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Australia’s engagement with Asia & the world has fallen on hard times.

Australia’s engagement with Asia & the world has fallen on hard times.

Joseph A Camilleri  In the vain hope of minimising the catastrophic consequences of America’s 16-year-long military intervention, Donald Trump has just announced yet another surge in its military presence in Afghanistan. Australia, like other allies, will also be asked to do more, and will almost certainly agree to the request. This is part of the […]

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Politics | Read More »

When will Saudi Arabia be brought to account for its malign influence & promotion of terrorism?

When will Saudi Arabia be brought to account for its malign influence & promotion of terrorism?

John Menadue Through its support of extremist Wahhabism, the Saudi government has been promoting radical Islam around the world. Its influence has included funding schools, universities, and mosques, in over 80 countries. But, like the issue of the burqa, few Australians want to discuss the highly dangerous activities of the Saudi government. In previous posts […]

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Increasing calls for self-determination for West Papua.

Increasing calls for self-determination for West Papua.

Bruce Duncan. Report of a conversation with Anglican priest Peter Woods and human rights advocate Louise Byrne. Human rights abuses in West Papua are causing Melanesian and Polynesian countries throughout the Pacific to voice increasing alarm in international forums, and to call for genuine self-determination for West Papuans. Speaking at the SPC forum on 2 […]

August 7th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Peace,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Chilcot – the Iraq war & Murdoch’s war on critics. (Repost.)

Chilcot – the Iraq war & Murdoch’s war on critics. (Repost.)

John Menadue. From John Menadue’s blog, Pearls & Irritations, 10 July 2017.  On 1 July 2014, I posted a story about the role of News Corp and Rupert Murdoch in the Iraq disaster. The Chilcot Report confirms  how News Corp publications misled readers and viciously attacked their opponents. News Corp demonstrated it is indeed a […]

August 6th, 2017 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Ten years on, it’s time we learned the lessons from the failed Northern Territory Intervention.

Ten years on, it’s time we learned the lessons from the failed Northern Territory Intervention.

Diana Perche UNSW. Ten years ago this month, the then prime minister, John Howard, and his Indigenous affairs minister, Mal Brough, launched the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) into remote Indigenous communities. With no warning, and no consultation, the federal government moved swiftly to seize control of many aspects of the daily lives of residents […]

July 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Indigenous Issues,Politics | Read More »

Bob Murray’s reprise on the 1950s’ Labor Split & Santamaria.

Bob Murray’s reprise on the 1950s’ Labor Split & Santamaria.

Reviewed by Bruce Duncan. Robert Murray Labor & Santamaria (Melbourne Australian Scholarly Publishing 2017) ppx+103, with a Foreword by Graham Freudenberg. Veteran political journalist, Bob Murray, has produced a short lively account of the traumatic events of the great Labor Split of the 1950s in a way which makes the story readily accessible to readers […]

July 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Consternation over Trump.

Consternation over Trump.

Bruce Duncan. The month of May has been a real rollercoaster, with shocking terrorist attacks on innocent people in Britain, Egypt, Afghanistan, and Iraq, as well as in France and Germany. Wars continue to fester in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East and Africa, with thousands killed, including women and children. In Yemen, a […]

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

Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia, & the hypocrisy Olympics.

Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia, & the hypocrisy Olympics.

Peter Rodgers. The breathless hypocrisy of Donald Trump’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia should leave us all reeling. Bad enough is the fact that the new president could make his first overseas journey to the very country he previously castigated, rightly, as the motherlode of 9/11. But the sycophancy he displayed to his hosts, especially […]

June 1st, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Building a just society.

Building a just society.

Race Mathews on the significance of Catholic & co-operative social reform movements. Reviewed by Bruce Duncan As one of Australia’s most eminent Labor figures and historians, Race Mathews has offered a fresh interpretation of the Australian labour movement over the last 125 years, examining the development and impact of Catholic social ideas and movements. Other historians have […]

April 29th, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

It’s becoming easier than ever to go to war.

It’s becoming easier than ever to go to war.

John Menadue. We used to think the gravest decision any government could make was to take its country to war. Not any more. Going to war for us has now become almost commonplace. We commit to war after war – Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan – but we are unwilling to contemplate the disaster each of those […]

April 29th, 2017 | Posted in Disarmament,Feature,Peace,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »