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Promoting Lay Formation: Cardijn & the YCW in Australia

A full-day conference on the YCW in Australia. Saturday 29 July 2017 9am-5:45pm   Speakers include Race Mathews, Stefan Gigacz, David Kehoe, Val Noone, John Bonnice, Robert Pascoe, Katharine Massam, Michael Parer, Vicky Burrows, Michael Leahy, Devett Kennedy & Elise Ganley, Brian Lucas, Mark Ager, Fred Sim, and Jessica Russell. Catholic Theological College 275 Victoria […]

July 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Events,Events 2017,SPC Events 2017 | Read More »

SPC News. We can make our society fair.

SPC News. We can make our society fair.

Follow the links to read these articles in full. Download a .pdf of SPC News. We can make our society fair Peter Whiting How is it that Australia – which recently outperformed other OECD countries by recording 25 consecutive years of economic growth – could have such a significant number of waged employees falling under the […]

July 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

We can make our society fair.

We can make our society fair.

Peter Whiting. The new minimum wage rate has come into effect on 1 July. The Fair Work Commission (FWC) recently announced an increase of $18.29/hour, or approximately 3.3%. Inevitably, the decision failed to satisfy any of the vested parties within the Australian Industry Group representing employers seeking to limit the increase to $10.10/hour, citing weak […]

July 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty,Indigenous Issues,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Consumers, cowboys, & cops.

Consumers, cowboys, & cops.

Tony French. When my daughter, Kate, recently joined the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) as a graduate trainee, I thought, there’s not much long-term future for her being a ‘consumer cop’. My reasoning was, isn’t there already a well accepted and established Australian consumer law at State and Federal levels, and plenty of awareness […]

July 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

A scorecard on Pope Francis.

A scorecard on Pope Francis.

Bruce Duncan. Unexpectedly, Pope Francis has emerged as one of the most significant world leaders. Largely unknown before his election, Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis has assumed the moral stature of a new Mandela, and not just among Catholics. Four and a half years after his election, Francis shows no signs of slowing down or […]

July 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Ex-prisoners deserve a ‘fair go’ for a new life.

Ex-prisoners deserve a ‘fair go’ for a new life.

Jason Davies-Kildae. A cursory scan of just about any set of prisoner demographics quickly reveals a catalogue of social disadvantage. Our prison populations show disproportionately high numbers of people with health problems, including mental illness, addictions, intellectual disability, and acquired brain injury. Other over-represented groups reflect lifelong social barriers, such as coming from a place […]

July 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Global poverty,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Ten years on, it’s time we learned the lessons from the failed Northern Territory Intervention.

Ten years on, it’s time we learned the lessons from the failed Northern Territory Intervention.

Diana Perche UNSW. Ten years ago this month, the then prime minister, John Howard, and his Indigenous affairs minister, Mal Brough, launched the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) into remote Indigenous communities. With no warning, and no consultation, the federal government moved swiftly to seize control of many aspects of the daily lives of residents […]

July 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Indigenous Issues,Politics | Read More »

Bob Murray’s reprise on the 1950s’ Labor Split & Santamaria.

Bob Murray’s reprise on the 1950s’ Labor Split & Santamaria.

Reviewed by Bruce Duncan. Robert Murray Labor & Santamaria (Melbourne Australian Scholarly Publishing 2017) ppx+103, with a Foreword by Graham Freudenberg. Veteran political journalist, Bob Murray, has produced a short lively account of the traumatic events of the great Labor Split of the 1950s in a way which makes the story readily accessible to readers […]

July 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Forum for parishes: Asylum Seeker & Refugee Support

What is happening for asylum seekers now, and how parishes can help. Tuesday 11 July 9:30am-1pm St Monica’s Primary School 20 Robinson Street Moonee Ponds $15 (includes refreshments & resources). Please advise special dietary requirements. RSVP 4 July 2017. Enquiries Lucia Brick 03 9287 5566  |  lucia.brick@css.org.au. Book here. Paris Aristotle AM Foundation for Survivors […]

June 29th, 2017 | Posted in Events | Read More »

Responding to the Anthropocene.

What does it mean to be human, responsible for a deep future? Professor David G Horrell Wednesday 19 July 6-7:30pm Collins St Baptist Church 374 Collins Street Melbourne Bookings, aelvey@tpg.com.au. A free event. Professor Horrell from the University of Exeter, with others, will speak to questions like those raised in Clive Hamilton’s Defiant Earth. David G Horrell […]

June 29th, 2017 | Posted in Events,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »