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SPC News May 2015. Anzac as a protest against war. »

SPC News May 2015. Anzac as a protest against war.

10:50 am | Download a .pdf of this newsletter. Anzac as a protest against war Bruce Duncan argues that our Anzac ‘diggers’ would be enthusiastic in their approval of our commemoration as a stirring protest against…

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Events

Homelessness and the Law: Advocacy and Change »

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08:45 pm | Lucy Adams Principal Lawer, Justice Connect Wednesday 27 May 12 noon-1pm   Justice Connect offers pro bono legal services…

May 1 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Working with Disaster: Clergy & Bushfires. »

Working with Disaster: Clergy & Bushfires.

01:13 pm | Launched by Craig Lapsley, Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner, this research aims to support and learn from the local clergy…

Mar 30 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Terrorism & the ‘war on terror’ »

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11:49 am | What they mean for Australia Tuesday 19 May Refreshments 6.00 A moderated conversation 6.30-9.00pm with Robert Stary, a Criminal…

Jan 30 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Social Justice & the Churches »

Social Justice & the Churches

04:42 pm | Social Justice & the Churches: Challenges & Responsibilities Edited by John D’Arcy May Chapters written by representatives of seven…

Dec 1 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

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The Yarra Institute

Anything positive about negative gearing? »

12:35 pm | Tony French. At a recent function, a friend strode in, and, surprising us, claimed loudly that she had the answer to the current housing problem. Abolish negative gearing, she said – it’s that simple. Hardly simple, I thought. And then, what part of the housing problem was she referring to – affordability, or availability? Were…

May 1 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Sr Angela Reed unravels some of the issues in sex trafficking. »

10:05 am | Speaking at a public forum of Social Policy Connections at Box Hill on 22 April, Mercy Sister Angela Reed talked of her experience meeting with trafficked women, and offered a framework by which to sort out the complex array of factors that predispose women to being trafficked. Especially significant are her findings that many of…

Apr 30 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Tony Abbott’s second budget: what we will get, and what we need. »

11:39 am | Kate Mecham Policy Officer The Salvation Army Victorian Social Program & Policy Unit.  Here we are again – another budget. We remember the last one clearly, and wonder what’s in store for us next. The budget this year will be relatively unremarkable – “dull” and “much less exhilarating” to use the Prime Minister’s words. It…

Apr 29 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Landmines: the state of play. »

11:02 am | By Bill Frilay. The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL)  – the NGO leader on this issue – estimates that around 4,000-5,000 people were maimed or killed by landmines last year alone, and that millions more suffer from the agricultural, economic, and psychological impacts of the weapons. They estimate that there are still tens of…

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SPC News May 2015. Anzac as a protest against war. »

10:50 am | Download a .pdf of this newsletter. Anzac as a protest against war Bruce Duncan argues that our Anzac ‘diggers’ would be enthusiastic in their approval of our commemoration as a stirring protest against war and injustice, and as a commitment to support those fleeing violence, poverty, and persecution.       Tony Abbot’s second budget…

Apr 30 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Asylum seekers

Treating asylum seekers humanely is a core Gospel demand. »

01:34 pm | Speaking at St Patrick’s Cathedral before the Palm Sunday rally in support of asylum seekers in Melbourne on 29 March, Bruce Duncan reiterated Malcolm Fraser’s call for humane policies through…

Mar 30 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Ending the politics harming children in detention. »

Ending the politics harming children in detention.

01:00 pm | Caz Coleman. If only there were an opportunity to cut through the politics to name what Australia needs to do to address the…

Mar 12 2015 / 2 Comments / Read More »

The moral dimension behind The Forgotten Children. »

The moral dimension behind The Forgotten Children.

01:51 pm | Brian Johnstone. Professor Gillian Triggs, president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, has found that, by reason of its policy of the…

Mar 3 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Malcolm Fraser on the HRC Enquiry into children in detention. »

Malcolm Fraser on the HRC Enquiry into children in detention.

01:27 pm | “Enough is enough”. The government had the Australian Human Rights Commission’s report on children in detention on 11 November last year. They…

Mar 3 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Stewardship of our planet

Working with Disaster: Clergy & Bushfires. »

Working with Disaster: Clergy & Bushfires.

01:13 pm | Launched by Craig Lapsley, Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner, this research aims to support and learn from the local clergy and laity in…

Mar 30 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Report on Nuclear Disarmament conference »

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12:04 pm | Filling the Gap: Report on recent Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons Robert Tickner, CEO Aust. Red Cross Dr…

Feb 5 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Scepticism & belief in science & faith »

Scepticism & belief in science & faith

02:16 pm | Chris Mulherin The battle between sceptics and believers is hotting up. One side says it’s all hogwash – a story foisted upon…

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Launch of Working with disaster: clergy and bushfires. »

10:44 am | Launched by Craig Lapsley, Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner, this research aims to support and learn from local clergy and laity in the Murrindindi Shire, responding to those affected by the…

Apr 30 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Indigenous Issues