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Building a just society.

Building a just society.

Race Mathews on the significance of Catholic and co-operative social reform movements. Reviewed by Bruce Duncan As one of Australia’s most eminent Labor figures and historians, Race Mathews has offered a fresh interpretation of the Australian labour movement over the last 125 years, examining the development and impact of Catholic social ideas and movements. Other historians have […]

April 29th, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Pope Francis delivered the hard talk about the economy that Davos didn’t.

Pope Francis delivered the hard talk about the economy that Davos didn’t.

Lawrence Chong. CEO Consulus, Business Design Strategist Lawrence Chong responds to the address by Pope Francis on ethical problems in the global economy at a large meeting of the Economy of Communion network in February 2017. At a time of failing governments, unravelling of the global order, rising populism, and a technological wave which might […]

April 29th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

It’s becoming easier than ever to go to war.

It’s becoming easier than ever to go to war.

John Menadue. We used to think the gravest decision any government could make was to take its country to war. Not any more. Going to war for us has now become almost commonplace. We commit to war after war – Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan – but we are unwilling to contemplate the disaster each of those […]

April 29th, 2017 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature,Peace,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

The globalisation of indifference.

The globalisation of indifference.

Klaus Neumann. from Inside Story, 24 April 2017 Despite ambiguities of meaning and history, the Pope’s reference to concentration camps makes a forceful point about our attentiveness. “Pope likens migrant holding centres to ‘concentration camps,’” Reuters reported on the weekend. The news received much attention, not least in Israel and Germany. First responses ranged from bewilderment […]

April 29th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature | Read More »

Which housing issues should the budget tackle? This is what our experts say.

Which housing issues should the budget tackle? This is what our experts say.

Richard Tomlinson University of Melbourne The Conversation has published many articles by Australia’s foremost academics on policies that affect housing. In the lead-up to expected announcements in the federal budget in May, we review the arguments in the articles since January 2016 – 81 were identified, of which 58 concerned housing policy. This article focuses […]

April 29th, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

Who defines Australian values?

Who defines Australian values?

Peter Whiting. In putting forward the proposal to revamp the Australian citizenship test, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stated that most people would be pleased that “…we are standing up for Australian values”. At first flush, this seems an appealing proposition. But a closer observation opens up a host of issues. In an Australia where there […]

April 29th, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

An upside-down world.

An upside-down world.

Peter Whiting. I can’t help but think we are living in some Alice in Wonderland moment, in which things are all upside-down. Around us, we are hearing regular commentary on the increasing inequality in Australia, and acknowledging that measures are required to improve the circumstances of those at the low end of the socio-economic scale. […]

April 6th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

The Federal Budget – we need a ‘fair go for all’.

The Federal Budget – we need a ‘fair go for all’.

Jenny Begent. Now that we have happened upon more fortunate times, let us recognise that we are our brother’s keepers, and set to work, regardless of party distinctions and religious differences, to make this world of ours a little bit more like home for those whom we call our brethren. William Booth (1890). Over a […]

April 6th, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Low-paid work is part of the problem, not the solution.

Low-paid work is part of the problem, not the solution.

John Buchanan University of Sydney Employer organisations, such as the Australian Retailers Association, supported by the federal government, have recently argued that wages for Australia’s lowest-paid workers should be increased by less than inflation. This would mean a cut in real wages. But none of their assertions are sustained by evidence or research. Three arguments […]

April 6th, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Politics | Read More »

How do we solve a problem like rough sleeping?

How do we solve a problem like rough sleeping?

Jenny Begent. I am fortunate enough to live in Melbourne, considered by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in London the most liveable city in the world. Due, in no small part I suspect, to its great coffee and café culture, but also to its healthcare, education, stability, culture, environment, and infrastructure. On the EIU, it […]

April 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »