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SPC News. Who defines Australian values? »

SPC News. Who defines Australian values?

07:03 pm | Follow the links to read these articles in full. Download a .pdf of SPC News. Who defines Australian values? Peter Whiting I’m all for our political system ‘standing up for Australian values’, if…

Apr 30 2017 / No Comment / Read More »
Events

Building bridges, not walls »

04:18 pm | Saturday 27 May, 9.30 am to 4.15 pm with Joe Camilleri OAM, Emeritus Professor of La Trobe University, on…

May 14 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Pope Francis & the Common Good. Where is our society going? »

09:22 pm | Seminar. Saturday 24 June 10am-1pm Newman College 887 Swanston Street Parkville A free event, but for catering, please contact…

May 7 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Francis: challenging nationalism, market rule, & overconfident technology. »

08:47 pm | Prominent US social justice Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego. Friday 23 June 5-6.30pm Newman College 887 Swanston Street…

May 7 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Dr Race Mathews in conversation with Professor Paul Smyth: Of Labour & Liberty. »

Dr Race Mathews in conversation with Professor Paul Smyth: Of Labour & Liberty.

02:38 pm | SPC Forum Dr Race Mathews in conversation with Professor Paul Smyth Tuesday 16 May 7:30-9pm on Dr Mathews’ book…

May 1 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

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  6. Building a just society.
  7. Pope Francis delivered the hard talk about the economy that Davos didn’t.
  8. It’s becoming easier than ever to go to war.
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  4. Rex Graham: Thanks John Menadue for giving us a succinct summary of the historical antecedents leading to the current...
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Church and Social Justice

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  • The globalisation of indifference.

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  • Struggling for decent housing: Thirty years of St Kilda community activism & the Port Phillip Housing Association.

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  • Time to rebuild our economies, inspired by Christian social values.

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  • Pope Francis’s message to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in Ministry & Faith.

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  • Why is torture so widely practised?

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  • Yarra Institute passes baton to the new Centre for Research in Religion & Social Policy.

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  • Stalwarts for social justice: Bill Neville & Bernard Carey.

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  • World religious leaders at Assisi: be artisans of peace.

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  • A glimmer of hope? Or just a passing moment?

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The Yarra Institute

Child mortality is falling. Gates letter 2017. »

07:50 pm | Frances Penington. It’s easy to become overrun by bad news, by reckless and callous policy decisions, and by stories of conflict and horror. Successive cuts to Australian foreign aid mean that our aid now makes up only 0.22% of our gross national income (well below the UN foreign aid target of 0.7%), and the proposed United…

Apr 2 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Pope Francis delivered the hard talk about the economy that Davos didn’t. »

04:20 pm | Lawrence Chong. CEO Consulus, Business Design Strategist Lawrence Chong responds to the address by Pope Francis on ethical problems in the global economy at a large meeting of the Economy of Communion network in February 2017. At a time of failing governments, unravelling of the global order, rising populism, and a technological wave which might…

Apr 29 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

Pope Francis & the Common Good. Where is our society going? »

09:22 pm | Seminar. Saturday 24 June 10am-1pm Newman College 887 Swanston Street Parkville A free event, but for catering, please contact Br Mark O’Connor 0429 694 707  |  mark.oconnor@marists.org.au An expert in Catholic social thinking, Bishop John McElroy of San Diego, is a prominent advocate for the poor and 200,000-plus migrants in his diocese. He has doctorates…

May 7 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

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. Who defines Australian values? »

07:03 pm | Follow the links to read these articles in full. Download a .pdf of SPC News. Who defines Australian values? Peter Whiting I’m all for our political system ‘standing up for Australian values’, if those values are widely held in our community, and moreover that these values themselves are designed as a comprehensive system for an…

Apr 30 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

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…

Oct 29 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

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

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 »

Putting carbon back in the land is just a smokescreen for real climate action: Climate Council report. »

Putting carbon back in the land is just a smokescreen for real climate action: Climate Council report.

11:50 am | Martin Rice Macquarie University & Will Steffen Australian National University. Just as people pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels, the land…

Oct 3 2016 / No Comment / Read More »
What has happened to the Sustainable Development Goals? » How Scared or Hopeful Should We Be in a Warming World? » Ecological conversion & discovering the land. » Australia’s overseas aid shrinking. »

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 University Melbourne 23 February 2017. The seminar posed…

Mar 2 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

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