The conclusion of the Islamic month of fasting (Ramadan) is called Eid-al-Fitr. Eid has been formally announced for Friday 15 June by the ANIC – Australian National Imams Council.
Indigenous and non-indigenous relations in Australia are a core part of the nation’s history and are an important element in ongoing debates about justice and identity. Recent research by the National Church Life Survey indicates a gap between actions and beliefs – in church activities – with regard to indigenous reconciliation.
The Australian chapter of a new and ambitious global campaign, “Living the Change, was launched on May 3 at a national gathering of the multi-faith Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC). With a byline, “faithful choices for a flourishing world”, this is a fresh faith-led initiative which aims to champion the role of more sustainable lifestyles in protecting the earth from global warming.
The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Encouraging Self-sufficiency for Newly Arrived Migrants) Bill 2018 will extend waiting times and cause hardship to newly arrived migrants in many circumstances. The Harmony Alliance – which provides advocacy on the multiplicity of issues impacting on experiences and outcomes of migrant and refugee women in Australia is sending an open letter to Female MPs and Senators, calling on them to oppose these measures, on the basis that they will disproportionately target safety nets accessed by migrant women.
The Minister for Home Affairs’ Peter Dutton conducted consultations on the 2018-19 Humanitarian Program on Tuesday 15 May with various agencies and community leaders.
The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) is a movement that encourages regular people of faith to step up and make a difference.
The new spiritual leader of Australia’s Sunni Muslim community, Abdul Azeem Afifi, has begun his three-year term as Grand Mufti with a strong condemnation of religious extremism, declaring we must keep Australia “safe and secure”.
The 2018 Walk For Justice For Refugees will take place in Melbourne on Sunday 25 March at 2pm, at the State Library (music from 1.30pm). The Walk will proceed through the Bourke Street mall and return to the State Library. People from all faith groups, community organisations and unions will join the 2018 Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees, bringing banners and other messages of support in solidarity with refugees and people seeking asylum. Details of other states participating are given.
On 22 November 2017, the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, announced the appointment of an Expert Panel to examine whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to freedom of religion. The Chair of this Expert Panel is former Attorney General, the Hon Philip Ruddock.
Australia’s Religious have joined other faith and community organisations in supporting an open letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, calling for the Australian Government to sign a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.