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SPC News November 2018. Have we lost the ideal of the common good?

SPC News November 2018. Have we lost the ideal of the common good?

Read a .pdf of SPC News. Have we lost the ideal of the common good? Peter Whiting Editorial Regrettably, many of us have by now become inured to those frequent advertisements asking us to sponsor an animal under threat of extinction. Even more sadly, we do not respond with quite the same generosity as of […]

November 1st, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

SPC News October 2018. Amidst dark clouds, a precious silver lining.

SPC News October 2018. Amidst dark clouds, a precious silver lining.

  Amidst dark clouds, a precious silver lining Once again, we are battered by bad news of the possibility of widespread malpractice in another major sector, as Prime Minister Morrison has announced a royal commission into aged care, with allegations of price gouging by some pro-profits, chronic understaffing, appalling wages for staff, and poor nutrition […]

September 20th, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

SPC News September 2018. Liveability for whom?

SPC News September 2018. Liveability for whom?

  Liveability for whom? Peter Whiting In our editorial this month, Peter Whiting contrasts the growing profile between government spending on physical infrastructure and initiatives on social infrastructure. None of this commentary is meant to suggest that, as a community, we do not need and will not benefit from the major transport infrastructure programs proposed by Federal […]

September 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

SPC News August 2018. The Thai cave rescue & the surge of common humanity.

SPC News August 2018. The Thai cave rescue & the surge of common humanity.

Download a .pdf of SPC News August 2018. The Thai cave rescue & the surge of common humanity. Chris Mulherin. The inspiration and lessons of this story go beyond riveting real-time TV and lives saved. In my view, what we saw during that gripping week in July was human community at its best: individuals finding […]

August 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

SPC News July 2018. Can we preserve our social values, & still have a prosperous economy?

SPC News July 2018. Can we preserve our social values, & still have a prosperous economy?

Download a .pdf of SPC News July 2018. Can we preserve our social values, & still have a prosperous economy? This issue of SPC News offers three views on inequality. John Menadue writes robustly that the class war is real and being waged by the rich. Rosalind Dixon responds to Richard Denniss, agreeing that there […]

June 29th, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

SPC News June 2018. Where are our statesmen and women?

SPC News June 2018. Where are our statesmen and women?

Download a .pdf of SPC News June 2018 edition. Where are our statesmen and women? Peter Whiting John Maynard Keynes, reflecting in 1933 on the road to recovery after the Great Depression, wrote, “It is not an engineering problem or an agricultural problem. It is not even a business problem … nor is it a […]

June 1st, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

SPC News May 2018. What do we know for sure?

SPC News May 2018. What do we know for sure?

  What do we know for sure? Peter Whiting The fake news experience, as its name suggests, arises either from a failure properly to collect the data required for a factual report, or from an intentional muddying of the waters by false reporting.  The “it’s worse than you know” experience arises from vested interests withholding […]

May 4th, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

SPC News April 2018. Shaping a just society: a place for a Christian worldview?

Download a .pdf of this month’s SPC News. Shaping a just society: a place for a Christian worldview? Peter Whiting In this April newsletter, we bring you articles on some of the key questions which should be asked by the community and its elected representatives. Peace in and between communities and countries is an essential […]

April 5th, 2018 | Posted in Newsletter Archives,Newsletters | Read More »

SPC News March 2018. Our tax, wage, & social benefit systems are broken.

SPC News March 2018. Our tax, wage, & social benefit systems are broken.

Our tax, wage, and social benefit systems are broken.  Bruce Duncan notes the mounting concern about business practices which ignore social responsibilities to the community and to their own workers. This is demonstrated by the widespread malpractice in major franchises. As John Hewson wrote, our current system is inequitable and unsustainable. Two significant conferences have […]

March 8th, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »

SPC News February 2018. 2018 – a year for confronting looming threats.

SPC News February 2018. 2018 – a year for confronting looming threats.

Download a .pdf of SPC News. 2018 – a year for confronting looming threats Alarm bells about threats to human wellbeing have been ringing furiously for some decades, though many are deaf to them, or refuse to hear them. But a growing chorus of voices around the world is demanding these warnings be taken very […]

February 1st, 2018 | Posted in Newsletters | Read More »