The struggle for fair living standards

Anne Tuohey

We can't be friends any more, Irma. You're too poor.Despite economic growth in recent decades, one in six employees is struggling against poverty because wages and incomes are falling behind. In a sobering reminder of the inequities in the wages system, Brian Lawrence – speaking at the SPC forum on 14 March – showed how some upper income groups had done very well, while others not so. The benefits of Australia’s prosperity are not fairly distributed.

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Photo Family Circus Redemption Project #2 by cutup, Flickr cc.

The pokies ten years on: addiction – personal & governmental

A talk by Gabriela Byrne

Tuesday 1 May 7:30pm

gabriela byrneAt The Study Centre, Yarra Theological Union, Box Hill (best entry via 34 Bedford Street)
Entry by donation.
Light refreshments afterwards.

Victoria has had electronic gaming machines – the pokies – for a decade now. The harm is well known, and yet little progress has been made in tangible reforms, because successive governments remain addicted to this most regressive form of taxation revenue.

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The low-paid fall further behind

economic inequityMany people are unaware of growing inequalities in the wage system, due to the fact that all earners are bundled together, giving a false statistical picture, and failing to reflect the trend of certain earning groups falling behind.

Brian Lawrence was speaking at the SPC forum on 14 March. As chair of the Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations, he makes a substantial detailed submission each year to the annual wage review of Fair Work Australia.

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Eddie Chapman joins SPC Board

eddie chapmanWe are pleased to introduce Eddie Chapman as the most recent addition to the SPC Board. He brings a broad range of valuable skills and expertise, together with a passion for social justice. Eddie’s background is in urban planning, social work, and theology, as well as in public policy and management.

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Vatican II, the people of God, & the world today

With Clifford Longley, hosted by Catalyst for Renewal

Friday 11 May 5:30 for 6-7:30p

The Oratory, Newman College, Melbourne University, 887 Swanston Street, Parkville.
$25. Bookings essential.
Vin Underwood 9530 6004 or Maria George 9531 6120, 0409 792 168


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