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Book launch. Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers

Book launch. Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers

The Yarra Institute for Religion & Social Policy, in association with Social Policy Connections, presents the launch of   Dr Tony Ward’s book Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers With Mr Russell Broadbent MP Member for McMillan Thursday 21 September 2017 5:30 for 6-7pm Followed by drinks and light supper Multicultural Hub 506 Elizabeth Street Melbourne […]

September 10th, 2017 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Events,Events 2017,Feature | Read More »

SPC News September 2017. Wake up, Australia: many people need our aid urgently.

SPC News September 2017. Wake up, Australia: many people need our aid urgently.

Follow the links to read these articles in full. Download a .pdf of SPC News. Wake up, Australia: many people need our aid urgently Bruce Duncan The Australian Head of Advocacy for Caritas, Negaya Chorley, lamented in May that Australia’s continual slashing of overseas aid undermines global efforts to reduce hunger and poverty and promote the […]

September 8th, 2017 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

Towards an Economy of Communion. Lawrence Chong, Consulus CEO.

Towards an Economy of Communion. Lawrence Chong, Consulus CEO.

Tony French. Leading Singapore-based CEO of Consulus consulting firm, Lawrence Chong spoke at the 23 August SPC forum in Melbourne on business practices promoted by the Economy of Communion, a network of over 800 companies worldwide linking companies with community needs. The event was jointly sponsored by the Focolare Movement in Melbourne. SPC member and Melbourne […]

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Australia’s engagement with Asia & the world has fallen on hard times.

Australia’s engagement with Asia & the world has fallen on hard times.

Joseph A Camilleri  In the vain hope of minimising the catastrophic consequences of America’s 16-year-long military intervention, Donald Trump has just announced yet another surge in its military presence in Afghanistan. Australia, like other allies, will also be asked to do more, and will almost certainly agree to the request. This is part of the […]

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Politics | Read More »

When will Saudi Arabia be brought to account for its malign influence & promotion of terrorism?

When will Saudi Arabia be brought to account for its malign influence & promotion of terrorism?

John Menadue Through its support of extremist Wahhabism, the Saudi government has been promoting radical Islam around the world. Its influence has included funding schools, universities, and mosques, in over 80 countries. But, like the issue of the burqa, few Australians want to discuss the highly dangerous activities of the Saudi government. In previous posts […]

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Wake up, Australia: many people need our aid urgently.

Wake up, Australia: many people need our aid urgently.

Bruce Duncan. Foreign aid is not just a matter of offering charity to people in need overseas. It is very important for our own security and development as a nation. Particularly is this so when climate change is rewriting the rules on how the whole weather system works. The historically unprecedented hurricane and flooding in […]

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

New budget standards show just how inadequate the Newstart Allowance has become.

New budget standards show just how inadequate the Newstart Allowance has become.

Peter Saunders UNSW It’s long been accepted that the level of Newstart Allowance for the un-employed is too low. The Henry Tax Review proposed an increase of “about $50 a week” in the payment for single people to restore parity with the couple rate. Several community organisations, including the Australian Council of Social Service, have called […]

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

Make Australia great again, or make the planet great again? Is it one or the other?

Professor Joseph Camilleri OAM. Tuesday 5 & 12 September 6 for 6:30pm St Michael’s Place Hall Ground Floor 120 Collins St Melbourne $20 per lecture, or $35 for both. Book here or 9651 5120 Tuesday 5 September : Topics for discussion Australia’s First Nations and the Constitution Requirements for Australian citizenship Responding to terrorist threats Engaging with […]

August 7th, 2017 | Posted in Events 2017 | Read More »

SPC News August 2017. Charting a way forward in SPC.

SPC News August 2017. Charting a way forward in SPC.

Follow the links to read these articles in full. Download a .pdf of SPC News. Charting a way forward in SPC Peter Whiting The Board of Social Policy Connections is currently challenging itself to sharpen its core purpose and reassess ways to promote debate about social justice among our supporters and readers, in a context […]

August 7th, 2017 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

Increasing calls for self-determination for West Papua.

Increasing calls for self-determination for West Papua.

Bruce Duncan. Report of a conversation with Anglican priest Peter Woods and human rights advocate Louise Byrne. Human rights abuses in West Papua are causing Melanesian and Polynesian countries throughout the Pacific to voice increasing alarm in international forums, and to call for genuine self-determination for West Papuans. Speaking at the SPC forum on 2 […]

August 7th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »