June 2018

05 June 2018

The Editor

The environment most vulnerable as globe warms

05 June 2018 | Cecily McNeill

The environment is more in jeopardy than first thought - a new report out of China suggests the Paris Agreement's 2°C increase in the earth's temperature on pre-industrial levels will soon be swamped with projections it will rise to double this figure before the end of the 21st century.  


Reconciliation the new safe word

05 June 2018 | Daniel James

National Reconciliation Week has just finished. It’s a week that is becoming more and more dubious in the eyes of many. The week is bookended by two nationally significant dates, 27 May the date of the successful 1967 Referendum and June 3 when we celebrate the historic High Court decision that overturned the lie that is Terra Nullius, known as the Mabo decision.


Justice system 'failing' young indigenous Australians

05 June 2018 | Kathryn Kernohan

Jesuit Social Services is calling on the federal government to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14 to better address the needs of vulnerable children. A new report says Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are just five percent of the population but on an average day in 2016-17, represent half those under supervision. 


Ambae evacuees to receive help from government

05 June 2018 |

Plans to support people on Vanuatu's Ambae who want to relocate to the nearby island of Maewo are being finalised. Ambae's volcano has been erupting since September, but activity increased in April with ash and acid rain ruining crops and contaminating water supplies.

Kafka comes to Nauru

05 June 2018 | Harold Zwier

Befriend a Child in Detention started in 2014 to support refugee and asylum seeker children in detention, by sending them donated new books, writing material and toys. Letters from Australian school children are also placed inside the books we send, as a way of providing something more personal than a plain gift.


Australians favour conservation, curbs on coal

05 June 2018 | Peter Hannam

Most Australians think climate change is real, about two-thirds view themselves as environmentalists "at heart", and just over half say the government should not allow new coal mines in the country, according data gathered by WWF and Roy Morgan.

Goldrush of mining applications before NZ law change

05 June 2018 | Farah Hancock

While a proposed ban on new mines on New Zealand conservation land lumbers through a public consultation process, there has been a rush of mining applications, writes Farah Hancock for Newsroom.

Carbon sinks for kitchens and bathrooms

05 June 2018 | Bernard Hickey

New Zealand faces two challenges: reducing carbon emissions and creating a circular economy. To play its part, ecostore is creating tiny carbon sinks with its plastic bottles made from sugar cane. Bernard Hickey reports for Newsroom on World Environment Day.


Microfinance for women doesn't cut inequality

05 June 2018 | Sara Niner

Giving small loans to people for small household purchases or to invest in businesses has been an integral part of AustralianAmerican and other aid programs for decades. This is called “microfinance”, and theaim is not only to alleviate poverty, but to empower women.


Vatican blasts inequality – greed

05 June 2018 | Bruce Duncan

The Vatican has launched a stringent critique of widespread abuses in global economies, which are driving astonishing degrees of inequality, threatening ecological sustainability, and unleashing powerful reactionary political forces in response, as seen in parts of Europe and elsewhere.


The cases of murdered Aboriginal people need to be heard

05 June 2018 | Amy McQuire

In 1988, Aboriginal teenager Mark Haines was found on the train tracks in Tamworth, northern NSW. Immediately, the police thought it was a suicide. That was despite the family knowing that it was “out of character”, and despite the testimony of the train driver who found him, a railway investigator who saw that there was little blood, and a towel folded neatly under his head.

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SPC forum: time for a Just Peace framework?

05 June 2018 | Caesar d'Mello

Recently returned from a meeting in France of Pax Christi International, Caesar D’Mello will talk on how Church and other networks are questioning the effectiveness of ‘just war’ thinking, and are reconsidering non-violent methods for promoting human rights, social change, and sustainable peace.

Thursday 21 June 7:30-9pm: Yarra Theological Union Study Centre, Via 34 Bedford Street Box Hill
Street parking availableEntry by donation. Refreshments available afterwards.


Corporate harm on the front line in the Pacific

05 June 2018 | Amy Sinclair

Small Pacific nations are easy prey for big business, writes Amy Sinclair, for New Matilda.The natural wealth of Pacific nations is disappearing overseas. Unseen and unheard, the voices of Pacific Island communities on the frontline of deforestation, irresponsible mining and seabed exploitation are being overlooked and human rights abuses are going unchecked in remote rural regions.

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Disaster Capitalism: key for those with an interest in social justice

05 June 2018 | Antony Loewenstein

One of Australia’s most fiercely independent writers, Antony Loewenstein, has just released a major film, Disaster Capitalism, It should be required viewing for anyone with an interest in social justice.