Bob Katter grieves the loss of his favourite word to the cause of a minority group. But sadly for him, it’s gone and so is the privilege that he’s trying to protect.
The word gay was lost to Bob Katter in the 1960s, so as he went on to explain, having lost control of “the most beautiful word in the English language” he doesn’t want to now lose “one of the most beautiful institutions in human history”, not to the same people who stole his beloved word. Even a cursory glance through history should have been enough for Bob see that for almost its entire history, marriage has not been a beautiful institution – certainly not for women. But if you’re in a privileged institutional space, it can be hard to see what happens to those oppressed and marginalised by the institution. Continue reading →
South Sydney Uniting Church #wecandobetter
A service of hope and lament for people seeking asylum
Uniting Church members and friends gathered on 27 November at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney for a Service of Lament and Hope for people seeking asylum. The texts for the service were Psalm 137 and Matthew 25:31-46. The service was part of the Church’s Give Hope Campaign. This is my sermon.
Pitt Street Uniting Church is on the land of Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.
This was a speech I delivered at the National Environment Meeting 2016, at the University of Sydney on 22 October. The theme for the conference was ‘Hope in the Dark’ and I was part of a panel talking about the need for environment groups to build alliances with Indigenous groups, faith-based groups, unions, and legal organisations.
We met on the land of Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.
We are here together today to talk about change because we know that if the planet is going to survive in a way that will support future generations to live in peace and prosperity, then we need to change the way we live. Tinkering at the edges of systems, policies, structures and programs won’t do it. And neither will a fragmented approach to advocacy that has us boxed into our ‘issues’ and weak on the big picture. But time is up. Gentle words and soft coaxing are not enough. We need to overturn the tables in the temple and call people to a better way of living that will deliver justice for the planet and justice for people, knowing that there’s no justice for one without the other. We need to do it now. And the only way to do it is to work together – really work together. Continue reading →
This is the speech I delivered at the Let Them Stay Rally organised by GetUp! at Sydney Town Hall on Monday 8 February. There were about 4000 people there all calling on the Government to change our harsh, punitive and abusive treatment of people seeking asylum.Continue reading →
This is a short reflection I offered at the Love Makes a Way ‘Carols for Compassion’ event on 10 December 2015, outside the Sydney offices of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Continue reading →
The parable of the Good Samaritan from the Bible (Luke, chapter 10) has become common place and almost clichéd in Christian conversations about the current Australian Government’s increasingly cold-hearted and abusive responses to asylum seekers. Continue reading →