Islam and Environmental Stewardship was held on 19 February at Holland Park Mosque. This was an initiative of a small group from the Brisbane Muslim community who felt the need to consider starting a conversation—and potential future action—on the view of our faith on issues of climate change that are impacting our environment and our role as stewards on earth.

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International: Partnership in “Ethics in Action” ~ Multireligious Collaboration for Positive Peace

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(New York, 21 February 2017) Religions for Peace (RfP) Co-Presidents, Honorary Presidents, and International Trustees were among the international leaders convened at the Vatican for the second meeting of Ethics in Action initiative on 2-3 February 2017.

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STATEMENT: Partnership in “Ethics in Action” ~ Multireligious Collaboration for Positive Peace

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Ethics in Action
Positive Peace and its Pillars

The world’s religions are based in peace, call for peace, promote peace. Religious leaders since the time of the prophets have been urging that we “beat swords into ploughshares.” “Blessed are the peacemakers,” declares Jesus in the Beatitudes. Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs, Indigenous and other religions’ believers understand-each in their own ways-that peace is the true “name” of their religion. Across the diverse religions, the injunction not to kill and to respect life is deeply shared. The obligation to advance peace is a foundational moral and spiritual imperative across different religious traditions. Accordingly, interpretations of religion that go against peace are self-contradictory.

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Victorian. And Proud of it.



On Sunday 19 February 2017, the Victorian Government released its Multicultural Policy Statement and supporting campaign Victorian. And Proud of it. There is much in this campaign which supports social cohesion, multiculturalism and builds on the strengths of engagement with multifaith communities and their Interfaith Networks.

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