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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 »

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 »

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 »

New budget standards show just how inadequate the Newstart Allowance has become.

New budget standards show just how inadequate the Newstart Allowance has become.

Peter Saunders UNSW It’s long been accepted that the level of Newstart Allowance for the un-employed is too low. The Henry Tax Review proposed an increase of “about $50 a week” in the payment for single people to restore parity with the couple rate. Several community organisations, including the Australian Council of Social Service, have called […]

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

Australians want more children than they have, so are we in the midst of a demographic crisis?

Australians want more children than they have, so are we in the midst of a demographic crisis?

Leah Ruppanner University of Melbourne First published in The Conversation 2 August 2017 Australians want more children than they actually have, according to newly released data collected as part of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey. Analysing data over 15 years, the study reports that by age 40, Australian men and women desire 1.5 […]

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

Curious Vatican article challenges right-wing US Catholics.

Curious Vatican article challenges right-wing US Catholics.

Bruce Duncan. Was Pope Francis aware that the Jesuit periodical La Civita Cattolica was strongly attacking right-wing US Catholics for abandoning Church social teaching by political alliances with very fundamentalist Christian groups? A mid-July article in La Civita Cattolica argued provocatively that some right-wing US Catholics have compromised Church social teaching by engaging in political alliances with fundamentalist […]

August 4th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

Consumers, cowboys, & cops.

Consumers, cowboys, & cops.

Tony French. When my daughter, Kate, recently joined the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) as a graduate trainee, I thought, there’s not much long-term future for her being a ‘consumer cop’. My reasoning was, isn’t there already a well accepted and established Australian consumer law at State and Federal levels, and plenty of awareness […]

July 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Ex-prisoners deserve a ‘fair go’ for a new life.

Ex-prisoners deserve a ‘fair go’ for a new life.

Jason Davies-Kildae. A cursory scan of just about any set of prisoner demographics quickly reveals a catalogue of social disadvantage. Our prison populations show disproportionately high numbers of people with health problems, including mental illness, addictions, intellectual disability, and acquired brain injury. Other over-represented groups reflect lifelong social barriers, such as coming from a place […]

July 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Global poverty,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Pope Francis delivered the hard talk about the economy that Davos didn’t.

Pope Francis delivered the hard talk about the economy that Davos didn’t.

Lawrence Chong. CEO Consulus, Business Design Strategist Lawrence Chong responds to the address by Pope Francis on ethical problems in the global economy at a large meeting of the Economy of Communion network in February 2017. At a time of failing governments, unravelling of the global order, rising populism, and a technological wave which might […]

April 29th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »