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SPC News December 2014. Re-visioning the Good Society. »

SPC News December 2014. Re-visioning the Good Society.

05:18 pm | Download a .pdf of this newsletter Re-visioning the Good Society Peter Whiting SPC Chair In his review of the work of Social Policy Connections during 2014, Peter Whiting, SPC chair, wrote that we…

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Events

Book launch : Social Justice & the Churches: Challenges & Responsibilities »

Book launch : Social Justice & the Churches: Challenges & Responsibilities

04:42 pm | Edited by John D’Arcy May   Chapters written by representatives of seven Australian Churches show that Christian approaches to…

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2014 AGM »

2014 AGM

10:47 am | 9th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. 27 November 2014. Report by Peter Whiting SPC Chair. Revisioning the Good Society. Welcome to…

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Asylum seekers & protection at sea »

Refugee Children in Immigration Detention Protest Broadmeadows

11:49 am | Erika Feller University of Melbourne Victorian Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow, former UNHCR Associate High Commissioner for the Protection of Refugees.…

Nov 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

SPC Forum: Paul Smyth on the economy. »

SPC Forum: Paul Smyth on the economy.

02:29 pm | Professor Paul Smyth. Harnessing the economy to the good society: a political strategy for church & community activists 2015…

Nov 12 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

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The Yarra Institute

A policy strategy for church and community activists from 2015 »

11:47 am | Paul Smyth A big thanks to Social Policy Connections for this invitation to speak at your AGM. For several years now, SPC has developed into a vital forum for church and community-based activists seeking to generate a society-centred economic and social policy agenda in the best traditions of Christian social values. I was asked to…

Dec 1 2014 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Aiding whom? »

11:56 am | Rik Sutherland Overseas aid plays a significant role in international relations, both by way of international mechanisms (including the United Nations) and by direct country-to-country assistance. While capacity to provide aid varies, there is widespread agreement that developed countries should work towards contributing 0.7% of their Gross National Product (GNP) to aid programs, with the…

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Aiding whom? »

11:56 am | Rik Sutherland Overseas aid plays a significant role in international relations, both by way of international mechanisms (including the United Nations) and by direct country-to-country assistance. While capacity to provide aid varies, there is widespread agreement that developed countries should work towards contributing 0.7% of their Gross National Product (GNP) to aid programs, with the…

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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 December 2014. Re-visioning the Good Society. »

05:18 pm | Download a .pdf of this newsletter Re-visioning the Good Society Peter Whiting SPC Chair In his review of the work of Social Policy Connections during 2014, Peter Whiting, SPC chair, wrote that we continue to pursue our vision of improved social policies in Australia and beyond. Professor Paul Smyth, in his address to the SPC…

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Asylum seekers

Refugee Children in Immigration Detention Protest Broadmeadows

Asylum seekers & protection at sea »

11:49 am | Erika Feller University of Melbourne Victorian Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow, former UNHCR Associate High Commissioner for the Protection of Refugees. Mustafa Former refugee from Afghanistan. Dr Antje Missbach Research Fellow Monash…

Nov 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Asylum seekers: where is the leadership? »

Asylum seekers: where is the leadership?

10:51 am | Peter Whiting According to Anna Burke, Labor MP for Chisholm in Melbourne, most politicians are not leaders but followers in the asylum…

Sep 5 2014 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Asylum seekers: when does silence become complicity? »

Asylum seekers: when does silence become complicity?

11:51 am | Bruce Duncan Australians have been shocked by revelations about the appalling conditions of refugees and asylum seekers in detention camps, especially about…

Aug 4 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Battling for asylum seekers: a personal journey »

Battling for asylum seekers: a personal journey

10:04 am | Colleen O’Sullivan Over the past 15 years, the words Maribyrnong, Villawood, and Woomera have been etched into the Australian lexicon, and the…

Jul 4 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Stewardship of our planet

The FAQs about climate change »

The FAQs about climate change

03:20 pm | The emperor is in denial Chris Mulherin I grew up fascinated with Hans Christian Andersen’s story about an emperor in denial who…

May 27 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

10 checkpoints for urban planning in an Age of Disruption »

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04:06 pm | ‘The Great Disruption’ is Paul Gilding’s perceptive description of the current phase of global society’s perverse development, a phase that has already…

May 9 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Climate change coming, ready or not. »

Climate change coming, ready or not.

04:22 pm | Bruce Duncan Australia has long known droughts and floods, but they are becoming increasingly frequent and extreme. Since 1950, temperatures in Australia…

Mar 31 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
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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 us by credulous people who need certainty in…

Aug 4 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

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