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SPC News December 2017. Wiring social justice into the economy. »

SPC News December 2017. Wiring social justice into the economy.

12:05 pm | Follow the links to read these articles in full. Wiring social justice into the economy Peter Whiting What we need today, according to Professor Paul Smyth, speaking at our SPC Forum on 5…

Dec 8 2017 / No Comment / Read More »
Events

Catholic Social Services conference 2018: Hearing, Healing, Hope »

05:15 pm | Early bird bookings are now open for the 2018 national Catholic social services conference: Hearing, Healing, Hope (evening of Wednesday 21, all…

Dec 9 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Melbourne’s Nobel Peace Prize Celebration for ICAN. »

08:39 pm | Sunday 10 December 2017 7:30pm. Melbourne Town Hall Swanston Hall 90-130 Swanston Street On December 10, ICAN will be…

Dec 3 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

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

05:47 pm | Public forum.   Can Australia’s leaders be prosecuted for treatment of refugees & asylum seekers?   Thursday 7 December…

Dec 3 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Book launch. Ecological aspects of war: religious & theological perspectives. »

11:17 am | Invitation : book launch. Two books edited by Anne Elvey, Deborah Guess, & Keith Dyer Thursday 7 December 5:30pm Whitley…

Nov 14 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

MOST RECENT

  1. Catholic Social Services conference 2018: Hearing, Healing, Hope
  2. SPC News December 2017. Wiring social justice into the economy.
  3. Governments haven’t always shirked responsibility for our low wages.
  4. Editorial: Wiring social justice into the economy.
  5. Melbourne’s Nobel Peace Prize Celebration for ICAN.
  6. Australia’s asylum seekers & the International Criminal Court.
  7. Did Pope Francis succeed in Myanmar?
  8. The complacency of the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper.
  1. Joan Seymour: I’ve thought for years that the Church should examine its own conscience – about its...
  2. Rex Graham: G’day Bruce, Just alerting you to the redundant link to the video of Lawrence’s talk....
  3. Kevin Vaughan: The Seaford Housing Action Coalition, SHAC, of which I am a member has for the past 12 months hosted a...
  4. Audra Kunciunas: Hi John, The pressure on reducing wages as the solution only points out the need for businesses to...
  5. Audra Kunciunas: Hi Peter, This reminds me of a radio program I listened to yesterday on ABC RN: one refugee brother...

Church and Social Justice

  • 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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  • Frank Brennan SJ : 110th anniversary of Harvester Decision.

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  • Pope Francis under attack.

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  • Cool the rhetoric on North Korea.

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  • Bishops challenge growing inequality & exclusion in Australia.

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  • Michael Yore: Can we adjust our moral compass so economics truly enhances wellbeing for everyone?

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  • Towards an Economy of Communion. Lawrence Chong, Consulus CEO.

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  • Increasing calls for self-determination for West Papua.

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  • Charting a way forward in SPC.

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  • Curious Vatican article challenges right-wing US Catholics.

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The Yarra Institute

Sharing food and friendship: the St Vinnies soup van story. »

07:27 am | In June 1975, the Victorian Society of St Vincent de Paul’s first soup van, a humble old Ford Transit wagon with doors which flew open when they took a corner, started offering friendship and food  to the homeless men, at that time mainly affected by alcohol abuse. It was initiated by a group of young…

Nov 6 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Governments haven’t always shirked responsibility for our low wages. »

11:49 am | Warwick Smith. University of Melbourne. For the last four years or so average wages in Australia have barely kept pace with inflation, meaning no real pay rises. And all the while, the government has been betting on the market to improve things. Treasurer Scott Morrison stated: As the labour market tightens, that’s obviously going to…

Dec 8 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

The complacency of the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper. »

11:39 am | Allan Patience. The 2017 White Paper displays, yet again, Australia’s foreign policy complacency, its misplaced middle power imagining, and its awkward partnering in its region. It is a failure as a strategic map for advancing Australia’s security and prosperity in the ‘Indo-Pacific’ region and the world. The public policy miasma stupefying contemporary Australian politics is…

Nov 29 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

How will the North Korean Crisis be resolved? »

09:26 pm | Bill Frilay. I use that heading, because I do not know the answer, and wish world leaders did. All I know is that the likelihood of using nuclear weapons is greater than at any time since the 1962 Cuban crisis. We have Kim Jong Un, belligerent, young, but not to be underestimated. Seemingly prepared to…

Nov 10 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

SPC News December 2017. Wiring social justice into the economy. »

12:05 pm | Follow the links to read these articles in full. Wiring social justice into the economy Peter Whiting What we need today, according to Professor Paul Smyth, speaking at our SPC Forum on 5 December, is a national vision which reinstates value-based aspirations for the growth of Australia. It is not that these aspirations have been…

Dec 8 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Asylum seekers

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

05:47 pm | Public forum.   Can Australia’s leaders be prosecuted for treatment of refugees & asylum seekers?   Thursday 7 December 6-8pm RMIT University City Campus 445 Swanston Street Melbourne Building 80…

Dec 3 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

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

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

02:08 pm | Peter Whiting. This must surely seem an odd way to frame a commentary on conscience, but I am having great difficulty reconciling…

Nov 4 2017 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Russell Broadbent launches critique of Australian refugee policies. »

Russell Broadbent launches critique of Australian refugee policies.

11:32 am | Australia faces a T-intersection: time to resolve our refugee crisis. Bruce Duncan Liberal member for McMillan in Gippsland, Russell Broadbent, challenged his…

Oct 9 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers, by Tony Ward. »

Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers, by Tony Ward.

01:46 pm | Reviewed by Tony French If, like me, you want to put the current ‘refugee crisis’ into some kind of historical perspective, then…

Oct 3 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Stewardship of our planet

Keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees: really hard, but not impossible. »

Keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees: really hard, but not impossible.

10:24 am | Dave Frame Victoria University of Wellington & H Damon Matthews Concordia University. The Paris climate agreement has two aims: “holding the increase…

Oct 6 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Wake up, Australia: many people need our aid urgently. »

Wake up, Australia: many people need our aid urgently.

09:40 am | Bruce Duncan. Foreign aid is not just a matter of offering charity to people in need overseas. It is very important for…

Sep 7 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

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…

Mar 2 2017 / No Comment / Read More »
Hugh Lacey on Ecology & Social Justice. » We can still keep global warming below 2℃, but the hard work is about to start. » Putting carbon back in the land is just a smokescreen for real climate action: Climate Council report. » What has happened to the Sustainable Development Goals? »

The triple target for electricity supply: cutting emissions, curbing price, ensuring supply. »

09:09 pm | Bill Frilay. If ever there were an industry at an inflexion point, it is our electricity supply industry. In most states, supply has long come from black or brown coal…

Nov 28 2017 / No Comment / Read More »