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SPC News April 2017. An upside-down world.

SPC News April 2017. An upside-down world.

Follow the links to read these articles in full. Download a .pdf of SPC News. An upside-down world. I can’t help but think we are living in some Alice in Wonderland moment, in which things are all upside-down. Around us, we are hearing regular commentary on increasing inequality in Australia, and acknowledging that measures are required […]

April 6th, 2017 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

An upside-down world.

An upside-down world.

Peter Whiting. I can’t help but think we are living in some Alice in Wonderland moment, in which things are all upside-down. Around us, we are hearing regular commentary on the increasing inequality in Australia, and acknowledging that measures are required to improve the circumstances of those at the low end of the socio-economic scale. […]

April 6th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

The Federal Budget – we need a ‘fair go for all’.

The Federal Budget – we need a ‘fair go for all’.

Jenny Begent. Now that we have happened upon more fortunate times, let us recognise that we are our brother’s keepers, and set to work, regardless of party distinctions and religious differences, to make this world of ours a little bit more like home for those whom we call our brethren. William Booth (1890). Over a […]

April 6th, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Low-paid work is part of the problem, not the solution.

Low-paid work is part of the problem, not the solution.

John Buchanan University of Sydney Employer organisations, such as the Australian Retailers Association, supported by the federal government, have recently argued that wages for Australia’s lowest-paid workers should be increased by less than inflation. This would mean a cut in real wages. But none of their assertions are sustained by evidence or research. Three arguments […]

April 6th, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Politics | Read More »

The legacy of war: ecojustice, Australia, & the Middle East.

Thursday 20 April 4-6pm. Whitley College 271 Royal Parade Parkville Joe Camilleri (chair), Deborah Storie, Keith Dyer, and Anne Elvey, exploring ecological and justice perspectives on Australia’s involvement in our ‘longest war’, particularly Afghanistan. No cost, but bookings required by Tuesday 18 April. Light refreshments available on arrival. Deborah Storie has lived in Afghanistan off and […]

April 5th, 2017 | Posted in Events,Peace,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

How do we solve a problem like rough sleeping?

How do we solve a problem like rough sleeping?

Jenny Begent. I am fortunate enough to live in Melbourne, considered by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in London the most liveable city in the world. Due, in no small part I suspect, to its great coffee and café culture, but also to its healthcare, education, stability, culture, environment, and infrastructure. On the EIU, it […]

April 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

The litany of failed privatisations.

The litany of failed privatisations.

John Menadue. Reprinted from John Menadue’s splendid blog. Ideologues, the self-interested bankers, and accountants and lawyers persist with their fixation on privatisation, despite the fact that it is failing in one area after another, and that the electorate shows very clearly that it does not want it. The latest political example was in the WA election, […]

April 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Child mortality is falling. Gates letter 2017.

Child mortality is falling. Gates letter 2017.

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 […]

April 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Zach’s Ceremony: fundraiser for Aboriginal Catholic Ministry’s BINNAP Partners.

Sunday 30 April 2pm. Cinema Nova 380 Lygon Street Carlton  $20 payable on the day ($8 goes to BINNAP Partners). Please pick up tickets at the theatre 30-45 minutes before the session. Bookings must be made before Monday 24 April through Pat (03) 9878 7939, or  jandpschmidt@bigpond.com. If you are unable to come at the last minute, please notify Pat 0425 705 059. […]

March 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Events,Indigenous Issues,Member Events | Read More »

Race Mathews and the future of co-operatives

 “Labour, Liberty and Co-operatives – in discussion with Race Mathews”, 28 April, 6pm – 8pm, Kelvin Club, 14-30 Melbourne Place, Melbourne. “The Future is Co-operative: making mutual enterprise happen – Symposium and skill-share” 29 April, 9am – 4 pm,Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston St., Carlton. * Hear from leaders of the co-operative sector  * […]

March 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Events,SPC Events 2017 | Read More »