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Partially right: rejecting neoliberalism shouldn’t mean giving up on social liberalism.

Partially right: rejecting neoliberalism shouldn’t mean giving up on social liberalism.

Richard Holden UNSW, & Rosalind Dixon UNSW. Richard Denniss’s Quarterly Essay, Dead Right: How Neoliberalism Ate Itself and What Comes Next, is a thought-provoking call to arms against an array of perceived ills – economic rationalism, market forces, small government, tax cuts, incentives, even corporate sponsorship. Denniss provides a useful provocation for a much-needed debate in Australia […]

June 29th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

Ongoing class warfare.

John Menadue. Pauline Hanson  usually votes for the wealthy end of town. She’s done it again. Upper income earners will be the biggest beneficiaries over the next seven years with the recent tax cuts. Average total earnings for employees are about $62,000 a year. Moving to  a flat marginal tax rate of 32.5% for incomes […]

June 26th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Politics | Read More »

Budget fails struggling Aussies.

Budget fails struggling Aussies.

Jason Davies-Kildea (Captain). While the 2018 Federal Budget contains some positive initiatives, it fails to deliver on one of the biggest drivers of poverty and disadvantage in the country – the cost of housing. Every day, organisations like The Salvation Army see thousands of Australians struggling to keep up with everyday living expenses. A recent […]

May 16th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

The banking royal commission confirms our worst fears about many business executives and crony capitalism.

The banking royal commission confirms our worst fears about many business executives and crony capitalism.

John Menadue. A revealing heading appeared in an article a while back by Ross Gittins, the economics editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, Faster growth demands better chief executives. He concluded his article by pointing to the need for business leadership to seize the economic opportunities. “Our overpaid and underperforming chief executive officers are getting […]

April 27th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Politics | Read More »

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 »

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 »

Infrastructure, rent-seekers, & lobbyists.

Infrastructure, rent-seekers, & lobbyists.

John Menadue. As our mining boom has receded, Australia has seen unprecedented sums flow to transport infrastructure projects, mostly in our two biggest cities. But we have a real mess on our hands. While we might acknowledge the economic principles in play, we are doing far too little to hold to account deep and continual […]

March 7th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

A new start for NEWSTART, and a new long-term vision to address poverty.

A new start for NEWSTART, and a new long-term vision to address poverty.

Vin Martin. Social Security Reform: Revisiting Henderson, Poverty, & Basic Income 15 & 16 February 2018 University of Melbourne A conference organised by the Melbourne Institute and the Brotherhood of St Laurence What do you want from life? A basic level of security and wellbeing? Opportunities for personal development, and freedom to participate in society […]

March 1st, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

Professor Muhammad Yunus to launch his book, A World of Three Zeroes.

You are invited to the book launch on Monday 19 March, 5.00-6.00pm at The Windsor Hotel, Bourke Room, 111 Spring St., Melbourne.   Professor Muhammad Yunus is a pioneering economist who invented microcredit, founded Grameen Bank, and earned a Nobel Prize for his work towards alleviating poverty.   In  A World of Three Zeroes, he […]

February 7th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Events | Read More »

Hunger in the lucky country. Charities step in where government fails.

Hunger in the lucky country. Charities step in where government fails.

Carol Richards. Queensland University of Technology The non-profit organisation Foodbank released its report Fighting Hunger in Australia this month. Like earlier research it reported that around 15% of Australians experienced food insecurity – an extraordinary figure given up to 40% of edible, but cosmetically imperfect, food is discarded before it reaches the market. The survey […]

February 1st, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Global poverty,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »