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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 »

Why Europe shouldn’t follow Australia’s lead on asylum seekers.

Why Europe shouldn’t follow Australia’s lead on asylum seekers.

Daniel Ghezelbash, Macquarie University Australia’s harsh asylum policies have been touted as a possible solution to Europe’s so-called refugee crisis. Politicians in the UK, France, Holland, Denmark, Austria and Belgium have advocated for an Australian-style approach aimed at blocking asylum seekers from accessing Europe. But there are a few reasons Europe should be wary of […]

April 5th, 2018 | Posted in Asylum seekers | Read More »

Shaping a just society: a place for a Christian worldview?

Shaping a just society: a place for a Christian worldview?

Peter Whiting. At Social Policy Connections, we take as our main objective “to help bring the social involvements of the churches into contemporary policy debates, and shape a just society”. In Australia at this time of a declining influence of a Christian worldview in favour of an aggressively secular one, such an objective may seem […]

April 4th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Government policies globally and the torture of refugees.

Government policies globally and the torture of refugees.

Spencer Zifcak. Nils Melzer is the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment. Recently, he presented a damning report to the UN Human Rights Council on the subjection of refugees across the world to torture. Melzer’s fundamental contention was that the primary cause of the massive abuse suffered by refugees globally […]

April 4th, 2018 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature,Politics | Read More »

Just War or Just Peace?

Just War or Just Peace?

Paul Rule. A little-noticed revolution has occurred recently in Catholic thinking about war and peace. Effectively, Just War calculus has been abandoned for a new emphasis on non-violence, and a primary pursuit of peace. The theory of the conditions for undertaking and pursuing a just war was developed from St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas, […]

April 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace | Read More »