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SPC News. We can make our society fair.

02:02 pm | Follow the links to read these articles in full. Download a .pdf of SPC News. We can make our society fair Peter Whiting How is it that Australia – which recently outperformed other OECD…

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Events

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…

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Forum for parishes: Asylum Seeker & Refugee Support »

09:34 pm | What is happening for asylum seekers now, and how parishes can help. Tuesday 11 July 9:30am-1pm St Monica’s Primary…

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Responding to the Anthropocene. »

09:15 pm | What does it mean to be human, responsible for a deep future? Professor David G Horrell Wednesday 19 July…

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Religious violence & the pursuit of Heaven. »

05:27 pm | Rabbi Fred Morgan AM. Sunday 23 July 3pm, Siena College, 815 Riversdale Road, Camberwell The annual Sr Shirley Sedawie…

Jun 5 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

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  7. Ten years on, it’s time we learned the lessons from the failed Northern Territory Intervention.
  8. Bob Murray’s reprise on the 1950s’ Labor Split & Santamaria.
  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

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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…

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Consumers, cowboys, & cops. »

12:04 pm | Tony French. When my daughter, Kate, recently joined the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) as a graduate trainee, I thought, there’s not much long-term future for her being a ‘consumer cop’. My reasoning was, isn’t there already a well accepted and established Australian consumer law at State and Federal levels, and plenty of awareness…

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Ten years on, it’s time we learned the lessons from the failed Northern Territory Intervention. »

10:12 am | Diana Perche UNSW. Ten years ago this month, the then prime minister, John Howard, and his Indigenous affairs minister, Mal Brough, launched the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) into remote Indigenous communities. With no warning, and no consultation, the federal government moved swiftly to seize control of many aspects of the daily lives of residents…

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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. We can make our society fair. »

02:02 pm | Follow the links to read these articles in full. Download a .pdf of SPC News. We can make our society fair Peter Whiting How is it that Australia – which recently outperformed other OECD countries by recording 25 consecutive years of economic growth – could have such a significant number of waged employees falling under the…

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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 on October 25, 2016. If you had been…

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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 »

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 »

Stewardship of our planet

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

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…

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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 »
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Responding to the Anthropocene. »

09:15 pm | What does it mean to be human, responsible for a deep future? Professor David G Horrell Wednesday 19 July 6-7:30pm Collins St Baptist Church 374 Collins Street Melbourne Bookings, aelvey@tpg.com.au. A…

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