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Wage rises in the neoliberal new world order: bad policy & bad politics.

Wage rises in the neoliberal new world order: bad policy & bad politics.

Rob Stewart. Neoliberals are often wrong, but never in doubt. In pursuing its corporate tax cut agenda, the Government is attempting to shift the industrial relations paradigm, linking private sector wage rises to public sector funding cuts, despite the fact that corporate coffers have rarely been in better shape than at present. It is difficult […]

April 5th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

Shaping a just society: a place for a Christian worldview?

Shaping a just society: a place for a Christian worldview?

Peter Whiting. At Social Policy Connections, we take as our main objective “to help bring the social involvements of the churches into contemporary policy debates, and shape a just society”. In Australia at this time of a declining influence of a Christian worldview in favour of an aggressively secular one, such an objective may seem […]

April 4th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Government policies globally and the torture of refugees.

Government policies globally and the torture of refugees.

Spencer Zifcak. Nils Melzer is the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment. Recently, he presented a damning report to the UN Human Rights Council on the subjection of refugees across the world to torture. Melzer’s fundamental contention was that the primary cause of the massive abuse suffered by refugees globally […]

April 4th, 2018 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature,Politics | Read More »

Just War or Just Peace?

Just War or Just Peace?

Paul Rule. A little-noticed revolution has occurred recently in Catholic thinking about war and peace. Effectively, Just War calculus has been abandoned for a new emphasis on non-violence, and a primary pursuit of peace. The theory of the conditions for undertaking and pursuing a just war was developed from St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas, […]

April 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace | Read More »

Active Non-Violence &the Sustainable Development Goals.

Active Non-Violence &the Sustainable Development Goals.

Caesar D’Mello. Revitalising the tools of Non-Violence Report on a Pax Christi consultation in the Philippines “I call on people of goodwill to recognise what Christians profess as a consequence of faith: that it is only by considering our peers as brothers and sisters that humanity can overcome wars and conflicts… Your thoughts on revitalising […]

April 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Why do the critical Sustainable Development Goals receive so little attention in Australia?

Why do the critical Sustainable Development Goals receive so little attention in Australia?

Loreto Sister Libby Rogerson. The decision on 25 September 2015 by the 193 member states of the UN to endorse, support and promote a global program to eradicate world poverty was nothing short of momentous. The 17 goals with their respective targets and indicators were laid out in the document Transforming Our World: the 2030 […]

March 31st, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Was God just a spectator at the Crucifixion?

by Bruce Duncan Is Easter simply a relic from the past and a chance for a holiday break? Why have the dramatic events of Easter been so significant in our cultures, and why is Easter still so central to Christian belief?   Many of us struggle to understand the significance of Easter, the crucifixion of […]

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

Joe Camilleri on our US alliance: surely we can do better.

Joe Camilleri on our US alliance: surely we can do better.

Joseph A Camilleri. In the year that Trump has been in the White House, ministers have continued to repeat the well-worn mantra that we are committed to defending and upholding the international rules-based order and the web of norms, alliances, and institutions created over the last seventy years. Such glib rhetoric, a feature also of […]

March 8th, 2018 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

To close the health gap, we need programs that work. Here are three of them.

To close the health gap, we need programs that work. Here are three of them.

Neale Cohen Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute Jonathan Carapetis Telethon Kids Institute Sue Kildea The University of Queensland While death rates from heart and kidney disease have dropped among Indigenous people, death rates from cancer are on the rise. The tenth Closing the Gap report to be tabled in Parliament today is expected to show progress in […]

March 8th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Indigenous Issues | Read More »

Our tax, wage, & social benefit systems need urgent repair.

Our tax, wage, & social benefit systems need urgent repair.

Bruce Duncan. Every other day, new scandals pop up, disturbing the business community, and bringing  forcefully to our attention that our wage, tax, and social security systems are ‘broken’, and in need of urgent attention and re-thinking. Franchisee scandal of widespread underpayment Have you ever wondered why you only seem to see Indian or other […]

March 7th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »