Faith in action
We were delighted to have the LIVE stream the #ChangeTheHeart Service for 2022 available for you to watch now.Read more
We asked our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Team to give us their thoughts on the Federal Budget 2016, and to answer any questions you have today. Here's the team's Spokeperson Brooke Prentis' response:
In Malcolm Turnbull’s 2016 closing the gap speech he said, “We have not always shown you, our First Australians, the respect you deserve. But despite the injustices and the trauma, you and your families have shown the greatest tenacity and resilience.”
This budget once again showed a lack of respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Common Grace’s Aboriginal spokesperson, Brooke Prentis, was left uninspired and shaking her head with the only words being #thegapwidens. Brooke said, “How a government expects to close the gap with this budget that barely mentions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continues to baffle me.”
Malcolm Turnbull said, “The Closing the Gap challenge is often described as a problem to be solved - but more than anything it is an opportunity.” This budget missed that opportunity.
As Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples our heart continues to grieve for the loss of life far too young through child, youth and adult suicide, life expectancy gaps and prison incarceration.
What we hope for is a change of heart in Australians that they will grieve with us and call on the government to not just talk but show action through commitment and funding. We call on the government to not just say they respect us and over 60,000 years of continuous living culture but to show us that respect.
May God continue to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the strength to continue our tenacity and resilience. . .to simply survive, and may our government open their ears, eyes, hearts and minds to our struggle to survive and our fight for justice.
This National Reconciliation Week, 27 May - 3 June, the Common Grace movement will be exploring Reconciliation as Love in Action. We invite you and your church or faith community to put your love into action with the NRW Church Resources Toolkit.Read more
Common Grace's Opening Statement at the Community Support and Services Committee of the Queensland Parliament public hearing for the Criminal Law (Raising the Age of Responsibility) Amendment Bill 2021 held on 14 February 2022.
After Closing the Gap announcements last week, Brooke Prentis calls for real action, commitment and change to come.
Today is National Close the Gap Day. The lack of Closing the Gap is an ongoing injustice. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to die too young and too often from this injustice, and through these gaps we realise the inequality in these lands now called Australia.
Bianca Manning calls us to go on a journey of education and learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice.