Poverty in Australia


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This group of Yr 10 students researched this very important issue in Australia. This is their work. What feedback do you have for them?

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Poverty in Australia

  1. 1. BY ROWAN, MICHAEL & TAYLOR Poverty
  2. 2. MISSISSIPPI BURNING <ul><li>The movie “ Mississippi burning” raises many issues of social injustice. The first of these is poverty. </li></ul>
  3. 3. POVERTY AMONGST THE AFRICAN COMMNUNITY <ul><li>In the movie the black people are treated unfairly. They live in substandard housing compared to the whites. The blacks live on the outskirts of town. </li></ul>
  4. 4. RACIST ATTIDUDES <ul><li>The whites treated African Americans in many ways like animals rather than human beings. </li></ul>
  5. 5. EDUCATIONAL INAQUALITY/SEGREGATION <ul><li>It was compulsory for the whites and blacks to attend different schools, travel on different buses, use separate toilets and churches. </li></ul>
  6. 6. INAQUALITY IN HEALTHCARE <ul><li>The blacks didn’t have access to anywhere near the same level of healthcare compared to the whites and their life expectancy was nearly half that of the white population. </li></ul>
  7. 7. UNFAIR TREATMENT BY THE JUSTICE SYSTEM <ul><li>Police nearly always accused the blacks of most of the crimes that happened in the town without investigating properly. </li></ul>
  8. 8. POVERTY IN AUSTRALIA <ul><li>One issue of social justice in Australia is poverty. Many people live in substandard conditions and cannot afford sufficient food to survive adequately. </li></ul>
  9. 9. RACISM <ul><li>Another issue of social injustice in Australia is racism aimed at aboriginals and various ethnic groups. </li></ul>
  10. 10. WHAT ARE GOVERNMENTS DOING? <ul><li>To try and eliminate poverty the federal and state governments run many support programs to help the needy. The governments provide low cost housing, social security and legal aid services. </li></ul><ul><li>However governments are not doing enough because voluntary organizations are unable to meet the demands for help from the poor. </li></ul>
  11. 11. WHAT ARE GOVERNMENTS DOING? <ul><li>To combat racism in Australia the state governments have created laws that make it a serious offence to racially abuse any person from any ethnic group. The Australian government promotes and manages harmony day. It’s a day of peace and showing each other mutual respect. NSW schools have a ‘Racism, No way’ program to recognize and address racism in the learning environment. </li></ul>
  12. 12. CATHOLIC TEACHINGS ABOUT POVERTY AND RACISM <ul><li>Catholic social teachings sums up the teachings of the church on social justice issues.It promotes a vision of a just society that is grounded in the bible and the wisdom gathered from the experience by the Christian community . </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Catholic teaching promotes anti racism. </li></ul><ul><li>Human dignity is the starting point and central concern of the catholic thinking about human rights.Each person is created in the image and likeness of of god and so has an inalienable,transcendent god-given dignity. It follows that each member of the human family is equal in dignity and has equal rights because we are all children of the one god.We are sisters and brothers to each other. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>The catholic tradition is opposed to anything that is opposed to life itself,or that violates the integrity of the human person,and anything that insults human dignity. Human rights are the things due to us simply because we are human beings.The principal of solidarity mean basically that we are all really responsible for each other It it about respect for and the promotion of the dignity and rights of our sisters and brothers. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Catholic teachings address poverty in all its forms. The universal destination of goods refers to the fact that God indented the goods of creation for the use of all. Everyone has the right to access the goods of creation to meet their needs. People and nations have no right to squander resources when others are in need. </li></ul>
  16. 16. QUOTE <ul><li>Those who shut their ears to the cry of the poor will themselves also call and not be heard. Proverbs 21:13 You are the god of lowly, the helper of the oppressed, the supporter of the weak,the protector of the forsaken, the savior of those without hope. Judith 9:11 </li></ul>
  17. 17. HOW WE AS A SCHOOL ADDRESS THIS ISSUE <ul><li>We as a school don’t tolerate racism. If it occurs there are consequences, penalties and counseling available for victims and those who offend. </li></ul>
  18. 18. REFLECTION <ul><li>Racism is a serious issue to think about because it has devalues human life and dignity.It brings negativity into the world that is not needed. It affects how we think of ourselves.It causes conflict and brings much disharmony into the world. </li></ul>
  19. 19. WHAT CAN WE DO? <ul><li>Create a website for those who are victims of racism so we can talk to them about their issues. </li></ul><ul><li>If you know anyone who is being racist towards a pupil you should speak up and act quickly to bring about social justice. </li></ul>