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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 »

Ideas for Social Reform: Distributism & Catholic social movements.

Ideas for Social Reform: Distributism & Catholic social movements.

Dr Race Mathews in conversation with Professor Paul Smyth. Social Policy Connections hosted Dr Race Mathews to talk about his new book, Of Labour & Liberty: Distributism in Victoria 1891-1966, at Box Hill in the YTU Study Centre on Tuesday 16 May. The book had been launched by former Victorian Premier Steve Bracks on 20 […]

June 6th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,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 »

Pope Francis delivered the hard talk about the economy that Davos didn’t.

Pope Francis delivered the hard talk about the economy that Davos didn’t.

Lawrence Chong. CEO Consulus, Business Design Strategist Lawrence Chong responds to the address by Pope Francis on ethical problems in the global economy at a large meeting of the Economy of Communion network in February 2017. At a time of failing governments, unravelling of the global order, rising populism, and a technological wave which might […]

April 29th, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »