NAIDOC Week 2023: Surely the time has come…

Surely the time has come to respond with love and compassion to historical and systemic racism embedded in our relationships and interactions in Australia. National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week was first commemorated as a Day of Mourning and Protest on 26 January 1938. Aboriginal people marched in silent protest, walking through […]

“We Say Sorry” – National Apology to Stolen Generations

Today (13 February) we commemorate the first-ever national apology made by a Prime Minister (Kevin Rudd) to initialise in 2008 the Australian Federal Government’s rehabilitation, justice, and reconciliation agenda for Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islanders, and the tens of thousands of Aboriginal children who were forcibly removed from their families during Australia’s assimilation era. […]

Talaroo Hot Springs: A place of Healing and Reconciliation

The Josephite connection with the Gulf region of Far North Queensland began in the 1970s, when the church’s ministry was known as the Gulf Mission. In the 1990s, the Gulf Mission became the Gulf Savannah Parish where I was ministering as the pastoral associate. Over the years, I have met and worked with many wonderful […]

What Did Julian Tenison Woods Say About Indigenous Australians?

When the ordained ministry of Julian Tenison Woods began in Penola in 1855 he soon saw the conditions under which the local Aboriginal people lived. What he observed raised concerns that remained with him for the rest of his life. Several times, on his various journeys, he wrote about the Aboriginal people he encountered.