Overcoming addiction to pokies:
Gabriela Byrne at SPC.

Anne Tuoheypoker machine.

Poker machines are taking a huge toll on gambling addicts, according to recent reports, and are deliberately concentrated in lower socio-economic areas. In Victoria, problem gamblers are losing up to $4.7 million a day. And, in the last decade, Victorians have lost more than $24 billion at the pokies.

Click HERE to read this article in full.
See a talk by Gabriela on www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSg3WuHDhEc.
An audio tape of Gabriela’s SPC talk will also be available here shortly.

Photo: Money grabbing slot machine in the pokie room by yum9me, flickr cc.

Forced & servile marriage on the rise in Australia

Good Shepherd human trafficking; woman in suitcase

Forced and servile marriage in Australia among migrant women and girls is a major emerging and alarming issue for the nation, according to research relesased by Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand. Hidden Exploitation: Women in Forced Labour, Marriage & Migration is the first Australian study to identify gaps and emerging issues in labour rights for women and girls, particularly those who are in transit, have been forced to migrate, or who are trafficked.

Click HERE to read this article in full.

Additional information is available from info@goodshep.com.au. Fact sheets and an executive summary of the report are available from www.goodshepherd.com.au.

Photo: GERMANY-UN-HUMAN-RIGHTS-ANNIVERSARY-AMNESTY by Gerard Van der Leun, flickr cc.

Arthur Gibbs on Neoliberalism: Towards a Better World homeless guy

In his new book, Towards a Better World, former economist Arthur Gibbs writes: “Economics need not continue in its present role as the insurmountable fortress defending the moral sentiments of neoliberalism. Economics is fully capable of serving now, as it has in the past, as one useful tool among many that creates the pathway towards a more just society”.

Click HERE to read this article in full.

Photo: misery & poverty by Angelo Gonzalez, flickr cc

Coming events

New Evangelisation in Context

With Br Louis deThomasis FSC, Dr Phyllis Zagano,
Fr Frank O’Loughlin, Sr Veronica Lawson rsm
Saturday 12 May 9am-5pm
Whitehorse Club, 298-336 Burwood Highway, East Burwood
$65 (Sophia members $58.50). Lunch & teas included.
Tickets sales@johngarratt.com.au, 1300 650 878.

Australia & Vatican II: Assessing the reception of the Council

Associate Professor Orm Rush, St Paul’s Theological College ACU Banyo Campus
Wednesday 16 May 7:30pm
Knox Lecture Theatre, Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne
RSVP by Wednesday 9 May jill.allen@ctc.edu.au | 9412 3304

Religion & the University

Friday 25 May 9:30am-5:30pm
The Oratory, Newman College, 887 Swanston Street, Parkville
$30 ($20 students). Lunch & teas included
RSVP by Monday 21 May religionandtheuniversity@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/religionandtheuniversity.
Speakers include Brian Howe, Marcia Langton, Graeme Davison, Abdullah Saeed (Asia Institute), Rufus Black, Peter Sherlock, Alison Morgan (Nossal Institute), Stephen Ames, Des Cahill, Laura Griffin, Dvir Abramovich, Wes Campbell.
For the flyer and program, click HERE and HERE.

Dr Geoff Lacey on Sufficient for the day: A response to global warming

2 June 9-11am Saturday Oases Breakfast
The Augustine Centre, 2 Minona Street, Hawthorn
$25 waged, $15 unwaged
RSVP Oases 03 9819 3502, info@oases.edu.au 
For the flyer, click HERE.


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