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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 »

Which housing issues should the budget tackle? This is what our experts say.

Which housing issues should the budget tackle? This is what our experts say.

Richard Tomlinson University of Melbourne The Conversation has published many articles by Australia’s foremost academics on policies that affect housing. In the lead-up to expected announcements in the federal budget in May, we review the arguments in the articles since January 2016 – 81 were identified, of which 58 concerned housing policy. This article focuses […]

April 29th, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

Who defines Australian values?

Who defines Australian values?

Peter Whiting. In putting forward the proposal to revamp the Australian citizenship test, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stated that most people would be pleased that “…we are standing up for Australian values”. At first flush, this seems an appealing proposition. But a closer observation opens up a host of issues. In an Australia where there […]

April 29th, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,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 »