In the lead-up to the Queensland State elections on 25th November the Archdiocese of Brisbane has launched a public forum inviting discussion on public policy and Catholic values.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge encourages participation in these words:
” I warmly invite you to contribute your thoughts on the ways you believe the future Queensland Government could better support families, particularly those who support Catholic values. We would like to see improvements in learning and education from a future government that reflects the core values of decency towards Queenslanders.
Your feedback can help to continue shaping an environment for our children, anchored among Catholic values that include respect for others”
“Yes” to Marriage Equality
“Yes” to Treaty with First Nations Peoples
“Yes” to ending off shore processing of refugees and asylum seekers
“Yes” to prison reform and restorative justice practices
“Yes” to economic justice and a living wage
“Yes” to environmental integrity and care for creation
“Yes” to inclusion and respect for differing abilities
“Yes” to a political culture that works for the common good
“Yes” to peace making rather than weapons and alliances with war makers
“Yes” to education that is creative, diverse and lifelong
We gathered in sadness.
We gathered in grief.
We gathered in our cultural diversity
We gathered to mourn the death of Manmeet Alishar.
We gathered to light candles in the darkness of unanswered questions
We gathered to comfort each other in the midst of distress.
We gathered with our bus drivers and cab drivers to acknowledge their service and great spirit.
We gathered with First Nations Peoples for a smoking ceremony to cleanse the place of an unspeakable act.
We gathered because we are human.
As a community photographer I look for ways to share my images with those who appear in my lens. This often happens at exhibitions, publication and through my online albums.
One year after we mourned this tragedy I have been honoured to have one of my works selected by Brisbane City Council as part of the memorial plaque to the late Mameet Alisher (Sharma) in Moorooka.
I covered the original memorial service after Manmmet’s tragic death and my reflections and images were included on the SBS Punjabi website.
The public display of my work in this setting is an honour and a witness to my commitment to cultural diversity and friendship with the Punjabi community