Gloria Lonergan

Gloria Lonergan

My interest in justice and peace issues goes back to my childhood. As a child I can remember discussions between my parents about marginalised people.  My father had a commitment to improving workers’ rights and became involved in the Union movement shortly after the Second World War. My mother was concerned about people’s equality and the welfare of those who were underprivileged.  

When it came to choosing a career, I was encouraged to follow a path that would help disadvantaged people. I chose teaching and later became a social worker. 

Now retired, I have been able to become more actively involved in areas that concern me. I am involved with work in the prison system, with a view to prison reform and improving the rehabilitation of prisoners.  Within our local ratepayers association, we work to improve facilities for the quality of life of local residents. I am passionate about human rights issues worldwide, especially the persecution of minority groups. I would also like to see the establishment of a proper Bill of Rights within Australia.

Being a member of the TCJPC has been two-fold in that it has heightened my understanding of social justice issues as well as enabling me to bring to the attention of leaders in both the church and government the need for reform in social justice areas that I feel so passionate about.