Social Policy Connections welcomed Professor John Fox as guest speaker on 18 March 2009 at the Yarra Theological Union in Box Hill. Professor Fox spent 36 years wrestling with tax laws as a lawyer in Washington, D.C. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book If Americans Really Understood the Income Tax and “10 […]
Pope Benedict’s new social encyclical is finished and will be released in May. It will commemorate Paul VI’s 1967 document on the development of peoples, and address the great global problems of hunger and gross poverty, climate change, human rights, nuclear weapons and disarmament, violence, fundamentalism and peace. The encyclical has been delayed two years […]
By Bruce Duncan The papal World Day of Peace on 1 January each year has become a landmark reflection on the state of the world, capturing feelings of good will during the Christmas season, and focusing hopes about human wellbeing, peace and development. However development experts may not be entirely happy with the 2009 statement. […]
This 2001 study by Drs Sheila Cameron and Bruce Duncan, ‘Surviving, not living’: disadvantage in Melbourne, offers a glimpse into the world of 40 men and women struggling against severe economic and social disadvantage. The overall statistics about such people are already available, but Catholic Social Services here seeks to understand more keenly what it […]
The 2008 Social Justice Statement A rich young nation: the challenge of affluence and poverty in Australia By Bruce Duncan Pathways (Catholic Religious Australia), November 2008 No one quite knows how the world will muddle through the current crisis, but one thing is very clear: we need stronger commitments to rework policies to enhance social […]
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.