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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 »

2018 – a year for confronting looming threats.

2018 – a year for confronting looming threats.

Astonishing the scientific world, human remains have been found in Israel, dating back some 200,000 years, far older than any other human remains found outside Africa. It appears our human ancestry is more complex than we believed. But what of our human future? Where will human beings be in 200,000 years? Will we have survived […]

January 29th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

The Catalan Integral Cooperative: an inspiring development.

The Catalan Integral Cooperative: an inspiring development.

Geoff Lacey. In 2009, a network of local activists in Spain put forward a proposal through a newspaper to establish a cooperative. In May 2010, they came together and founded the Catalan Integral Cooperative (CIC). This has turned out to be a major new development in the world cooperative movement. According to its website, the […]

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

Governments haven’t always shirked responsibility for our low wages.

Governments haven’t always shirked responsibility for our low wages.

Warwick Smith. University of Melbourne. For the last four years or so average wages in Australia have barely kept pace with inflation, meaning no real pay rises. And all the while, the government has been betting on the market to improve things. Treasurer Scott Morrison stated: As the labour market tightens, that’s obviously going to […]

December 8th, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

Editorial: Wiring social justice into the economy.

Editorial: Wiring social justice into the economy.

Peter Whiting. Following SPC’s AGM on 5 December, Professor Paul Smyth addressed members of Social Policy Connections on the topic in the title above. His basic assertion was that the neoliberal framework which has underpinned much of Australia’s economic and social policy for the last thirty years has run its course, and we need to […]

December 8th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

The triple target for electricity supply: cutting emissions, curbing price, ensuring supply.

Bill Frilay. If ever there were an industry at an inflexion point, it is our electricity supply industry. In most states, supply has long come from black or brown coal used to fuel large generators in the coal fields by state-owned monopoly enterprises. We now have major changes and challenges: privatisation of the industry in […]

November 28th, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

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 »