Tag Archives: Bruce Duncan

BRUCE DUNCAN. Don’t blame welfare for budget woes

  Prime Minister Turnbull promised us more centrist and fairer 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 – … Continue reading

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Bruce Duncan. Julie Bishop cuts Overseas Development Aid to record low.

Despite lobbying from many groups, the May federal budget for 2016-2017 is hacking another $224 million from Australia’s overseas aid, reducing our aid to $3.8 billion, and as a percentage of our national income to just 0.23%, our lowest level … Continue reading

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Bruce Duncan. Budget ignores growing inequality

Scott Morrison’s Commonwealth budget aims to be politically balanced but, like the Hockey budgets, neglects struggle street. The budget still labours under the neoliberal belief in minimal taxes, small government and maximum freedom for private enterprise. Morrison’s mantra is that … Continue reading

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Bruce Duncan. Perplexed by Easter

Perplexing and confronting. Whether believers or not, that is how many of us find the events of that first Easter week in Jerusalem. Here are the elements of high drama: betrayal, confrontation with Jewish and Roman authorities, a trial, torture … Continue reading

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Bruce Duncan. Pope Francis supports social revolution among the Zapatistas in Mexico

The western media largely missed the significance of Pope Francis’s visit to the ‘Free and Sovereign State of Chiapas’ in the south of Mexico on the border with Guatemala in February 2016. He not only reiterated the message he bore … Continue reading

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Bruce Duncan. Australia’s moral crisis: shipping babies and families off to Nauru

How has it come to this, that the Australian government is poised to send back 37 babies, 54 children and their families – 267 in all – into the traumatic conditions of Nauru? Only a few years ago many Australians … Continue reading

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Bruce Duncan. Pope Francis on avoiding environmental catastrophe

Current Affairs Popes write social encyclicals in times of social crisis or at great turning points in history. Pope Francis’s Laudato Si is no exception. He sees the world facing unprecedented twin crises: from climate change; and unresolved issues of … Continue reading

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Bruce Duncan. Pope Francis and the Abbott government

Current Affairs  Pope Francis has repeatedly called for greater social and economic equity in the world, and reiterated the critique of neoliberal economics very strongly. Now he is about to issue an encyclical, the highest form of Church teaching, on … Continue reading

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Bruce Duncan. Pope runs moral template over G20.

Pope France outlined a sharp moral template for world leaders at the G20 meeting in Brisbane. In a letter on 6 November to the current chair of the G20, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the Pope warned that “many lives are … Continue reading

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Bruce Duncan. Iraq: where to now?

Threats from the self-styled Islamic State to kill Australians randomly on the street or wherever by any means possible have shocked us all. The threats were not just against Australians, nor only against westerners, but against other Muslims, even Sunnis … Continue reading

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Bruce Duncan. The Coalition: how to lose friends and alienate people

Mr Abbott in his 2013 book, Battlelines, wrote that in government he would balance social values with pragmatic policy for the common good of the country. Yet one could be forgiven for thinking government policy is being driven by neoliberal … Continue reading

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