21 Apr 2014
Tags: Catholic, Easter, Indigenous, Invocation, Justice, Peace, prayer, Refugees
May the blessings of the Easter Season surround us with courage and confidence. May we stand against the religion of Empire and proclaim the liberating anarchy of the teachings of Christ.
May we roll away the stones of fear and prejudice in our lives.May we open our tombs and walk in the light of justice,compassion and solidarity with the poor of the earth.
May we sing “Alleluia” with voices that cry out against economic and political exploitation of vulnerable people.
May we walk gently on our mother earth in lives of nonviolence and find the harmony of life that is written in the stardust of our being.
May the love of the Easter story invade our hearts to welcome those who come to our shores as Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
May the mystery of the Easter story call us to live “Dadirri” in solidarity with the First Nations people of our land.
May we proclaim the Risen One by our public commitment to housing the homeless, feeding the hungry and thirsty, liberating prisoners,welcoming the stranger in our midst and standing against the powers of economic and political newspeak.
01 Apr 2014
in Community, Events
Tags: Comunity, Facebook, Politics, religion
There are times when Facebook delivers unexpected surprises. Alain De Botton
and I are FB friends.This doesn’t mean we sleep in the same philosophical bed all the time. I love some of his insights. However, I must admit to being gobsmacked by his recent description of Brisbane as offering “chaotic ugliness”. I even offered to take Alain on one of my photographic tours of our city to show him the beauty that is Brisbane in Stone and Glass
Perhaps the reports of his poorly chosen phrase have brought on a change of heart. On his twitter feed Alain;s description of Brisbane reads: A beautiful dawn breaking over Brisbane: peaceful, serene, exotic.
But the bonus for me was even though I had missed the public talk and the chance to get a signed copy of his latest work, I got an apology from the man himself on my Facebook wall: Dear Tony, I do apologise,99% of brisbane is terrific,it;s just there are a few things that went a bit wrong in the zoning of the cbd…
TWEETS OF THE MONTH
08 Dec 2013
In Memory of Madiba known in the West as Nelson Mandela
A tribute blog to one of the great human rights activists of the 20th Century. I am proud to stand in solidarity with world leaders and citizens who acknowledge the extraordinary contribution of one man to the cause of peace and justice for his country and the human community.
Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela. May we honour your legacy by our commitment to human rights and our willingness to challenge racism.
02 Nov 2013
Tags: Catholics Francis of Assisi, News, News Mental Health Week, Nudgee
Campaign of the Month
The #Australian Government should boycott #CHOGM in #SriLanka as a protest against ongoing abuse of Tamil people. Thanks to Peter Arndt for this update from his recent visit http://www.catholicleader.com.au/news.php/features/sri-lanka-still-unsafe-for-many_86949
Photography of the Month
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Opera House I am publishing a picture which is now part of Australian History. The Catholic Leader
published this photo of me with Damien Miller who was awarded the “AboriginalScholar of the Year” by the National NAIDOC Committee in 1993. Today Damien is accompanying the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark, aka Freddie and Mary in his role as Australian Ambassador to Denmark.. Damien is the first Indigenous Australian to be appointed as head of an overseas mission. Hey, I have met some cool dudes!! http://www.dfat.gov.au/homs/dk.html
Damien Miller and Tony Robertson 1993
31 Oct 2013
in Community, Events, I Support
Supporting Men’s Health in Movember