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In the post-APEC scramble to lavish funds on PNG, here’s what the country really needs …

In the post-APEC scramble to lavish funds on PNG, here’s what the country really needs …

Mark Moran The University of Queensland. If you set out by dinghy from the northern-most inhabited part of Australia, you will make landfall fairly soon in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Boigu Island, part of Queensland, is the most northerly island in the Torres Strait. With its own Australia Post outlet, it is less than ten […]

December 6th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty,Politics | Read More »

Australia needs to triple its social housing by 2036. This is the best way to do it …

Australia needs to triple its social housing by 2036. This is the best way to do it …

Julie Lawson RMIT University, Hal Pawson UNSW, Laurence Troy UNSW, Ryan van den Nouwelant Western Sydney University. Australia needs to triple its small stock of social housing over the next 20 years to cover the existing backlog and newly emerging need. That is the central finding of our new research report on the housing infrastructure needs of low-income […]

December 6th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

Climate change: “the most important issue we face”.

Climate change: “the most important issue we face”.

Peter Whiting. At the UN’s COP24 climate talks currently under way in Poland, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres described climate change as “the most important issue we face”. The address by Sir David Attenborough was unequivocal in its alarm, fearing the collapse of our civilisations, and recognising climate change as a “man-made disaster of global […]

December 4th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

IPCC’s 1.5 degrees C report makes Paris Agreement redundant.

IPCC’s 1.5 degrees C report makes Paris Agreement redundant.

Peter Sainsbury. The report ‘Global Warming of 1.5C’ was published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in October 2018. Although the report does not say so, the evidence it presents renders the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change redundant. It asks the wrong question, and its goals and strategies are now revealed to […]

December 1st, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

What can Australia do to help build a world at peace with itself?

What can Australia do to help build a world at peace with itself?

Allan Patience. Within this question is an assumption (which is all too plausible) that Australia has done – and still does – very little to contribute to the making of a world that can live at peace with itself. The grim truth is that for most of the history of European intervention on this continent, […]

December 1st, 2018 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature,Peace | Read More »

Revelations about Australia and the Iraq war.

Revelations about Australia and the Iraq war.

James O’Neill. A new ABC report, quoting from a previously classified document, reveals that the Australian government decided in early 2002 to join the American-led Iraq War, but failed to disclose that to Parliament or the public. A newly declassified document, originally compiled by Dr Albert Palazzo of the Australian Army’s Land Warfare Studies Centre, […]

December 1st, 2018 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature,Peace | Read More »

New UN report outlines ‘urgent, transformational’ change needed to hold global warming to 1.5°C.

New UN report outlines ‘urgent, transformational’ change needed to hold global warming to 1.5°C.

Mark Howden Australian National University and Rebecca Colvin Australian National University A landmark report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, commissioned at the breakthrough 2015 summit that brokered the Paris climate agreement, outlines what’s at stake in the world’s bid to limit global temperature rise to 1.5℃. The report, released today, sets out the […]

November 1st, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Have we lost the ideal of the common good?

Have we lost the ideal of the common good?

Editorial Peter Whiting. Regrettably, many of us have by now become inured to those frequent advertisements asking us to sponsor an animal under threat of extinction. Even more sadly, we do not respond with quite the same generosity as of old to similar requests to support children in distress in countries torn apart by war, […]

October 28th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Ignore the planet & our grandchildren at our peril.

Ignore the planet & our grandchildren at our peril.

John Menadue The government has thrown in its lot with climate sceptics, the loony right, which includes the Murdoch media and the coal miners. We have a government with no policy on climate change at all. The responses by the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and Ministers for the Environment and Energy to the latest […]

October 28th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Everyone deserves a home: the Catholic Social Justice Statement.

Everyone deserves a home: the Catholic Social Justice Statement.

Tony French. That’s the concluding line in the 2018-2019 Social Justice Statement of the Australian Catholic Bishops, titled A place to call home – making a home for everyone in our land. Clearly, that is a sentiment with which we can readily agree. But there is less ready agreement in its implementation. And this tension […]

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