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Finding the right balance

Anne Tuohey

scales balanceMedia commentary on Australian politics continues to be full of the same messages, indicating that we lack a strong narrative on where Australia is going. We rely too heavily on some sectors, especially the mining sector, at the expense of others. We lack a common purpose, and the community has lost confidence.

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Photo balance scale by winifredxoxo, flickr cc.

SPC Forums

Held at The Study Centre, Yarra Theological Union
34 Bedford Street, Box Hill.

Entry by donation. Tea/coffee and snacks served afterwards.

philip mendesAustralia’s income security system & the abandonment of equity
Dr Philip Mendes, Director Social Inclusion & Social Policy Research Unit, Monash University
Wednesday 22 August 2012 7:30pm

Those who can work should, and those who cannot should be properly supported to achieve a full life. How does Australia fare in relation to this? Philip Mendes’s talk promises an honest examination of unemployment and income support in Australia. He suggests a better way, advocating for a participation income which incorporates activities to enhance wellbeing and connection. Click HERE for a flyer for this event.

Peace with people, peace with our planet: a Franciscan perspective
Friar Joseph Rozansky
Friday 31 August 2012 7:30-9pm

Director in Rome of the Franciscan Secretariat for Justice, Peace, & the Integrity of Creation (JPIC), which coordinates Franciscan networks around the world for justice, environment, and peace. Joseph led the Franciscan group at the Rio+20 Summit this year. Click HERE for a flyer for this event.

Race Mathews: Why co-operatives are important

Anne Tuohey

race matthews @ spcCo-operatives have played a major role in taming problems in capitalist economics, and can do so in the future as well, according to Dr Race Mathews, speaking at an SPC forum on 25 July. This year is the United Nations International Year of the Co-operative. Against the background of the global financial crisis, Dr Mathews pointed to co-operatives as an alternative way to organise capitalist eocnomies, ensuring people working in an enterprise could share in ownership and management of their firms, enhance their control over their own jobs, and ensure increased equity and social participation.

Click HERE to read this article in full.

See below for the podcast of Race Matthews’ presentation.

Books available from SPC

Santamaria’s Salesman: Working for the National Catholic Rural Movement 1959-1961

By Kevin Peoples
Special discount $40 plus postage.

Sufficient for the Day: Towards a Sustainable Culture

By Geoff Lacey
$20 plus postage

Towards a Better World

By Arthur Gibbs (an SPC member who worked as an economist)
$15 plus postage

Network Events

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez, President Caritas Internationalis
Challenging social exclusion & building a fairer world
Tuesday 14 August 5:30-7:30pm

Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne
From Honduras, Cardinal oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga is a staunch defender of human rights, especially in the fight against global poverty. Click HERE for a flyer for this event.

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez with Fr Frank Brennan
Indigenous peoples of the world
Sunday 19 August 5pm

Newman College, 887 Swanston Street, Parkville

Human Rights Matters! Conference
Wednesday 17 October

See our website for further information

New on our website

The podcast of Race Mathews’ talk at SPC 25 July on Why co-operatives are important. Click HERE.

Kevin Peoples’ article, From Fear & Control to Freedom & Hope. Click HERE.

More SPC videos

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