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Yarra Flats Melbourne. Freeway link & ecological network.

Yarra Flats Melbourne. Freeway link & ecological network.

Geoff Lacey. A clash of values Towards the end of 2017, the Victorian Government put forward a proposal to build a North-East Link Freeway. Their preferred route follows the Greensborough Highway south, and connects with the Eastern Freeway. VicRoads would use tunnelling in some of the ‘residential and sensitive environmental areas’. The tunnel would cross […]

February 12th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Hunger in the lucky country. Charities step in where government fails.

Hunger in the lucky country. Charities step in where government fails.

Carol Richards. Queensland University of Technology The non-profit organisation Foodbank released its report Fighting Hunger in Australia this month. Like earlier research it reported that around 15% of Australians experienced food insecurity – an extraordinary figure given up to 40% of edible, but cosmetically imperfect, food is discarded before it reaches the market. The survey […]

February 1st, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Global poverty,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Is Australia joining a new arms race?

Bruce Duncan. Australians have been startled that our government, apparently without any public consultation or debate in parliament, intends greatly to expand Australian arms production to become within ten years one of the top ten defence exporters, on a par with Britain, France, and Germany.   Currently, Australia exports about $2 billion of high-tech defence […]

January 30th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

2018 – a year for confronting looming threats.

2018 – a year for confronting looming threats.

Astonishing the scientific world, human remains have been found in Israel, dating back some 200,000 years, far older than any other human remains found outside Africa. It appears our human ancestry is more complex than we believed. But what of our human future? Where will human beings be in 200,000 years? Will we have survived […]

January 29th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

The Catalan Integral Cooperative: an inspiring development.

The Catalan Integral Cooperative: an inspiring development.

Geoff Lacey. In 2009, a network of local activists in Spain put forward a proposal through a newspaper to establish a cooperative. In May 2010, they came together and founded the Catalan Integral Cooperative (CIC). This has turned out to be a major new development in the world cooperative movement. According to its website, the […]

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

War on the cheap.

War on the cheap.

Alison Broinowski. It’s unlikely that the Army will commission a further report following Albert Palazzo’s account of the ADF’s operations in Iraq. We have years to wait for Professor Craig Stocking’s official history. What Australia urgently needs is a full independent inquiry into our wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Nearly a year ago, on […]

January 27th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Australia’s 2017 carbon emission projections – yet more spin & red herrings from the Australian government.

Australia’s 2017 carbon emission projections – yet more spin & red herrings from the Australian government.

Peter Sainsbury. Despite Australia committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% before 2030, compared to 2005, the Australian government is projecting, but trying hard to cover up, a 3.5% increase in greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2030. It is also encouraging companies to increase their emissions if they can increase their productivity, thus […]

January 27th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

What would Jesus make of our Christmas?

by Bruce Duncan   The Christmas stories were not written for children but as preludes to the adult message of God in Jesus walking in solidarity with the entire human family. If Jesus were to visit us again, how puzzled he would be with our Christmas. He would be wondering who is this Santa who […]

December 19th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature | Read More »

Governments haven’t always shirked responsibility for our low wages.

Governments haven’t always shirked responsibility for our low wages.

Warwick Smith. University of Melbourne. For the last four years or so average wages in Australia have barely kept pace with inflation, meaning no real pay rises. And all the while, the government has been betting on the market to improve things. Treasurer Scott Morrison stated: As the labour market tightens, that’s obviously going to […]

December 8th, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

Editorial: Wiring social justice into the economy.

Editorial: Wiring social justice into the economy.

Peter Whiting. Following SPC’s AGM on 5 December, Professor Paul Smyth addressed members of Social Policy Connections on the topic in the title above. His basic assertion was that the neoliberal framework which has underpinned much of Australia’s economic and social policy for the last thirty years has run its course, and we need to […]

December 8th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature | Read More »