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Editorial. A budget for an election.

Peter Whiting. With a Federal election being tipped for mid-May 2019, and an April budget to accommodate it, it is hardly surprising that the budget handed down on 2 April had a number of initiatives clearly focused on specific community groups and marginal electorates in the hope of influencing electors’ voting decisions. It just would […]

April 3rd, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Climate change: we all care!

Tony French. Record greenhouse gas emissions are driving global temperatures to dangerous levels. This is the dire conclusion in the latest World Meteorological Organisation report, WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate In 2018. The WMO is part of the United Nations. The WMO report highlights record sea level rises, as well as […]

April 2nd, 2019 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Pope Francis in Morocco: building bridges, not walls.

Bruce Duncan. The appalling massacre in March of so many Muslim people in New Zealand’s Christchurch has shocked our countries deeply, and illustrated how urgent is the need to deepen understanding and increase solidarity among our faith communities. The Christchurch event was one in a too-long list of religiously motivated terror acts against Muslims, Christians, […]

April 2nd, 2019 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace | Read More »

The next long wave of reform: where will the ideas come from? Part 1.

Terry Moran. From an oration in honour of Jim Carlton AO at the University of Melbourne 25 March 2019. I want to talk about what I’m going to describe as a mission – Australia’s next long wave of reform. It is this third wave of reform which must bring us to a compact on the […]

March 31st, 2019 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »

The next long wave of reform: where will the ideas come from? Part 2.

Terry Moran. Economies such as ours are now experiencing a new debate about localism (as it is described in the UK), or a increasingly broad role for city government or regions (this being the focus of the debate in the United States). The Europeans have for some time called this subsidiarity for some time. Community […]

March 30th, 2019 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »

At a climate tipping point.

Andrew Glikson. According to Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, chief climate advisor to the European Union, “We’re simply talking about the very life support system of this planet”. As fascism and the horror of murderous hate crimes are spreading around the world, governments are presiding over runaway climate change, leading toward a mass extinction of species, costing […]

March 29th, 2019 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Climate crisis: not so slow-burning now.

Editorial. Future generations will struggle to understand why key Australian politicians and sections of the media refused so long to recognise that global warming was an immediate threat to Australia and the world. January 2019 was the hottest month on record in Australia, with the nation’s mean temperature above 30C for the first time. According […]

March 6th, 2019 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

There are many good ideas to tackle inequality – it’s time we acted on them.

Marianna Brungs, University of Sydney. This is the final article in the Reclaiming the Fair Go series, a collaboration between The Conversation, the Sydney Democracy Network, and the Sydney Peace Foundation to mark the awarding of the 2018 Sydney Peace Prize to Nobel laureate and economics professor Joseph Stiglitz. These articles reflect on the crisis […]

March 5th, 2019 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

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 »