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Obama’s address for Mandela’s 100th birthday.

Obama’s address for Mandela’s 100th birthday.

Larry Kaufmann. A few days after many people throughout the world celebrated what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday on 17 July 2018, Barack Obama delivered the annual Mandela lecture in Johannesburg . Yet even as he highlighted Mandela’s affirmation of the common humanity of people, the Israeli government was busy passing a law […]

July 22nd, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »

The treaty banning nuclear weapons, one year on.

The treaty banning nuclear weapons, one year on.

History made, a solid start, here to stay, and miles to go, before we sleep. Tilman Ruff. One year ago, on 7 July 2017, at the United Nations in New York, 122 nations took a historic step when they voted to adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The Treaty filled a gaping […]

July 22nd, 2018 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature,Peace | Read More »

Banning nuclear weapons? Australia must act!

ICAN speakers on the anniversary of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima. Monday 6 August, at 7 for 7:30pm Lecture Theatre in the Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert St., East Melbourne Book here Dr Tilman Ruff, co-founder of ICAN Professor Richard Tanter University of Melbourne Sue Coleman-Haseldine nuclear test survivor The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear […]

July 20th, 2018 | Posted in Events,SPC Events 2018 | Read More »

Is it time for a Just Peace framework? SPC Forum with Caesar D’Mello.

Is it time for a Just Peace framework? SPC Forum with Caesar D’Mello.

SPC Forum Address 21 June 2018 A significant life-and-death concern we have had to grapple with over the centuries is that of war and peace, conflict and nonviolence. One doctrine that has evolved to provide moral guidance is the Just War doctrine. It accords with our instinctive belief, our traditional sense of righteousness, that a […]

June 29th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Disarmament,Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members,Talks | Read More »

SPC News July 2018. Can we preserve our social values, & still have a prosperous economy?

SPC News July 2018. Can we preserve our social values, & still have a prosperous economy?

Download a .pdf of SPC News July 2018. Can we preserve our social values, & still have a prosperous economy? This issue of SPC News offers three views on inequality. John Menadue writes robustly that the class war is real and being waged by the rich. Rosalind Dixon responds to Richard Denniss, agreeing that there […]

June 29th, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

Partially right: rejecting neoliberalism shouldn’t mean giving up on social liberalism.

Partially right: rejecting neoliberalism shouldn’t mean giving up on social liberalism.

Richard Holden UNSW, & Rosalind Dixon UNSW. Richard Denniss’s Quarterly Essay, Dead Right: How Neoliberalism Ate Itself and What Comes Next, is a thought-provoking call to arms against an array of perceived ills – economic rationalism, market forces, small government, tax cuts, incentives, even corporate sponsorship. Denniss provides a useful provocation for a much-needed debate in Australia […]

June 29th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

Can we preserve our social values & still have a prosperous economy?

Editorial. One of the key concerns at Social Policy Connections has been how to maintain our social and community values as Australia adjusts to rapid economic change. Everyone wants a prosperous economy, but there is less agreement about the distribution of resources and social equity. As we have reported over the 13 years of Social […]

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

Israel-Palestine : vale the two-state solution. Where to now?

Peter Rodgers. With the two-state solution in the morgue, governments around the globe will need to consider anew the unpalatable realities of this long-running conflict. As millions around the globe contemplated New Year resolutions on 31 December 2017, Israel’s ruling Likud party came up with one of its own. Its Central Committee overwhelmingly endorsed a […]

June 26th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »

Ongoing class warfare.

John Menadue. Pauline Hanson  usually votes for the wealthy end of town. She’s done it again. Upper income earners will be the biggest beneficiaries over the next seven years with the recent tax cuts. Average total earnings for employees are about $62,000 a year. Moving to  a flat marginal tax rate of 32.5% for incomes […]

June 26th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Politics | Read More »

Pope Francis challenges economics, poverty, & globalisation.

Bruce Duncan. Pope Francis has been relentless in his critique, indeed denunciation, of abuses in the international economy which are responsible for the Global Financial Crisis and its continuing unresolved consequences, especially growing inequality which he sees in Italy and much of Europe, destabilising governments and encouraging extreme nationalist movements. He blames growing inequality and […]

June 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »