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‘My island nation is sinking’. Anote Tong, former president of Kiribati

Views from the Climate Frontline: Monday 22 October, 6pm-7:30pm   Join Anote Tong as he discusses the challenges facing Kiribati, Australia’s responsibility to tackle the climate crisis, and his vision for a more just and sustainable future.   “While my island nation sinks, Australia is doing nothing to solve climate change… Half a degree of […]

October 11th, 2018 | Posted in Events | Read More »

SPC News October 2018. Amidst dark clouds, a precious silver lining.

SPC News October 2018. Amidst dark clouds, a precious silver lining.

  Amidst dark clouds, a precious silver lining Once again, we are battered by bad news of the possibility of widespread malpractice in another major sector, as Prime Minister Morrison has announced a royal commission into aged care, with allegations of price gouging by some pro-profits, chronic understaffing, appalling wages for staff, and poor nutrition […]

September 20th, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

A new way to recognise an Indigenous nation in Australia.

A new way to recognise an Indigenous nation in Australia.

Michael Breen University of Melbourne After years of debate, the process for achieving constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians has reached a crossroads. More than a year has gone by since the Uluru Statement from the Heart, when Indigenous peoples rejected symbolic constitutional reform and asked for more practical changes. Instead of looking at selected components of […]

September 20th, 2018 | Posted in Indigenous Issues | Read More »

At its current rate, Australia is on track for 50% renewable electricity in 2025.

At its current rate, Australia is on track for 50% renewable electricity in 2025.

Ken Baldwin Australian National University Andrew Blakers Australian National University Matthew Stocks Australian National University The Australian renewable energy industry will install more than 10 gigawatts of new solar and wind power during 2018 and 2019. If that rate is maintained, Australia would reach 50% renewables in 2025. The recent demise of the National Energy Guarantee saw the […]

September 20th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Dr Ian Fry : The decline of Western influence in the global order.

Wednesday 10 October 2018 6-7:30pm. Dyason House 124 Jolimont Road East Melbourne. Hosted by the Australian Institute of International Affairs Victoria. Dr Ian Fry is a consultant on interfaith research and dialogue, and an Honorary Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Divinity. His research focuses on dialogue between Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and non-Abrahamic faiths. He […]

September 19th, 2018 | Posted in Events | Read More »

Child poverty & the wage system. In conversation with Brian Lawrence.

Wednesday 17 October 12.0-1.30 pm. Cathedral Room Cardinal Knox Centre 383 Albert Street East Melbourne   Please RSVP lucia.brick@css.org.au. Refreshments provided. An expert in Industrial Relations, Brian Lawrence will facilitate a conversation about the links between fair wages and child poverty. He has been a long-serving Chair of the Australian Catholic Commission for Employment Relations, and […]

September 19th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,Talks | Read More »

Murdoch & Stokes.

Murdoch & Stokes.

Rod Tiffin. If the Liberal leadership upheaval was a Muppet show, as Scott Morrison described it, Rupert Murdoch and Kerry Stokes have been revealed as its Statler and Waldorf. Muppets fans will remember the two cantankerous old men who heckled from the sidelines. The media moguls did not heckle publicly, but their behind-the-scenes barracking was […]

September 19th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »

Editorial : Amidst dark clouds, a precious silver lining.

Editorial : Amidst dark clouds, a precious silver lining.

Once again, we are battered by bad news of the possibility of widespread malpractice in another major sector, as Prime Minister Morrison has announced a royal commission into aged care, with allegations of price gouging by some pro-profits, chronic understaffing, appalling wages for staff, and poor nutrition for many of those in aged care. Coming […]

September 19th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

A Place to Call Home: Catholic Bishops call for urgent action.

A Place to Call Home: Catholic Bishops call for urgent action.

Michael Yore. It is time for Australia to reassert the value of housing as a basic human right”, proclaims the 2018-2019 Social Justice Statement from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. And quite rightly! A strong human rights perspective correctly guides and colours the entire statement on housing and homelessness in Australia with the statement basing […]

September 18th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

An enabling life: Father Kevin Mogg. A collection of reminiscences by Anne Tuohey.

An enabling life: Father Kevin Mogg. A collection of reminiscences by Anne Tuohey.

Memoir of Fr Kevin Mogg, inspired by the Second Vatican Council In An Enabling Life: Father Kevin Mogg. A Collection of Reminiscences, Anne Tuohey and several contributors have captured key aspects of the history of the Catholic Church as it struggled to cope with the huge migrant flows after the Second World War and then […]

September 18th, 2018 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Feature | Read More »