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Earth@Peace. How to secure ‘just and ecologically sustainable peace’.

Interviews and panel discussions with leading thinkers, with working groups, including a discussion in ‘hypothetical’ format with 12 leaders and experts on implications of Australia attempting to apply the principles of a just and ecologically sustainable peace. 23-24 April 2019, 9am-5:30pm Evening events 7.30pm Pilgrim Theological College Melbourne 29 College Crescent Parkville 3052 For information, […]

October 28th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,Peace,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Have we lost the ideal of the common good?

Have we lost the ideal of the common good?

Editorial Peter Whiting. Regrettably, many of us have by now become inured to those frequent advertisements asking us to sponsor an animal under threat of extinction. Even more sadly, we do not respond with quite the same generosity as of old to similar requests to support children in distress in countries torn apart by war, […]

October 28th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Ignore the planet & our grandchildren at our peril.

Ignore the planet & our grandchildren at our peril.

John Menadue The government has thrown in its lot with climate sceptics, the loony right, which includes the Murdoch media and the coal miners. We have a government with no policy on climate change at all. The responses by the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and Ministers for the Environment and Energy to the latest […]

October 28th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Why are hundreds of thousands of Australian children struggling in poverty, even with a parent working full-time?

Why are hundreds of thousands of Australian children struggling in poverty, even with a parent working full-time?

Editorial. Australia has made little progress in recent decades to alleviate childhood poverty, according to Brian Lawrence, speaking on 17 October at an Anti-Poverty Week event, sponsored by Catholic Social Services Victoria. He said wages for many people were too low to lift children out of poverty. Mr Lawrence has drafted submissions and appeared at […]

October 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Politics | Read More »

Can religions help avert wars provoked by climate change?

Can religions help avert wars provoked by climate change?

Bruce Duncan. A new arms race is looming as the United States, Russia, and China continue to modernise their weapons systems, including tactical nuclear weapons. President Trump has announced that the US will withdraw from the Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, and has abandoned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran which has carefully […]

October 14th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Disarmament,Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

A new way to recognise an Indigenous nation in Australia.

A new way to recognise an Indigenous nation in Australia.

Michael Breen University of Melbourne After years of debate, the process for achieving constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians has reached a crossroads. More than a year has gone by since the Uluru Statement from the Heart, when Indigenous peoples rejected symbolic constitutional reform and asked for more practical changes. Instead of looking at selected components of […]

September 20th, 2018 | Posted in Indigenous Issues | Read More »

At its current rate, Australia is on track for 50% renewable electricity in 2025.

At its current rate, Australia is on track for 50% renewable electricity in 2025.

Ken Baldwin Australian National University Andrew Blakers Australian National University Matthew Stocks Australian National University The Australian renewable energy industry will install more than 10 gigawatts of new solar and wind power during 2018 and 2019. If that rate is maintained, Australia would reach 50% renewables in 2025. The recent demise of the National Energy Guarantee saw the […]

September 20th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Murdoch & Stokes.

Murdoch & Stokes.

Rod Tiffin. If the Liberal leadership upheaval was a Muppet show, as Scott Morrison described it, Rupert Murdoch and Kerry Stokes have been revealed as its Statler and Waldorf. Muppets fans will remember the two cantankerous old men who heckled from the sidelines. The media moguls did not heckle publicly, but their behind-the-scenes barracking was […]

September 19th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »

Editorial : Amidst dark clouds, a precious silver lining.

Editorial : Amidst dark clouds, a precious silver lining.

Once again, we are battered by bad news of the possibility of widespread malpractice in another major sector, as Prime Minister Morrison has announced a royal commission into aged care, with allegations of price gouging by some pro-profits, chronic understaffing, appalling wages for staff, and poor nutrition for many of those in aged care. Coming […]

September 19th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

A place to call home: Catholic bishops call for urgent action.

A place to call home: Catholic bishops call for urgent action.

Michael Yore. It’s time for Australia to reassert the value of housing as a basic human right”, proclaims the 2018-2019 Social Justice Statement from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. And quite rightly! A strong human rights perspective correctly guides and colours the entire statement on housing and homelessness in Australia with the statement basing the […]

September 18th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »