Posted 2 July 2020. Photo Invasion Day Rally Melbourne 2020. Matt Hrhac, flickr cc. Editorial Peter Whiting. Australia’s mixed record on human rights. As Australians might expect, we feature highly in some categories of human rights. In the field of economic and social rights, the right to health scores well, but the right to work […]
Thalia Anthony & Stephen Gray. Was there slavery in Australia? Yes. It shouldn’t even be up for debate.
Thalia Anthony University of Technology Sydney. Stephen Gray Monash University. Photo In 1891 a ‘Slave Map of Modern Australia’ was printed in the British Anti-Slavery Reporter. Author provided. Prime Minister Scott Morrison asserted in a radio interview that “there was no slavery in Australia”. This is a common misunderstanding which often obscures our nation’s history of […]
4 July 2020 Photo No new coal. John Enghart 2018. flickr cc. It’s not difficult knowing what to do to prevent an environmental and human catastrophe. What’s difficult is making it happen and starting it now, especially in Australia. These articles highlight some recommendations for governments. It’s difficult to turn (or click on) a page […]
Follow the links to read the full versions of these articles.Download a printable version of SPC News June. Sustainable Development Goals point to how to address post-Covid reforms. Peter Whiting. With the easing of Covid-19 restrictions coming into place progressively throughout the States and Territories, it is not surprising that many are now focusing on […]
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Geoff Hanmer. Why the focus of stimulus plans has to be construction that puts social housing first.
Geoff Hanmer University of Adelaide Australia has done better with COVID-19 than anyone dared hope. This opens up the prospect of progressive relaxation of restrictions later this year. Organisations which could participate in an economic stimulus program will need to be in a position then to deliver “shovel-ready” projects to help revive the economy. The […]
To read full versions of these items, follow the links.Download a printable version of SPC News. 7 May 2020 Covid-19 – return to a ‘normal’ world, or a radically different one? Editorial Peter Whiting By now, we’re all familiar with the rationale that we’re undergoing these Covid-19 limits to our personal freedoms and employment in […]
7 May 2020. Pope Francis’s response to the Amazon Synod carries a message for Australia concerning our Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples, since Francis sees Indigenous people as very important in teaching us how to love and care for our common home. I dream of an Amazon region that fights for the rights of […]
7 May 2020. For weeks now, Covid-19 has dominated the world’s media. We’ve had endless facts, advice, and commentary on the virus itself, the number of deaths and infections, the level of testing, the dos and don’ts of hygiene and social distancing, the flattening of the curve, and much else. But, on the underlying significance […]
Follow the links to read these articles in full.Download a printable version of SPC News. Editorial. Critical choices face Australia & the world Peter Whiting It has all happened so quickly that it’s difficult to take it all in. The changes to our lives wrought by COVID-19 are dramatic, personal, and wide-ranging. Personally, I am […]
Posted 7 April 2020. A response to the film. Terrence Malick’s latest film, A Hidden Life, provides an account of the life and death of Franz Jägerstätter, the Austrian Catholic family man and farmer who refused to fight in Hitler’s war. The film portrays Franz, his wife Franziska (Fani), and their three daughters as important […]