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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 »

Low-paid work is part of the problem, not the solution.

Low-paid work is part of the problem, not the solution.

John Buchanan University of Sydney Employer organisations, such as the Australian Retailers Association, supported by the federal government, have recently argued that wages for Australia’s lowest-paid workers should be increased by less than inflation. This would mean a cut in real wages. But none of their assertions are sustained by evidence or research. Three arguments […]

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

The litany of failed privatisations.

The litany of failed privatisations.

John Menadue. Reprinted from John Menadue’s splendid blog. Ideologues, the self-interested bankers, and accountants and lawyers persist with their fixation on privatisation, despite the fact that it is failing in one area after another, and that the electorate shows very clearly that it does not want it. The latest political example was in the WA election, […]

April 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Time for Australia to recognise Palestine? Editorial March 2017.

Time for Australia to recognise Palestine? Editorial March 2017.

Bruce Duncan. World leaders are still struggling with the implications of the Trump Administration. They are watching closely to see how firmly the new US President sticks to his campaign pledges, and how much he is prepared to listen to experienced advisors. Trump caused confusion with his recent disjointed remarks to the Israeli Prime Minister, […]

March 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Is inequality fracturing our society?

Is inequality fracturing our society?

Gary Harkin. Inequality has grown to unimagined extremes in our world. A recent report by Oxfam dramatically protests about “Eighty billionaires controlling as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion people on the planet”. Meanwhile, in Australia, the independent Fair Work Commission made a decision on 23 February to reduce Sunday penalty rates. The ACTU […]

March 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Struggling for decent housing: Thirty years of St Kilda community activism & the Port Phillip Housing Association.

Struggling for decent housing: Thirty years of St Kilda community activism & the Port Phillip Housing Association.

Book review. Many books and articles catalogue the often turbulent history of housing activism across Australian cities. The Victorian cases are usually focused on the inner north of Melbourne. A recent example, Trendyville: the battle for Australian cities, documents the slum reclamation battles, the involvement of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Oswald Barnett, and […]

February 5th, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Our growing housing crisis: what to do?

Our growing housing crisis: what to do?

Gary Harkin. ‘Gen Rent’, the unfortunate demographic The data on Australian residential property is scary. In the overheated Sydney market, the aspiring homeowner will receive no change from $300,000, after a 20 per cent deposit, legal costs, and stamp duty. Even given oft-cited parental support, it is members of a rare group indeed which can […]

December 8th, 2016 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »