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Stories written by Social Policy Connections
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.

What would Jesus make of our Christmas?

by Bruce Duncan   The Christmas stories were not written for children but as preludes to the adult message of God in Jesus walking in solidarity with the entire human family. If Jesus were to visit us again, how puzzled he would be with our Christmas. He would be wondering who is this Santa who […]

December 19th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature | Read More »

Catholic Social Services conference 2018: Hearing, Healing, Hope

Early bird bookings are now open for the 2018 national Catholic social services conference: Hearing, Healing, Hope (evening of Wednesday 21, all day Thursday 22 and Friday 23 February 2018 at the Catholic Leadership Centre, East Melbourne). The 2018 national Catholic social services conference will address key issues facing our society and our sector, and look at the […]

December 9th, 2017 | Posted in Events,Events 2018 | Read More »

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

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

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 […]

December 8th, 2017 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

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

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

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 […]

December 8th, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

Editorial: Wiring social justice into the economy.

Editorial: Wiring social justice into the economy.

Peter Whiting. Following SPC’s AGM on 5 December, Professor Paul Smyth addressed members of Social Policy Connections on the topic in the title above. His basic assertion was that the neoliberal framework which has underpinned much of Australia’s economic and social policy for the last thirty years has run its course, and we need to […]

December 8th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

Melbourne’s Nobel Peace Prize Celebration for ICAN.

Sunday 10 December 2017 7:30pm. Melbourne Town Hall Swanston Hall 90-130 Swanston Street On December 10, ICAN will be awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. Join ICAN in Melbourne, where the campaign began, to stigmatise, prohibit, and eliminate nuclear weapons. The evening will involve short speeches by ban champions, an art auction, […]

December 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Events,Events 2017 | Read More »

Australia’s asylum seekers & the International Criminal Court.

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 Level 2 Lecture Theatre   Moderator Corinne Grant Lawyer and media personality Panel members will talk about their submissions to the ICC on how this […]

December 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Contact Us,Events,Events 2017 | Read More »

Did Pope Francis succeed in Myanmar?

Bruce Duncan. Myanmar’s neighbours were watching closely the Pope’s visit, worried that the shocking treatment of the Rohingya Muslims could inflame inter-religious conflicts throughout the region. Francis has intervened personally to promote deeper mutual understanding among the major religions, urging them to draw from their traditions to protect those in distress and promote social inclusion […]

December 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace | Read More »

The complacency of the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper.

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 […]

November 29th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »

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

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 used to fuel large generators in the coal fields by state-owned monopoly enterprises. We now have major changes and challenges: privatisation of the industry in […]

November 28th, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »