Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy.

8 September 2017 | Australia

In Australia the last Sunday in September is 'Social Justice Sunday'. Each year on this day the Bishops issue a major statement of focus for the coming year. The 2017-2018 Social Justice Statement is titled: ‘A Place at the Table: Social justice in an ageing society’.   


This Statement is built around the Gospel for the day. Jesus tells the parable of the workers in the vineyard, where all are active contributors and are recognised for their human dignity.

The Statement calls us to build an economy founded on true solidarity with those who are most vulnerable.


Australia has experienced a quarter of a century of continuous economic growth, but the benefits of this good fortune have not been distributed equally. In our workplaces, conditions and security of employment have been eroded, while those who are unemployed subsist on incomes well below poverty levels. Australia is experiencing a housing crisis. And our Indigenous brothers and sisters struggle with economic and social burdens that most Australians cannot imagine.

Download the Statement here (20pps; PDF)

Pray a Prayer for Economic Justice