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An upside-down world.

An upside-down world.

Peter Whiting. I can’t help but think we are living in some Alice in Wonderland moment, in which things are all upside-down. Around us, we are hearing regular commentary on the increasing inequality in Australia, and acknowledging that measures are required to improve the circumstances of those at the low end of the socio-economic scale. […]

April 6th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

The Federal Budget – we need a ‘fair go for all’.

The Federal Budget – we need a ‘fair go for all’.

Jenny Begent. Now that we have happened upon more fortunate times, let us recognise that we are our brother’s keepers, and set to work, regardless of party distinctions and religious differences, to make this world of ours a little bit more like home for those whom we call our brethren. William Booth (1890). Over a […]

April 6th, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Low-paid work is part of the problem, not the solution.

Low-paid work is part of the problem, not the solution.

John Buchanan University of Sydney Employer organisations, such as the Australian Retailers Association, supported by the federal government, have recently argued that wages for Australia’s lowest-paid workers should be increased by less than inflation. This would mean a cut in real wages. But none of their assertions are sustained by evidence or research. Three arguments […]

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

How do we solve a problem like rough sleeping?

How do we solve a problem like rough sleeping?

Jenny Begent. I am fortunate enough to live in Melbourne, considered by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in London the most liveable city in the world. Due, in no small part I suspect, to its great coffee and café culture, but also to its healthcare, education, stability, culture, environment, and infrastructure. On the EIU, it […]

April 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

The litany of failed privatisations.

The litany of failed privatisations.

John Menadue. Reprinted from John Menadue’s splendid blog. Ideologues, the self-interested bankers, and accountants and lawyers persist with their fixation on privatisation, despite the fact that it is failing in one area after another, and that the electorate shows very clearly that it does not want it. The latest political example was in the WA election, […]

April 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Child mortality is falling. Gates letter 2017.

Child mortality is falling. Gates letter 2017.

Frances Penington. It’s easy to become overrun by bad news, by reckless and callous policy decisions, and by stories of conflict and horror. Successive cuts to Australian foreign aid mean that our aid now makes up only 0.22% of our gross national income (well below the UN foreign aid target of 0.7%), and the proposed United […]

April 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Time for Australia to recognise Palestine? Editorial March 2017.

Time for Australia to recognise Palestine? Editorial March 2017.

Bruce Duncan. World leaders are still struggling with the implications of the Trump Administration. They are watching closely to see how firmly the new US President sticks to his campaign pledges, and how much he is prepared to listen to experienced advisors. Trump caused confusion with his recent disjointed remarks to the Israeli Prime Minister, […]

March 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

What future for Palestine?

What future for Palestine?

Bruce Duncan. On the eve of the visit of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit to Australia, the first by a serving Israeli prime minister, some of Australia’s leading ex-politicians called for recognition of Palestine as a state. Former Labor prime ministers, Kevin Rudd and Bob Hawke, along with former foreign ministers Bob Carr and Gareth Evans, […]

March 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Reconstructing juvenile justice – a seven-point plan.

Reconstructing juvenile justice – a seven-point plan.

Terry Laidler. Reprinted with permission from John Menadue’s blog Pearls & Irritations. A major public storm has erupted in Victoria about the government’s decision to locate a new juvenile justice detention centre at Werribee in the city’s south-west. Locals see it as demeaning to their neighbourhood, but, in my view, the whole idea is wrong, […]

March 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »

Is inequality fracturing our society?

Is inequality fracturing our society?

Gary Harkin. Inequality has grown to unimagined extremes in our world. A recent report by Oxfam dramatically protests about “Eighty billionaires controlling as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion people on the planet”. Meanwhile, in Australia, the independent Fair Work Commission made a decision on 23 February to reduce Sunday penalty rates. The ACTU […]

March 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »