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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 »

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 & 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 »

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 »