Religious institutes back Regional Australia
    The Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes (ACLRI) has supported other Catholic calls on the Federal Government to do more for development in Australia's regional areas.
    The Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission last week issued "Regional Australia in a Globalised Economy", a document advocating a more coherent and systematic approach to eliminating social disadvantage in regional Australia. It points out that many regional communities are experiencing persistent and worsening social conditions and that economic reform and globalisation have had a diverse impact on these communities.
    ACLRI Executive Director Sr Mary Cresp said: "For many of the nation's regions globalisation has had destructive consequences, while others have experienced tremendous prosperity. As many religious priests, brothers and sisters minister in rural Australia, they know first hand the situations which are currently causing so much distress in these areas."
    Sr Mary said that many religious have made a commitment to give priority to continued presence in country areas, and they often find themselves involved in projects supporting local initiatives to maintain morale and hope.
    "As spiritual leaders, religious are aware that it is important that the Church be seen to stand with rural people at a time when, as had been made clear by the recent Human Rights Commission Inquiry, the situation faced by rural Australia is one of economic and social injustice," she said.
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