Parramatta Mercy Sister to speak to Joint Select Committee

In Sydney today, Sr Margaret Hinchey will address the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on behalf of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta.

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Sr Margaret HInchey, Sister of Mercy, Parramatta

The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta welcomed the opportunity in August 2014, to make a written submission to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The full text of the written submission from the Parramatta Mercy Congregation can be accessed here.

Following this written submission, the Sisters were invited to speak to the Committee, and Sr Margaret Hinchey, a passionate social justice advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, will represent the Parramatta Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy at a session in Sydney today. 

In her presentation, on behalf of the Congregation, Sr Margaret will affirm the efforts by the Committee to bring about timely and necessary reforms to the Australian Constitution, while offering suggestions and responses to a number of the Committee's recommendations concerning the process of the movement towards a referendum, its timing, and the content of proposed Constitutional changes. As we draw closer to the possibility of this Referendum on constitutional recognition, bipartisan agreement, and the full, prior, informed consent of Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander Peoples to any proposed changes are imperative. The full text of Sr Margaret's presentation to the Committee can be accessed here.

Through her Lifequest Ministry, Sr Margaret works tirelessly to provide education on, and raise awareness of, injustice in both local and international contexts. Through education and consciousness-raising, the seeds for positive change are planted.To read more about Sr Margaret's Lifequest ministry, click here. To hear Sr Margaret's reflections on her life and ministry, click here.

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