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SPC News August 2017. Charting a way forward in SPC. »

SPC News August 2017. Charting a way forward in SPC.

11:44 am | Follow the links to read these articles in full. Download a .pdf of SPC News. Charting a way forward in SPC Peter Whiting The Board of Social Policy Connections is currently challenging itself…

Aug 7 2017 / No Comment / Read More »
Events

Make Australia great again, or make the planet great again? Is it one or the other? »

04:34 pm | Prof. Joseph Camilleri OAM Tuesday 5 and 12 September, 6pm for 6.30pm St Michael’s Place Hall, Ground Floor, 120…

Aug 7 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

A people-centred approach for the economy. »

A people-centred approach for the economy.

03:35 pm |         SPC & the Economy of Communion present. Lawrence Chong CEO and Co-Founder of Consulus Wednesday…

Aug 6 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Signs of Hope in Afghanistan »

03:39 pm | Dr Deborah Storie Reflects on her experience in Afghanistan and signs of new hope Sunday 20 August, 12.30 for…

Jul 30 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Promoting Lay Formation: Cardijn & the YCW in Australia »

04:11 pm | A full-day conference on the YCW in Australia. Saturday 29 July 2017 9am-5:45pm   Speakers include Race Mathews, Stefan…

Jul 3 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

MOST RECENT

  1. Make Australia great again, or make the planet great again? Is it one or the other?
  2. SPC News August 2017. Charting a way forward in SPC.
  3. Increasing calls for self-determination for West Papua.
  4. A people-centred approach for the economy.
  5. Charting a way forward in SPC.
  6. Australians want more children than they have, so are we in the midst of a demographic crisis?
  7. Chilcot – the Iraq war & Murdoch’s war on critics. (Repost.)
  8. Memories & massacres.
  1. Kevin Vaughan: The Seaford Housing Action Coalition, SHAC, of which I am a member has for the past 12 months hosted a...
  2. Audra Kunciunas: Hi John, The pressure on reducing wages as the solution only points out the need for businesses to...
  3. Audra Kunciunas: Hi Peter, This reminds me of a radio program I listened to yesterday on ABC RN: one refugee brother...
  4. Kevin Vaughan: I belong to a small group in Seaford named Seaford Housing Action Coalition, SHAC. Our group recently...
  5. Rex Graham: Thanks John Menadue for giving us a succinct summary of the historical antecedents leading to the current...

Church and Social Justice

  • Increasing calls for self-determination for West Papua.

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  • Charting a way forward in SPC.

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  • Curious Vatican article challenges right-wing US Catholics.

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  • We can make our society fair.

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  • A scorecard on Pope Francis.

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  • Bob Murray’s reprise on the 1950s’ Labor Split & Santamaria.

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  • Bonded through tragedy, united in hope; the Catholic Church & East Timor’s Struggle for independence. A memoir.

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  • Dr Race Mathews in conversation with Professor Paul Smyth: Of Labour & Liberty.

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  • Hilton Deakin’s memoir: faith, justice, & East Timor.

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  • Ideas for Social Reform: Distributism & Catholic social movements.

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  • Building a just society.

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  • Pope Francis delivered the hard talk about the economy that Davos didn’t.

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  • The globalisation of indifference.

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  • Struggling for decent housing: Thirty years of St Kilda community activism & the Port Phillip Housing Association.

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The Yarra Institute

We can make our society fair. »

12:28 pm | Peter Whiting. The new minimum wage rate has come into effect on 1 July. The Fair Work Commission (FWC) recently announced an increase of $18.29/hour, or approximately 3.3%. Inevitably, the decision failed to satisfy any of the vested parties within the Australian Industry Group representing employers seeking to limit the increase to $10.10/hour, citing weak…

Jul 3 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Australians want more children than they have, so are we in the midst of a demographic crisis? »

12:55 pm | Leah Ruppanner University of Melbourne First published in The Conversation 2 August 2017 Australians want more children than they actually have, according to newly released data collected as part of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey. Analysing data over 15 years, the study reports that by age 40, Australian men and women desire 1.5…

Aug 6 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Increasing calls for self-determination for West Papua. »

10:35 am | Bruce Duncan. Report of a conversation with Anglican priest Peter Woods and human rights advocate Louise Byrne. Human rights abuses in West Papua are causing Melanesian and Polynesian countries throughout the Pacific to voice increasing alarm in international forums, and to call for genuine self-determination for West Papuans. Speaking at the SPC forum on 2…

Aug 7 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

It’s becoming easier than ever to go to war. »

04:15 pm | John Menadue. We used to think the gravest decision any government could make was to take its country to war. Not any more. Going to war for us has now become almost commonplace. We commit to war after war – Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan – but we are unwilling to contemplate the disaster each of those…

Apr 29 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

SPC News August 2017. Charting a way forward in SPC. »

11:44 am | Follow the links to read these articles in full. Download a .pdf of SPC News. Charting a way forward in SPC Peter Whiting The Board of Social Policy Connections is currently challenging itself to sharpen its core purpose and reassess ways to promote debate about social justice among our supporters and readers, in a context…

Aug 7 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Asylum seekers

Unpacking Minister’s ‘lodge or leave’ policy. »

12:26 pm | Sarah Puls SGS. “Fake refugees” who have “refused to apply” for a visa? Sister Sarah Puls answers some common questions arising from Minister Dutton’s “lodge or leave” policy announcement. In…

Aug 6 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

How we came to be so cruel to asylum seekers. »

How we came to be so cruel to asylum seekers.

05:33 pm | Robert Manne La Trobe University This is an edited extract of a talk delivered to the Integrity 20 Conference at Griffith University…

Oct 29 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Pope Francis in Poland: on immigrants & Islam »

Pope Francis in Poland: on immigrants & Islam

10:49 am | Bruce Duncan Given the widespread feeling in Poland against Muslim immigrants and recent Islamist terrorist attacks, Pope Francis undertook a tricky trip…

Aug 5 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Should we be locking people up in prisons at all? »

Should we be locking people up in prisons at all?

06:59 pm | Rob Hulls RMIT University. Elena Campbell RMIT University. Footage aired last week of children being abused in a Northern Territory prison sent shockwaves around…

Aug 3 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Stewardship of our planet

Hugh Lacey on Ecology & Social Justice. »

10:43 am | Hugh Lacey: Laudato Si’, GM crops, & agroecology in Brazil. Sunday 5 March 1:30pm St Ambrose Hall, 3 Dawson Street, Brunswick Special attention…

Feb 8 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

We can still keep global warming below 2℃, but the hard work is about to start. »

We can still keep global warming below 2℃, but the hard work is about to start.

11:08 am | Pep Canadell CSIRO. Corinne Le Quéré University of East Anglia. Glen Peters Center for International Climate & Environment Research Oslo. Last year,…

Feb 6 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Putting carbon back in the land is just a smokescreen for real climate action: Climate Council report. »

Putting carbon back in the land is just a smokescreen for real climate action: Climate Council report.

11:50 am | Martin Rice Macquarie University & Will Steffen Australian National University. Just as people pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels, the land…

Oct 3 2016 / No Comment / Read More »
What has happened to the Sustainable Development Goals? » How Scared or Hopeful Should We Be in a Warming World? » Ecological conversion & discovering the land. » Australia’s overseas aid shrinking. »

Small-scale farmers vital in the struggle for social equity & environment sustainability. »

12:14 pm | Rowan Ireland. Rowan Ireland reflects on the seminar Towards a clean & sustainable world: three perspectives on agriculture in developing countries, Victoria University Melbourne 23 February 2017. The seminar posed…

Mar 2 2017 / No Comment / Read More »