The St James Ethics Centre in their own words are,
a unique centre for applied ethics, the only one its kind globally — … we pride ourselves on being a catalyst for ethical change by working with passionate individuals and organisations to bring about successful collaborations. Over the years these have included the highly lauded Primary Ethics program, the Banking & Finance Oath and the Corporate Responsibility Index amongst many others
To serve as a catalyst and enabler for society to think, debate and act in good conscience, particularly in the face of uncertainty and ambiguity.
A better world where people have the capacity to do the right thing.
Primary Ethics exists to develop and deliver philosophical ethics education for children who do not attend scripture classes in urban, regional and rural schools.
Primary Ethics has Charity status, a future funding foundation and relies on volunteers – usually parents /carers who are given some training to teach ethics to young school age children, and is currently in over 300 NSW primary schools.
My questions to St James Ethics and Simon Longstaff:
1. Do volunteer teachers, as part of the Primary Ethics curriculum, explain to their pupils the ethics of locking up children (exactly like them) in Mandatory Detention?
2. If Mandatory Detention of children is not on the Primary Ethics curriculum why not, is it not an important and relevant ethical issue for (local) children to understand?
3. Are the Parents/carers /volunteers and Schools in the Primary Ethics program made aware of the close connection between the St James Ethics Board of Directors and the current Offshore Mandatory Detention program and the Operation Sovereign Borders program?
Mr Doug Sneddon Director, Board member and Treasurer of St James Ethics Centre is also on the Board of Directors of Transfield Services – where he holds the office of Chair Human Resources. Transfield Services are the lead contractor at both Nauru and Manus island detention centres.
Major Jim Molan Director and Board member of St James Ethics Centre is also the Government Special Envoy for Operation Sovereign Borders.
4. Should parents / carers / volunteers and schools be given full disclosure of St James Ethics Centre Board Members involvement in Mandatory Detention so they can decide for themselves whether their child’s participation in SJEC project Primary Ethics accords with their own views on this issue?
— Susan Flower @SusanFlower1