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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.

SPC membership renewals 2018-2019 & donation appeal.

SPC membership  renewals 2018-2019  & donation appeal.

Download your 2018-2019 membership renewal or joining forms. The subscription fee remains $40 for individual members, and $80 for organisations. Dear friend of SPC With warmest thanks to you for your support as a member of SPC, we invite you to renew your financial membership for 2018-2019. SPC offers a vehicle for informed debate in our newsletter and through […]

June 21st, 2018 | Posted in Events | Read More »

Aboriginal Sunday Mass.

Sunday 8 July 10:30am. St Francis’ Church    326 Lonsdale Street Melbourne 9480 3849  |  sherry.balcombe@cam.org.au   A special Mass organised by Aboriginal Catholic Ministry to celebrate the presence of Aboriginal people and their custody of this land over tens of thousands of years. School booking: We would love to hear from your school. We […]

June 21st, 2018 | Posted in Events,Indigenous Issues,SPC Events 2018 | Read More »

SPC News June 2018. Where are our statesmen and women?

SPC News June 2018. Where are our statesmen and women?

Download a .pdf of SPC News June 2018 edition. Where are our statesmen and women? Peter Whiting John Maynard Keynes, reflecting in 1933 on the road to recovery after the Great Depression, wrote, “It is not an engineering problem or an agricultural problem. It is not even a business problem … nor is it a […]

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

YTU COURSE. Action for a fair world: Pope Francis, inequality, and the SDGs.

Equity & Sustainability. Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Weekly lectures Second Semester 2018 Monday nights 6-9pm 30 July – 29 October Enrollment period 25 June 2018 to 12 July 2018 For information, contact Dr Bruce Duncan CSsR 0409 897 971  |  b.duncan@ytu.edu.au. For an appointment, call YTU Reception 03 […]

June 1st, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,SPC Events 2018,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Why microfinance as aid isn’t enough to empower women.

Why microfinance as aid isn’t enough to empower women.

Sara Niner Monash University Giving small loans to people for small household purchases or to invest in businesses has been an integral part of Australian, American and other aid programs for decades. This is called “microfinance”, and the aim is not only to alleviate poverty, but to empower women. But simply improving a woman’s economic […]

June 1st, 2018 | Posted in Global poverty | Read More »

Cardijn & Paul VI: empowering young workers.

Cardijn & Paul VI: empowering young workers.

Stefan Gigacz. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen the pope as relaxed as he was during his audience with Cardinal Cardijn and the JOC (Young Christian Workers or YCW),” wrote Belgian Bishop André-Marie Charue following the ceremony at which the YCW founder received his red hat in February 1965. It was the climax of a […]

May 30th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Where are our statesmen & women?

Where are our statesmen & women?

Peter Whiting. Doubtless, it displays something of my vintage, when I find myself citing words written by that great economist John Maynard Keynes in 1933, reflecting on the road to recovery after the Great Depression. He wrote, “It is not an engineering problem or an agricultural problem. It is not even a business problem … […]

May 30th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Vatican blasts inequality & greed for undermining human prospects.

Vatican blasts inequality & greed for undermining human prospects.

Bruce Duncan. The Vatican has launched a stringent critique of widespread abuses in global economies, which are driving astonishing degrees of inequality, threatening ecological sustainability, and unleashing powerful reactionary political forces in response, as seen in parts of Europe and elsewhere. The issues are keenly pertinent in Australia, as we see in the Australian Royal […]

May 28th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

Australia’s China policy mired in phobia & confusion.

Australia’s China policy mired in phobia & confusion.

Joseph A Camilleri. Australia’s handling of its relations with China is rapidly descending into farce. Geoff Raby’s excellent piece in Pearls and Irritations (30 April) makes abundantly clear the principal factor at work, namely a nostalgic attachment to the US-led regional and global order of earlier years. This is the mindset that drives our security […]

May 16th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »

The budget & aid.

The budget & aid.

Tim Costello. The Coalition Government’s fifth budget last week was carefully calibrated to offer just enough to a discontented electorate to restart the political contest ahead of the poll expected early next year.  Yet again Australia’s battered aid program took a hit, this time in the form of a multi-year cut, combined with an extended […]

May 16th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty | Read More »