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Is Australia joining a new arms race?

Bruce Duncan. Australians have been startled that our government, apparently without any public consultation or debate in parliament, intends greatly to expand Australian arms production to become within ten years one of the top ten defence exporters, on a par with Britain, France, and Germany.   Currently, Australia exports about $2 billion of high-tech defence […]

January 30th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

2018 – a year for confronting looming threats.

2018 – a year for confronting looming threats.

Astonishing the scientific world, human remains have been found in Israel, dating back some 200,000 years, far older than any other human remains found outside Africa. It appears our human ancestry is more complex than we believed. But what of our human future? Where will human beings be in 200,000 years? Will we have survived […]

January 29th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

War on the cheap.

War on the cheap.

Alison Broinowski. It’s unlikely that the Army will commission a further report following Albert Palazzo’s account of the ADF’s operations in Iraq. We have years to wait for Professor Craig Stocking’s official history. What Australia urgently needs is a full independent inquiry into our wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Nearly a year ago, on […]

January 27th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Australia’s 2017 carbon emission projections – yet more spin & red herrings from the Australian government.

Australia’s 2017 carbon emission projections – yet more spin & red herrings from the Australian government.

Peter Sainsbury. Despite Australia committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% before 2030, compared to 2005, the Australian government is projecting, but trying hard to cover up, a 3.5% increase in greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2030. It is also encouraging companies to increase their emissions if they can increase their productivity, thus […]

January 27th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Sharing food and friendship: the St Vinnies soup van story.

Sharing food and friendship: the St Vinnies soup van story.

In June 1975, the Victorian Society of St Vincent de Paul’s first soup van, a humble old Ford Transit wagon with doors which flew open when they took a corner, started offering friendship and food  to the homeless men, at that time mainly affected by alcohol abuse. It was initiated by a group of young […]

November 6th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance.

Conscience – defend it or just ignore it? Take Manus Island, for instance.

Peter Whiting. This must surely seem an odd way to frame a commentary on conscience, but I am having great difficulty reconciling the Australian Government’s position on the refugees on Manus and Nauru and any notion of conscience. On 31 October, the Australian Government closed the Manus Island processing centre, requiring the 600 men detained […]

November 4th, 2017 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Be ‘fair dinkum’ about encountering the poor: Pope Francis institutes new World Day of the Poor.

Be ‘fair dinkum’ about encountering the poor: Pope Francis institutes new World Day of the Poor.

John Ferguson. As we approach the seasons of Advent and Christmas, Pope Francis has instituted a new ‘World day of the Poor’, which this year will be celebrated on Sunday 19 November. In his message for the day, Pope Francis says he wants the annual event to be a “powerful appeal to our consciences as […]

November 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Pope Francis under attack.

Pope Francis under attack.

Bruce Duncan Despite his immense popularity among most Catholics and many others, not just Christians, Pope Francis is meeting increasing opposition and outspoken criticism, even from some cardinals and bishops, as well as from some prominent academics and writers. Contention centres on his views on the pastoral implications of moral theology on divorce and remarriage, […]

November 1st, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

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 »

Michael Yore: Can we adjust our moral compass so economics truly enhances wellbeing for everyone?

Michael Yore: Can we adjust our moral compass so economics truly enhances wellbeing for everyone?

A Response to Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement Everyone’s Business: developing an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy (2017-18) Kristy was a mother of four small children who ended up in high-rise public housing after fleeing her abusive partner. The micro-finance scheme operated by the welfare organisation near her block of flats assisted her in a dignified […]

October 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »