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In the post-APEC scramble to lavish funds on PNG, here’s what the country really needs …

In the post-APEC scramble to lavish funds on PNG, here’s what the country really needs …

Mark Moran The University of Queensland. If you set out by dinghy from the northern-most inhabited part of Australia, you will make landfall fairly soon in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Boigu Island, part of Queensland, is the most northerly island in the Torres Strait. With its own Australia Post outlet, it is less than ten […]

December 6th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty,Politics | Read More »

Why are hundreds of thousands of Australian children struggling in poverty, even with a parent working full-time?

Why are hundreds of thousands of Australian children struggling in poverty, even with a parent working full-time?

Editorial. Australia has made little progress in recent decades to alleviate childhood poverty, according to Brian Lawrence, speaking on 17 October at an Anti-Poverty Week event, sponsored by Catholic Social Services Victoria. He said wages for many people were too low to lift children out of poverty. Mr Lawrence has drafted submissions and appeared at […]

October 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Politics | Read More »

Murdoch & Stokes.

Murdoch & Stokes.

Rod Tiffin. If the Liberal leadership upheaval was a Muppet show, as Scott Morrison described it, Rupert Murdoch and Kerry Stokes have been revealed as its Statler and Waldorf. Muppets fans will remember the two cantankerous old men who heckled from the sidelines. The media moguls did not heckle publicly, but their behind-the-scenes barracking was […]

September 19th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »

Scott Morrison, the ‘Prosperity Gospel’, and neoliberalism.

Scott Morrison, the ‘Prosperity Gospel’, and neoliberalism.

Bruce Duncan. Sounding surprisingly like an evangelical revivalist, Prime Minister Morrison in Albury on 6 September highlighted the need for love in our country, for every Australian, and that this set the value base for his own thinking and presumably for policies of his government. No one in Albury objected to the ideal of love […]

September 13th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »

‘Liveability’ for whom?

‘Liveability’ for whom?

Peter Whiting. With the Victorian elections due in November, the timing of the recent announcement of a “visionary’ $50 billion underground rail loop for Melbourne is not entirely surprising. It follows a similar ‘visionary’ proposal for a city-to-airport link at an envisaged cost of $15 billion. It is a sad reality that infrastructure spending on […]

August 31st, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

First Confession: A sort of memoir by Chris Patten.

First Confession: A sort of memoir by Chris Patten.

Reviewed by Bill Frilay. Chris Patten has written a very interesting memoir on his multi-faceted life in politics, coupled with observations on his contemporaries and the issues of the day. Indeed, a full life. Brought up Catholic (of Irish descent on his father’s side) middle class in West London and educated in the Catholic school […]

August 14th, 2018 | Posted in Book Reviews,Feature,Politics | Read More »

Obama’s address for Mandela’s 100th birthday.

Obama’s address for Mandela’s 100th birthday.

Larry Kaufmann. A few days after many people throughout the world celebrated what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday on 17 July 2018, Barack Obama delivered the annual Mandela lecture in Johannesburg . Yet even as he highlighted Mandela’s affirmation of the common humanity of people, the Israeli government was busy passing a law […]

July 22nd, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »

Israel-Palestine : vale the two-state solution. Where to now?

Peter Rodgers. With the two-state solution in the morgue, governments around the globe will need to consider anew the unpalatable realities of this long-running conflict. As millions around the globe contemplated New Year resolutions on 31 December 2017, Israel’s ruling Likud party came up with one of its own. Its Central Committee overwhelmingly endorsed a […]

June 26th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »

Ongoing class warfare.

John Menadue. Pauline Hanson  usually votes for the wealthy end of town. She’s done it again. Upper income earners will be the biggest beneficiaries over the next seven years with the recent tax cuts. Average total earnings for employees are about $62,000 a year. Moving to  a flat marginal tax rate of 32.5% for incomes […]

June 26th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Politics | Read More »

Australia’s China policy mired in phobia & confusion.

Australia’s China policy mired in phobia & confusion.

Joseph A Camilleri. Australia’s handling of its relations with China is rapidly descending into farce. Geoff Raby’s excellent piece in Pearls and Irritations (30 April) makes abundantly clear the principal factor at work, namely a nostalgic attachment to the US-led regional and global order of earlier years. This is the mindset that drives our security […]

May 16th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Politics | Read More »