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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 »

An enabling life: Father Kevin Mogg. A collection of reminiscences by Anne Tuohey.

An enabling life: Father Kevin Mogg. A collection of reminiscences by Anne Tuohey.

Memoir of Fr Kevin Mogg, inspired by the Second Vatican Council In An Enabling Life: Father Kevin Mogg. A Collection of Reminiscences, Anne Tuohey and several contributors have captured key aspects of the history of the Catholic Church as it struggled to cope with the huge migrant flows after the Second World War and then […]

September 18th, 2018 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Feature | Read More »

CANCELLED Book launch : An Enabling Life. Fr Kevin Mogg.

Book launch cancelled. On advice from Fr Kevin Mogg’s carers, the launch of his memoirs has been cancelled. We apologise to the many people who have booked. An Enabling Life, written by Anne Tuohey, can be ordered for $25 through CatholicCare. The book was to be launched by Judge Michael McInerney on Wednesday 26 September […]

September 14th, 2018 | Posted in Publications | Read More »

Scott Morrison, the ‘Prosperity Gospel’, and neoliberalism.

Scott Morrison, the ‘Prosperity Gospel’, and neoliberalism.

Bruce Duncan. Sounding surprisingly like an evangelical revivalist, Prime Minister Morrison in Albury on 6 September highlighted the need for love in our country, for every Australian, and that this set the value base for his own thinking and presumably for policies of his government. No one in Albury objected to the ideal of love […]

September 13th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »

SPC News September 2018. Liveability for whom?

SPC News September 2018. Liveability for whom?

  Liveability for whom? Peter Whiting In our editorial this month, Peter Whiting contrasts the growing profile between government spending on physical infrastructure and initiatives on social infrastructure. None of this commentary is meant to suggest that, as a community, we do not need and will not benefit from the major transport infrastructure programs proposed by Federal […]

September 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

Australia was founded on a hypocrisy which haunts us to this day.

Australia was founded on a hypocrisy which haunts us to this day.

Henry Reynolds  University of Tasmania US slave owners wrote and spoke about liberty, equality and the pursuit of happiness. Similar hypocrisy, buried in the foundations of settler Australia, has escaped comparable scrutiny. The nature of the early settlements is so well known that it is frequently taken for granted. But for the first 50 years […]

September 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Indigenous Issues | Read More »

Wilful ignorance about the threat of climate change.

Wilful ignorance about the threat of climate change.

Bruce Duncan.  The events around the removal of Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister of Australia have caused dismay and anger right across the country, not just because of the internecine politics involved but because the malcontents have undermined efforts to face the terrible threats posed by global warming and climate change. Our new prime minister, […]

September 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Last call on climate – evidence for a demise of the planetary life support system.

Last call on climate – evidence for a demise of the planetary life support system.

Andrew Glikson. In a key paper titled “Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene“, published in the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Science on 6 August, a group of 17 climate and environment scientists issued a stern warning to humanity about the future of advanced life on Earth. The paper states: We […]

September 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

‘Liveability’ for whom?

‘Liveability’ for whom?

Peter Whiting. With the Victorian elections due in November, the timing of the recent announcement of a “visionary’ $50 billion underground rail loop for Melbourne is not entirely surprising. It follows a similar ‘visionary’ proposal for a city-to-airport link at an envisaged cost of $15 billion. It is a sad reality that infrastructure spending on […]

August 31st, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »