SPC News November 2014. Critical issues in the Victorian election.

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Critical issues in the Victorian election

Major Jenny Begent

Victorian voters need to decide which political party can deliver the best social policies, particularly for housing, humane prison and justice systems, improved health care and public transport, and measures to address family violence. Read this article in full.


SPC Forum

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Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Laureate, advocate for education for girls.

Susan Day Dirgham
Valuing Secularism in Syria

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Fr Bruce Duncan
Peacemaking in Islamic traditions

Thursday 6 November 2014 7:30-9pm

The Study Centre Yarra Theological Union
Best entry via 34 Bedford Street Box Hill
Refreshments available afterwards.
An entry donation is welcome.
Download a flyer for details.
Susan Dirgham taught English to migrants and refugees at the La Trobe University Language Centre and at the British Council in Damascus, where she remained for two years. She has since visited Syria many times. She currently teaches at AMES. She is a member of an international peace delegation organised by Mother Agnes Mariam and headed by Mairead Maguire, an Irish Peace Laureate. As national coordinator of Australians for Mussalaha (Reconciliation) in Syria, Susan has extensive material on Syria in her blogs.
Bruce Duncan lectures in history and social ethics, including a unit, ‘Can war be just?’ which compares just war traditions in western and Islamic traditions.
Plus bargain sale of new and secondhand books on history,
philosophy, politics, theology, and more.

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How some major companies
avoid paying tax

Tony French

Governments everywhere are struggling to maintain revenue because so many major companies go to extraordinary lengths to avoid paying reasonable taxes. Tony French examines what is being done to remedy this.


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The renewed relevance of Paul VI

Bruce Duncan
Pope Francis is highlighting the message of Pope Paul VI in calling for equitable policies within and between countries. Bruce Duncan examines why Pope Paul is assuming fresh relevance.

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Iraq – will we ever learn?

John Menadue

With permission

John Menadue questions why the Australian government has rushed troops and aircraft to join the fight against ISIS in Iraq, an immensely complex crisis in which Australia can make little significant difference.


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The Business Council of Cooperatives & Mutuals White Paper August 2014 Public Service Mutuals: a third way for delivering public services in Australia.

Cost-shifting via mutuals?

The Public Service Mutuals White Paper: is this all there is for the cooperative movement?

Len Puglisi

Cooperatives and ‘mutuals’ continue to play a major role in many economies, and a new White Paper encourages their further development in Australia. Len Puglisi considers the issues in the light of current concerns for the environment.

 

 

 


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9781925232004-Perfect.inddSocial Justice & the Churches: Challenges & Responsibilities

Edited by John D’Arcy May

Professor Frank Brennan, Fr Max Vodola, Revd Gerald Rose, Revd Geoff Pound, Revd Raymond Cleary, Dr Mark Zirnsak, Major Jenny Begent, Fr Shenouda Boutros, and Margaret Coffey examine the social traditions of seven churches for today.
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