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Rev Glenn Loughrey, Sovereignty and Treaty: it’s in our bodies

Sunday 25 February, 3.00 t0 5.00pm Ewing Memorial Centre, Uniting Church, cnr Burke Rd and Coppin St., Malvern East   Glenn Loughrey, is a Wiradjuri man engaged in the dialogue for treaty, sovereignty and self-determination for Aboriginal people. He is Anglican priest at St Oswald’s Anglican Church in Glen Iris and a recognised artist. He […]

February 14th, 2018 | Posted in Events,SPC Events 2018 | Read More »

Yarra Flats Melbourne. Freeway link & ecological network.

Yarra Flats Melbourne. Freeway link & ecological network.

Geoff Lacey. A clash of values Towards the end of 2017, the Victorian Government put forward a proposal to build a North-East Link Freeway. Their preferred route follows the Greensborough Highway south, and connects with the Eastern Freeway. VicRoads would use tunnelling in some of the ‘residential and sensitive environmental areas’. The tunnel would cross […]

February 12th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Dr Allan Patience on The Future of Australian Foreign Policy.

Dr Allan Patience. Prominent writer on international affairs Will speak on Wednesday 14 March 7:30-9pm Yarra Theological Union Study Centre 34 Bedford Street Box Hill Light refreshments will be available after the meeting. Donations welcome. Download the flyer. Associate Professor Allan Patience is a Principal Fellow in the School of Social & Political Sciences at the University […]

February 8th, 2018 | Posted in Events,Member Events,Peace,SPC Events 2018 | Read More »

Professor Muhammad Yunus to launch his book, A World of Three Zeroes.

You are invited to the book launch on Monday 19 March, 5.00-6.00pm at The Windsor Hotel, Bourke Room, 111 Spring St., Melbourne.   Professor Muhammad Yunus is a pioneering economist who invented microcredit, founded Grameen Bank, and earned a Nobel Prize for his work towards alleviating poverty.   In  A World of Three Zeroes, he […]

February 7th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Events | Read More »

SPC News February 2018. 2018 – a year for confronting looming threats.

SPC News February 2018. 2018 – a year for confronting looming threats.

Download a .pdf of SPC News. 2018 – a year for confronting looming threats Alarm bells about threats to human wellbeing have been ringing furiously for some decades, though many are deaf to them, or refuse to hear them. But a growing chorus of voices around the world is demanding these warnings be taken very […]

February 1st, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

Hunger in the lucky country. Charities step in where government fails.

Hunger in the lucky country. Charities step in where government fails.

Carol Richards. Queensland University of Technology The non-profit organisation Foodbank released its report Fighting Hunger in Australia this month. Like earlier research it reported that around 15% of Australians experienced food insecurity – an extraordinary figure given up to 40% of edible, but cosmetically imperfect, food is discarded before it reaches the market. The survey […]

February 1st, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Global poverty,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Is Australia joining a new arms race?

Bruce Duncan. Australians have been startled that our government, apparently without any public consultation or debate in parliament, intends greatly to expand Australian arms production to become within ten years one of the top ten defence exporters, on a par with Britain, France, and Germany.   Currently, Australia exports about $2 billion of high-tech defence […]

January 30th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

2018 – a year for confronting looming threats.

2018 – a year for confronting looming threats.

Astonishing the scientific world, human remains have been found in Israel, dating back some 200,000 years, far older than any other human remains found outside Africa. It appears our human ancestry is more complex than we believed. But what of our human future? Where will human beings be in 200,000 years? Will we have survived […]

January 29th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

The Catalan Integral Cooperative: an inspiring development.

The Catalan Integral Cooperative: an inspiring development.

Geoff Lacey. In 2009, a network of local activists in Spain put forward a proposal through a newspaper to establish a cooperative. In May 2010, they came together and founded the Catalan Integral Cooperative (CIC). This has turned out to be a major new development in the world cooperative movement. According to its website, the […]

January 29th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

War on the cheap.

War on the cheap.

Alison Broinowski. It’s unlikely that the Army will commission a further report following Albert Palazzo’s account of the ADF’s operations in Iraq. We have years to wait for Professor Craig Stocking’s official history. What Australia urgently needs is a full independent inquiry into our wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Nearly a year ago, on […]

January 27th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »