Pope Francis has repeatedly challenged us to ‘make some noise’ about the serious issues of climate change, as well as about poverty and extreme inequality. He summarised his concerns in his social encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home’, which he signed on Pentecost Sunday 24 March 2015. This is not just any […]
Recently we learned that woody vegetation in New South Wales is being cleared at more than double the rate of the previous decade – and agriculture was responsible for more than half the destruction. Farming now covers 58% of Australia, or 385 million hectares, and accounts for 59% of water extracted. It’s painfully clear nature […]
Michael Mazengarb. A push towards zero emissions will create more than one million jobs in Australia, BZE says.
Beyond Zero Emissions has launched a new vision for an Australian economy embracing investments in zero emissions technologies which could create more than one million new jobs in Australia over the next five years. The plan, which proposes up to 90 gigawatts of new wind and solar projects be constructed, along with investments in improving […]
Few of us could have imagined that a virus invisible to the human eye could bring the world economy to its knees. Wealthy countries like Australia and New Zealand have cushioned the blow with modest support for businesses, workers, and the unemployed. But many poor countries are struggling even to keep people alive or working. […]
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 […]