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What would Jesus make of our Christmas?

by Bruce Duncan   The Christmas stories were not written for children but as preludes to the adult message of God in Jesus walking in solidarity with the entire human family. If Jesus were to visit us again, how puzzled he would be with our Christmas. He would be wondering who is this Santa who […]

December 19th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature | Read More »

Governments haven’t always shirked responsibility for our low wages.

Governments haven’t always shirked responsibility for our low wages.

Warwick Smith. University of Melbourne. For the last four years or so average wages in Australia have barely kept pace with inflation, meaning no real pay rises. And all the while, the government has been betting on the market to improve things. Treasurer Scott Morrison stated: As the labour market tightens, that’s obviously going to […]

December 8th, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

Editorial: Wiring social justice into the economy.

Editorial: Wiring social justice into the economy.

Peter Whiting. Following SPC’s AGM on 5 December, Professor Paul Smyth addressed members of Social Policy Connections on the topic in the title above. His basic assertion was that the neoliberal framework which has underpinned much of Australia’s economic and social policy for the last thirty years has run its course, and we need to […]

December 8th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

Australia’s asylum seekers & the International Criminal Court.

Public forum.   Can Australia’s leaders be prosecuted for treatment of refugees & asylum seekers?   Thursday 7 December 6-8pm RMIT University City Campus 445 Swanston Street Melbourne Building 80 Level 2 Lecture Theatre   Moderator Corinne Grant Lawyer and media personality Panel members will talk about their submissions to the ICC on how this […]

December 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Contact Us,Events,Events 2017 | Read More »

Did Pope Francis succeed in Myanmar?

Bruce Duncan. Myanmar’s neighbours were watching closely the Pope’s visit, worried that the shocking treatment of the Rohingya Muslims could inflame inter-religious conflicts throughout the region. Francis has intervened personally to promote deeper mutual understanding among the major religions, urging them to draw from their traditions to protect those in distress and promote social inclusion […]

December 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace | Read More »

The complacency of the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper.

Allan Patience. The 2017 White Paper displays, yet again, Australia’s foreign policy complacency, its misplaced middle power imagining, and its awkward partnering in its region. It is a failure as a strategic map for advancing Australia’s security and prosperity in the ‘Indo-Pacific’ region and the world. The public policy miasma stupefying contemporary Australian politics is […]

November 29th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »

The triple target for electricity supply: cutting emissions, curbing price, ensuring supply.

Bill Frilay. If ever there were an industry at an inflexion point, it is our electricity supply industry. In most states, supply has long come from black or brown coal used to fuel large generators in the coal fields by state-owned monopoly enterprises. We now have major changes and challenges: privatisation of the industry in […]

November 28th, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Francis’s World  Day of the Poor. “The poor are our passports to paradise”.

Francis’s World  Day of the Poor. “The poor are our passports to paradise”.

Bruce Duncan. Even atheists, agnostics, and humanists, as well as people of the great religious traditions, would likely welcome Pope Francis in June 2017 instituting a new World Day of the Poor. While a shallow and at times vulgar commercialism trivialises the profound religious meaning of Christmas, the World Day of the Poor highlights our […]

November 23rd, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature | Read More »

How will the North Korean Crisis be resolved?

How will the North Korean Crisis be resolved?

Bill Frilay. I use that heading, because I do not know the answer, and wish world leaders did. All I know is that the likelihood of using nuclear weapons is greater than at any time since the 1962 Cuban crisis. We have Kim Jong Un, belligerent, young, but not to be underestimated. Seemingly prepared to […]

November 10th, 2017 | Posted in Disarmament,Peace | Read More »

Sharing food and friendship: the St Vinnies soup van story.

Sharing food and friendship: the St Vinnies soup van story.

In June 1975, the Victorian Society of St Vincent de Paul’s first soup van, a humble old Ford Transit wagon with doors which flew open when they took a corner, started offering friendship and food  to the homeless men, at that time mainly affected by alcohol abuse. It was initiated by a group of young […]

November 6th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »