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Partially right: rejecting neoliberalism shouldn’t mean giving up on social liberalism.

Partially right: rejecting neoliberalism shouldn’t mean giving up on social liberalism.

Richard Holden UNSW, & Rosalind Dixon UNSW. Richard Denniss’s Quarterly Essay, Dead Right: How Neoliberalism Ate Itself and What Comes Next, is a thought-provoking call to arms against an array of perceived ills – economic rationalism, market forces, small government, tax cuts, incentives, even corporate sponsorship. Denniss provides a useful provocation for a much-needed debate in Australia […]

June 29th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

Israel-Palestine : vale the two-state solution. Where to now?

Peter Rodgers. With the two-state solution in the morgue, governments around the globe will need to consider anew the unpalatable realities of this long-running conflict. As millions around the globe contemplated New Year resolutions on 31 December 2017, Israel’s ruling Likud party came up with one of its own. Its Central Committee overwhelmingly endorsed a […]

June 26th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »

Ongoing class warfare.

John Menadue. Pauline Hanson  usually votes for the wealthy end of town. She’s done it again. Upper income earners will be the biggest beneficiaries over the next seven years with the recent tax cuts. Average total earnings for employees are about $62,000 a year. Moving to  a flat marginal tax rate of 32.5% for incomes […]

June 26th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Politics | Read More »

Pope Francis challenges economics, poverty, & globalisation.

Bruce Duncan. Pope Francis has been relentless in his critique, indeed denunciation, of abuses in the international economy which are responsible for the Global Financial Crisis and its continuing unresolved consequences, especially growing inequality which he sees in Italy and much of Europe, destabilising governments and encouraging extreme nationalist movements. He blames growing inequality and […]

June 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

Why microfinance as aid isn’t enough to empower women.

Why microfinance as aid isn’t enough to empower women.

Sara Niner Monash University Giving small loans to people for small household purchases or to invest in businesses has been an integral part of Australian, American and other aid programs for decades. This is called “microfinance”, and the aim is not only to alleviate poverty, but to empower women. But simply improving a woman’s economic […]

June 1st, 2018 | Posted in Global poverty | Read More »

Cardijn & Paul VI: empowering young workers.

Cardijn & Paul VI: empowering young workers.

Stefan Gigacz. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen the pope as relaxed as he was during his audience with Cardinal Cardijn and the JOC (Young Christian Workers or YCW),” wrote Belgian Bishop André-Marie Charue following the ceremony at which the YCW founder received his red hat in February 1965. It was the climax of a […]

May 30th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Where are our statesmen & women?

Where are our statesmen & women?

Peter Whiting. Doubtless, it displays something of my vintage, when I find myself citing words written by that great economist John Maynard Keynes in 1933, reflecting on the road to recovery after the Great Depression. He wrote, “It is not an engineering problem or an agricultural problem. It is not even a business problem … […]

May 30th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Vatican blasts inequality & greed for undermining human prospects.

Vatican blasts inequality & greed for undermining human prospects.

Bruce Duncan. The Vatican has launched a stringent critique of widespread abuses in global economies, which are driving astonishing degrees of inequality, threatening ecological sustainability, and unleashing powerful reactionary political forces in response, as seen in parts of Europe and elsewhere. The issues are keenly pertinent in Australia, as we see in the Australian Royal […]

May 28th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

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 »

The budget & aid.

The budget & aid.

Tim Costello. The Coalition Government’s fifth budget last week was carefully calibrated to offer just enough to a discontented electorate to restart the political contest ahead of the poll expected early next year.  Yet again Australia’s battered aid program took a hit, this time in the form of a multi-year cut, combined with an extended […]

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