Speaking to 80 people at a public forum on 11 November 2008, Dr Hilary Martin OP was very critical of aspects of the federal intervention into Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. Dr Martin has long specialised in indigenous issues, and lectures at Yarra Theological Union and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Dr […]
Earlier in 2010, we convened a meeting with SPC members to help set priority areas. We came up with four areas of particular importance: Immigration & Refugee Policy Responses to Climate Change Australia’s Overseas Aid and the Millennium Development Goals Australia’s Indigenous people Please click HERE to read more. Photo: “Leo” flickr CC
Micah Challenge & the UN Millennium Development Goals: what has been achieved and what more can we do?
Rev Joel Edwards – incoming Director of Micah Challenge International – spoke on Micah Challenge and the UN Millennium Development Goals at SPC’s first event in the new Study Centre of Yarra Theological Union On 16 October 2008. Micah Challenge International is the international campaign by churches to mobilise public support to lift millions out […]
Leading economists warned about the corruption of ethics in international finance. The world needs a renewed moral vision of how the economy must serve social justice and human wellbeing for everyone. Click HERE to read the full article. Photo: wsmireland flickr CC
Despite many positive aspects, the main events of WYD neglected to highlight the relevance of the Gospel for today’s urgent social issues of justice and peacemaking, climate change, hunger and poverty. This was doubly puzzling, given Pope Benedict’s insistence on promoting Church social thinking. Click HERE to read more.
by Emmy Silvius SIEVX, or Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel X, is the name officially designated in Canberra for a rundown old Indonesian fishing boat that was used in October 2001 for smuggling people from Iraq and Afghanistan on the last part of their journey to Australia. SIEVX1 was the twelfth and last vessel used to […]
By summary by Emmy Silvius Recently I heard on ABC Radio National that a new form of trafficking in humans has emerged. I was completely astonished by the report that was given which related to a talk presented by Chief FederalMagistrate John Pascoe at a Conference in Cairns on 4th August 2008. It is quite […]
By Bruce Duncan Taking seriously their convictions to oppose unjust violence and war, a small group of people continue to employ non-violent methods to oppose Australia’s involvement with arms manufacturers and organisations involved with the Iraq war. The group, ‘Christians Against ALL Terrorism’, this year have staged a number of protests outside Raytheon offices in […]
Frederick Ozanam was an outstanding pioneer in the renewed stress on social justice in the Church. Many church statements today reflect his views insisting that work for social justice is an essential aspect of evangelisation. As John Paul II reiterated after the 1998 Synod of Bishops of Oceania: ‘It is certain that commitment to justice […]
Bill Frilay The paper of December 2008 draws on information and the opinions of many on the Global Financial Crisis. It looks at what happened and why plus what lessons are to be to be drawn from this, from an ethical viewpoint. Click HERE to read the discussion paper. Photo: truth.org – flickr CC
by Bruce Duncan, in The Japan Mission Journal (Winter 2006), 224-37. With permission. Everywhere concern is growing about the consequences of global warming. The US ex-presidential candidate, Gore, has won over much public opinion with his book and. film, An Inconvenient Truth, summarising the effects of the greenhouse gases, which will cause sea levels to […]