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SPC News April 2019. A budget for an election.

Download a .pdf of SPC News April 2019 A budget for an election. Peter Whiting With a Federal election tipped for mid-May 2019, and an April budget to accommodate it, it is hardly surprising that – in the hope of influencing electors’ voting decisions – the budget handed down on 2 April had a number […]

April 4th, 2019 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

SPC News March 2019. Climate crisis: not so slow-burning now.

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 […]

March 7th, 2019 | Posted in Newsletter Archives,Newsletters | Read More »

SPC News February 2019. Australia Day & our ‘culture wars’.

Australia Day & our ‘culture wars’ Peter Whiting Whatever your view, whether you hold firmly to the idea that Australia Day should continue to be held on 26 January, or whether some other day is preferred, there is a need soberly and openly to discuss at a national level the fact that the day which […]

February 11th, 2019 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

SPC News December 2018. Climate change: “the most important issue we face”.

SPC News December 2018. Climate change: “the most important issue we face”.

Download a .pdf of SPC News. Climate change: “the most important issue we face” At the UN’s COP24 climate talks currently under way in Poland, the 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 […]

December 6th, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

SPC News November 2018. Have we lost the ideal of the common good?

SPC News November 2018. Have we lost the ideal of the common good?

Read a .pdf of SPC News. Have we lost the ideal of the common good? Peter Whiting Editorial 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 […]

November 1st, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

SPC News October 2018. Amidst dark clouds, a precious silver lining.

SPC News October 2018. Amidst dark clouds, a precious silver lining.

Amidst dark clouds, a precious silver lining Once again, we are battered by bad news of the possibility of widespread malpractice in another major sector, as Prime Minister Morrison has announced a royal commission into aged care, with allegations of price gouging by some pro-profits, chronic understaffing, appalling wages for staff, and poor nutrition for […]

September 20th, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

SPC News September 2018. Liveability for whom?

SPC News September 2018. Liveability for whom?

  Liveability for whom? Peter Whiting In our editorial this month, Peter Whiting contrasts the growing profile between government spending on physical infrastructure and initiatives on social infrastructure. None of this commentary is meant to suggest that, as a community, we do not need and will not benefit from the major transport infrastructure programs proposed by Federal […]

September 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

SPC News August 2018. The Thai cave rescue & the surge of common humanity.

SPC News August 2018. The Thai cave rescue & the surge of common humanity.

Download a .pdf of SPC News August 2018. The Thai cave rescue & the surge of common humanity. Chris Mulherin. The inspiration and lessons of this story go beyond riveting real-time TV and lives saved. In my view, what we saw during that gripping week in July was human community at its best: individuals finding […]

August 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

SPC News July 2018. Can we preserve our social values, & still have a prosperous economy?

SPC News July 2018. Can we preserve our social values, & still have a prosperous economy?

Download a .pdf of SPC News July 2018. Can we preserve our social values, & still have a prosperous economy? This issue of SPC News offers three views on inequality. John Menadue writes robustly that the class war is real and being waged by the rich. Rosalind Dixon responds to Richard Denniss, agreeing that there […]

June 29th, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

SPC News June 2018. Where are our statesmen and women?

SPC News June 2018. Where are our statesmen and women?

Download a .pdf of SPC News June 2018 edition. Where are our statesmen and women? Peter Whiting John Maynard Keynes, reflecting in 1933 on the road to recovery after the Great Depression, wrote, “It is not an engineering problem or an agricultural problem. It is not even a business problem … nor is it a […]

June 1st, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »