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Pope Francis & the Common Good. Where is our society going?

Seminar. Saturday 24 June 10am-1pm Newman College 887 Swanston Street Parkville A free event, but for catering, please contact Br Mark O’Connor 0429 694 707  |  mark.oconnor@marists.org.au An expert in Catholic social thinking, Bishop John McElroy of San Diego, is a prominent advocate for the poor and 200,000-plus migrants in his diocese. He has doctorates […]

May 7th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,Member Events,Politics | Read More »

Francis: challenging nationalism, market rule, & overconfident technology.

Prominent US social justice Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego. Friday 23 June 5-6.30pm Newman College 887 Swanston Street Parkville A free event, but please RSVP for catering to Br Mark O’Connor 0429 694 707 |   mark.oconnor@marists.org.au Bishop McElroy is a strong advocate for the poor and for more than 200,000 undocumented migrants in […]

May 7th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,Politics | Read More »

Building a just society.

Building a just society.

Race Mathews on the significance of Catholic and 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,Feature,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 »

Who defines Australian values?

Who defines Australian values?

Peter Whiting. In putting forward the proposal to revamp the Australian citizenship test, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stated that most people would be pleased that “…we are standing up for Australian values”. At first flush, this seems an appealing proposition. But a closer observation opens up a host of issues. In an Australia where there […]

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

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 »