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Towards an Economy of Communion. Lawrence Chong, Consulus CEO.

Towards an Economy of Communion. Lawrence Chong, Consulus CEO.

Tony French. Leading Singapore-based CEO of Consulus consulting firm, Lawrence Chong spoke at the 23 August SPC forum in Melbourne on business practices promoted by the Economy of Communion, a network of over 800 companies worldwide linking companies with community needs. The event was jointly sponsored by the Focolare Movement in Melbourne. SPC member and Melbourne […]

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,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 »

Charting a way forward in SPC.

Charting a way forward in SPC.

Peter Whiting. The Board of Social Policy Connections is currently challenging itself to sharpen its core purpose and reassess ways to promote debate about social justice among our supporters and readers, in a context of faith and ecumenical commitment. It is not a simple endeavour. Were we a specific purpose organisation, say, opposed to human […]

August 6th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Curious Vatican article challenges right-wing US Catholics.

Curious Vatican article challenges right-wing US Catholics.

Bruce Duncan. Was Pope Francis aware that the Jesuit periodical La Civita Cattolica was strongly attacking right-wing US Catholics for abandoning Church social teaching by political alliances with very fundamentalist Christian groups? A mid-July article in La Civita Cattolica argued provocatively that some right-wing US Catholics have compromised Church social teaching by engaging in political alliances with fundamentalist […]

August 4th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature | Read More »

We can make our society fair.

We can make our society fair.

Peter Whiting. The new minimum wage rate has come into effect on 1 July. The Fair Work Commission (FWC) recently announced an increase of $18.29/hour, or approximately 3.3%. Inevitably, the decision failed to satisfy any of the vested parties within the Australian Industry Group representing employers seeking to limit the increase to $10.10/hour, citing weak […]

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

A scorecard on Pope Francis.

A scorecard on Pope Francis.

Bruce Duncan. Unexpectedly, Pope Francis has emerged as one of the most significant world leaders. Largely unknown before his election, Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis has assumed the moral stature of a new Mandela, and not just among Catholics. Four and a half years after his election, Francis shows no signs of slowing down or […]

July 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | 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 »

Bonded through tragedy, united in hope; the Catholic Church & East Timor’s Struggle for independence. A memoir.

Bonded through tragedy, united in hope; the Catholic Church & East Timor’s Struggle for independence. A memoir.

Bishop Vincent Long launches Bonded through Tragedy, United in Hope; the Catholic Church & East Timor’s Struggle for Independence. A Memoir, by Hilton Deakin with Therese & Jim D’Orsa More than 200 people at the Knox Centre in Melbourne on 1 June heard Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, now of Parramatta Diocese, launch this striking […]

June 6th, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Indigenous Issues,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Dr Race Mathews in conversation with Professor Paul Smyth: Of Labour & Liberty.

Dr Race Mathews in conversation with Professor Paul Smyth: Of Labour & Liberty.

David Moloney. Social Policy Connections Forum 16 May 2017 Dr Race Mathews, former Federal MP and Chief of Staff to Gough Whitlam, and Victorian MP and Minister, introduced a lively conversation by recognising some of the influences in his appreciation of Distributism, the widespread ownership of productive property as defined by Catholic Social Teaching. These […]

June 6th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Hilton Deakin’s memoir: faith, justice, & East Timor.

Hilton Deakin’s memoir: faith, justice, & East Timor.

Bonded through tragedy united in hope: The Catholic Church & East Timor’s struggle for independence, a memoir, by Hilton Deakin with Jim and Therese D’Orsa (Melbourne: Garratt Publishing 2017). Reviewed by Rowan Ireland. Australian Catholic bishop, Hilton Deakin, now aged 84, has given us a remarkable memoir. It was produced over several years, with the […]

June 6th, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Feature,Indigenous Issues,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »