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Australia’s asylum seekers & the International Criminal Court.

Public forum.   Can Australia’s leaders be prosecuted for treatment of refugees & asylum seekers?   Thursday 7 December 6-8pm RMIT University City Campus 445 Swanston Street Melbourne Building 80 Level 2 Lecture Theatre   Moderator Corinne Grant Lawyer and media personality Panel members will talk about their submissions to the ICC on how this […]

December 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Events,SPC Events 2017 | Read More »

Book launch. Ecological aspects of war: religious & theological perspectives.

Invitation : book launch. Two books edited by Anne Elvey, Deborah Guess, & Keith Dyer Thursday 7 December 5:30pm Whitley College Library 271 Royal Parade Parkville Melbourne. Dr Deborah Storie will launch Ecological Aspects of War: Engagements with Biblical Texts (Bloomsbury, T&T Clark). Dr Bruce Duncan will launch Ecological Aspects of War: Religious & Theological Perspectives […]

November 14th, 2017 | Posted in Events,SPC Events 2017 | Read More »

Wiring social justice into the economy: towards inclusive & sustainable development

Professor Paul Smyth. Tuesday 5 December 7:30-9pm Following SPC’s AGM at 7pm New Directions for social policy after the collapse of the neoliberal framework Yarra Theological Union Study Centre 34 Bedford Street Box Hill Entry free. Donations welcome. Refreshments afterwards. Paul Smyth is Honorary Professor of Social Policy in the School of Social & Political […]

November 13th, 2017 | Posted in Events,SPC Events 2017 | Read More »

Will the Korea crisis spark nuclear war, or a just peace? Pax Christi AGM.

Professor Joseph Camilleri on Korea crisis. Sunday 19 November 2pm Kildara Centre Rear 39 Stanhope Street Malvern (through car park) Pax Christi members and friends welcome everyone concerned about our human future. 12:45pm Lunch, followed by reflection from different faiths 3:30pm Discussion on Pax Christi priorities 4.30pm Brief business meeting, and election of new Pax […]

November 4th, 2017 | Posted in Events,SPC Events 2017 | Read More »

Frank Brennan SJ : 110th anniversary of Harvester Decision.

Rerum Novarum Oration 2017 Wednesday 8 November 7:30pm Cardinal Knox Centre 383 Albert Street East Melbourne Light refreshments served from 7pm All welcome. Free event. Justice H B Higgins established a living wage for unskilled male workers, enough to support a wife and three children in ‘frugal comfort’. This became the basis of the Australian […]

November 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,SPC Events 2017 | Read More »

SPC AGM 5 December 2017

TWELFTH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of SOCIAL POLICY CONNECTIONS 5 December 2017 PRESIDENT’S REPORT Welcome to this our twelfth AGM. Our purpose at SPC is to expand awareness of social justice issues in Australia and overseas, and in ecumenical collaboration to influence public policy for the benefit of all people, especially the disadvantaged. During 2016/17, we […]

October 9th, 2017 | Posted in Member Events | Read More »

Russell Broadbent launches critique of Australian refugee policies.

Russell Broadbent launches critique of Australian refugee policies.

Australia faces a T-intersection: time to resolve our refugee crisis. Bruce Duncan Liberal member for McMillan in Gippsland, Russell Broadbent, challenged his own political party sharply, as well as Australia’s detention policies for refugees on Manus Island and Nauru, saying that Australians were finding it quite ‘unacceptable’ that we treat refugees so badly, keeping them […]

October 9th, 2017 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Events,Feature,SPC Events 2017 | Read More »

Strengthening Asylum Seeker and Refugee Support

Wednesday 11 October, 5.30 registration, 6.00-8.30pm An Evening for Parishes: how they can help and support refugees and asylum seekers in our communities   with speakers   Peter Hudson, Denis Fitzgerald, Sr Brigid Arthur csb, Isaiah (a former asylum seeker, Jesuit Speakers’ Program), and panellists Maree Metcalfe or Barbara Horrigan (St Joseph’s Parish, Malvern), Carmel […]

October 4th, 2017 | Posted in Events,SPC Events 2017 | Read More »

Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers, by Tony Ward.

Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers, by Tony Ward.

Reviewed by Tony French If, like me, you want to put the current ‘refugee crisis’ into some kind of historical perspective, then I recommend Tony Ward’s recent publication, Bridging Troubled Waters: Australia & Asylum Seekers. This is a well-researched and readable review of Australia’s response to refugees arriving here by boat since the 1990s. This […]

October 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Book Reviews,Events,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,SPC Events 2017 | Read More »

Catholic Social Teaching: Train the Trainer Program

Tuesday 28 November, 9.30am to 4pm at St Joseph’s by the Sea, 16 Esplanade, Williamstown.  Catholic Social Services Victoria, together with Edmund Rice Ministries and Presentation Sisters will host a Catholic Social Teaching: Train the Trainer day on   ‘Catholic Social Teaching: A lived, reflective experience of the guiding principles’, especially for those responsible for […]

September 28th, 2017 | Posted in Events,SPC Events 2017 | Read More »