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Microcredit: creating a thriving socio-ecological rural community in Batangas, Philippines.

Microcredit: creating a thriving socio-ecological rural community in Batangas, Philippines.

Augustine Doronila. The 2015 encyclical by Pope Francis, Laudato Sí: On care for our common home, is considered a rallying point, not only for Catholics, but also for people from different faith traditions, and for those of goodwill. It has spoken powerfully about how our religious and spiritual consciousness has a vital role to play […]

June 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Global poverty,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

It’s time to draw the line: justice in the Timor Sea.

It’s time to draw the line: justice in the Timor Sea.

Susan Connelly RSJ. “It is amazing that Australian taxpayers’ money is being used to fight a small neighbour over where the fence-line should be. And it’s a bit of a laugh that, with all the talk about ‘border protection’, there isn’t a border between Australia and Timor”, says Josephite Sister Susan Connelly. If you own […]

June 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Global poverty,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Naomi Klein. This changes everything: capitalism vs climate change.

Naomi Klein. This changes everything: capitalism vs climate change.

Reviewed by Kevin Peoples. This politically-charged book reads like a great dramatic novel. The drama is fixed in a clash of values. On one side are the powerful free-market fundamentalists. They are the rich and powerful of the world, committed to wealth, consumerism, and materialism, the articulate voices for profit-driven growth. Their actions rape the […]

April 10th, 2016 | Posted in Book Reviews,Economic issues,Feature,Global poverty,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Over 600,000 Aussie kids – 17.7 percent – living in poverty.

Over 600,000 Aussie kids – 17.7 percent – living in poverty.

Michael Walter. When I first volunteered to help at Vinnies Kids Camps, I naively viewed the camps as not very different from the holiday camps I attended as a child. The activities were the same, we led the same chants, and the kids had fun in both instances. What has changed for me, after three […]

April 10th, 2016 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

Our mission: your social justice concerns.

Our mission: your social justice concerns.

We invite your feedback & views. Peter Whiting. When you click on the Mission tab of our webpage, you will see our mission statement, beginning: Social Policy Connections is an independent, ecumenical organisation, motivated and informed by Christian social thinking. Our purpose is to expand awareness of social justice issues in Australia and overseas, and to […]

March 8th, 2016 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty,Issues of concern,Participate | Read More »

Nowhere to lay their heads: homeless in Melbourne.

Nowhere to lay their heads: homeless in Melbourne.

Jenny Begent. And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20). A visitor to the city of Melbourne would be struck by its apparent affluence, with its wide leafy green streets, elegant aging buildings, bustling city […]

March 4th, 2016 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Time for inspired leadership.

Time for inspired leadership.

Peter Whiting.  Millions of people have been mesmerised by Pope Francis speaking to the joint sitting of US Congress and the United Nations General Assembly. What is it about him that attracts such attention, even from many people who are not believers in any religion? I would suggest he speaks with great respect for his […]

September 30th, 2015 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature,Global poverty,Peace,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Church calls for humane treatment of asylum seekers.

Church calls for humane treatment of asylum seekers.

Michael Walter.  Australia’s Catholic bishops call for an increase in our intake of refugees, immediate closure of offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru, and for all of us to build communities which welcome and support asylum seekers. As a nation, we are not doing enough for asylum seekers, according to the Catholic bishops in […]

September 30th, 2015 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature,Global poverty,Peace,Politics | Read More »

Pope Francis calls for a global economy with a conscience.

Pope Francis calls for a global economy with a conscience.

Bruce Duncan.  During his July trip to Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay, some of the poorest countries in Latin America, Pope Francis has voiced the anguish and concerns of millions of people who are struggling to rise out of severe poverty and marginalisation, yet who are “exploited like slaves”. Speaking to a crowd of two million […]

July 17th, 2015 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

Budget 2015: even more unfair.

Budget 2015: even more unfair.

Bruce Duncan.  To save the Coalition ship from the electoral shoals, the government has moderated its hard-line neoliberal rhetoric, but has added to the pain inflicted on low-income groups. Faced with plunging opinion polls and likely defeat at the next election, the Abbott government has abandoned the debt-crisis rationale of its first budget and tried […]

June 1st, 2015 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Global poverty,Politics | Read More »