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SPC News April 2018. Shaping a just society: a place for a Christian worldview? »

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Download a .pdf of this month’s SPC News. Shaping a just society: a place for a Christian worldview? Peter Whiting In this April newsletter, we bring you articles on some…

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Events

Geraldine Doogue and Bishop Vincent Long in the Ozanam Conversation »

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Thursday 26 April, 6.30 – 7.45pm   ‘What does it mean to be a Catholic welfare…

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Anzac Day 11am St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne. »

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An Ecumenical Service of Lament, Repentance and Hope for the Centenary of the First World War.…

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Professor Shelley Mallett on ‘A Basic Income for All Australians’ »

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Wednesday 18 April, 12.30pm. Graduate House, University of Melbourne, 220 Leicester St., Carlton. Prof. Shelley Mallett…

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‘Gurrumul’ fundraiser for Binnap Partners »

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Sunday 29 April 2pm The film is about the Indigenous musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, who died…

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  4. Why Europe shouldn’t follow Australia’s lead on asylum seekers.
  5. Anzac Day 11am St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne.
  6. Shaping a just society: a place for a Christian worldview?
  7. Government policies globally and the torture of refugees.
  8. Wage rises in the neoliberal new world order. Bad policy and bad politics.
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  2. Mark Kelly: Thanks Geoff. I remember when you were my ‘Science and Society’ teacher at Swinburne in about...
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Church and Social Justice

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  • Active Non-Violence &the Sustainable Development Goals.

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  • Our tax, wage, & social benefit systems need urgent repair.

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  • In Chile and Peru, Pope Francis sharpens Gospel imperative of justice and fairness for all.

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  • 2018 – a year for confronting looming threats.

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  • What would Jesus make of our Christmas?

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  • Editorial: Wiring social justice into the economy.

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  • Did Pope Francis succeed in Myanmar?

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  • Francis’s World  Day of the Poor. “The poor are our passports to paradise”.

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  • Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance.

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  • Be ‘fair dinkum’ about encountering the poor: Pope Francis institutes new World Day of the Poor.

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The Yarra Institute

Why do the critical Sustainable Development Goals receive so little attention in Australia? »

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Loreto Sister Libby Rogerson. The decision on 25 September 2015 by the 193 member states of the UN to endorse, support and promote a global program to eradicate world poverty was nothing short of momentous. The 17 goals with their respective targets and indicators were laid out in the document Transforming Our…

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Wage rises in the neoliberal new world order: bad policy & bad politics. »

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Rob Stewart. Neoliberals are often wrong, but never in doubt. In pursuing its corporate tax cut agenda, the Government is attempting to shift the industrial relations paradigm, linking private sector wage rises to public sector funding cuts, despite the fact that corporate coffers have rarely been in better shape than at present.…

Apr 5 2018 / No Comment / Read More »

Shaping a just society: a place for a Christian worldview? »

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Peter Whiting. At Social Policy Connections, we take as our main objective “to help bring the social involvements of the churches into contemporary policy debates, and shape a just society”. In Australia at this time of a declining influence of a Christian worldview in favour of an aggressively secular one, such an…

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Joe Camilleri on our US alliance: surely we can do better. »

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Joseph A Camilleri. In the year that Trump has been in the White House, ministers have continued to repeat the well-worn mantra that we are committed to defending and upholding the international rules-based order and the web of norms, alliances, and institutions created over the last seventy years. Such glib rhetoric, a…

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SPC News April 2018. Shaping a just society: a place for a Christian worldview? »

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Download a .pdf of this month’s SPC News. Shaping a just society: a place for a Christian worldview? Peter Whiting In this April newsletter, we bring you articles on some of the key questions which should be asked by the community and its elected representatives. Peace in and between communities and countries…

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Asylum seekers

Why Europe shouldn’t follow Australia’s lead on asylum seekers. »

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Daniel Ghezelbash, Macquarie University Australia’s harsh asylum policies have been touted as a possible solution to Europe’s so-called refugee crisis. Politicians in the UK, France, Holland, Denmark,…

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Government policies globally and the torture of refugees. »

Government policies globally and the torture of refugees.

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Spencer Zifcak. Nils Melzer is the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment. Recently, he…

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Australia’s asylum seekers & the International Criminal Court. »

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Public forum.   Can Australia’s leaders be prosecuted for treatment of refugees & asylum seekers?   Thursday 7 December…

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Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance. »

Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance.

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Peter Whiting. This must surely seem an odd way to frame a commentary on conscience, but I am having…

Nov 4 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Stewardship of our planet

Yarra Flats Melbourne. Freeway link & ecological network. »

Yarra Flats Melbourne. Freeway link & ecological network.

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Geoff Lacey. A clash of values Towards the end of 2017, the Victorian Government put forward a proposal to…

Feb 12 2018 / 7 Comments / Read More »

Hunger in the lucky country. Charities step in where government fails. »

Hunger in the lucky country. Charities step in where government fails.

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Carol Richards. Queensland University of Technology The non-profit organisation Foodbank released its report Fighting Hunger in Australia this month.…

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Australia’s 2017 carbon emission projections – yet more spin & red herrings from the Australian government. »

Australia’s 2017 carbon emission projections – yet more spin & red herrings from the Australian government.

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Peter Sainsbury. Despite Australia committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% before 2030, compared to 2005, the Australian…

Jan 27 2018 / No Comment / Read More »
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Why do the critical Sustainable Development Goals receive so little attention in Australia? »

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Loreto Sister Libby Rogerson. The decision on 25 September 2015 by the 193 member states of the UN to endorse, support and promote a global program to…

Mar 31 2018 / No Comment / Read More »