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Professor Shelley Mallett on ‘A Basic Income for All Australians’

Wednesday 18 April, 12.30pm. Graduate House, University of Melbourne, 220 Leicester St., Carlton. Prof. Shelley Mallett is Professorial Fellow on Social Policy at the University of Melbourne and also General manager of the Research and Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence. An anthropologist with special expertise in homelessness and housing research, she has […]

April 1st, 2018 | Posted in Events | Read More »

‘Gurrumul’ fundraiser for Binnap Partners

Sunday 29 April 2pm The film is about the Indigenous musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, who died in Darwin last year, aged 46.  $20 per ticket.   Bookings by Monday 23 April: Pat 03 9878 7939  |  jandpschmidt@bigpond.com. Please PAY ON THE DAY with the correct amount. If  you are unable to come, please call Pat […]

April 1st, 2018 | Posted in Events,Member Events | Read More »

Why do the critical Sustainable Development Goals receive so little attention in Australia?

Why do the critical Sustainable Development Goals receive so little attention in Australia?

Loreto Sister Libby Rogerson. The decision on 25 September 2015 by the 193 member states of the UN to endorse, support and promote a global program to eradicate world poverty was nothing short of momentous. The 17 goals with their respective targets and indicators were laid out in the document Transforming Our World: the 2030 […]

March 31st, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Was God just a spectator at the Crucifixion?

by Bruce Duncan Is Easter simply a relic from the past and a chance for a holiday break? Why have the dramatic events of Easter been so significant in our cultures, and why is Easter still so central to Christian belief?   Many of us struggle to understand the significance of Easter, the crucifixion of […]

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

SPC News March 2018. Our tax, wage, & social benefit systems are broken.

SPC News March 2018. Our tax, wage, & social benefit systems are broken.

Our tax, wage, and social benefit systems are broken.  Bruce Duncan notes the mounting concern about business practices which ignore social responsibilities to the community and to their own workers. This is demonstrated by the widespread malpractice in major franchises. As John Hewson wrote, our current system is inequitable and unsustainable. Two significant conferences have […]

March 8th, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

Joe Camilleri on our US alliance: surely we can do better.

Joe Camilleri on our US alliance: surely we can do better.

Joseph A Camilleri. In the year that Trump has been in the White House, ministers have continued to repeat the well-worn mantra that we are committed to defending and upholding the international rules-based order and the web of norms, alliances, and institutions created over the last seventy years. Such glib rhetoric, a feature also of […]

March 8th, 2018 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

To close the health gap, we need programs that work. Here are three of them.

To close the health gap, we need programs that work. Here are three of them.

Neale Cohen Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute Jonathan Carapetis Telethon Kids Institute Sue Kildea The University of Queensland While death rates from heart and kidney disease have dropped among Indigenous people, death rates from cancer are on the rise. The tenth Closing the Gap report to be tabled in Parliament today is expected to show progress in […]

March 8th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Indigenous Issues | Read More »

Our tax, wage, & social benefit systems need urgent repair.

Our tax, wage, & social benefit systems need urgent repair.

Bruce Duncan. Every other day, new scandals pop up, disturbing the business community, and bringing  forcefully to our attention that our wage, tax, and social security systems are ‘broken’, and in need of urgent attention and re-thinking. Franchisee scandal of widespread underpayment Have you ever wondered why you only seem to see Indian or other […]

March 7th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

In Chile and Peru, Pope Francis sharpens Gospel imperative of justice and fairness for all.

In Chile and Peru, Pope Francis sharpens Gospel imperative of justice and fairness for all.

Rowan Ireland. Pope Francis’s speeches and homilies during his visits to Chile and Peru during 15-22 January 2018 make for stirring reading. As we’ve come to expect, he addressed global issues of social justice and the mission of the Church, with vivid, sometimes startling, reference to local realities. In both countries, his overall theme was […]

March 7th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

Infrastructure, rent-seekers, & lobbyists.

Infrastructure, rent-seekers, & lobbyists.

John Menadue. As our mining boom has receded, Australia has seen unprecedented sums flow to transport infrastructure projects, mostly in our two biggest cities. But we have a real mess on our hands. While we might acknowledge the economic principles in play, we are doing far too little to hold to account deep and continual […]

March 7th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature | Read More »