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Pope Francis under attack.

Pope Francis under attack.

Bruce Duncan Despite his immense popularity among most Catholics and many others, not just Christians, Pope Francis is meeting increasing opposition and outspoken criticism, even from some cardinals and bishops, as well as from some prominent academics and writers. Contention centres on his views on the pastoral implications of moral theology on divorce and remarriage, […]

November 1st, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Why has Australia been almost continuously at war?

Why has Australia been almost continuously at war?

Henry Reynolds Delivered this International Day of Peace Lecture at St John’s Cathedral Brisbane on 21 September 2017. It is republished from John Menadue’s blog 26 October 2017. In a letter written in August 1855 to his colleague John Bright, the great free trade liberal, Richard Cobden, expressed his hostility to Britain’s involvement in the Crimean War. “And […]

October 29th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Government spending on Indigenous people is rising, so why do so many still live in poverty?

Government spending on Indigenous people is rising, so why do so many still live in poverty?

Nicholas Biddle Australian National University At first glance, the most recent review of government expenditure on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Australians is quite staggering. It estimates that direct expenditure was A$33.4 billion, an increase of around 23.7% since the first report in 2008-09 (taking into account inflation). This equates to A$44,886 per Aboriginal and […]

October 28th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Indigenous Issues,Politics | Read More »

Russell Broadbent launches critique of Australian refugee policies.

Russell Broadbent launches critique of Australian refugee policies.

Australia faces a T-intersection: time to resolve our refugee crisis. Bruce Duncan Liberal member for McMillan in Gippsland, Russell Broadbent, challenged his own political party sharply, as well as Australia’s detention policies for refugees on Manus Island and Nauru, saying that Australians were finding it quite ‘unacceptable’ that we treat refugees so badly, keeping them […]

October 9th, 2017 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature,SPC Events 2017 | Read More »

Bishops challenge growing inequality & exclusion in Australia.

Bishops challenge growing inequality & exclusion in Australia.

Why Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive & sustainable economy matters. Peter Whiting As Australia entered the 20th Century, it was a dynamic country, very wealthy by world standards, and socially progressive. Constructive policies, such as a minimum wage and the eight-hour working day, were put in place, and an egalitarian spirit formed part of how […]

October 5th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Politics | Read More »

Michael Yore: Can we adjust our moral compass so economics truly enhances wellbeing for everyone?

Michael Yore: Can we adjust our moral compass so economics truly enhances wellbeing for everyone?

A Response to Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement Everyone’s Business: developing an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy (2017-18) Kristy was a mother of four small children who ended up in high-rise public housing after fleeing her abusive partner. The micro-finance scheme operated by the welfare organisation near her block of flats assisted her in a dignified […]

October 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers, by Tony Ward.

Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers, by Tony Ward.

Reviewed by Tony French If, like me, you want to put the current ‘refugee crisis’ into some kind of historical perspective, then I recommend Tony Ward’s recent publication, Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers. This is a well-researched and readable review of Australia’s response to refugees arriving here by boat since the 1990s. This […]

October 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Book Reviews,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,SPC Events 2017 | Read More »

Foreign contract workers, ABNs, and the deregulation of our labour market by stealth

Foreign contract workers, ABNs, and the deregulation of our labour market by stealth

Michael West 25 September 2017 “The biggest failure of public administration since the formation of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1900.” Australian Tax Office insider. “The result of having the wrong system where taxes are too high and a labour market which is over-regulated.” Liberal Party insider. We are talking about the broad, state-sanctioned, backdoor deregulation of […]

October 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,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 »