If there's one thing that the recent election campaign and its outcome demonstrated, it's the depth of the divisions that exist in our Australian community.
Our politics is focused on point-scoring, personalities, and name-calling across party lines. The media, for the most part, don't help, driven by the 24-hour news cycle and the pursuit of advertising dollars into a frenzy of click-bait and shallow sensationalism.
What does it mean to be an Australian in times like these? What are the values that unite us?
Eureka Street offers an alternative. It's less a magazine than a wide ranging conversation about the issues that matter in our country and our world; a conversation marked by respect for the dignity of ALL human beings.
Importantly, it's a conversation that takes place in the open, unhindered by paywalls or excessive advertising. And it's through the support of people like you that it is able to do so.
The rights and wellbeing of people seeking asylum on our shores have been trademark concerns for the magazine since its first issue in 1991. Prominent human rights lawyers, migration lawyers and advocates write regularly, capturing the human, ethical and policy dimensions of this complex issue.
The Jesuits, publishers of Eureka Street, have a long history of living and working alongside ATSI Australians in remote communities. This concern and advocacy grounded in human relationships is today carried into the pages of Eureka Street by expert writers of both white and Aboriginal heritage.
Eureka Street has an editorial mandate to promote good stewardship of our shared world. In particular it emphasises the impacts that climate change and environmental degradation have upon the world’s most marginalised citizens, with expert writers bringing ethical weight to bear on real-world policies.
As a Catholic magazine with editorial independence, Eureka Street plays a vital role as a critical voice both from within and toward the Catholic Church. This is important during a time when all religious institutions in the Western world are facing significant challenges to their continued relevance and moral authority.
Frank is the CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia. A highly respected human rights lawyer and Jesuit priest, he has a long history of advocacy and legal expertise in the areas of asylum seekers and Aboriginal land rights.
Celeste Liddle is an Arrernte woman living in Melbourne, the National Indigenous Organiser of the NTEU, and a freelance opinion writer and social commentator. She blogs at Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist.
Fiona Katauskas' work has also appeared in ABC's The Drum, New Matilda, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The Financial Review and Scribe's Best Australian political cartoon anthologies.
Andrew has had a long-standing engagement with refugee communities and issues. A Jesuit priest, he taught theology at the United Faculty of Theology for many years, and has contributed widely to theological and religious journals.