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Why has Australia been almost continuously at war?

Why has Australia been almost continuously at war?

Henry Reynolds Delivered this International Day of Peace Lecture at St John’s Cathedral Brisbane on 21 September 2017. It is republished from John Menadue’s blog 26 October 2017. In a letter written in August 1855 to his colleague John Bright, the great free trade liberal, Richard Cobden, expressed his hostility to Britain’s involvement in the Crimean War. “And […]

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

Government spending on Indigenous people is rising, so why do so many still live in poverty?

Government spending on Indigenous people is rising, so why do so many still live in poverty?

Nicholas Biddle Australian National University At first glance, the most recent review of government expenditure on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Australians is quite staggering. It estimates that direct expenditure was A$33.4 billion, an increase of around 23.7% since the first report in 2008-09 (taking into account inflation). This equates to A$44,886 per Aboriginal and […]

October 28th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Indigenous Issues,Politics | Read More »

Bishops challenge growing inequality & exclusion in Australia.

Bishops challenge growing inequality & exclusion in Australia.

Why Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive & sustainable economy matters. Peter Whiting As Australia entered the 20th Century, it was a dynamic country, very wealthy by world standards, and socially progressive. Constructive policies, such as a minimum wage and the eight-hour working day, were put in place, and an egalitarian spirit formed part of how […]

October 5th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Politics | Read More »

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 »