The Southern Cross : June 2013
Page 14 June 2013 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | news A South Australian Catholic aged care provider has confirmed it will not sign the Federal Government's new Aged Care Workforce Compact until proposed wage increases are fully funded, while others are awaiting more information. "We just can't afford it," said Mary MacKillop Care South Australia chief executive officer (CEO) David Ferrier. Mary MacKillop Care SA employs 300 people over four sites providing 170 beds for aged care. "We won't be able to sign unless the Government increases indexation to cover costs," said Mr Ferrier. He said aged care workers were underpaid and deserved wage increases, however the proposal of a more than 4 per cent wage increase would not be covered by the annual indexation of care subsidies. "Aged care providers have had increases in costs and increases in wages with no increase in indexation," said Mr Ferrier. A survey by Catholic Health Australia members found 40 per cent would not or were unlikely to sign the Workforce Supplement, with 60 per cent unsure at this stage. A spokeswoman for Southern Cross Care SA and NT said the aged care provider would continue current enterprise agreements with staff and make a decision on signing the Supplement once full details were available. Southern Cross Care employs about 2000 staff, servicing 1300 beds across 15 sites in South Australia and the Northern Territory. St Hilarion Aged Care CEO Jane Pickering said the group was unable to commit to the compact until final details emerged, including reporting and compliance issues and several non-financial conditions of the compact. A Senate Committee is due to report to the Senate on the proposed aged care legislation, including the Workforce Supplement, in mid-June. Adelaide priest, senior theology lecturer and author Michael Trainor has read the Gospel of Luke many, many times throughout his 25 years of academic teaching. Indeed, it formed the central research topic of his post-graduate degree. However, a review of the familiar text from the perspective of ecological conversion resulted in a very different experience, and another book! Fr Trainor (pictured) a senior lecturer of the Flinders University Theology Department, last month launched "About Earth's Child: an ecological listening to the Gospel of Luke" at the Catholic Theological College of South Australia, in Brooklyn Park. The book is part of the Earth Bible -- an international project initiated in Australia in the context of the current ecological crisis and minimal biblical interpretation from an ecological perspective. "It was about bringing this new consciousness to a text that I had been familiar with for many years," said Fr Trainor. The modern understanding of caring for God's creation as an essential Catholic responsibility follows the urgings of three consecutive popes, staring with Pope John Paul II, who in 2001 coined the phrase "ecological conversion". Fr Trainor said re-reading Luke using "this contemporary appreciation" and "ecological awareness" had led him to a new understanding of the Bible. "I began to discover there are a lot of stories in the Gospel dealing with plants, animals, birds and water, which I would not have been so sensitive to before," he said. Fr Trainor said this environmental re-reading of the Gospel had the potential to better connect the Bible with youth and adults who were at risk of biblical illiteracy. "We need to put our energy into connecting with teachers and educators on how to share this re-reading of the Bible to create a generation of people who are biblically literate." 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