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A Shorten government could shift the country on important issues, and show a little spunk.

Frank Bongiorno, Australian National University. This is part of a major series, called Advancing Australia, in which leading academics examine the key issues facing Australia in the lead-up to the 2019 federal election and beyond. Read the other pieces in the series here. What will a Shorten government be like? It’s hazardous to predict how […]

March 5th, 2019 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Politics | Read More »

I don’t want slaves working for me.

Sarah Puls. I have the power to show, through the choices I make, that everybody matters, that I don’t want any slaves working for me, says Good Samaritan Sister Sarah Puls. One of the most courageous people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know is a woman named Mary (not her real name), who was […]

February 27th, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

Catholic views on the Economy.

Review of Matthew Shadle’s Interrupting Capitalism: Catholic Social Thought & the Economy. Joe McKay Matthew Shadle’s book, Interrupting Capitalism: Catholic Social Thought & the Economy, provides a good review of different strands of Catholic Social Thought (CST), which takes into account not just the magisterium teaching of the Catholic Church, but also the historical response […]

February 24th, 2019 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Global poverty | Read More »

These are my Commandments I give unto you – my Sinai desert delusions.

Tony French. In January, I climbed Mt Sinai. Readers of the Hebrew Scriptures know Mt Sinai is where God gave Moses the stone-engraved set of Ten Commandments. At the time, you may recall, Moses was escaping Egypt with his Israelites en route to the ‘promised land’. Mt Sinai is geographically roughly halfway there, being in […]

February 24th, 2019 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

How to sustain prosperity with justice. 

Paul Smyth. Paul Smyth examines the recent UK report, outlining a ‘Plan for the New Economy’. One of the UK’s leading non-party think tanks, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), established a Commission on Economic Justice in 2016, after Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, to examine the challenges facing the UK economy […]

February 24th, 2019 | Posted in Book Reviews,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

SPC Forum. Increasing resistance to Church & social justice movements in the Philippines.

With Sr Pat Fox. Tuesday 5 March 7:30-9pmYarra Theological Union Study Centre34 Bedford Street Box HillLight refreshments served at 9pm.Admission free. Donations welcome. Sr Pat Fox grew up in Box Hill, and joined the Sisters of Sion in 1969. She began by working with street kids and women in housing commission flats. After studying law […]

February 11th, 2019 | Posted in Talks | Read More »

SPC News February 2019. Australia Day & our ‘culture wars’.

Australia Day & our ‘culture wars’ Peter Whiting Whatever your view, whether you hold firmly to the idea that Australia Day should continue to be held on 26 January, or whether some other day is preferred, there is a need soberly and openly to discuss at a national level the fact that the day which […]

February 11th, 2019 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

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

23-24 April 2019 9am-5:30pm and from 7:30pm. Pilgrim Theological College Melbourne29 College Crescent Parkville Melbourne $100 per day, $70 concession/student, $135 professional development (with certificate). $20 evening sessions, $15 concession. Payment on entry (no online booking for evenings). Earlybird discount 20% for standard and concession tickets before 23 February 2019. Book here. For full information, click here  |  see […]

February 11th, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,Feature,Peace,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

What has Captain Cook ever done for us?

Ian Robinson. The Prime Minister is intent on making a big fuss about James Cook. He is even promoting, at great expense, a circumnavigation of the continent by a replica of Cook’s ship Endeavour. This is an insult to Matthew Flinders, who actually did circumnavigate the continent, who made a much greater contribution to our […]

February 7th, 2019 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »

Fabulous launch of ‘An Enabling Life. Fr Kevin Mogg’.

Over 160 people gathered at the book launch of An Enabling Life. Fr Kevin Mogg, A collection of Reminiscences. As one attendee reflected, it was uplifting to be part of a good church story. Kevin Mogg is a much loved and respected Church leader, who has held key leadership positions throughout his sixty years-plus as […]

February 6th, 2019 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Publications | Read More »