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Book launch. Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers

Book launch. Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers

The Yarra Institute for Religion & Social Policy, in association with Social Policy Connections, presents the launch of   Dr Tony Ward’s book Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers With Mr Russell Broadbent MP Member for McMillan Thursday 21 September 2017 5:30 for 6-7pm Followed by drinks and light supper Multicultural Hub 506 Elizabeth Street Melbourne […]

September 10th, 2017 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Events,Events 2017,Feature | Read More »

Towards an Economy of Communion. Lawrence Chong, Consulus CEO.

Towards an Economy of Communion. Lawrence Chong, Consulus CEO.

Tony French. Leading Singapore-based CEO of Consulus consulting firm, Lawrence Chong spoke at the 23 August SPC forum in Melbourne on business practices promoted by the Economy of Communion, a network of over 800 companies worldwide linking companies with community needs. The event was jointly sponsored by the Focolare Movement in Melbourne. SPC member and Melbourne […]

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Australia’s engagement with Asia & the world has fallen on hard times.

Australia’s engagement with Asia & the world has fallen on hard times.

Joseph A Camilleri  In the vain hope of minimising the catastrophic consequences of America’s 16-year-long military intervention, Donald Trump has just announced yet another surge in its military presence in Afghanistan. Australia, like other allies, will also be asked to do more, and will almost certainly agree to the request. This is part of the […]

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Politics | Read More »

When will Saudi Arabia be brought to account for its malign influence & promotion of terrorism?

When will Saudi Arabia be brought to account for its malign influence & promotion of terrorism?

John Menadue Through its support of extremist Wahhabism, the Saudi government has been promoting radical Islam around the world. Its influence has included funding schools, universities, and mosques, in over 80 countries. But, like the issue of the burqa, few Australians want to discuss the highly dangerous activities of the Saudi government. In previous posts […]

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Wake up, Australia: many people need our aid urgently.

Wake up, Australia: many people need our aid urgently.

Bruce Duncan. Foreign aid is not just a matter of offering charity to people in need overseas. It is very important for our own security and development as a nation. Particularly is this so when climate change is rewriting the rules on how the whole weather system works. The historically unprecedented hurricane and flooding in […]

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

New budget standards show just how inadequate the Newstart Allowance has become.

New budget standards show just how inadequate the Newstart Allowance has become.

Peter Saunders UNSW It’s long been accepted that the level of Newstart Allowance for the un-employed is too low. The Henry Tax Review proposed an increase of “about $50 a week” in the payment for single people to restore parity with the couple rate. Several community organisations, including the Australian Council of Social Service, have called […]

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

Increasing calls for self-determination for West Papua.

Increasing calls for self-determination for West Papua.

Bruce Duncan. Report of a conversation with Anglican priest Peter Woods and human rights advocate Louise Byrne. Human rights abuses in West Papua are causing Melanesian and Polynesian countries throughout the Pacific to voice increasing alarm in international forums, and to call for genuine self-determination for West Papuans. Speaking at the SPC forum on 2 […]

August 7th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

A people-centred approach for the economy.

A people-centred approach for the economy.

        SPC & the Economy of Communion present. Lawrence Chong CEO and Co-Founder of Consulus Wednesday 23 August 7:30-9pm Kathleen Syme Library & Community Centre 251 Faraday Street Carlton, Multipurpose Room 1 Ground Floor Supper and informal conversation will follow. Booking essential Lorraine Lispon llipson7@gmail.com | 0419 687 593 Enquiries Lorraine Lipson […]

August 6th, 2017 | Posted in Events,Feature | Read More »

Charting a way forward in SPC.

Charting a way forward in SPC.

Peter Whiting. The Board of Social Policy Connections is currently challenging itself to sharpen its core purpose and reassess ways to promote debate about social justice among our supporters and readers, in a context of faith and ecumenical commitment. It is not a simple endeavour. Were we a specific purpose organisation, say, opposed to human […]

August 6th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Australians want more children than they have, so are we in the midst of a demographic crisis?

Australians want more children than they have, so are we in the midst of a demographic crisis?

Leah Ruppanner University of Melbourne First published in The Conversation 2 August 2017 Australians want more children than they actually have, according to newly released data collected as part of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey. Analysing data over 15 years, the study reports that by age 40, Australian men and women desire 1.5 […]

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