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Cardinal Charles Bo of Myanmar.

Friday 15 June 10am-3pm The first five years: Pope Francis’s pastoral vision of mercy, justice, love, and care for the earth The Oratory Newman College 887 Swanston Street, Parkville This seminar is FREE, but it is essential to book ASAP by email. BYO Lunch. For information Br Mark O’Connor Pope Francis Fellow Newman College University […]

May 10th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,SPC Events 2018 | Read More »

Sr Gail Worcelo: towards an ecologically sustainable world.

Tuesday 10 July 7pm for 7:30pm start Abbotsford Convent 1 St Heliers Street Abbotsford $20 adult, $10 concession/student Book here, contact John Wallis Foundation 03 9873 5520, jwfadmin@johnwallisfoundation.org.au, or purchase your ticket at the door. Everyone welcome. The John Wallis Memorial Lecture 2018, sponsored by the John Wallis Foundation and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition […]

May 9th, 2018 | Posted in Events,SPC Events 2018 | Read More »

SPC News May 2018. What do we know for sure?

SPC News May 2018. What do we know for sure?

  What do we know for sure? Peter Whiting The fake news experience, as its name suggests, arises either from a failure properly to collect the data required for a factual report, or from an intentional muddying of the waters by false reporting.  The “it’s worse than you know” experience arises from vested interests withholding […]

May 4th, 2018 | Posted in Contact Us,Newsletters | Read More »

Solar PV & wind are on track to replace all coal, oil, and gas within two decades.

Solar PV & wind are on track to replace all coal, oil, and gas within two decades.

Solar photovoltaics are now the world’s leading source of new electricity generation. Andrew Blakers  & Matthew Stocks Solar photovoltaic and wind power are rapidly becoming cheaper and more abundant than ever – so much so that they are on track to supplant fossil fuels worldwide entirely within two decades, with the time frame depending mostly […]

May 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

What do we know for sure?

What do we know for sure?

Peter Whiting. You would be forgiven for expecting that the heading of this article refers to the emergence of ‘fake news’ into our lives, primarily through the impact of social media. Certainly, a quick look at recent events leaves us wondering what we know for sure. Sophie Mirabella, in her defamation case against a newspaper, […]

April 29th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Policy debacle: cut Australian aid, but fund arms production?

Policy debacle: cut Australian aid, but fund arms production?

Bruce Duncan. Aid, church, and community groups have been aghast at Prime Minister Turnbull’s announcement in February to spend $3.8 billion to expand arms production seven-fold in order to make Australia one of the top ten global arms suppliers, up from number 20 on the present table of arms producers. He argued that this will […]

April 29th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Politics | Read More »

Pope Francis condemns even possessing nuclear weapons.

Pope Francis condemns even possessing nuclear weapons.

Bruce Duncan. Pope Francis has issued strong backing to calls to ban nuclear weapons entirely, including as a deterrent. On a flight back to Rome from Bangladesh on 2 December 2017, he declared, “Today we are at the limit”, because the dangers from nuclear arsenals were now so severe that they risked destroying “the great […]

April 28th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Disarmament,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Daniel Ellsberg and the global nuclear suicide machine.

Daniel Ellsberg and the global nuclear suicide machine.

Andrew Glikson. “The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save human way of thinking and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophes.” Albert Einstein, 1946. Daniel Ellsberg, former presidential advisor, who had released the famous top-secret Pentagon Papers related to the VietNam war, also possessed a cache of top secret documents related to America’s […]

April 27th, 2018 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature,Peace | Read More »

The banking royal commission confirms our worst fears about many business executives and crony capitalism.

The banking royal commission confirms our worst fears about many business executives and crony capitalism.

John Menadue. A revealing heading appeared in an article a while back by Ross Gittins, the economics editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, Faster growth demands better chief executives. He concluded his article by pointing to the need for business leadership to seize the economic opportunities. “Our overpaid and underperforming chief executive officers are getting […]

April 27th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Politics | Read More »

Yunus & his Triple Zero future.

Reviewed by Gary Harkin, In the opening lines of his new book, A World of Three Zeroes, Muhammad Yunus reminds the reader that, in 2010, Oxfam reported that ‘the world’s richest 388 people owned more wealth than the entire bottom half of the world population (3.3 billion human beings)’. Yunus then updates us with the […]

April 26th, 2018 | Posted in Book Reviews,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »