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Faith, values, & social policy
Welcome to the Social Policy Connections audio podcast. The following podcast features a lecture delivered by Dr Bruce Duncan C.Ss.R on Faith, values, & social policy. The talk was presented to Social Policy Connections on Wednesday November 31 at the Study Centre of Yarra Theological Union. According to leading economists, the Global Financial Crisis stems from a crisis in values, undermining sound economics and public policies, with disastrous consequences for many millions of people. Moreover, climate change is bearing down on us as the world struggles to provide decent living stands for people in poorer countries, and global population is expected to grow by another two billion. In this talk Bruce address the role of values in shaping public policy, and the extra dimension that faith can bring to our sense of meaning and motivation in the struggle to enhance human dignity at this critical time. Bruce is one of the founders of Social Policy Connections, and is Director of the Yarra Institute for Religion & Social Policy. He has taught social justice studies at Yarra Theological Union at Box Hill since 1986, and has written widely on social issues. His most recent book is titled Social Justice: Fuller life in a fairer world. If you would like attend one of our events please refer to our website www.social policyconnections.org.au. Please feel free to subscribe to our podcast via itunes or via an RSS feed located on our website’s home page, as we will be publishing podcasts regularly, free of charge. And now Dr Bruce Duncan…
Australia’s income security system & the abandonment of equity.
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 from Monash University promotes a better way, advocating for a participation income which incorporates activities to enhance wellbeing and connection.
Santamaria’s Salesman: Kevin Peoples and the Catholic Rural Movement
In a lucid talk, Kevin Peoples spoke on his 2012 book about working as a fund-raiser for the National Catholic Rural Movement and his disillusionment with Bob Santamaria's use of its people and money. Strongly committed to the YCW emphasis on personal formation and independent social responsibility, Kevin tells of the events that led up to the breach with Santamaria over his authoritarian control of the NCRM. The book captures the atmosphere of Catholic and rural life at the time, with delightful pen-pictures of characters he met along the way. For Bruce Duncan's address at the launch of Kevin Peoples Santamaria’s Salesman: Working for the National Catholic Rural Movement 1959-1961 click HERE. Click HERE to listen to an audio podcast of the event.
The pokies ten years on: addiction – personal & governmental”.
Welcome to the Social Policy Connections audio podcast. The following podcast features a lecture delivered by Gabriela Byrne – founder of the Free Yourself Program, a resource for problem gamblers. The talk was presented to Social Policy Connections on May 1st 2012 at the Study Centre of Yarra Theological Union. Mrs Byrne has used her study of psychology, nutrition, exercise and meditation to create the Free Yourself Program. A program which has now successfully counselled 100’s of problem gamblers. Gabriela’s story from being “totally hooked” to “completely free”", has been published and talked about on National TV, Radio, “Women’s Weekly”, “New Idea” and “Good Medicine”. If you would like attend one of our events please refer to our website www.socialpolicyconnections.org.au. Please feel free to subscribe to our podcast via itunes or via our RSS feed.
Morality & Global Warming: A Response to Cardinal Pell
Talk given at Social Policy Connections’ Annual General Meeting 24 November 2011By Geoff Lacey In October, Cardinal George Pell gave a lecture in Westminster Cathedral Hall, entitled, One Christian Perspective on Climate Change. Geoff Lacey addresses the question of how to develop an ethical response to the issue of climate change, in particular examining the science, the politics, the foundations of an ethical position, and what consistutes an adequate response, looking at where Cardinal Pell stands on each of these matters. CLICK HERE for the complete article.
Public policy and human wellbeing
The following podcast features a lecture delivered Robert Fitzgerald AM at Social Policy Connections ‘Churches & Public Policy Conference, held at the Abbotsford Convent on July 19th 2011. Robert Fitzgerald is a full-time Commissioner with the Australian Government’s Productivity Commission, where he leads the current inquiry into Caring for Older Australians and the commissioned study examining the workforce of the Early Childhood Development Sector. He is the convenor of the Indigenous Disadvantage Working Group of the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision which produces the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators report.