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Social Policy Connections is an independent, ecumenical organisation, motivated and informed by Christian social thinking. Our purpose is to expand awareness of social justice issues in Australia and overseas, and to influence public policy for the benefit of all people, especially the most disadvantaged. SPC is not aligned with any political party. Click here for our brochure.

ANZAC DAY SERVICE OF LAMENT

Ecumenical Service of Lament, Repentance And New Hope on April 25, 11 am, St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne.  The preacher: Professor Mark Brett from Whitley Baptist College. 

April 5th, 2019 | Posted in Events,SPC Events 2019 | Read More »

SPC News April 2019. A budget for an election.

Download a .pdf of SPC News April 2019 A budget for an election. Peter Whiting With a Federal election tipped for mid-May 2019, and an April budget to accommodate it, it is hardly surprising that – in the hope of influencing electors’ voting decisions – the budget handed down on 2 April had a number […]

April 4th, 2019 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

Want a safer world for your children? Teach them about diverse religions and worldviews.

Anna Halafoff Deakin University, Andrew Singleton Deakin UniversityGary D Bouma Monash University, Mary Lou Rasmussen Australian National University. Around 80% of secondary school students who attended classes about diverse religions claim to have positive views of Muslims. This compares to around 70% who had not attended such classes. Our national study of Australian Generation Z […]

April 4th, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Peace | Read More »

Editorial. A budget for an election.

Peter Whiting. With a Federal election being tipped for mid-May 2019, and an April budget to accommodate it, it is hardly surprising that the budget handed down on 2 April had a number of initiatives clearly focused on specific community groups and marginal electorates in the hope of influencing electors’ voting decisions. It just would […]

April 3rd, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Climate change: we all care!

Tony French. Record greenhouse gas emissions are driving global temperatures to dangerous levels. This is the dire conclusion in the latest World Meteorological Organisation report, WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate In 2018. The WMO is part of the United Nations. The WMO report highlights record sea level rises, as well as […]

April 2nd, 2019 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Pope Francis in Morocco: building bridges, not walls.

Bruce Duncan. The appalling massacre in March of so many Muslim people in New Zealand’s Christchurch has shocked our countries deeply, and illustrated how urgent is the need to deepen understanding and increase solidarity among our faith communities. The Christchurch event was one in a too-long list of religiously motivated terror acts against Muslims, Christians, […]

April 2nd, 2019 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace | Read More »

Urgent need to restore minimum wage levels.

Wages

Bruce Duncan. There is a very serious problem with determining wage levels in Australia. The Fair Work Commission continues to base its minimum wage determinations on a single adult without a family to care for. This means that single-income earners with families dependent on the minimum wage are being forced to live in poverty.  The […]

April 1st, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice | Read More »

The next long wave of reform: where will the ideas come from? Part 1.

Terry Moran. From an oration in honour of Jim Carlton AO at the University of Melbourne 25 March 2019. I want to talk about what I’m going to describe as a mission – Australia’s next long wave of reform. It is this third wave of reform which must bring us to a compact on the […]

March 31st, 2019 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »

The next long wave of reform: where will the ideas come from? Part 2.

Terry Moran. Economies such as ours are now experiencing a new debate about localism (as it is described in the UK), or a increasingly broad role for city government or regions (this being the focus of the debate in the United States). The Europeans have for some time called this subsidiarity for some time. Community […]

March 30th, 2019 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »

At a climate tipping point.

Andrew Glikson. According to Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, chief climate advisor to the European Union, “We’re simply talking about the very life support system of this planet”. As fascism and the horror of murderous hate crimes are spreading around the world, governments are presiding over runaway climate change, leading toward a mass extinction of species, costing […]

March 29th, 2019 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »