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Institute President sends letter to PM Rudd

In a letter sent to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd last week, Institute President Sister Nerida Tinkler welcomed Mr Rudd’s commitment to working for a fairer and more compassionate society.

Writing on behalf of Sisters of Mercy throughout the Australian Institute, Nerida said, “Our Institute affirms with delight and considerable relief the initiatives your Government has taken in the brief time since it was elected.

“Among these, we wish to highlight the visits by members of parliament to homeless shelters; the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol; the closure of the Detention Centre on Nauru and the granting of visas for the people who had been held there.

“In particular, we applaud you for the very significant apology to the ‘Stolen Generations’ which you made yesterday on behalf of our Federal Parliament”, she said.

“We further rejoice that your motion to ensure ongoing, effective ways of addressing Indigenous concerns received clear bipartisan support. These two developments indeed constitute an historic event for all Australians, reflecting as they do the deep values of justice, mercy and truth.”


Catholic Religious Australia sends message to PM
In December 2007, Mark Raper SJ, President of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA), wrote to Prime Minister Rudd outlining the key issues of concern for CRA and their hopes for positive responses from the newly elected government.

CRA is the peak body for Australia’s 8000 Catholic nuns, brothers and priests. As a member of CRA, the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia endorses this letter. Find out more.