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Australia’s China policy mired in phobia & confusion.

Australia’s China policy mired in phobia & confusion.

Joseph A Camilleri. Australia’s handling of its relations with China is rapidly descending into farce. Geoff Raby’s excellent piece in Pearls and Irritations (30 April) makes abundantly clear the principal factor at work, namely a nostalgic attachment to the US-led regional and global order of earlier years. This is the mindset that drives our security […]

May 16th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »

Budget fails struggling Aussies.

Budget fails struggling Aussies.

Jason Davies-Kildea (Captain). While 2018 Federal Budget contains some positive initiatives, it fails to deliver on one of the biggest drivers of poverty and disadvantage in the country – the cost of housing. Every day, organisations like The Salvation Army see thousands of Australians struggling to keep up with everyday living expenses. A recent survey […]

May 16th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

Cardinal Charles Bo of Myanmar

Friday 15 JUNE 10am – 3pm The First Five Years: Pope Francis’s pastoral vision of Mercy, Justice, Love & Care for the Earth Other speakers include: — Dr Frank Moloney SDB (CTC) — Dr Max Vodola (CTC) — Julie Edwards (Jesuit Social Services) — Dr Bruce Duncan CssR (YTU) and other women and men theologians […]

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

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 »

Wage rises in the neoliberal new world order: bad policy & bad politics.

Wage rises in the neoliberal new world order: bad policy & bad politics.

Rob Stewart. Neoliberals are often wrong, but never in doubt. In pursuing its corporate tax cut agenda, the Government is attempting to shift the industrial relations paradigm, linking private sector wage rises to public sector funding cuts, despite the fact that corporate coffers have rarely been in better shape than at present. It is difficult […]

April 5th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature | Read More »