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SPC News September 2016. Political disengagement – can we afford it? »

SPC News September 2016. Political disengagement – can we afford it?

02:51 pm | Follow the links to full versions of these articles. Download a .pdf of SPC News. Political disengagement – can we afford it? Peter Whiting The trend to increasing inequity in income and wealth in…

Sep 1 2016 / No Comment / Read More »
Events

Islam in our world today. »

Islam in our world today.

02:24 pm | Learning to understand & respect Islamic cultures & religion. Dr Herman Roborgh. Wednesday 7 September 7:30-9pm Yarra Theological Union Study…

Sep 1 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Book launch: Where is God in suffering? »

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11:32 am | Fr Brendan Purcell. Launched by Dr John Little Lonergan Society   Monday 3 October 6-8:30pm Catholic Theological College 278 Victoria…

Aug 28 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Constitutions and Treaties: Law, Justice, Spirituality »

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10:20 am | Indigenous Australians: Treaties and Constitutional recognition Conference 24-25 September Whitley College – University of Divinity, Melbourne. Cost: $80, or…

Aug 10 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Joe Camilleri: Tuesdays in September lectures on forms of violence »

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08:31 pm | “The Winter of our Discontent and the Promise of Spring” 20 September: Repairing the Breach: Personally, politically, corporately and…

Aug 8 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

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The Yarra Institute

Heartlessness versus homelessness. »

11:25 am | Tony French. Over the last few months, I have been walking regularly at night down Swanston Street in the City. What is noticeable is the great number of people, invariably male, with blankets and bags sleeping rough in doorways and on the pavement. My initial reaction was, what a miserable place to doss for the…

Aug 5 2016 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Milking the blame game: the Murray Goulburn fiasco. »

03:39 pm | Tony French. The blame game is on. With well politicised debate erupting about the Murray Goulburn (MG) dairy cooperative saga and what went wrong, fingers inevitably are being pointed in all directions. So far, fingers have been directed at a globally ambitious Murray Goulburn, its assertive CEO, regulatory failures, passive farmers, and Russian sanctions. It’s…

Aug 30 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Don’t blame welfare for budget woes. »

04:05 pm | Bruce Duncan. Prime Minister Turnbull promised us centrist and fair policies, but the Treasurer Mr Morrison appears to be playing a politics of resentment against people on income supports. On 25 August, he declared, “There is a new divide – the taxed and the taxed-nots”. This sounds suspiciously like ‘lifters’ versus ‘leaners’, and implicitly blames…

Aug 30 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Merchants of death – the weapons trade. »

06:08 pm | Richard Broinowski. According to Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick in The Untold History of the United States (2012), North Dakota Senator Gerald Nye persuaded the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1934 to investigate the enormous profits made by American weapons makers during the Great War. Amplifying public indignation, Fortune magazine ran an article in March…

Aug 30 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

SPC News September 2016. Political disengagement – can we afford it? »

02:51 pm | Follow the links to full versions of these articles. Download a .pdf of SPC News. Political disengagement – can we afford it? Peter Whiting The trend to increasing inequity in income and wealth in Australia is not somehow an accident of history. It is as a result of a mix of policies, in large embraced by…

Sep 1 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Asylum seekers

Pope Francis in Poland: on immigrants & Islam »

10:49 am | Bruce Duncan Given the widespread feeling in Poland against Muslim immigrants and recent Islamist terrorist attacks, Pope Francis undertook a tricky trip in July for World Youth Day. Up to…

Aug 5 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Should we be locking people up in prisons at all? »

Should we be locking people up in prisons at all?

06:59 pm | Rob Hulls RMIT University. Elena Campbell RMIT University. Footage aired last week of children being abused in a Northern Territory prison sent shockwaves around…

Aug 3 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Is the Coalition better able to manage our borders? »

Is the Coalition better able to manage our borders?

12:51 pm | John Menadue.   From Pearls & Irritations, John Menadue’s blog.   For many years senior journalists have been telling us, or at least…

Jun 3 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Rohingya refugees, & building a regional framework to manage refugee flows. »

Rohingya refugees, & building a regional framework to manage refugee flows.

10:29 am | Travers Mcleod, Peter Hughes, Sriprapha Petcharamesree, Steven Wong, Tri Nuke Pudjiastuti.   From Pearls & Irritations, John Menadue’s blog.   Part 1. The…

Jun 3 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Stewardship of our planet

Ecological conversion & discovering the land. »

Ecological conversion & discovering the land.

11:52 am | Geoff Lacey. This article is based on a talk given at the symposium, Care for all that exists, held at the Carmelite…

Jul 5 2016 / 2 Comments / Read More »

Australia’s overseas aid shrinking. »

Australia’s overseas aid shrinking.

10:57 am | Bruce Duncan. Despite lobbying from many groups, the May federal budget for 2016-2017 is hacking another $224 million from Australia’s overseas aid, reducing…

May 6 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Naomi Klein. This changes everything: capitalism vs climate change. »

Naomi Klein. This changes everything: capitalism vs climate change.

06:03 pm | Reviewed by Kevin Peoples. This politically-charged book reads like a great dramatic novel. The drama is fixed in a clash of values.…

Apr 10 2016 / No Comment / Read More »
Turning up the heat: how the diplomatic push for 1.5℃ unfolded in Paris.  » Breakthrough in Paris climate talks. » The Paris climate agreement at a glance. » Pope Benedict on the environment. »

How Scared or Hopeful Should We Be in a Warming World? »

09:45 am | Clive Hamilton. For anyone who takes notice of the climate change debate, a mass of often-contradictory information comes flooding into our lives. Some of it prompts great alarm. The Great…

Jul 6 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

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