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Professor Gillian Triggs, ‘Religion & Human Rights in Australia’.

An event in the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week 2019. Tuesday 5 February 2019 5:30-8pm Carrillo Gantner Theatre B-02 (Basement) Sidney Myer Asia Centre University of Melbourne 761 Swanston Street Parkville Book here. A free lecture by Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission 2012-2017, and the new Chair of […]

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

SPC News November 2018. Have we lost the ideal of the common good?

SPC News November 2018. Have we lost the ideal of the common good?

Read a .pdf of SPC News. Have we lost the ideal of the common good? Peter Whiting Editorial Regrettably, many of us have by now become inured to those frequent advertisements asking us to sponsor an animal under threat of extinction. Even more sadly, we do not respond with quite the same generosity as of […]

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

The science is clear: we have to start creating our low-carbon future today.

The science is clear: we have to start creating our low-carbon future today.

Alan Finkel Office of the Chief Scientist. This week’s release of the special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has put scientific evidence on the front page of the world’s newspapers. As Australia’s Chief Scientist, I hope it will be recognised as a tremendous validation of the work that scientists do. The […]

November 1st, 2018 | Posted in Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

New UN report outlines ‘urgent, transformational’ change needed to hold global warming to 1.5°C.

New UN report outlines ‘urgent, transformational’ change needed to hold global warming to 1.5°C.

Mark Howden Australian National University and Rebecca Colvin Australian National University A landmark report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, commissioned at the breakthrough 2015 summit that brokered the Paris climate agreement, outlines what’s at stake in the world’s bid to limit global temperature rise to 1.5℃. The report, released today, sets out the […]

November 1st, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Earth@Peace. How to secure ‘just and ecologically sustainable peace’.

Interviews and panel discussions with leading thinkers, with working groups, including a discussion in ‘hypothetical’ format with 12 leaders and experts on implications of Australia attempting to apply the principles of a just and ecologically sustainable peace. 23-24 April 2019, 9am-5:30pm Evening events 7.30pm Pilgrim Theological College Melbourne 29 College Crescent Parkville 3052 For information, […]

October 28th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,Peace,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Have we lost the ideal of the common good?

Have we lost the ideal of the common good?

Editorial Peter Whiting. Regrettably, many of us have by now become inured to those frequent advertisements asking us to sponsor an animal under threat of extinction. Even more sadly, we do not respond with quite the same generosity as of old to similar requests to support children in distress in countries torn apart by war, […]

October 28th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Ignore the planet & our grandchildren at our peril.

Ignore the planet & our grandchildren at our peril.

John Menadue The government has thrown in its lot with climate sceptics, the loony right, which includes the Murdoch media and the coal miners. We have a government with no policy on climate change at all. The responses by the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and Ministers for the Environment and Energy to the latest […]

October 28th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Everyone deserves a home: the Catholic Social Justice Statement.

Everyone deserves a home: the Catholic Social Justice Statement.

Tony French. That’s the concluding line in the 2018-2019 Social Justice Statement of the Australian Catholic Bishops, titled A place to call home – making a home for everyone in our land. Clearly, that is a sentiment with which we can readily agree. But there is less ready agreement in its implementation. And this tension […]

October 27th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Why are hundreds of thousands of Australian children struggling in poverty, even with a parent working full-time?

Why are hundreds of thousands of Australian children struggling in poverty, even with a parent working full-time?

Editorial. Australia has made little progress in recent decades to alleviate childhood poverty, according to Brian Lawrence, speaking on 17 October at an Anti-Poverty Week event, sponsored by Catholic Social Services Victoria. He said wages for many people were too low to lift children out of poverty. Mr Lawrence has drafted submissions and appeared at […]

October 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Politics | Read More »

Can religions help avert wars provoked by climate change?

Can religions help avert wars provoked by climate change?

Bruce Duncan. A new arms race is looming as the United States, Russia, and China continue to modernise their weapons systems, including tactical nuclear weapons. President Trump has announced that the US will withdraw from the Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, and has abandoned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran which has carefully […]

October 14th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Disarmament,Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »