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SPC News August 2016. Confronting images from juvenile detention go round the world. »

SPC News August 2016. Confronting images from juvenile detention go round the world.

11:35 am | Follow the links to full versions of these articles. Download a .pdf version of this newsletter. Confronting images from juvenile detention go round the world Bruce Duncan We need answers about why earlier…

Aug 5 2016 / No Comment / Read More »
Events

Book launch: Where is God in suffering? by Fr Brendan Purcell »

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11:32 am | Monday 3rd October  6-8:30pm Launched by Dr John Little, Lonergan Society   Catholic Theological College, 278 Victoria Parade, East…

Aug 28 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Islam in our world today. »

Islam in our world today.

02:24 pm | Learning to understand & respect Islamic cultures & religion. Dr Herman Roborgh. Wednesday 7 September 7:30-9pm Yarra Theological Union Study…

Aug 26 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Constitutions and Treaties: Law, Justice, Spirituality »

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10:20 am | Indigenous Australians: Treaties and Constitutional recognition Conference 24-25 September Whitley College – University of Divinity, Melbourne. Cost: $80, or…

Aug 10 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Joe Camilleri: Tuesdays in September lectures on forms of violence »

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08:31 pm | “The Winter of our Discontent and the Promise of Spring” 6 September: ‘The Age of Extremes’: From the ‘Great…

Aug 8 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

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  4. Joe McKay: Bruce. I think that there is a personal dimension to this – a loss of self respect and dignity. Many...
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Church and Social Justice

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The Yarra Institute

Heartlessness versus homelessness. »

11:25 am | Tony French. Over the last few months, I have been walking regularly at night down Swanston Street in the City. What is noticeable is the great number of people, invariably male, with blankets and bags sleeping rough in doorways and on the pavement. My initial reaction was, what a miserable place to doss for the…

Aug 5 2016 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Election disarray: concerns about fairness & inequality. »

11:37 am | Peter Whiting. The long election campaign is over. The promises are all tabled, but the new government for the next three years is yet to be decided. Whichever party forms government notwithstanding, this election has been an opportunity lost. Neither of the major parties has addressed key structural issues which are impacting Australian society. What…

Jul 5 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Confronting images from juvenile detention go round the world. »

10:31 am | Bruce Duncan. Not only have Australians been shocked by the cruel behaviour against Indigenous children in the Don Dale juvenile detention centre in the Northern Territory, but also images from the Four Corners program have stunned TV audiences around the world. How could children be subject to such appalling treatment in government institutions? Some 97 percent…

Aug 5 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Building a just peace. »

12:12 pm | Brian Johnstone. Is the Catholic Church moving towards abandoning the traditional ‘just war’ theory? A Rome meeting in April of this year, organised by Pax Christi and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, brought together Christians active in justice and peace work throughout the world. A final statement, endorsed by the participants, called for…

Jun 3 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

SPC News August 2016. Confronting images from juvenile detention go round the world. »

11:35 am | Follow the links to full versions of these articles. Download a .pdf version of this newsletter. Confronting images from juvenile detention go round the world Bruce Duncan We need answers about why earlier reports about human rights abuses of children in NT juvenile detention were not acted upon by the Northern Territory government. Why were…

Aug 5 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Asylum seekers

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 in July for World Youth Day. Up to…

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 »

Is the Coalition better able to manage our borders? »

Is the Coalition better able to manage our borders?

12:51 pm | John Menadue.   From Pearls & Irritations, John Menadue’s blog.   For many years senior journalists have been telling us, or at least…

Jun 3 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Rohingya refugees, & building a regional framework to manage refugee flows. »

Rohingya refugees, & building a regional framework to manage refugee flows.

10:29 am | Travers Mcleod, Peter Hughes, Sriprapha Petcharamesree, Steven Wong, Tri Nuke Pudjiastuti.   From Pearls & Irritations, John Menadue’s blog.   Part 1. The…

Jun 3 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Stewardship of our planet

Ecological conversion & discovering the land. »

Ecological conversion & discovering the land.

11:52 am | Geoff Lacey. This article is based on a talk given at the symposium, Care for all that exists, held at the Carmelite…

Jul 5 2016 / 2 Comments / Read More »

Australia’s overseas aid shrinking. »

Australia’s overseas aid shrinking.

10:57 am | Bruce Duncan. Despite lobbying from many groups, the May federal budget for 2016-2017 is hacking another $224 million from Australia’s overseas aid, reducing…

May 6 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Naomi Klein. This changes everything: capitalism vs climate change. »

Naomi Klein. This changes everything: capitalism vs climate change.

06:03 pm | Reviewed by Kevin Peoples. This politically-charged book reads like a great dramatic novel. The drama is fixed in a clash of values.…

Apr 10 2016 / No Comment / Read More »
Turning up the heat: how the diplomatic push for 1.5℃ unfolded in Paris.  » Breakthrough in Paris climate talks. » The Paris climate agreement at a glance. » Pope Benedict on the environment. »

How Scared or Hopeful Should We Be in a Warming World? »

09:45 am | Clive Hamilton. For anyone who takes notice of the climate change debate, a mass of often-contradictory information comes flooding into our lives. Some of it prompts great alarm. The Great…

Jul 6 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Indigenous Issues