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An upside-down world.

An upside-down world.

Peter Whiting. I can’t help but think we are living in some Alice in Wonderland moment, in which things are all upside-down. Around us, we are hearing regular commentary on the increasing inequality in Australia, and acknowledging that measures are required to improve the circumstances of those at the low end of the socio-economic scale. […]

April 6th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Politics,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 »

How do we solve a problem like rough sleeping?

How do we solve a problem like rough sleeping?

Jenny Begent. I am fortunate enough to live in Melbourne, considered by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in London the most liveable city in the world. Due, in no small part I suspect, to its great coffee and café culture, but also to its healthcare, education, stability, culture, environment, and infrastructure. On the EIU, it […]

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

Professor Joe Camilleri: How is the world to engage with Trump’s America?

May lecture series St Michael’s Hall 120 Collins Street Melbourne Tuesday 9 and 16 May $20 each lecture, or two for $35. Bookings here Tuesday 9 May 6pm America, Russia, & China – three gorillas in the room Tuesday 16 May 6pm Is there life after Trump? What a creative politics might look like . 

March 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Disarmament,Events,Politics | Read More »

What future for Palestine?

What future for Palestine?

Bruce Duncan. On the eve of the visit of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit to Australia, the first by a serving Israeli prime minister, some of Australia’s leading ex-politicians called for recognition of Palestine as a state. Former Labor prime ministers, Kevin Rudd and Bob Hawke, along with former foreign ministers Bob Carr and Gareth Evans, […]

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

Reconstructing juvenile justice – a seven-point plan.

Reconstructing juvenile justice – a seven-point plan.

Terry Laidler. Reprinted with permission from John Menadue’s blog Pearls & Irritations. A major public storm has erupted in Victoria about the government’s decision to locate a new juvenile justice detention centre at Werribee in the city’s south-west. Locals see it as demeaning to their neighbourhood, but, in my view, the whole idea is wrong, […]

March 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »

War, conflict, economic strife: the world in 2017 is rife with hot spots, but leavened by hope.

War, conflict, economic strife: the world in 2017 is rife with hot spots, but leavened by hope.

Susan Harris Rimmer, Griffith University. Published in The Conversation 28 February 2017. In all the attention rightfully given to the new US administration and Brexit, one could be forgiven for forgetting that other difficult political situations exist around the world. But they do exist, and in the uncertainty that surrounds global governance in 2017, this […]

March 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Politics | Read More »

How do we explain Trump?

How do we explain Trump?

Tony French. A recent statement by former Russian President Gorbachev caught my attention. In an interview with the Washington Post newspaper he said, “it all looks as if the world is preparing for war”. He sees a world overwhelmed with problems brought about by “bellicose world leaders and a media that echoes them”. That seems […]

February 6th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »