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Michael Yore: Can we adjust our moral compass so economics truly enhances wellbeing for everyone?

Michael Yore: Can we adjust our moral compass so economics truly enhances wellbeing for everyone?

A Response to Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement Everyone’s Business: developing an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy (2017-18) Kristy was a mother of four small children who ended up in high-rise public housing after fleeing her abusive partner. The micro-finance scheme operated by the welfare organisation near her block of flats assisted her in a dignified […]

October 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers, by Tony Ward.

Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers, by Tony Ward.

Reviewed by Tony French If, like me, you want to put the current ‘refugee crisis’ into some kind of historical perspective, then I recommend Tony Ward’s recent publication, Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers. This is a well-researched and readable review of Australia’s response to refugees arriving here by boat since the 1990s. This […]

October 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Book Reviews,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,SPC Events 2017 | Read More »

Foreign contract workers, ABNs, and the deregulation of our labour market by stealth

Foreign contract workers, ABNs, and the deregulation of our labour market by stealth

Michael West 25 September 2017 “The biggest failure of public administration since the formation of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1900.” Australian Tax Office insider. “The result of having the wrong system where taxes are too high and a labour market which is over-regulated.” Liberal Party insider. We are talking about the broad, state-sanctioned, backdoor deregulation of […]

October 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

Catholic Social Teaching: Train the Trainer Program

Tuesday 28 November, 9.30am to 4pm at St Joseph’s by the Sea, 16 Esplanade, Williamstown.  Catholic Social Services Victoria, together with Edmund Rice Ministries and Presentation Sisters will host a Catholic Social Teaching: Train the Trainer day on   ‘Catholic Social Teaching: A lived, reflective experience of the guiding principles’, especially for those responsible for […]

September 28th, 2017 | Posted in Events,Events 2017 | Read More »

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 Events,Events 2017 | 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 »