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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.

Geraldine Doogue and Bishop Vincent Long in the Ozanam Conversation

Thursday 26 April, 6.30 – 7.45pm   ‘What does it mean to be a Catholic welfare organisation in a post Royal Commission world’   Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Pde., East Melbourne. Drinks and Canapes will be served from 6.00pm. The Ozanam Conversation (previously the Ozanam Lecture) is a free annual event in honour of […]

April 5th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,Member Events | Read More »

Wage rises in the neoliberal new world order: bad policy & bad politics.

Wage rises in the neoliberal new world order: bad policy & bad politics.

Rob Stewart. Neoliberals are often wrong, but never in doubt. In pursuing its corporate tax cut agenda, the Government is attempting to shift the industrial relations paradigm, linking private sector wage rises to public sector funding cuts, despite the fact that corporate coffers have rarely been in better shape than at present. It is difficult […]

April 5th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

SPC News April 2018. Shaping a just society: a place for a Christian worldview?

Download a .pdf of this month’s SPC News. Shaping a just society: a place for a Christian worldview? Peter Whiting In this April newsletter, we bring you articles on some of the key questions which should be asked by the community and its elected representatives. Peace in and between communities and countries is an essential […]

April 5th, 2018 | Posted in Newsletter Archives,Newsletters | Read More »

Why Europe shouldn’t follow Australia’s lead on asylum seekers.

Why Europe shouldn’t follow Australia’s lead on asylum seekers.

Daniel Ghezelbash, Macquarie University Australia’s harsh asylum policies have been touted as a possible solution to Europe’s so-called refugee crisis. Politicians in the UK, France, Holland, Denmark, Austria and Belgium have advocated for an Australian-style approach aimed at blocking asylum seekers from accessing Europe. But there are a few reasons Europe should be wary of […]

April 5th, 2018 | Posted in Asylum seekers | Read More »

Anzac Day 11am St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne.

An Ecumenical Service of Lament, Repentance and Hope for the Centenary of the First World War. Remembering 1918 and the ending of the “War to End All Wars”. Those whose lives were taken. Those who returned broken in mind or body. Those who said ‘no’ to war. The Aboriginal wars. This year, the preacher will […]

April 5th, 2018 | Posted in Events,Member Events | Read More »

Shaping a just society: a place for a Christian worldview?

Shaping a just society: a place for a Christian worldview?

Peter Whiting. At Social Policy Connections, we take as our main objective “to help bring the social involvements of the churches into contemporary policy debates, and shape a just society”. In Australia at this time of a declining influence of a Christian worldview in favour of an aggressively secular one, such an objective may seem […]

April 4th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Government policies globally and the torture of refugees.

Government policies globally and the torture of refugees.

Spencer Zifcak. Nils Melzer is the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment. Recently, he presented a damning report to the UN Human Rights Council on the subjection of refugees across the world to torture. Melzer’s fundamental contention was that the primary cause of the massive abuse suffered by refugees globally […]

April 4th, 2018 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature,Politics | Read More »

Wage rises in the neoliberal new world order. Bad policy and bad politics.

Wage rises in the neoliberal new world order. Bad policy and bad politics.

 Rob Stewart. Neoliberals are often wrong but never in doubt. In pursuing its corporate tax cut agenda the Government is attempting to shift the industrial relations paradigm – linking private sector wage rises to public sector funding cuts, despite the fact corporate coffers have rarely been in better shape. It is difficult to put into […]

April 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Contact Us | Read More »

Just War or Just Peace?

Just War or Just Peace?

Paul Rule. A little-noticed revolution has occurred recently in Catholic thinking about war and peace. Effectively, Just War calculus has been abandoned for a new emphasis on non-violence, and a primary pursuit of peace. The theory of the conditions for undertaking and pursuing a just war was developed from St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas, […]

April 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace | Read More »

Active Non-Violence &the Sustainable Development Goals.

Active Non-Violence &the Sustainable Development Goals.

Caesar D’Mello. Revitalising the tools of Non-Violence Report on a Pax Christi consultation in the Philippines “I call on people of goodwill to recognise what Christians profess as a consequence of faith: that it is only by considering our peers as brothers and sisters that humanity can overcome wars and conflicts… Your thoughts on revitalising […]

April 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »