Apr 2018

31 March 2018

The Editor

Scathing critique of neoliberal capitalism

31 March 2018 | Cecily McNeill

Two stories of indigenous life on either side of the Tasman show how institutional racism works to maintain oppression, something Pope Francis rails against in Laudato Si’. The 2015 encyclical does not use the word “racism” but it is implied, as Sr Karen Donahue suggests, in the Pope’s critique of the neo-liberal economic system which fails to take account of its impact on humanity and the environment. See for example, LS #56.



How The Gap Widened, And How To ‘Refresh’ The Policy Approach For Remote Indigenous Australia

31 March 2018 | Jon Altman

Every year a report card on the government’s performance in lifting Indigenous Australians out of poverty documents more and more failure, and a widening gap. Professor Jon Altman takes to New Matilda to explain why

Why I didn’t sit with the other Maori girls at school

31 March 2018 | Liana MacDonald

Stories about racial injustice in state institutions are no great surprise if you’re Māori, because you have stories of your own — although maybe you don’t think these stories are of any value. In a society that doesn’t like talking about race and racism, this perception is unsurprising. In fact, these stories have great power because they speak of oppression and racial inequality, writes Liana MacDonald for e-Tangata


BP’s failures in the Great Australian Bight documented

31 March 2018 | Karl Mathiesen

A major oil spill in the region would have covered up to 750km of beaches and disrupted whale migration, are revealed in government documents BP tried to suppress

Jakarta battles plastic waste as seas clog up

31 March 2018 | Konradus Epa

The government is working with religious groups and NGOs to seek answers. Kodir is not the only fisherman who lives on a rubbish dump in Jakarta Bay, watching his children grow up at risk from toxic waste as pollution sprawls out of control along with the overuse of plastic in the capital.

Easter Island is critically vulnerable to rising ocean levels

31 March 2018 | Nicholas Casey

Waves are beginning to reach statues and platforms built 1,000 years ago. The island risks losing its cultural heritage. New York Times correspondent Nicholas Casey, based in Colombia, and Josh Haner, a Times photographer, travelled 3,500 kilometres off the coast of Chile to see how the ocean is erasing the island’s monuments.


Powering remote Pacific communities with renewable innovations

31 March 2018 | Caritas

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand looks for longer term solutions to the ongoing issue of the devastation wrought on small Pacific nations every cyclone season. Caritas is funding solar powered solutions to the intermittent power supply. 


Why do the sustainable development goals get so little attention

31 March 2018 | Social Policy Connections

Most Australians know little or nothing about the SDGs; even the Minister stated “many do not understand the SDGs, why we have them, and what they are for”, writes Loretto Sister Libby Rogerson for Social Policy Connections.

The toxic mould and rot in Middlemore hospital

31 March 2018 | David Galler

I was embarrassed and outraged by the news about the state of the hospital where I work [Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland], writes Dr David Galler – for this systematic betrayal of the very people we are here to serve and of the staff that work so hard to help them. And it goes to the fundamental question about what we choose to value


New dose of cruelty: up to 7000 asylum seekers to lose income support

31 March 2018 | Ben Doherty

The federal government has outlined its plan to cut income support from up to 7,000 asylum seekers living in Australia from June, in a move lawyers and refugee support groups say could leave people destitute, hungry and at increased risk of self-harm, writes Ben Doherty for The Guardian.

Government policies and the torture of refugees

31 March 2018 | Spencer Zifcak

Nils Melzer is the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment. Recently, he presented a damning report to the UN Human Rights Council on the subjection of refugees across the world to torture. Melzer’s fundamental contention was this. The primary cause for the massive abuse suffered by refugees globally is neither migration itself nor organized crime.